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Thread: You're an Animal! Quilt Block

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    Super Member jdavis's Avatar
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    A local QS is having a contest. Blocks are supposed to be pet "portraits".
    The blocks will be put together in a quilt, and the quilt will be raffled to raise money for the Humane Society.
    This was a rush job, but I'm not unhappy with the results!
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    That is the most adorable applique!!! Good Job, very realistic :D :D :D
    I know with blocks like these, your raffle is sure to be a big sucess!!!!

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    I'd be proud of that applique if I'd done it! It's great!!!!!! :D :D

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    Thank you Amma,

    I haven't seen any other blocks. I think it would be fun to do something a little more cartoony, but the deadline is quickly approaching, so I don't know if I'll get to another.

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    I love it.

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    That looks great!!!!

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    Cute nice Calico Cat!!!1

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    That turned out great and I can tell this is your quilt inspector pictured in the indigo quilt post.

    Is it fused applique, then zigzag along the edges? Also how did you get the eyes so perfect? Is that fused applique, fabric paint or did you somehow find fabric that had cats eyes that were just the right size?

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    Thanks, all you cat lovers!

    I used Wunder Under for all the pieces because that's what I had in the house. I didn't use any sort of stabilizer on the back of the block. I was in such a rush, it totally slipped my mind, but it worked ok anyway, and yes, it's just zigzag stitch.
    I first outlined the eyes and nose with a fabric pen (I cut the eyes and nose out of my tracing paper pattern with an exacto knife, then placed it over the applique to I could get them in the right place). I knew I wouldn't want to stitch the black outline by hand. Then I hand embroidered the green eye fill, black eye slit, pink nose fill, nose bridge outline and mouth outlines. I didn't try to cover up the nose outline, because the real cat's nose actually has a dark outline.
    This project almost didn't come off because I have so little grey fabric in my stash! The piece I settled on was in a bundle my mother won as a door prize at a quilt show. I don't like the print by itself, but it works here!
    Thanks again for all the nice comments!

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    Goodness, that is so cute!! :D I
    just love your cat block. I hope
    you will be sharing more of them
    with us. Great workmanship!!
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    You did an excellent job. I hope it raises lots of money for the Humane Society, which reminds me I better get busy making my quilt to donate to the Humane Society for their raffle coming up in November. Thanks for sharing.

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    What a great block for a great cause!

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    I love it!

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    Very pretty

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    Great kitty block!!! I agree - it really looks life like!!!! Especially the eyes!!!!! :D :D

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    I like it a lot. You should post a pic of the cat too, I bet it is very comparable. I would love to try something like that!

    Kyia

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    cute!!

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    I meant to include a picture of the cat, but I got sidetracked. Had some trouble with the camera yesterday, but got her back working last night. I may be able to post the cat picture tomorrow.

    I'm now working on a dog block of my sister's puppy.

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    That's really cute!

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    Your applique looks very life-like. You should be proud of it.

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    Very cute!!

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    I agree with everyone that it's so lifelike - it's really beautiful and for a great cause, well done! :D

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    Oh my that is a really nice block and I love the eyes on your cat they are perrrrrrrrrfect.

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    I love your kitty block. Kitties face is so realistic I feel like he's looking at me. Great job.

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    Especially for Kyia, here is the original picture. Thank goodness for digital cameras, or I never would have finished the block in time.
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