This is my sister’s Christmas gift for this year. She has two dogs but has fallen in love with cats. Hopefully, she will like this wall hanging. I had no idea what to do for the border. Then, looking through my stash I
found this fabric which had all the colors of the applique. Plus, the
yellow brightened the piece.
I had made the center block a little while ago, but revisited it by changing the color of the cat’s facial features, adding borders and quilting it. I did quilt all around the wool applique to add depth. The simple echo quilting finished everything off.
As you can see by my simple embroidery, I am no Sue Spargo… I do like to add embroidery to applique in general, and on wool applique in particular. The many textures enrich the design. The wool I used for the leaves is my favorite because it is very thick
(felted from some clothing). I back stitched around each leaf but, due
to its thickness, the stitches look different: I love it! Wool applique
is really fun, and I am quilting another wall hanging showcasing it. I
am hoping to have it ready by tomorrow or Monday.
My design is actually an ode to my first cat, Jamie, who lived to be 18 years old. As I write this, my other cat, Sapphire, has just reached over the computer mouse and scratched me! (&#$@!!!). I ain’t putting her on a quilt any time soon…
I hope your Fall day is as beautiful as mine.