A year ago Mom made a simple request. Gizzy was sick, and she needed green papers to pay the v-e-t. Would anybody be interested in buying a quilt for a cat?
The answer was most emphatically, "Yes."
We had orders for 4 before noon. By the end of the first day, Mom had orders for 14. By the end of the first week, she had orders for 30.
Cat bloggers said she would be “Bizzy for Gizzy” and named the quilts “Gizzy Quilts.”
The quilts were also called Amazing Flying Technicolor Quilts, and they flew all over the US. Gizzy Quilts can also be found in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Austria and Germany. At this time, counting the Holiday Gizzy quilts, Mom has made and shipped over 150. She had expected to make maybe 5, and dreamed of making 10.
Mom has also made quilts for woofies, PTU’s, laptops and babybeans.
And she has donated several quilts to raise green papers for good causes, from DKM’s AIDS Walk to Monty Q’s Babybean medical expenses. We'll soon be doing a Gizzy Quilt Raffle to help Churchill.
All those quilts take a lot of fabric. At first, Mom used fabric from her own stash, but that ran out pretty quick. She received packages of fabric from several beans. Much of that was used for backings, but all of it was used. Mom has ordered over 200 yards of fabric from eQuilter in the last year, and over 52 yards of fleece.
She has made quilts of every color: blues, purples, greens, yellows, reds, pinks, browns, even black. Mom has satisfied requests for quilts with dragons, butterflies, fish, and tomatoes. Some beans want to make sure the quilt looks very good with their cat. Lookit this picture Beezer sent to prove he would look good with the quilt he wanted:The best part is reading stories of how cats love their quilts. Speedy drags his around. Daisy bunny kicks hers.
You can see pictures of cats and read their stories at the Bizzy for Gizzy blog. You can also watch the slideshow of all the quilts Mom has made so far.
I am very happy to be in the middle of this. It's fun to help Mom make quilts for cats, and to do my job to make sure they are purrfect. I like listening to the stories of all the cats and their quilts.
Thanks to everybody for keeping us Bizzy for Gizzy. I am sure Gizzy would be very proud.
Gosh, we miss him.