Thursday, October 7, 2010

I am a Barn Quilt Cat

Have you heard of a barn quilt? You might have seen them in places like Kentucky and Iowa and Wisconsin and other Far-Away places.

Here in Thorntown we have lots of creative people getting together to make barn quilts for our barns and things. Here's a bit from the most recent Library Newsletter:
The library’s barn quilt has been completed and has been mounted on the north side of the parking lot.  Because of the many flower beds gracing the library, staff chose the flower basket quilt block but changed the top “flowers” to resemble an open book; they also added an orange cat. 

Many thanks to Carol Fisher for suggesting the project, to Melissa Imbus for coordinating and painting, and to the Sugar Creek Historical Society, Inc., for backing the idea.  Many artists, painters and installers are assisting.  John and Sharon Gillan’s quilt is hanging on their large red barn just west of town.  A tree of life quilt is presently being painted for the barn of John and Kelly Frank, a block is being selected by Tom and Keri Dull, and paint has been purchased for Leanna Woody’s Dresden flower block.  Larry Truitt has completed and mounted a Civil War block that faces the Heritage Trail in Thorntown.  More blocks will be added in 2011 as various groups and individuals expand on the idea of barn quilts. 

Okay, now that's a lot of words to read, but you might have noticed the most important phrase at the end of the first paragraph: they also added an orange cat.

I bet you're wondering "why would they add an orange cat?" Well, NO, you're not. . . you know exactly why, don't you?

If you super-biggify the picture you will see that the call number on the spine label is 636.8 TOB which is Dewey Decimal-speak for Tober, Boss Cat of Thorntown Public Library. (Dewey Decimal is a Secret Language that Librarians use but if you ask really nicely they will teach it to you.)

I have only one problem with my barn quilt. Here is a picture of the real me:

If you will notice, I am Significantly Slimmer in my real me picture. When they made my barn quilt picture, they changed me from a Picture of Feline Health to a Tubby Tabby.

Don't get me wrong, I am Very Flattered that I am now on a barn quilt by my Library. But they really should have made me not chubby, since I work so hard to maintain my Mancatly figure.

Or maybe there's a stash of treats around here I don't know about?

I will start looking after my nap.

Famouser & famouser,



Sparkle said...

Being a big city cat, I had no idea what a barn quilt was! Now I am a little bummed, because being a big city cat, I will probably never get to be on a barn quilt! You are lucky, Tober, even if they did make you look a little heavier than you really are!

The Island Cats said...

Wow, Tober!! We think that quilt is pretty cool!!

Suzi Parron said...

What a great blog! So much fun. I love your barn quilt and don't think I have ever seen one with a cat added. I have been researching barn quilts for a couple of years now for an upcoming book, so I have seen plenty of them (about 900).

Glad to see that Indiana's trail is continuing to expand. If you would like to know more about barn quilts in general, go to

Best wishes,

Suzi Parron

Oskar said...

That's really cool! My people have lots of material quilts, but we've never seen a barn quilt. Thanks for telling us about them.

Guess what? My mom person & I have created a new blog at

We'd love it if you would come over and check it out & become a member. It's a great new place for pet bloggers to find each other, and get an opportunity to be a featured blog!

Nubbin wiggles,

Carolyon said...

WOW! That's amazing!

Kitikata-san said...

Cute quilt! AND indeed, you do have a more trim figure than the quilt figure.