Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mystery project revealed . . .

Hi everybody!

I'm back today to show you the completed project --- I think you might be surprised! I'll show you the finish, and then how to make it, in case you'd like to have one for your very own!

First, let me say, this is not a Lilypadquilting original . . . this project is from Lynette Anderson's wonderful book, It's Quilting Cats and Dogs. I seriously love this book --- the projects (seventeen of 'em) are so cute, and feature a dog, a cat, and a birdie that are good buddies. They appear on many of the projects; there are handbags, quilts, wallhangings, and TADA!!! Pincushions!!


(You were right, Gene, it's a cat!)

Isn't this ginger cat adorable? He's almost too cute to push pins into. (Grin)

Now, we started with these pieces:

The two fabric circles for the body are about 4.5 inches in diameter, and the face pieces are a little more oval in appearance, about 2.5 inches across. You can see that the kitty's paws are already placed on the long strip. 

I used my machine to blanket stitch the "stripes" on the kitty; they were cut from an orange print and stuck on for auditioning their positions with my faithful Lapel Stick (love that stuff!). 

Yep, I like that placement, so I stitched 'em down:

Then it was time to pin the strip around the edge of that circle, and stitch carefully . . .

Kinda looks like I made a neat little hat for Padsworth, ay?

The other side (the bottom of the pincushion) goes on next, and then --- make the kitty's face! After making the little ears, I put the ovals right sides together and stitched all the way around. The directions said to cut a small slit in one side to turn the face right side out, and here it is:

Then some decorative stitching with DMC (I added some whiskers because I thought he needed some!):

Then, the dramatic part! Stuffing! Poking the fiberfil into every little nook! I actually should make a note to self . . . stuff the next one more tightly! Oh well, he looks pretty good. Then I laid the little face onto the stuffed cushion and stitched it down.

The instructions said to leave the ears unattached, and I do believe that looks cute, seeing his ears up a bit. Maybe he heard something and he's waking up . . .

Well, I hope you liked my mystery project --- maybe you have Lynette's book in your stash, and you can thumb through it for the templates and make a Sleeping Kitty Pincushion, too!

I'm linking up with the linky party at Craftbuds! Check out all of the great links there, and try a new project or two!