Our January theme was Cats. I have always loved appliqued quilts of tigers and zebras so I pushed myself to do my cat using Heat n Bond. BTW, I was the only member of the group who portrayed a non-domestic cat! First, I found a photo of a quilt online and printed it in black and white. Then I enlarged it on 11 x 14 paper at Kinko’s. I used a window as my lightboard to trace a template for the white and black patches. I probably ironed the fusible on the wrong side of the white fabric but it must have been the same on both sides so it was not noticed. Learned that lesson on the black fabric–ruined!
After the face was done, I bordered it with some African fabric I recently bought from another guild member. I added a handcrafted jewelry item I recently bought at the yard sale of an artist. It is only pinned on so it is not permanent if I wanted to wear it! I forced myself to machine quilt my cat. Nowhere near perfect or even good but I DID IT. That’s part of the beauty of these little quilts. We are making ourselves try new things!