I am playing with my Tic Tac Who? pattern this week, but the family I am making the quilt for are cat people. Rosie isn't sure she approves of this cat business, but I am adding an applique cat instead of my pieced dog block anyway. I chose a black cat silhouette pattern from the EQ8 block library and will cut it from black Cuddle fabric once I settle on a size.
My original idea was to simply applique the cat on a blank square where the pieced dog/owl/duck block is in the original pattern.
Umm. Nope. This applique just doesn't fill the space the way the pieced blocks did. The cat shape is perfect though, so I'm determined to use it somehow. I had been so sure this would work that I cut this cat from Cuddle, so I have an applique cat block to play with in some other project now. However, I am not cutting any more cuddle without auditioning with something less messy first. There's cuddle fuzz everywhere!
My husband suggested a sheet of cheap poster board. Why didn't I think of that? I cut a larger cat silhouette from poster board and have been auditioning placement. I don't have a photo of the first try, but it did lead me to fill in the blank block with another X instead of trying to plunk a cat in it.
I think the size is better, but I don't like having the cat pretty much in the center of the quilt.
This is a bit better, but I think the cat gets a bit lost against the darker reds. There's something else bothering me about this one, but I can't quite put my finger on what exactly.
I think I like this one best. I am going to let that simmer for a little bit while I baste and quilt the quilt. I plan to have the cat be just a silouhette, so I don't want to quilt inside or all over it, but it is too big to leave the area under it unquilted. I am going to quilt the background, then applique the cat on top. I think that should be OK. If you have any words of wisdom against that plan, please speak now before I quilt!