more with kitty buds

After I made the pillows with Melinda's kitty buds fabric, I wanted to make something else. I thought maybe a quilt, but I wanted the kitty buds to be the main feature, not something that coordinated with another fabric. I also wanted to find a design that only required a few yards of patterned fabric since custom printed fabric is pricey (although totally worth it).

I flipped through Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts and found a pattern for a pinwheel duvet cover. It required 2 yards of patterned fabric and 5 yards of double wide solid-coloured quilter's muslin. My duvet had been sitting on the bed uncovered for a few weeks, so duvet cover it was. Besides, quilts take forEVER, and I always have a pile of other projects on the go. I was on a mission to get it done fast. I had a four-day weekend and a plan to stay in anyhow, and the 2 yards of quilting weight cotton had arrived already (hand-delivered by Melinda -- thanks, Melinda!).

I found double wide white cotton in the Designer Fabric Outlet's mill ends section for $6/yard. The fabric is so blindingly white that it's almost blue (the kitty buds fabric has a slightly creamy tone; it's hard to tell in these pictures because I was lazy about proper white balance). It was cheap, it was pure cotton, and I found it locally, so it was perfect.

I didn't line up the points in the middle as precisely as she does in the book, but it was so easy to make. I think I spent more time ironing it than I spent sewing it, and I did time-wasting things like handstitch snaps onto twill tape because I couldn't find the right snap tape anywhere. I ended up using a zipper anyway! But it's done and I like it and Oreo likes it too. She kept trying to go inside it as I was sewing it.

Oh! I had enough of the fabric left over to make a tiny pillow, too. It is already covered with cat fur.

Cat paw prints appeared within seconds of smoothing the duvet on the bed.

Celine got some kitty buds fabric from Melinda for her birthday. I just know she's going to work her magic on it and make something incredible.


bougybisous: I'm so glad you like it too! Yeah, I think it's meant to be Leaside or Forest Hill or where the two meet. When I first read it I was living on Avenue Road and St Clair, at the top of "The Hill" that is mentioned in the book. It made me smirk.

kenzie: Yes! Unfortunately it takes a while to get through a book, but it's definitely amusing and the book stays with you in a different sort of way.

Jane Flanagan: It sure is, I feel lucky to be able to do this!

Michelle: Oh yes, for sure. I find that when I listen to audiobooks I remember things so differently. I once listened to I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe (not the best book ever), so every time I hear the name "Charlotte" I hear it in the narrator's voice.

becka: You should try it; it's lovely. I read White Noise years and years ago, and it is so excellent! Maybe that could be the next book. I don't remember too much about it except the overall mood, which was spooky and bleak.

karyn: Aw, thanks! Oh, and don't apologize for doing your job! Haha. It looked like fun!

stephanie renee: Geoff usually falls asleep before I do, which is pretty funny!

pumkyn: I hope so too! It's a great thing to do. And it's so budget-friendly, haha.

Kennedy: Aw, thanks! You should try it.

nancy : The Sway Report: Oh, I know, he's such a great character with such a vivid fantasy life. Ha!

Walter Helena: I agree! Thanks for the link, I'll take a look when I get the chance!


  1. These are so beautiful and I love the kitty cat :) xx

  2. thank you so much! I'm always a little wary about blue whites and off whites, but this duvet cover looks marvy.
    Love your blog, hope mine will be as full as your one day:)

  3. Oh my gosh! This is so amazing. I'm in love.

  4. thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of Melinda Josie!

  5. lol, Oreo always has such an attitude, I love it!

    I want some of it so bad, the fabric! But goodness, how do you decide what to doooo with it!

  6. Haha, love the little kitty paw prints, why do they love freshly smoothed beds so much?! I didn't realize it was a pinwheel from your twitter pic, it looks so great!

  7. Oreo is as crankily adorable as ever... I just want to squeeze that face. And the kitty paw prints photo kills me! Great job on the duvet cover honey. xo!

  8. good work! you must be so satisfied to have finished it in one weekend. love those kitties.

  9. i love it, and that picture of oreo. ironing is the worst part of sewing by far.

  10. so very lovely Anabela!

  11. you did it again! it looks gorgeous Anabela!

  12. That looks so good!

    I'm still mega jealous of that fabric. I want a skirt out of it!

  13. Anonymous27.6.10

    wow just amazing! I love love love the fabric, and you did such a great job with the cover and pillow!!

  14. I love it! I'm definitely going to give it a shot. The look on Oreo's face makes me laugh.

  15. Way to use G20 days off to be super productive! The duvet cover is so adorable! I've been too nervous to tackle any of the Last-Minute projects, but I may have to copy you now!

  16. Anonymous28.6.10

    oh my goodness! This is adorable everywhere!!

  17. you did such a great job! the pinwheel design works so well and lets you really take notice of the kitties. so nice!!

  18. It looks so great! I love the pinwheel pattern! I'm so glad you made such amazing use of the fabric! (And Oreo is adorable!).

  19. I love this project, you did such a great job! I too have been thinking about make a quilt lately, but it seems like such an intense project. A duvet seems like a great option! And the pillows you made, they all match so nicely!

  20. I spy a clocky!
    I'm a chronic over-sleeper. Is clocky awesome, or annoying?
    I would have a hard time leaving a bed with so many kitties!

  21. AHHHHH! Anabela! sorry, I never leave any meaningful comments, but I just wanted to say that I am super jealous of all your bedroom linens these days...

    though I am quite curious how you're faring amidst all this G20 chaos...

  22. insane cuteness! your bed is such a dream.

  23. I love this fabric. Just wish I had more time for sewing projects! These pieces look great! So summery.



  24. Very, very pretty. That fabric cracks me up, as do the real-life paw prints.