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Thread: Cat Panel

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    Hello all, I would welcome some advice please as I am very unsure of myself - skills, ideas etc.
    I have bought a panel of cats, fronts and backs. It measures 25"x44", now I am not sure what to do with apart from making a draught excluder that is fat at the bottom and thin at the top! We have several little girls in the family, from 6months to 60+yrs! and I had thought of starting on the Christmas presents!
    I do hope you have some more ideas.
    Thanks in anticipation,
    PennyfromEastYorkshire

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    What about cutting them each out and putting on t-shirts. Or putting them on a tote bags.
    Quote Originally Posted by PenelopeG
    Hello all, I would welcome some advice please as I am very unsure of myself - skills, ideas etc.
    I have bought a panel of cats, fronts and backs. It measures 25"x44", now I am not sure what to do with apart from making a draught excluder that is fat at the bottom and thin at the top! We have several little girls in the family, from 6months to 60+yrs! and I had thought of starting on the Christmas presents!
    I do hope you have some more ideas.
    Thanks in anticipation,
    PennyfromEastYorkshire

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    Aw, no ideas, but they are sure cute!
    Sweetpeas idea is a good one!

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    You could cut them out, applique them to a background fabric and make pillows, too.

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    It might be cute to cut the panel in two, across the middle so that you have a row of all cats facing front, and another row of all cats facing backward. Then use the front-facing cats as the middle of the quilt, with your choice of blocks and borders around it. Put the back facing cats in the quilt backing on the opposite side of the front facing cats. Then your quilt will have a definite front side and back side!

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    I adore Sweetpea's idea of cutting them out and appliqueing to T's, totes or even sweatshirts. You can pick up plain shirts just about anywhere to embellish with this cute panel. Imagine how cute the shirt would look with the front of the kittens on the front and the backs on the back. Any little cat lover would love it for a Christmas Pressie!

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    I agree with applique. But I don't think needleturn is the way to go, this time. I would use a water soluable fusible and do either a blanket, stain or zig zag to sew them down.

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    Not quilt related but when I first saw the pic I thought of a door draft stopper....stablize the fabric to make it stronger. Please be sure to let us know what you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    I agree with applique. But I don't think needleturn is the way to go, this time. I would use a water soluable fusible and do either a blanket, stain or zig zag to sew them down.
    I agree. Needleturn is too much work for t shirts! I sure do like fusable though!

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    How about cutting it in half long-ways, sewing the two pieces together for one long strip, then using it as a ruffle on the bottom of a jumper or dress? Put the fronts of the cats on the front and put the backs on the back? That would be really cute!

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    Thanks for all the replies, I am now thinking of appliqué but would like to ask Sewcrafty - what is water soluble fusible material? Would it be the same as using an iron-on backing to fuse the cat to the backing fabric?
    Thought I might appliqué, quilt, then make tea-cosies etc! All suggestions welcome!! We have a Christmas present list with kids from 6months to 94 years (my Mum) to buy for, so it should be home-made for all from now-on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PenelopeG
    Thanks for all the replies, I am now thinking of appliqué but would like to ask Sewcrafty - what is water soluble fusible material? Would it be the same as using an iron-on backing to fuse the cat to the backing fabric?
    Thought I might appliqué, quilt, then make tea-cosies etc! All suggestions welcome!! We have a Christmas present list with kids from 6months to 94 years (my Mum) to buy for, so it should be home-made for all from now-on!
    Yes, you can use it to iron your fusible on for applique, and the when washed it will dissolve. It is used a lot on machine embroidery. Pillows would be cute also with the front of the cats on the front and the back of the cats on the back.

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    Welcome! You could make a long pillow.

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    cut them apart, take one square set and make a square quilt as you go block, then repeat for each kitty. I think it would make a cute kids quilt by adding plain QAG blocks with them. :thumbup:

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    Thanks for the ideas - what is QAG? (please excuse my ignorance, very new to this!).

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    for someone who likes catsm make a set of pillowcases with the cats on the end panel...fronts on one and backs on another, or make one pillow case with bothsets of cats on the one case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PenelopeG
    Thanks for all the replies, I am now thinking of appliqué but would like to ask Sewcrafty - what is water soluble fusible material? Would it be the same as using an iron-on backing to fuse the cat to the backing fabric?
    Thought I might appliqué, quilt, then make tea-cosies etc! All suggestions welcome!! We have a Christmas present list with kids from 6months to 94 years (my Mum) to buy for, so it should be home-made for all from now-on!
    A lot of fusing can tend to be stiff, so I like the option of the water soluable. You iron it on as normal and sew it down, but when you wash it the fusible dissolves and it soft like a reg. applique item.

    Does that make sense?

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    I think that would be cute too

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    I think that would be cute too

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    quilt as you go

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    Thanks for all the suggestions for my cat panel - I gave up in the end as their tails got in the way! Wrapped around each other back and front meant that to cut them into individuals - or cushion covers, I would chop off tails and some would have two tails and some would be no-tail cats!
    So, no quilting or patchwork, just straight forward cutting and sewing!
    However, a certain three year old who loves cats with a passion will be delighted with this - I hope!
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    Penny

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