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January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?

 "How many dogs and/or cats do you have, and do they help you quilt?"

You no longer have to e-mail us your responses to participate in our survey contest! Simply post your answers below. Winning responses are picked at random from all of the entries we receive. Each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Keepsake Quilting online store. We'll announce the winners here in the Community Marketplace blog.

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DIANEM-3 wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Sunday, 9 January 2011, 5:50 PM

I have two female cats Stripes and Bandit,while stripes likes to curl up on the quilt for a good nap, Bandit is interested in the thread as I hand quilt. Just last Friday she helped herself to a threaded needle this resulted to trip to the Vet and an xray showing my quilting needle in her stomach!!! Well we were lucky and avoided surgery, this am she pasted the needle and the thread, I will not go into

detail as how we discoverd this, but she was due for surgery on Monday so she saved herself from this fate.  I think perhaps her quilting days are over.  Diane

Nancy Poorbaugh wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Sunday, 9 January 2011, 5:50 PM

Yes, two cats.  They often keep me company in the sewing room.  If I am machine quilting, Momma Cat will sometime plant her furry self right on the project - very helpful!

QCA Community Blog wrote December Survey - Machine Must-Haves
on Sunday, 9 January 2011, 5:56 PM

The December survey question was inspired by members Maggie and Sharon who are both looking for advice

mars92 wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Sunday, 9 January 2011, 8:19 PM

Yes, I have a chubby black poodle, Ms. Cricket who helps me quilt. She has a one of her many doggie beds located in the quilting rooms and takes a nap while I sew.  She "moves" when I move to the iron, to the cutting table or whereever! She is also a regular on QCA on "Farm Animals" with all her other friends, Pancho, Mac, Autumn, Charlie, and her best girlfriend Callie! They are also friends with all the gorgeous kittys on the board too and there are many. The kittys play fun games! And lots of them are Princesses! Yes! So would that make the male kittys, Kings? Well, you better check out Farm Aminals to find out.. because truly that's where all the action is on QCA, at least that's what all the fur babies say!

Ms. Cricket!!

Nana wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Sunday, 9 January 2011, 10:10 PM

Oh yes I have doggies that help me quilt.  Pancho my little chihuahua tends to either be in the chair beside me or on his pillow on the table beside the sewing machine.  Chase our min schnauzer lays in a basket beside my feet.  And Jax our Great Dane puppy lays in the floor by my chair.  When I get up to go to the ironing board I fall over at least one of them.

Kris wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Sunday, 9 January 2011, 11:46 PM

My cat Orca likes to sit on my lap while I sew. She places her paws on my arm when she's ready for me to stop. She will then claim the chair after I get up. Orca's brother Oco prefers to keep his distance and will lie in a box, in which I placed a pillow made from scraps, in a corner of my sewing room.

Granny M wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 10 January 2011, 5:33 AM

I have 3 dogs in the house but only Queen Mom likes to help.  She stays in the sewing room with me most of the time.  When she thinks it is time for me to take a break she will stand up and put a foot on the quilt or table I am working at and will not move until petted and I get up and walk around.

Joy wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 10 January 2011, 10:26 AM

I have 2 dogs, Molly and Sassy, and 2 cats, Links and Draper.  All but 1 cat thinks he/she should be in my sewing room when I am. Links believes its his job to keep the ironing board warm until I am ready to use it. Molly loves to sew! On numerous occasions she has sat on the peddle rushing my work along at top speed. I wonder if Molly thinks I sew too slow??? She has even went as far as laying all 60 pounds on top of my foot to get me motivated! Sassy, ah yes, Sassy is my princess. She lounges lazily about the room and approves all my work or gripes at me when she doesn't think its good enough. So yes my pets help me quilt in one way or another; or at least they think they do!

Pat wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 10 January 2011, 1:28 PM

My two cats are very much into quilting.  Maggie will sit on my lap and help push the material through my sewing matchine.  On the other hand Cali will park herself on my lap as I am trying to finished the binding by hand.  She will not move until the side I am working on is finished, then I am allowed to get out of my chair.  When i am trying to layout the pices on the floor - don't have a design wall yet,  they both have been known to move blocks around and come up with a very different pattern.  Not sure i like the new design, but they seem to.

polack wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 10 January 2011, 2:33 PM

I have two cats, Elmo and Dorathy and of course my dog Fuji. The cats seem to like laying on my material, they aren't particular about what kind, and really like the thread on the sewing machine, it is wonderful to tangle it up. Fuji gets excited and chases the cats down the stairs and around the house, and you can guess how much thread I have to throw away. They are so cute, but now I have a tall gate on the sewing room door. They are so cute!

Libby wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 10 January 2011, 7:45 PM

I have two dogs and two cats. Usually one cat and one dog are with me while I sew. Girl (the kitty, I know weird name but long story), usually sits in the chair with me in the sewing room. If the I am using the ironing board, will sit on one end while I use the other. She has been banned from my lap while I sew because she chases the needle and thread. Cody lies by my feet, tripping over all 70 pounds of him every time I move. If I work on a quilt on the floor, the puppies are banned from the area, but both kitties have to give it a close up inspection.

Susan T wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 10 January 2011, 8:17 PM

I have one cat, Spook, and two yellow labs.  Spook's favorite part of quilting is the cutting.  He likes to sit or lay and on the fabric just as I am getting ready to cut.  The younger lab, Emma, is always nearby following from the sewing machine to the ironing board and back. She likes to lay directly behind me so I trip over her when I turn around (haven't learned yet that she always does that).  Dolly the older lab basically could care less...if there is no food involved, she is not interrested!

cady.kelly@yahoo.com wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 10 January 2011, 9:40 PM

I have two female cats, Raven and Rascal, and they love quilts.  They could be anywhere in the house but the livingroom, and the moment I lay a sandwiched work-in-progress out across the couch and floor to look it over, they are on it, under it, peeking, pawing and playing.  A quilt seems to bring the carefully hidden frolic and spunk out of Raven especially.  As I quilt a quilt on the diningroom table, inevitably, the quilt will get stuck.  I can't move it.  Oh yes, there is a cat laying on the corner of the quilt that is on the floor or on the chair.  And yes, I have woken up in the morning to find a cat sleeping, buried, in the quilt heaped on the table.  The table, mind you, they would never otherwise be caught treading upon.  I've also had them try to nap on top of the quilt while I'm quilting.  That does not work.  As I pieced one particular quilt, I drew the scraps out of a paper bag to keep them completely random.  That bag, of course, is where Raven decided she had to be.  Yes, my cats help me quilt.  The love in that quilt did not come from me alone.

Barbara wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 10 January 2011, 9:49 PM

WOW everyones pets sound so wonderful. I just have Angel, She has to be my biggest fan. She lays at my feet when I am doing piecing and if I'm working by hand is next to me on the sofa  where I usually do my hand work. Right now she has be alittle on the lonely side cause Dad has been in the hospital for 15 days and Mom has been gone alot. I try and make up for it when I get home but I know she will be happy when Dad is home. She and I love to lay under the quilts on the sofa an cuddle as best we can together .But right now she has been enjoying our first really big snow storm of the season. With all the fur she has I'm not surprised.Anyway she's my baby and I love her dearly..Barbara

Vicki Knepp wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 11 January 2011, 7:16 AM

I currently have two dogs, one of whom likes to lie on the daybed in my upstairs studio while I design and piece my quilts.  He watches me every step of the way.  Until a few months ago, I also had two cats, the cats would stay in my downstairs studio where my quilt frame is.  This was their retreat from the dogs.  I spent much of my quilting time removing the older of the two cats from the quilt while I was working because she liked to sleep on whatever quilt was on the frame.  The younger of the cats spent his time hiding in the batting hanging down from the frame and attacking anything that passed by from his hideaway.

Jacquelyn wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 11 January 2011, 2:22 PM

I have two dogs,Pacer a retired service dog always keeps me company when I quilt, he's pretty big and takes up loads of room but because we are both content to be in the same area together I work around him and Tucker comes in when I hand quilt to keep warm under the quilt...gotta love' em

CalicoQuilter wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 12 January 2011, 1:01 PM

My dog Henry follows me around the house throughout the day, having appointed himself as my personal Secret Service canine.  He watches my every move, all 7 lbs of him, protecting and serving daily.  You can find Henry and me in the quilting room on a regular basis.  I would like to say Henry has an avid interest in quilting but alas! not so.  Henry is a jock, favoring any kind, any size bouncy ball to roll around the yard.  When he was a pup he would run off gleefully with bits or pieces of quilting remnants that I might drop onto the floor.  He would toss his treasure just out of my reach, forcing me into a game of "look what Henry has" and "catch me if you can."  Henry's antics were a welcome relief, kind of a 7th inning stretch, which always made me break away for a minute (and more often remember to put dinner on the stove) before getting back to the quilting at hand.  Henry's not a pup anymore; more likely you'll find him curled up in a warm fuzzy ball in his fleecy bed at my feet in the quilting room, sound asleep.  His interest in quilting is still absent; however, he remains at my side in the quilting room, always with me until I call it quits for the day.  He's my quilting companion...my tiny, loyal Secret Service agent.

Charlotte M. Sylvia wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Friday, 14 January 2011, 8:16 PM

Anyone who raised, showed and judged Shih Tzu like I do, or is even "owned" by one, knows what characters they are. Over the years, I have had many who would come and sit by me and keep me company while I quilted or sewed, and some would insist being on my lap. Shih Tzu, for their size, have good strong muscles and many can jump from a standstill onto a three foot high table or bed! And they don't like to take "No" for and answer. "Helping" to a Shih Tzu means them having fun at your expense. I don't know how many times I have been poised to get a pin from, or put a pin or needle in my pincushion, only to find it gone. Retrieving the pincushion is a game - I have to retrieve it out of a dog bedor open crate from a Shih Tzu who is playfully snarling at me and daring me to get it out from under them. Then I have to make sure there are no pins in their coats. If I put anything on the floor like pieces of quilts or material, you can bet that as soon as you can blink, there will be a Shih Tzu or two right in the middle of it. My latest Shih Tzu, Penny, has taught our young Main Coon Cat, Indie, all her tricks. The minute I open the door to my "workroom" he is through it and investigating. He wants to be on my lap to watch what I am doing, and heaven forbid if I don't lock him out when using my sewing machine, and especially when machine embroidering! One of these days, he is going to have a very sore paw and a trip to the vet... But if I'm hand sewing, designing or cutting out fabric, he'll take cuddling up to my legs or lying on the nearest quilt or pile of fabric. And yes, he now steals my pincushion if I don't keep it in a drawer out of sight.

Robin wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Saturday, 15 January 2011, 3:23 PM

Well, I'm blessed with several furry friends who love to help me with all of my projects, quilting is one of their favorites.  I have 2 cats, Gracie and Bgers!!! They love to test the strength of the quilting frame when I'm handing quilting.  They lay of the quilt for hours making sure the quilt is firmly attached and unable to pop out.    Then my best quilting buddy is a 2 year old yorkie named "Molly" .   She does some of everything, she walks on the cutting table to check the measurements,  she sit in my lap as I quilt making sure that the stitches are small. and of course she is a big fan of hand stitching the binding cause it gives her a chance to curl up and love on the quilt and the quilter.

slipstitch309@msn.com wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 17 January 2011, 7:13 PM

I have two dogs who are constant shadows.  Spirit, a Cairn terrier, is quiet and just observes.  Snickers, a cairn and yorkie mix, however, is very diligent about making sure the waste basket is never left in her reach.  She checks periodically and tips it over if I leave for even a minute. I soon see batting and fabric scraps going down the hall and disappearing under the bed. It has become a popular game with her.    Nancy

Marge (AKA Dimples) wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 4:32 PM

The two dogs Mac and Autumn aren't "into" quilting but the two cats Molly and Neko are.  Now Molly just picks out a spot and watches quietly.  Neko on the other had usually ends up getting evicted.  I have a little bucket that I keep my tools in.  He takes tools out of the bucket and drops them over the edge of the table. It's Ok if they just end up on the floor but all too often they end up in the trash canso I have to search for them.  He is also bad about pulling out pins, putting little paws too close to the needle and playing with thread.  Yup - time for Neko to sit on the other side of the closed door.  

Darlene wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 4:51 PM

I have too many dogs, two rabbits, two turtles, and two guinea pigs. We also have two pet chickens. The dogs help me quilt. Molly, a 5 yr. old mutt, sits at (or on) my foot pedal. Toby, an ancient Manchester that I rescued, helps me get my stitching right by guiding my arm. When it comes time to hand quilt, all of the dogs help by sitting on my lap and critiquing my stitch length and uniformity. All of my quilts have a few dog hairs, but I tell everyone that's how people know that the quilt was made by me. I wouldn't trade my helpers for the world. "Hey, Peanut (my puppy) drop that thread!" He says he was just bringing it to me, honestly. Somehow I doubt that. Hehe!

MICHELLES-2 wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 4:54 PM

Doc, our Cairn Terrior, definitely helps quilt.  LOL he lays down on every quilt (in the center of course) we tape to our wood floor so that we can pin baste.....hoping to claim every new quilt as his own.

Sometimes he gets into the picture before hand by laying his head on any corner of the quilt that might hit the floor by the sewing machine or as we're doing handwork.  Just yesterday, he laid his head on top of the quilt block I was trying to hand applique.  (We were sitting on the couch together.)

Cindy Hicks wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 4:54 PM

I'm so lucky.  I have a home full of helpers.  I have 6 papillons.  They are known as butterfly dogs because of their ears.  When you think of butterflies  you think of graceful, beautiful, and colorful.  Paps however don't have graceful in their description :}  If I'm using my machine to sew, I can count on everyone being on the floor around me.  Usually in back of the chair or next to the foot pedal so your either running them over or stepping on them.  No problem, they'll move and find another spot to go. Any material that's black, well forget it.  It's got a hair problem.  Long hair that for some reason looks like dog hair. Hummmmmm  If it's not the dogs and they're in their crates, it the birds.  Oh how the sun conure loves sitting on my shoulder and watch.  Only problem, other then the standard one with birds, is that he likes pins.  He'll go down my arm and start pulling pins out of the material.  Then he'll come towards me armed to the beak with pins.  Got stuck more times then I really want to remember.

Well, that's my usual day.  Hope yours is just as fun.  If we didn't have dogs/cats/birds/whatever and quilts to make, how boring life would be.

Vickievan wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 4:57 PM

3 Mini Schnauzers and a little toy poodle, who thinks he is a schnauzer, assist me in quilting.  Max, Toby, Minnie and PePe La Poodle.  They run in and out and around.  They are in my way when I go from cutting to sewing to ironing.  They find spots to curl up, sometimes and nap while I am stitching. If they think I have been at the machine to long they begin to jump on me demanding attention.  It's time for a break they seem to be saying!  Sometimes it is Mom I need a treat!  They will alternately take turns annoying me til I stop and give them the attention they feel they deserve.  They really like it when I am doing binding on the couch.  Then they can lie down on the quilt while I am working on it.  They love quilts and me.  I love quilts and them.

ganderfolk@comcast.net wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 5:02 PM

I have three cats, Milo, Zippy, and Toolie, and one Golden Retriever dog, named Sandy.  When I quilt, Zippy and Toolie climb the "mountains" of batting and usually, Zippy likes to sleep on the ironing board, soaking up the heat from the lamp and iron.  Sandy is faithfully lying at my feet.  It's a comfort to have them in my sewing room.  Milo just keeps to herself and just likes to sleep in my box of fleece.  If someone comes to the door, they all fly down the stairs and the cats hide.  My sewing room is called the Woman Tower and my husband's Ham Radio (which is in the basement) is call his Man Cave, if that makes any sense to you.  - Ann Berger, Lansing, MI

DEANNAD wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 5:04 PM

I have four cats, Elliot, Emily, Eloise and Elizabeth, and they all have to be in on whatever I'm doing.  But my girls love to help me sew, especially baby Elizabeth.  She gets on the back of my chair to watch what I'm doing and, when I get up to go to the iron, she likes to stand on the sewing machine to watch that.

She likes to help me cross-stitch, too, so all the needles and threads and beads have to be kept well out of reach.

Linda L. wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 5:22 PM

I  have one indoor cat that loves to help me quilt. In fact, she often runs into the sewing room and meows until I come in to quilt. She was a great help when I made my string quilt. I spent one evening sorting my fabric strips by color and length, ironed them and had them all ready to go. When I got home from work the next day, my mother-in-law said "I didn't do it" with a smile on her face. I went upstairs and, you guessed it - my nicely sorted and ironed strips were all over the floor, with my furry "helper" asleep in the middle of them! Apparently it is quite tiring to unsort and uniron my strips!

Linda L. wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 5:25 PM

I  have one indoor cat that loves to help me quilt. In fact, she often runs into the sewing room and meows until I come in to quilt. She was a great help when I made my string quilt. I spent one evening sorting my fabric strips by color and length, ironed them and had them all ready to go. When I got home from work the next day, my mother-in-law said "I didn't do it" with a smile on her face. I went upstairs and, you guessed it - my nicely sorted and ironed strips were all over the floor, with my furry "helper" asleep in the middle of them! Apparently it is quite tiring to unsort and uniron my strips!

Vivian wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 5:36 PM

I have three cats, one who has claimed the pillow placed for her so she can watch my sewing machine and if i don't watch her, she is on the quilt in a flash.  the other two can't get near the sewing table because she won't let them.  she has quite the growel and the boys know that this is her area and they have pillows across the room that she allows them to lay on in her presence.

Lucybelle wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 5:56 PM

I have 2 wonderful dogs. Lucy my 5 year old Scottie and JingleBelle my Bishon who is 3. They love my quilt room and work with me during the day. If I lay fabric on the floor they love to lay on it and play. They have been a wonderful confort for me. I am 65 and have just had my 2 year anniversay in AA. I had put away quilting  during my drinking downslide.  One of my and my dogs fun things now in recovery is to get out all my unfinished quilt projects and began again to finish them. My animals were a wonderful healing as was my quilting and still is. Thank you for the opportunity to share.

9533cella wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 6:10 PM

I have two small dogs, Pooh Bear and Wickett, who "help" me quilt. If I have a quilt on the frame, they are sure to dive into the batting hanging onto the floor. If I'm piecing they can be found lying on their beds at my feet keeping me company. They are great fun to have around and always keep things lively.

9533cella

stripeyquilter wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 6:12 PM

There are four cats living at my house.  Molly is queen of the craft room and barely tolerates any invasion of the other three.  She favorite nap spots are the scrap basket next to the sewing machine or the back half of my sewing chair. It's a good thing it's a big chair.  I use flannel backed vinyl tablecloths for a design board spread on the family room floor.  You can imagine how much fun it is to try and lay out blocks with a couple of cat sized lumps underneath.  The best is that every quilt has been catnapped approved.  When it's time to handsew the binding, one of the cats is more than happy to help me nap test each one.  

TheQuiltDaddy wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 6:14 PM

I have 2 Bishons named Holly Berry & Krissy Kringle. They are 5 years old. Krissy loves my quilt room so much that when I am in there qorking on a quilt she will lay down on the foot control and usually scares the bejivies ouyt of me. My wife also has 2 birds (a cocotiel and a African grey parrot). When they hear the sewing machine they begin to scawk and Lady (African grey) blurts out "Leave my fabric alone." She picked the phrase up after hearing me tell my wife to leave my fabric alone. As I care for my wife who has early onset Alzheimer's and if it wasn't for quilting I probably would have been bored now that I am retired. I retired in 2005 due to illness only to become a caregiver. I finish on the average a quilt top about every 10 to 14 days. I also teach quilting at the local church and senior center. If you ask my ladies they will tell you that I put together the best Christmas In July Shop Hop. We will be going on our 5th one in July 2011. Thank you for allowing me to share my story with each of you.

PatchworkMuse wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 6:27 PM

I have two furry supervisors, felines by the names of Dante and Tigger.  They inspect my machine, while it's running to make sure it works properly.  They also re-arrange my blocks to their aesthetics, and sometimes the pieces while I'm sewing.

Given half a chance,  they inspect my quilts on the longarm and check to be sure they make good hammocks.

rpolcer@suddenlink.net wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 6:46 PM

Oh, but yes -- I have three greyt greyhounds that are always underfoot helping.  When I am piecing, noses are right at the elbow making sure the stitches are correct.  At the cutting table, they make sure all scraps hit the garbage can and when I am at the quilt frame, they are all right there, again assuring those stitches are correctly placed :-)  I'm not sure I could get through any quilting project without my sweet babies at my side -- they are so very comforting and make for a peaceful time !!!

slmugridge@rcn.com wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 7:15 PM

My cat, Winston, encourages me when I am piecing.  He sits by the sewing machine with his nose toward the needle--actually the light I suspect.  He makes no comment but seems satisfied when the work is going smoothly.  He is not interested in threads nor scraps, just the process and the purr of the machine.  

pkelly1947@hotmail.com wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 7:37 PM

I have two small dogs (schnoodles) that can't wait till I finish sandwiching a quilt to try it out. They have to lay on every corner, roll around the center and sniff every inch. I know they approve when I find them pulling it off my table to sleep on it.

Kay4 wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 7:48 PM

My Bicheon BJ  always helped hold down the quilt while I hand sewed the binding. He made sure the quilt was up to quality standards .He recently passed and it now is much harder to do my hand sewing.

QUILTER OVERWHELMED wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 8:36 PM

I have no furry pets, only my husband.  He is no help, but raves about my projects when I show them to him.

lorianne621 wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 9:23 PM

I no longer have pets. I have not had the heart to replace my beloved Dannie since her death some years ago. However, I was given a Teddy Bear as sort of a gag gift about 6 years ago. I sleep with him and bring him downstairs with me every morning. He sits in the rocking chair with his very own quilt, and yes he helps me quilt. He has some very good ideas. When I met my husband a few years ago, he thought I was little nuts taking Teddy on trips with us. LOL But now, he gets out the camera and poses Teddy for photos. He is my only pet now and we have fun with him. I like knowing he won't make a mess in the sewing room. :)

Happy Quilting,

Lorianne

Ann Ricks wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 9:53 PM

Yes, I have 2 dogs.  I have Belle, a miniature schnauzer and Britteney a part schnauzer & part cocker spanial.  They are both most helpful making quilting decisions.  Whether it is at the sewing machine, cutting table, ironing board or somewhere in between.  Britteney especially, watches every cut, every stitch and every move I make.  Belle helps a lot but prefers cooking!  Since we are "empty nest" parents, they are both a very huge part of our lives and considered in every thing we do!

Linda Visnaw wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 11:20 PM

I have a Cocker Spanial, Duke, and a Tuxedo cat Sylvester. They both help me quilt. Duke will quite often test the sturdiness of a quilt by rolling, rubbing, and cratching at ti making sure it is suitable for his bed.  Sylvester likes helping with pulling out pins......Got to love them!

JanetLovesSewing wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 12:10 AM

No, the Pit Bull does not allow anything or anyone to take attention away from him.  He has a strong sense of himself.  I have not figured out how to reassure the Pit Bull.

Happy sewing and quilting,

Janet

Cathy wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 4:56 AM

Yes I have 1cat named Paws. He is a long haired tuxedo cat and he loves to lay on my fabric as I am ironing it and then cutting and sewing. So my quilts have long black and white cat  hair in them. Actually it is my fault that he loves to be around me when I am quilting, when he was a kitten I would bring him to the table with me and he loved to curl up against my sewing machine when it was running.

Rhonda Laws wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 6:25 AM

While I do have a dog, Duchess Diogy - DeeDee for short, she steers clear of the sewing room. When I head to my sewing room she will follow me in, check out the situation and then promptly head back to Dad. I am sure it is because she can't be in my lap and the situation is not all about her. If there were a way for her to demand the situation she would be in the middle of it. She will occasionally wonder back in but she doesn't stay long. When I am done sewing she will wonder back through the room to see what changed and then leaves again. It is the oddest thing - she simply cannot be a Duchess in that room.

mdhorsygirl wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 7:45 AM

I have an old Queensland Heeler named Kuda and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Doll. Dolly loves to lay (lie? I never remember) behind my back and Kuda lays (lies??) on top of my left foot...right foot is too busy to rest (there solved the problem) upon. No sewing or crochet project is complete without their hair weaved into it. Their help is invaluable to me!

Barbara wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 8:39 AM

I have two very sweet cats, and yes, they insist on helping me quilt.  Izzy thinks he's helping by plunking himself right in the middle of my working area and sitting there and purring like a buzz-saw.  My other one, Pinky, helps by sitting in my lap, leaning on the quilt and batting at the thread as I try to stitch.  It's hard not to be amused, but I sure don't get much quilting done.  Even if I think they are sound asleep, in a different room, I think they can hear the needle and thread going in and out of the quilt and feel that they just must come and help.  Little rascals.  But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Duane Wiley wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 9:02 AM

Lucy was a Blue Point Siamese that had been with us for 17 years.  Although she passed on a couple of years ago, I can still see her curled up on whatever I was working on.  She liked to be close by and as with all cats, curiosity was her middle name!  I didn't start quilting until just recently but I know she would be as much a part of it as I was!  I miss her.

SpiceGlider wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 9:37 AM

Three of my animals help me quilt.

The cats help me put the sandwich together:  McMc, the Siamese, holds everything down for me.  She also sits on my sewing table and watches me piece.  Skittles, the tabby, "helps" spread it out, but she's usually getting a running start and then sliding it all back to the middle!  

And, Sophie, the Italian Greyhound, always checks the quilts for warmth as I'm hand quilting.  So far, they've all passed her inspection.  

Linny t wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 11:33 AM

I have one cat and 2 dogs.  The oldest dog, Lucky, my best friend, lays on the floor right at my feet.  She likes to lay on whatever drops on the floor and basically keep my feet warm.  When I get up, she gets up.  When I sit down, she lays down at my feet.  She knows how to stay out of my way and doesn't care if she helps or not, just as long as she's with me.

The youngest dog, Lilly, tries to sit with me on my chair because she's short and can't see to help.  She's about 1 year old; a Beagle.  When I don't let her sit with me, she goes into other rooms and makes a mischief of herself so I will have to get up and see what she's doing.  As soon as I get up and walk out of the room, she runs & jumps up on my chair.  

My kitty, Midnight, has to lay right on top of whatever I'm doing.  When I come home from work he waits for me to open up the sewing room so he can lay right where he thinks I'll be working.  He likes to help me control stray pieces and threads...especially the threads attached to pieces coming off the back of my sewing machine as I work.  I keep telling him to be careful.  One day he's going to stick that paw in the wrong place.  He really loves to bask in the heat from the lamps I have on the table and basically look as though he's the most beautiful cat in the world.  Actually, I think he wants me to make a quilt picture of him and he's posing for it.  

Lilly wants to learn how to use all those little things on my sewing table.  She thinks she might be a good quilter and be a big help to me because she could quilt while I'm at work.  Midnight absolutely hates it when Lilly tries to help me too much and Lilly is learning to just watch or she'll get a smack on the nose from Midnight.  So, in my sewing room the only quilt police is my kitty.  He keeps Lilly from running off with and chewing my thread spools, scissors, seam rippers and stilettos :)

linny t

linny t

Cathy wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 12:22 PM

I have 3 dogs that are avid quilters.  The most eager helper is the black lab Polka Dot.com.  She beats me up the stairs to the sewing room. Once we are there Polka is eager to get started from the cutting table to the machines she is by my side. Not to be outdone  her little accomplice, Cleo (lhasa apso), is right behind.  They take turns getting underfoot.  Once Cleo has determined we are going to be quilting for awhile she finds the smallest spot to nap in. (She gets bored easily). If at any pont a quilt reaches the floor, Cleo tries to lay on it to test its comfort level. And then lastly is Sarge the old man, ( Beagle/Shepard mix) he shows up once he discovers he is alone.  Sarge is 17 yrs old so the stairs are a bit of a challenge.  But he feels he must join in.  And promptly request to go outside.  And back in and back out...so not only do I get my quilting done but also get exercise up and down the stairs.

BeveB wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 12:24 PM

I have 2 cats, Lottie and Dexter. Lottie will sit in the window looking at birds and Dexter will be on the quilt I'm working on. I have to hide my pincushion as Dexter's favorite thing is to take all the pins out and scatter them on the floor (the glassheaded pins are his favorites).

sklgramma@juno.com wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 1:35 PM

I have no pets at this time. When we did they were not inside ( at request of my husband). I had plenty of other helpers in our 10 children who always wanted to help me sew. Now I have many grandkids who enjoy making their own quilts or at least helping. Our 3 year old grandson often pushes my rolling chair thru the house and also plays cars around, under and over the sewing table. I guess I can say I have had many `Pet' helpers.

CarolynT wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 2:40 PM

I have one cat named Grindle who is if anything more of a hindrance to my quilting. She likes to nuzzle the sewing machine foot pedal at the wrong time. Not good! I really don't know why she does it, because she loves to sit on the quilts once they're done.

gail_ruminski@sbcglobal.net wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 2:45 PM

I have a minature bunny (Mini Rex).  His name is "Bunny" and he weighs about 5 lbs.  He likes to sit next to my sewing machine while I sew.  He also likes to eat small slivers of fabric, which I hope just adds to his needed fiber intake for the day.  We have had several discussions about not munching any of the quilts.  He also enjoys sitting on the ottoman when I am sewing binding on the quilt by hand, or cuddled up on the quilt in my lap.  He knows that staying close to the quilter means occassional cookies and petting, either of which he can't seem to ever get enough of.  He's an excellent quilt critic as well, nudging the fabrics he likes best.

Judi wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 7:12 PM

Right now we are down to three doggies who follow me everywhere--at least two of them do.  Our kitty is with our son as our third dog was inherited from my parents.  My Mom and Dad adopted Tina, their rescue dog in Florida.  My parents passed away within 5 months of each other.  Dad had been sick, bu Mama's pancreatic cancer diagnosis knocked us for a loop.  My DH and I took care of Mama and then felt Tina had been knocked around too muchn in her life and just kept her even though she and one of our other dogs hate eachother.  We just have a gate and keep them apart since the two itmes I needed to break them apart and got the worst of it.

Tina is about 14 now and is a lab mix.  we have a weinmaraner who we rescued as she was left at Petsmart and her owner told them she wouldn't pick her up.  Sophie is 10 1/2 and still thnks she is a puppy.  MY standard poodle, GOldie, thinks she is an only dog.  She really is my dog only and toerates everyone and everything else.  Yes the Wen and th epoodle sleep with us in the bd.

My poodle ls very good about helping me but the Wenimaraner thinks it is her job to chase any scrap the leaves my hands.

bjdemir@msn.com wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 11:42 PM

I have 4 cats and a dog.  The dog is not allowed downstairs (except when he sneaks down and sleeps in the hallway).  Two cats will come in my sewing room and try to get in the closet  and if they don't succeed then head to the other room where I do my cutting and find a spot to sleep - usually on a project I am working on or will hide away and get shut in for a while.  So I guess they "help" when they can get away with it.

Bobbie wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 8:23 AM

I have 2 cats, Tobie and Shania.  Tobie is my helper. When I go to work on a quilt, she is right there.  She sits on any fabric that is laid out and monitors my pins.  She loves to take a pin out of the cushion and drop it right next to it.  She doesn't take them anywhere, just drops them right out of the cushion.  She is comforting and a constant friend when I am in my craft room.  There is no flat surface off limits to her, but she especially likes to sit on my sewing machine extension table.  What a joy, to never be alone while you are creating.  She will also move to make my cutting or sewing more accessable with just a nudge.  Tobie is Shania's sister and they are different, Shania likes to join us in the craft room but likes my lap rather than be involved with all the quilting stuff.

Charda wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 9:13 AM

I have 3 Persian cats (2 are kittens) they are all curious and like to see what is going on and help out where possible.  They have helped out from cutting blocks out to sewing on the binding.  The two kittens were helping out the other day by play fighting under the sewing machine on top of my foot.   This made it a little hard to control the speed while sewing.  I have found the best time to sew is while they are sleeping.  I have always said the extra cat hair in the quilt just makes it a little warmer.

LinnieLeeMorris wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 10:19 AM

Yes, I have one cat named Abby, every time I get up and go toward the hallway she automatically follws me and turns toward my spare bedroom, also my sewing room, she turns and looks at me expecting me to go in the room. She loves to be in there when I am working on my quilts, she stays beside my feet the whole time. And of course she has to try out every quilt I lay on the bed to see if it meets her approval. If she curls up and goes to sleep I know its a good one, if she just walks on it and doesn't lay down then I usually put that one away to pull out later and see if she has changed her mind. So far she has been correct on all of the quilts I have sewn. The ones I have not been pleased with she hasn't either. She is a very special quilting friend.

Betty Wojtowicz wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 1:45 PM

My husband and I have a houseful of 15 kitties (12 of them adopted us while we were doing cat rescue work). My sewing room used to be upstairs and, of course, they all "helped"!  At least one was always in the middle of what I was working on. My sewing room is now in the basement, which is off limits to the kitties.  I can now sew and quilt in peace.  I must admit, though, that on occasion I miss having my furry friends around.

ede4057 wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 2:57 PM

I have two cats who help me quilt all of the time.  Wriggley will sit on my quilt top as I sew to supervise me and make certain I am stitching everything properly.  She is also my quality assurance kitty.  She sits on every piece of fabric to determine if it is comfortable enough to use in a comfy quilt.  Pete pulls every pin out of my pin cushion with his mouth and drops them on the table for me.  (I now have to push my pins all the way down in the pin cushion so he doesn't swallow one by mistake.)  He also bats my scissors, thread and thimble over to me for easy access.  When they aren't giving me paws-on help, they each have a basket with old fabric that they curl up in and sleep.  

justjeanne wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 3:59 PM

I have 4 dogs....3 Yorkies, Molly Marie, Becca Sue, and Maggie Mae. I also have a King Charles Cavalier and his name is Remington McGregor..(Remy for short)..all of them have to be wherever I am..while i'm sewing they all sleep in my sewing room or sit and watch me...The fun really starts when I lay my quilt tops out on the living room floor to get them ready for basting...they all think they are getting new blankets and make themselves very comfy on top..lol So I have to lift the girls and put them at one end and shoo Remy down with them and baste.....the when i'm ready to baste the second half i put the girls at the end I just basted and of course Remy follows..it's just a family fun day...but I wouldn't have it any other way...:)

kpearce wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 5:13 PM

I think "help" is a very generous word when it comes to my 3 kitties.  Sterling quietly rips patterns to little bitty shreds if the wind happens to blow a page off the table and I don't see it.  I can truthfully say the cat ate my homework.  Evinrude is much more open about helping.  He will chase anything that he can bat with his paw.  That means I have nearly sewn his toes, cut those toes with the rotary cutter and chased him as he ran off with the bobbin I just got out.  We often have discussions about who owns what in the quilt studio (of course, in his mind, he owns everything and I only bought it to amuse him.)  Autumn is a prissy little calico that know that all fabric is incomplete without some of her fur on it.  So she makes sure that she lays on every piece of fabric that she can.  If only I was as dedicated I wouldn't have any UFO's.  When layering quilts to baste it is a tossup of who will be most annoying.  Although Evinrude usually wins when I just get everything flat and he burrows under at 90 mph and wrinkles the whole thing.  But, I love them and the companionship and love they give me more than compensates for the aggravation.  It's just hard to remember that sometimes.

mkerns7555 wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 8:00 PM

I have 5 cats, 3 males and 2 females.  The ladies care nothing about helping me quilt; they just like sleeping on them.  The males, on the other hand, are usually right in the middle of what I'm doing, and if I try to shut them out by closing the sewing room door, all I hear are cries to be let in and/or scratching on the door.  So, Fritz, Abe, and Licorace are my constant quilting/sewing companions.

SummerBreeze wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 8:45 PM

I have 2 black cats, Jasmine and Julie Ann we have raised from 6 weeks old.  They will be 3 in a couple of months.  I would be sitting on the couch hand quilting with the quilt hanging down beyond my feet and would feel the kittens enter the quilt tent and plop down there.  Needless to say, after awhile I couldn't tug any more since the kitties were nice and toastie!  They discovered my quilt rack with many quilts hanging on it.  I'd come home from work and find them pulled off the rack and would have to hang them up again.  One day I found a cozy kittie laying in the middle of them all.  Mystery solved.  Jasmine must have been a quilter in her previous life.  It tickles me how she comes up and will lay on the fabric on the table right behind the sewing machine and just watch me for hours, following my every move, from the sewing machine to the ironing board.  Jasmine is our Quality Control kitty.  She insists on trying out every new quilt project for its confort and warmth.  Almost all the time she gives 5 paws out of 5 so I feel lucky to have our adorable cats.  Julie Ann was today's Quality Control kitty and I knew it was a hit when I stepped away and came back to find her sprawled out "all over" my bits and pieces.  I'd have to answer most definitely "yes" my pets do help me quilt!  I wouldn't have it any other way!

megan.clinton wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 20 January 2011, 10:28 PM

Is it even possible to quilt without pets? I have two cats Misty & Claire Bear, a dog Shyner and my daughter has two rats, Isabelle and Elizabeth. Misty takes residence in my lap and Claire Bear on the table with Shyner at my feet and sometimes I throw in a three year old just to make the quilting more challenging.

Renee wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Friday, 21 January 2011, 8:17 AM

My dog has no interest in my quilting and views it as competition for her, since it means I am not paying attention to her if I am quilting.  Usually she tries to engage me in a game of fetch when I first sit down to quilt and then takes a nap once she realizes that it is quilting time and not Lady's play time.

Barb Wilhelm wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Friday, 21 January 2011, 8:51 AM

I have my sewing machine in front of a window so I get natural light and am able to see outside and soak up some of the sun...even in the gloom of winter.  When I sew my cat, "Sheba" (because she IS the queen) jumps from window to window searching for birds or stray cats who go from house to house begging for hand-outs.  She always seems to slide onto my sewing table just as I am ready to sew something.  Often she will see something of interest and sit right by my machine, her tail flicking back and forth, daring me to "add" her to quilt I am sewing!

Aleta wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Friday, 21 January 2011, 10:05 AM

Yes, I have two cats that help me quilt.  When preparing a quilt top, I lay the blocks out on the bed (I don't yet have a studio with big table that I can use), and Angel Kitty likes to dive into them, rearranging them to suite HER preferences!   My other cat, Mokkah, gives me endless hours of amusement while I quilt when she chases empty thread spools around the room.

Kathy wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Friday, 21 January 2011, 1:55 PM

I don't have pets at this time.  I see lots of photos of them with cozy quilts and I know that a pet can be an added bit of warmth around the feet while you sew, but just haven't popped the question to the hubby yet.  We are petless so we can easily disappear now and then without worry of care for the pet...maybe when I retire.

Diane wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Friday, 21 January 2011, 3:35 PM

I have 5 cats.  Three are Persian, one is all black and the other is part Maine Coon.  My youngest, Tigger is a tiger Persian.  He sits on top of my Bernina 830 or on the embroidery unit.  He's way too cute to get mad at him.  The others sleep on my cutting table, sewing table, ironing board or in one of the many storage containers I have.  I can't sew without them!....but then, I wouldn't want to either.

Sheila wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Saturday, 22 January 2011, 4:09 PM

Yes, I too am fortunate to have my cat Tucker (a Tuxedo) help me quilt.  His position on my table depends on the angle of the sun and the size of my project.  He's also very good at helping with e-mails so he's a multi-task cat.  His motor sets the tempo of how quickly I get things done.

VIcci Conway wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Sunday, 23 January 2011, 4:18 PM

I made casserole hot pads for relatives for Christmas.  I attached an index card to it that said:

"Hi, I'm a casserole hot pad, but I can do both hot or cold duty for any dish.  I have two layers of InsulBrite inside me to protect you and your countertops.  Samantha and Coco [my two Bengal cats] thoroughly inspected the material for it's softness and defects.  Megan [my chocolate Lab] put it to the sniff test.  We are all sure you will enjoy the gift that Vicci made especially for you!  Happy Holidays!"

So, yes all of my pets get into quilting with me!

Vicci

Deborah J wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 25 January 2011, 10:42 AM

In have two cats, Harley and Sasha.  Harley is an observer and Sasha is my helper.  She sits on the back of the chair with me and is always talking to me.  She watches every move and helps me "press" my fabric, which of course, I've already pressed! I love having her help me, as a matter of fact, she's sitting on my lap as I write!

Trina wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 26 January 2011, 5:55 PM

Well, I wouldn't actually say "help".  Bonnie, my Pem. Welch Corgi steals my thread! I will find a wet wade of thread and badly chewed spool hiddened in some quiet spot in the house!  She is sooo sneaky!  While Beret, my french bulldog, is content to sleep preferably in my lap but will settle for my foot. But they are my friends so I will put up with an occasional transgration.

Lisa wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Wednesday, 26 January 2011, 11:24 PM

I have 2 large dobbies and my little boy sits under my sewing table and keeps my feet warm. He also plays with what ever falls in the ground is far game. My girl is to busy with her new litter of puppies. Thay are so cute. So in all I have 8 dogs in my house right now that all try to help me out.

Lisa

Diane Morgan wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Thursday, 27 January 2011, 9:34 PM

We fondly call it the Morgan Zoo. We have 4 cats, Mushy, Lucky, Mr. Beans and Callie. Callie is the all time helper. She knows hows to quilt, paint, read, use the computer...if I do it, she can do it. She's too smart for her britches. We also have two parrots, an African Grey named Rebel who talks more than we do and a Hahn's Macaw named Ivy May who doesn't realize she is a small macaw. She thinks she is a big old chicken hawk. We also have Precious who is our outdoor calico stray cat who we have been taking care of for three years. We've had her spayed and returned to us to take care of her. She even gets shoveled out from the snow storms.

Diane

Grandma Sal wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Friday, 28 January 2011, 9:18 AM

We have a furry household with four cats, Sugar, Fluffer, Boston and Shorty, and one dog, Keiha.  They all have their little job in the process of quilting.  Fluffer is in charge of the ironing board, making sure it stays warm when not in use.  Sugar doesn't usually come in the sewing room much when I'm in there, but he keeps track of the inventory and he's the treasure hunter that finds things I have lost.  If their are any scraps of fabric or rolls of lace or piece of batting that is not securely stored, it will be at the foot of our bed in the morning, or maybe only as far as the living room.  Sometimes they are unwound all the way back to the sewing room.  Boston and Shorty are definitely the Quilting Kitties.  Boston directs my cutting... if I'm not doing it right she reaches out and rests her paw an my hand and if she thinks the fabric might fall, she will sit on it.  When I am doing hand work in my chair, all of a sudden a head pops up from under to let me know I still have more work to do on the other end.  Shorty likes to remind me that I need to take a break and give her pets.  She is very insistent if I try to continue sewing.  She reaches up from the floor and paws my knee and it that doesn't work she goes around to the back of the machine and comes right up on whatever I am stitching.  If I stop to pet her for a minute or two, she will go away for a little while.  If I'm working a design on my computer she is in the chair behind me massaging my back, and is in heaven if I reach behind and scratch her belly as she is sandwiched between the chair back and my back.  Keiha is my guard dog, she is wherever I am, which means I trip over her often when I turn around, from my cutting table to my ironing board or sewing machine.

They are ever present as I go about my quilting day, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  

nomajanedill wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Monday, 31 January 2011, 9:00 PM

I have three dogs, three cats and an umbrella cockatoo.  Don't let the cockatoo anywhere near my sewing room.  The "shy" Siamese comes in to keep me company every time I'm in there and reminds me she is still there every so often.  The frisky Siamese comes in about the same time as my yorkie and they wrestle a while then to on about their business.   the "shy" one is really great company - very soothing.

Rose M Franz wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Saturday, 12 February 2011, 8:32 AM

I have three pets that love to share my sewing room.  Duchess, my black lab, is always by my side. My sewing room is in located in an added room above the garage, where you can't hear the door bell or even a car pulling in the driveway, so one of her most important jobs is to let me know that someone is at the door.  But her most important job is time keeper. Like most quilters, I get lost in the task at hand and Duchess will always give me a little nudge when it’s time to take a break.  

I also, have two cats.  Both are at my heels as I climb the stairs to the sewing room. Patches is planning her nap on the way, I'm sure.  But, Spike is always seeking a new adventure; anything that falls to the floor becomes a toy to him. Soon, after bringing Spike home I discovered he penchant for sewing items.  He will swipe a spool of thread and take it downstairs for hours of unwinding and of course this is under a bed or someplace where you can't see the loose thread until the vacuum cleaner starts eating it and you end up spending an hour with the seam ripping cleaning the beater bar. But, Spike's biggest pet peeve is a pin cushion. He can’t stand seeing a pin in one.  I have to hide them when I not using them.  He will pull out each pin and carry them to the far reaches of the house.  So, you might say that I have two pet helpers and one pet hurdle in my sewing room.

Glenna wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 9:36 PM

My dog loved to get under the table when I was pin-basting a quilt, and she would lie at my feet when I was quilting.  But when I didn't take a break from sewing soon enough for her, she would drag the end of the toilet paper clear across the house to show me I needed to give her some attention.  I don't have a pet right now but am looking for another 4-legged companion.

Glenna wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Sunday, 13 February 2011, 9:36 PM

My dog loved to get under the table when I was pin-basting a quilt, and she would lie at my feet when I was quilting.  But when I didn't take a break from sewing soon enough for her, she would drag the end of the toilet paper clear across the house to show me I needed to give her some attention.  I don't have a pet right now but am looking for another 4-legged companion.

sunbinder wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 4:11 PM

Hi

Hear goes....................6 cats, Georgia,Aurora,Gilmore, Kojo,Buttercup and Buttercup( Einstein our 7th cat died recently at age 20.

Dogs Mango and Ash(Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever) .or Toller's for short

My Cat are used for fabric weights and when I want them to move one of my dogs chases them out the sewing room. Playfully of coarse:)

Marcia Gilbreath wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 6:45 PM

I have one small dog, Copper.  He helps by making sure I take a break every couple of hours to take him outside.  Otherwise I might sit there sewing for 8 hours at a stretch!

Jayne wrote re: January's QCA Survey Contest - Do Your Pets Help You Quilt?
on Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 10:27 PM

I loved reading about all the animals everyone has in their lives who "sew" with them. :-)I am a new quilter and had 5 cats when I started 3 years ago. Magic, one of my Maine coon cats, was my best bud (Bandit is his brother, both 14 yrs old) and had a bed he claimed on my cutting table. He was my constant companion. :-)One day we adopted a stray from my son's house, Mama Kitty as we called her,  and blessed us with 5 babies. Patches, Yoda, Stash, Tigger and Houdini. Magic would get into the box they slept in and cuddle with them while Mama took a break. He was the "surrogate dad". He taught them well and passed his legacy on last year in March when we lost him to cancer and a stroke. I miss him terribly. We added a  2 yr old Newfie/Lab mix dog to our family when we rescued her, named Belle. Anytime I am in my quilt room, you can find her there, along with 3 of the 4 remaining cats. One lays on the ironing board, one under the cutting table, one on the cutting table. My husband says "they want to be close to mom". I wouldn't have it any other way. (p.s.  I have LOTS of dog and cat fabric too....go figure!) Have a wonderful time quilting everyone!!!

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