My studio is still full to the brim with WIPS related to my Really Big Project ;)…all to be revealed soon! Because one of my favorite cats makes an appearance in the current issue of Quilting Arts magazine- a fast and easy way to create a pet portrait- I thought I would share my original interpretation of Ruby, titled “Unforgiven” (created for IQF’s “Raining Cats and Dogs” 2014 Special Exhibit).
It all began with an email from a dear friend, trying to console me for the outcome of the AFC Championship game on the previous evening. (Hint: my beloved NY Jets lost!) She had snapped a truly hilarious picture of her cat during an early Christmas celebration:
I should note that this was before I discovered the wonders of MistyFuse, so I had to work in reverse for my paper-backed fusible. Next step, gather my reds from my Superior thread stash and head to my local quilt shop and buy LOTS of fat quarters of reds for that bow…
Next challenge, the background (which was too busy in the original photo). I opted for a batik background that would contrast nicely with all of those reds, and added a suggestion of a human holding her by stitching in a cashmere “arm,” bit of body and hand. The inside joke about the cashmere is that is was thoughtfully provided by my feral cutie, who had chewed so many holes in one of my sweaters that it landed in my stash. It was a flat surface so I quilting in a cable pattern and “cuff” for fun:
– paper-backed fusible has its place, but the construction process would have been much faster with MistyFuse! This was the last piece I did without it.
– get over the fear of stitching the eyes! I was so afraid to make a mistake and ruin my ink work…in retrospect she would be even prettier if I had. This was also the last piece in which I did not stitch the eyes…they are now my favorite step.
And the title? It referred to my question to my friend: would Ruby ever forgive her for the indignity of that bow ;)?