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Read stories about special cats who quilt, submitted by visitors to this Web site. Submit your own story about your quilting cat.

Sewing Room Safety Tips for Cats--And Dogs
Please read these all-important sewing room safety tips for pets!

Free Cat Quilt Patterns to Download
Free Cat Quilt Patterns to Download

World's Biggest Cat Quilt Pattern Database
World's Biggest Cat Quilt Pattern Database. Find cat quilting patterns in this "shareware" directory of cat patterns around the world.

History of Cats Who Quilt
History of the Web site, and the book's rocky road into print.

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Needlecrafter's Computer Companion
Here's where you'll find tutorials for designing needlework on your computer, as well as everything you need to know about printing photos on fabric.

Unfinished Objects Prayer
Proof that all our needlework projects come from a higher source.

Men of Quilting
Is there a special guy in your life who runs your quilting Web site, who drives you to fabric stores, who humors you with "Honey, but that quilt looks lovely!" when you're too embarrassed to pull it out of the closet? Honor your special guy here in our special feature Quilt Guy of the Month!

Help for Handicapped Stitchers
Looking for information on how to use a sewing machine with a blow stick or help for quilting if your eyesight is failing? Here's some help.

Make Your Cat Proud to Be a Cat Quilter with a Certificate of Membership in the League of Cat Quilters!

Certificate of Membership in the League of Cat Quilters

When quilter and fellow cat lover Joni Prittie e-mailed to ask "My cat wants to know if she will get a certificate to show that she is a cat quilter" we know that we had to include one in our book.

On the last page of the book "Cats Who Quilt" you will find our original Certificate of Membership in the League of Cat Quilters.

But since many quilters will prefer to leave the book in tact and present their cat with their own framed certificate as an Authentic Cat Quilter, we decided to make the certificate available as a poster.

The Certificate of Membership in the League of Cat Quilters is 14" x 11" and is printed on heavy paper stock for easy framing.

For a limited time you can order both the Cats Who Quilt Book and the Certificate in poster form for $19.95. It makes a perfect gift for yourself or the cat-loving quilter in your life!

The text on the certificate reads:

"TO ALL QUILTERS WHEREVER YE MAY BE and to all sewers, knitters, embroiderers, crocheters, tatters, needlepointers, bobbin-lace makers, weavers, and tole painters, GREETINGS!

Know ye that on this ______day of ___________________in the year______ My cat ____________________ has passed all tests and inspections and been duly initiated in the LEAGUE OF CAT QUILTERS.

Be it known by whomever may be honored by his or her presence that membership in this League entitles one to Special Privileges including unlimited access to baskets containing pincushions and fabric snips, and the right to sleep undisturbed on any quilt in the house.

BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that as a member of the LEAGUE OF CAT QUILTERS he or she shall be revered in all places, particularly in sewing rooms and everywhere else where quilters congregate. In no instances shall a human chase this esteemed cat off a quilt crying, "You're making a mess of things!"

FINALLY, all humans in the household will feel honored to have in their midst a GENUINE CAT QUILTER and will do all they can to further their cat's quilting career including untangling thread from their cat's paws, fishing thimbles from his mouth, and unknotting fabric wound round his tail.


(Text Copyrighted 2002 by Judy Heim. May not be reproduced, in e-mail or on other Web sites. Graphics Copyright 2002 by Irina Borisova. May not be reproduced in e-mail or on other Web sites.)

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By the way, the certificate's text was inspired by a certificate that my father and his crewmates were given by the U.S. Navy during World War II when the LST they navigated passed the International Date Line in the Pacific. The certificate purportedly honored their initiation into THE SOLEMN MYSTERIES OF THE ANCIENT ORDER OF THE DEEP. It is signed by Neptune Regis and is encircled by cartoons of phantastical sea creatures. It's always been inspiring to me that an organization such as the U.S. Navy had a sense of humor even during such a dreadful war. The certificate has hung beside my desk for nearly 20 years. It is truly a great country when a vet's daughter can transform his favorite war souvenir into a certificate for cat quilters! And a talented woman newly emigrated to this country can draw it!

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Cats Who Quilt is a trademark of Fruitful Plains. Text on this Web site Copyright 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Judy Heim. May not be reproduced in any form--in either e-mail messages or on Web sites without written permission. All illustrations are copyright 2000, 2001, and 2002 Irina Borisova. They may not be reproduced without permission. Photos and quilts are copyrighted by their respective artists, and may not be reproduced without their permission.