*If you’re interested in seeing my inspiration for this quilt, read more after the pattern instructions.
- 1/3 yard solid pink
- 3/8 yard solid white
- 1/8 yard each pink print and solid black
- 1/3 yard black print
- Lightweight fusible web
- 7/8 yard backing fabric
Finished quilt: 20×27″
From solid pink, cut:
- 3–2.5×42″ binding strips
- 1–4.5×10.5″ rectangle
- 1–3.5″ square
- 2–2″ squares
From solid white, cut:
- 1–13×16″ rectangle for applique (cut it larger if you like to oversize your appliqué background and trim to size)
- 2–3.25×10.5″ rectangles
- 1–3×5.5″ rectangle
- 1–3.5″ square
- 1–2×10.5″ rectangle
From pink print, cut:
- 1–2.5×10.5″ rectangle
- 2–1.5″ squares
From solid black, cut:
- Appliqué letters for “I can’t keep quiet”
From black print, cut:
- 2–2.5×23″ strips
- 2–2.5×20″ strips
From backing fabric, cut:
- 1–28×35″ rectangle
Assemble the Cat Hat:
2. Layer the marked solid white 3.5″ square on a solid pink 3.5″ square. Sew 1/4″ on both sides of the diagonal line. Cut on the drawn line to form two triangle-squares.
Appliqué the Quilt:
1. Print the appliqué letter patterns in the materials list (they will print backwards so you can use them for fusible web). Trace the letters onto fusible web the number of times needed to spell, “I CAN’T KEEP QUIET.
3. I positioned the first line of appliqué 3.25″ from the top of the fabric and centered it horizontally. (I also used a ruler to align all the letters.
Assemble the Quilt:
3. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.
4. Quilt as desired. I quilted curved lines on the hat to make it look rounded. I also added lightning bolt quilting from the appliqué to the outside of the quilt to look like the words were shouting.
5. Bind with solid pink binding strips.
My Inspiration for This Quilt:
When the January 21, 2017 women’s march on Washington DC happened, I followed the news on social media and was so in awe of what I saw — women coming together, supporting each other, and letting their voices be heard. One image stood out to me the most and stuck with me long after the march ended. The video clip is below:
I found myself humming this song frequently, and was especially inspired by the line: “I can’t keep quiet.” As a person who prefers to be non-confrontational and is usually shy in social situations, I realized that there were other ways to express myself than at a march or through a song.
I’m lucky enough to work in an industry that is predominantly women. I love seeing women operating their own businesses, being at the top of their field, and expressing themselves through their words, blogs, quilts, and works of art. I also wanted to honor the women whose words I was inspired by growing up and who taught me to trust myself and strive for more.
Whether through song or books, or all the amazing women in my personal life, I couldn’t possibly include all the influential women in my life in these photos. I’m so blessed to be surrounded by so many strong ladies!
Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”
If you make this pattern, I’d love to see it! Post it on my Facebook page or share pictures with me on Instagram @lindsmayland or using the hashtag #HearMeRoarQuilt!