Friday, March 07, 2008

It's funny that a basket of scraps and a post about my home town took me a little further down memory lane. Before my very eyes I had a quilt top that tells a tale.

A Tail Of Two Kitties

Just west of town, you make a left turn on the old lonesome road where stray flowers bloom.
You will pass by farm houses once on the same party line. Further up the canyon is a culvert to the fresh water creek, shaded by eucalyptus trees and it's banks teeming with poison oak. There in an opening is the house where I grew up. On the other side of the fence just beyond where the county road ends, our nearest neighbor's horse pasture joined with our field. That fence held no meaning for these two kitty cats - ours named Tiger and the neighbor's Billie Manure - they had work to do.


The two felines were the queens of that canyon. They earned their keep by being great huntresses. They kept the barns free of mice and made valiant efforts to keep the fields and pastures clear of gophers. They were prolific in every aspect of their lives and each gave birth regularly to the next generation of hunters.
And this is where the fun begins. While they had mutual admiration for the other's hunting skill, each fancied herself a superior mother. So when Billie Manure would leave her progeny to go out for a hunt, Tiger would stealthily kidnap Billie's kittens. Suddenly a litter of 5 or 6 at our place would become 10 or 12.
And in just as methodical a plan, Billie Manure would retaliate as soon as the opportunity was afforded to her. In the blink of an eye, Tiger's kitten family would be down to zero. It became a community of cats that both our families cared for in a neighborly fashion.
It was a fun thing to watch - a mother cat carefully carrying kitten after kitten gently in her mouth across the field. What those poor kitties must have thought, when they soon realized they would be making the return journey in the next day or so. We never knew whose cats were whose except those two females - Tiger and Billie Manure - I bet some of their descendants are still hunting in and around the buildings and fields in that canyon today.

40 comments:

KCQuilter said...

Oh, what a wonderful story and a wonderful quilt to commemorate two great kitties! Love the tale and the quilt.

Bren said...

Excellent!! What a great tale...We also had a party line but not the two kitties. Your quilt is a definate keepsake now. Amazing what a couple of applique pieces will do!

Catherine said...

What a fabulous story and the quilt is wonderful!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

Oh that is so sweet! What a great story and I love this quilt.

Marcie said...

I started laughing at the title and all the way through! That is a wonderful story! It should be a book! You could illustrate it with quilted pictures! How on earth did all those kittens nurse?

Mar said...

I love this! both the story and the quilt! and this is where our difference is, you obviously have talent!!For weaving a tale and throwing together scraps :-)

Beth said...

What a sweet quilt and a sweet story to go with it! You come up with just the cutest stuff!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Such a nice story, and what a lovley quilt...

Jeanne said...

Libby, that's a wonderful story. The quilt is a great way to remember the kitty capers. It turned out great.

loulee1 said...

What a wonderful story, and a lovely quilt too.

May Britt said...

Cat's can be so funny. My grandmother had a cat who had kittens. I was going to have one of them and I was often there to pet with the kitten.Our houses was next to eachother. But suddenly I found the kitten on my porch. Too smaal to leave her mother. We carried it back, but next day it was on my porch again. Tha catmother carried the kitten to us and left it there. And then we realized the mother had no more milk left for the kitten, so I had to bottlefeed her. The catmother knew I could take care of the kitten. And afterwords the catmother brought mouse and birds for the kitten.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a pretty quilt. You always have a way of making the simplest of quilts look extra special. Those two kitties at the bottom are adorable.

Lisa Boyer said...

I loved this story and quilt. What a perfect post--a wonderful quilt and a lovely story. Thank you.

alda said...

oh, that's a great story!!!and your intergrate all this in your lovely quilt!!

alda

lil said...

what a great idea and great story
love the layout of your quilt

The Calico Cat said...

Great story... Love the quilt!

Paula said...

Love the quilt, and the story makes it even better!

Darlene said...

I love the "tail of two kitties" - cute story, Libby. And, the quilt is adorable.

Stina said...

Oh I loved the story and the quilt...it´s wonderful!!

Judy said...

We always had litters and litters of kitties growing up too!

paula, the quilter said...

Wonderful story! I lived up in the mountains and we, too, had party lines. An eight party line. There was another teen aged girl on our line so you can imagine the logjam on it!

Quilt Memories said...

A Tale of Two Kitties, A wonderful story. The quilt is amazing too! Love both......J

julieQ said...

Hehehe!! fun story!! Love those kitties...and love that quilt!

Dawn said...

Oh I love it, and what a great story!

Eileen said...

Love your kitten story and their quilt. Fun to remember back to the good old days.

Carin said...

Lovely story! Great quilt.

Perry said...

I love this story. It is wonderful! Our country is in great need of some of that happening I think. The feeling of community is fast slipping away.

Rose said...

What a great story, Libby! I love kitties. I love that you pieced them into your quilt along with your love.

Finn said...

Hi Libby, what a lovely story and absolutely wonderful quilt! Such a marvelous reward for doing all the cutting and cleaning up *VBS* Bet your Mom is smiling down, big time!
Hugs, Finn

Guðrún said...

This is a great story and now you are making this extraordinary quilt based on this memory!

Frederique said...

Nice story, and beautiful quilt!

Angela said...

That is the funniest story!

Carole said...

Lovely quilt! Thank you for sharing the story!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I absolutely love this quilt! And aren't memories wonderful.

Marilyn R said...

What a great story that an equally great quilt has to tell!

Karen said...

What a good story and a quilt to go with it!

Karen said...

Aw, Libby, that's the cutest story, and there's the quilt to illustrate it.

donnaquilts said...

What a wonderful memory. Isn't that just what quilts are supposed to be about? I love the quilt and the story!!

Lea said...

WOoooo, This quilt is so beautiful and the story is fun to read! Thank you for sharing!

Love Bears All Things said...

loved this story.
Mama Bear