Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tidy Up Tuesday - The Proverbial Quilt Along - Cat Nap

A UFO Club Finish

Welcome to another edition of Tidy Up Tuesday!!  As you read this, you will see quite clearly how it came to be posted in this series.  I have known for quite some time that I had a baby quilt to make.  It was a special quilt and required a special design.  Sit down.  It's a long story.

It goes something like this...

The date is 3/28/2020.  My UFO Club buddy, Sheepless, has enabled me.  She posted information about the QAL in our "2020 BOM / QAL / FAL / Challenges?" discussion threads on Ravelry.

Instead of my usual la, la, la, la, I can't hear you response, I bit!

I have signed up for The Proverbial Quilt Along with Wendy @ The Next Stitch.

The Proverbial Planning Sheets have been downloaded.  :o))

When I tried to purchase the pattern from designer Denyse Schmidt, I encountered technical difficulties.  :o((

What words will you use, Joyful???

I've gone through a number of phrases.  Ultimately, I think I might have hit on one that will work for me.  Quilt your worries away!


I went with The Proverbial Cat Nap.  Sorry, Denyse!  I didn't end up using the pattern I was eventually able to purchase in your shop.  Hunter Design Studio's Carpe Nap quilt won out for my attention during the Quilt Along.  I must say, I'm making steady progress and it's coming along SEW nicely:

Gratuitous look at those cute kitties:

I shared the making of the top and (a portion of the) back in this Design Floor Friday post.  Then, I promptly set the project aside.

Days (weeks?) (MONTHS!) passed.  A rather large quilt was quilted on the longarm.  In the time it took to say UFO, I had loaded Cat Nap and set about choosing a thread color.

You KNOW what that means... 

September 6th, the time had come to complete this quilt:

It's all loaded up and (almost) ready to go:

Nearly another month passed before the quilt was bound.  It was one of my Have-To-Do's at Quilt Retreat.  Needleb helped me choose a binding fabric:

I cut miles of 2-inch strips...

... And made miles of quilt binding:

I sewed the binding to the back of the quilt, but was too tired to finish up by stitching it down on the front:

It was finally bound, but I didn't allow myself to call it done before attaching the special label that I had planned:

I showed Cat Nap off to my quilting friends the following week...

But, I didn't allow myself to take credit for a completed UFO until...

I had pieced the Zzz's:

Bordered the Zzz's:

Bordered the label:

Layered the label:

Added the three little dots...

Written out the details:

Pressed and prepared the label for applications:

Pinned it in place:


Sewn it down:

Yes.  I'm slow.  Yes.  The quilt was later than I wanted it to be.  In my defense, infants can't use quilts in their cribs, anyway.  SEW, there!!

Suffice it to say, the quilt arrived well before Baby's 1st birthday, so it's all good.  :P

Hoping for a photo with Baby sometime soon!!!

Sharing with Kelly


Whooping it Up with Sarah

Until next time...
Sweet dreams!!!


  1. Wow, it’s so good to see Carpe Nap all done! Complete with Z’s on the front and Z’s on the label! Well done, Joy! That’s a perfect size for a nap quilt for a growing baby!

  2. So cute, Joy! There are no babies in my life, but I still Carpe Nap!

  3. Such a cute design! I'm happy to see this one finished and in the hands of the happy family. Congrats on a super finish :)

  4. Carpe Nap is FAB! J really love this quilt!! Have a great day!

  5. I fully agree with your logic! What a great quilt it is and I just love the label.

  6. Love that sweet little quilt. Perfect fabric for the lettering too! Good job!

  7. so clever, the quilt and your storytelling!

  8. Such a fun finish! Love the label too. Definitely worth the wait.

  9. It is such a cute nap quilt. I have two quilted baby blankets I need to ship to babies. One is six months old and another a full year. Sometime I will make it to the post office...


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