Bruno Quilt

This small project took a long time to finish, because it’s hot and my interest in sewing has dropped precipitously. I only touched it every few days, and then usually for less than an hour at a time. Anyway, it’s done now, and on my floor:

Just like Bruno himself. Here’s the source photo, taken a few years ago but not at all an unusual pose:

And here’s what it became in fabric and thread:

It’s 30.5″ x 17″. Very small compared to what I’ve been making lately. Here’s the back:

This technique looks a lot better stretched, as in Air/Nude. But since the black side has contrasting thread, it’s OK.
The quilt came out smaller than I expected. Bruno is a huge cat, this quilt leaves the impression of a normal-size cat. Here’s Bruno being an art critic:
But before I got the camera out he was trying to sit on it, which I interpret as praise.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

13 thoughts on “Bruno Quilt”

  1. Excellent! The heavier the quilting, the more size you lose. That’s why Bruno looks a little under stuffed. You could combat this by adding more batting to the area that is not going to be quilted, if you like.I like it how it is now. It makes a wonderful contrast to the heavy quilting of the background. I think having a cat sit on something is about as effusive as they get! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. We’ve got a cat that looks like Bruno – a little thinner, though. All three of our cats are black cats, plus the neighbor’s cat.

  3. COOL!!!! you’re A really really amazing person I just saw your movie, sita, read your biography on wiki.. and just read some of your topics on here.. I wish you all the best!

  4. Love the quilt, love the cat, but most of all, LOVE LEXI!!!! in the movie.
    We refer to her as “pinknose” and I’m thinking of having a tattoo of her done on me.

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