Friday Cat Blogging – 8 March 2013

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Don’t worry: during the festivities revolving around the 10th anniversary of Friday Catblogging, ordinary Friday Catblogging will continue as usual. Today we’re back to quilts. This one is called “Tessellated Pinwheels,” and it was made from reproduction 1930s fabrics that were left over from the Wedding Ring quilt. It’s machine pieced and hand quilted. The cat was manufactured in the usual way.

By the way, like all good origin stories, the tale of Friday Catblogging comes in three parts. Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the inspiration. Monday is the 10th anniversary of the decision to start doing it. And next Thursday is the 10th anniversary of the first actual instance of Friday Catblogging. We’re going to celebrate by chaining me to the computer for a Reddit Ask Me Anything session about catblogging. If you’ve ever had any burning questions about this, save ’em up until then.

In other cat news, my sister sends me this article showing that even medieval monks had to put up with cats climbing onto their keyboards. Plus ça change etc.

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