It seems like most of the quilters that I know will agree that their pets like to hang out with them when they are quilting. Especially those with cats can appreciate how much "help" their feline friends like to provide. My helper is an 18 pound black and white cat named Sammy. He loves to lay on my sewing table, my cutting board, my ironing board, my lap when I'm hand-quilting . . . you get the picture. If I lay out blocks on the floor to arrange, then he will re-arrange them by burrowing under them.
He's great company most of the time, and a pest some of the time.