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Buy the book "Cats Who Quilt." Buy your cat the "Certificate of Membership in the League of Cat Quilters." Make your cat very happy. Buy other stuff too, like some of the other cat quilt pattern books featured on this Web site.

Excerpts from 'Cats Who Quilt'
Read excerpts from the book 'Cats Who Quilt'

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Table of Contents
Read the Table of Contents of 'Cats Who Quilt'

Certificate of Membership in League of Cats Quilters'
Read about the Certificate which comes in the book, or can be purchased separately.

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 helps run 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.

Cats from Outer Space FAQ
Is your cat from outer space or has she simply been abducted by aliens? Find out here.

Stories About Special Cats Who Quilt
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.

Who Is This Woman Who Writes These Goofy Things?

My name is Judy Heim and I live in Wisconsin with my husband John and a menagerie of cats and dogs. Years ago, while in college, I suffered a very large brain tumor that left me a little bit paralyzed, with a tendency to tire easily, and with my hearing and vision impaired, similar to a stroke patient. I wanted to support myself, and not spend my life collecting Social Security. So I became a writer.

That was twenty years ago. Since then I've written 18 books which have ranged in subject from computers to quilting to antiques. Several have been Book of the Month Club selections. I've also written several humor books including "Cats Who Quilt," "I Lost My Baby, My Pickup and My Guitar on the Information Highway," and "Internet for Cats."

This is me, Judy, and my hound dogs. This photo catches us in the midst of forming a Wild Animal Pack. (Photo courtesy of Brian Ebner at Optic Nerve.)

Most people think that if you write a book you've got it made, but that's far from the case. At least it hasn't been true for me. Over the years I've supported myself and my family as a magazine writer and reporter. The books have been a moonlighting hobby.

I've written over a thousand feature and news stories for publications ranging from Family Circle to Cosmopolitan to Newsweek . For ten years I wrote a popular column for PC World. I've also written for a lot of craft magazines including Sew News and Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. I wrote a column for Kal-Kan's Sheba cat food Web site for several years too.

I've also written for newspapers and my news stories have appeared on most of the popular news Web sites including CNN's, C/Net, ZiffNet, and IDGnet. I've even written for MIT's Technology Review Web site, and have ghost-written for computer industry luminaries. I've won several journalism and book awards. Recently a magazine story I wrote was nominated for an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

In my spare time (when I have any) I listen to coyotes howl, climb high ladders to paint things (although I usually fall off), and unroll bolts of fabric around the house and dream about things I will sew with the fabric if I should ever find the time. Oh yes, I also talk to animals a lot.

My husband John and I have been married for a dozen years. John is blind from retinitis pigmentosa. (John is the first Quilting Guy of the Month on the Men of Quilting Feature.) He and I run this Web site together. My cats like John a lot because they've discovered that a cat can play all sorts of cruel tricks on a blind guy, like stealing food off his plate and poking a paw into the bowl of cake mix he's stirring. They also enjoy teasing his guide dog, Walker, by playing with Walker's ears. Walker doesn't mind too much, although he'll look around at them as if to ask 'Hey, what are you doing with my ears?'

Thank you for visiting my Web site. Quilters and knitters have flooded me with e-mail over the years, and I've just loved getting your messages and reading your stories. Your words of kindness and encouragement have been priceless to me. They've been a constant reminder that this human chain of which we're a part is a special and miraculous thing.

I've been living in a perpetual state of guilt that I haven't been able to answer all of you. I've tried, I really have. Please accept my apologies if you didn't hear from me. Know that your messages have meant a great deal to me. I thank you for them.

Many of you have written with questions about such things as printing photos on fabric and how to design complex stitching patterns on a computer. I've tried to include answers to as many of these questions as possible on some of the pages in this Web site. Look around, it's a big Web site, you may be surprised at the answers you find.

Thanks for stopping by! Yours in stitching & happiness!


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Stories About Special Cats Who Quilt

Sewing Room Safety Tips for Cats--And Dogs

Free Cat Quilt Patterns to Download

World's Biggest Cat Quilt Pattern Database

Cat Quilt Pattern Books

Cat Embroidery Patterns that Are Good for Quilts

Cat Print Fabrics & Fabric Swaps

Cat-Themed Wearable Art Patterns

How to Search for Out of Print and Hard-to-Find Cat Quilt & Embroidery Patterns

Where to Buy Cat Quilts

Decorating Ideas for Cats (and People) Who Quilt

Cat Quilt Trivia

Magazine Articles About Cat Quilts

Cat paws walking across a quilt

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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.