|Paws in the Garden - wool applique|
Below is Terri's original design for the pattern, featuring her signature stencil-painted background and some awesome sherbet colors....this girl is one talented artist!!! She has this pattern for sale in her Etsy shop HERE if you'd like to make your own version of these sweet kitties. Take my word for it, it's a fun pattern and very well designed :*D
|Terri Stegmiller - Designer, Paws in the Garden|
When I signed up to test the pattern for Terri, I thought it might work well as part of my Summertime wool wall quilt project. However, because the original pattern is 24" x 37" I needed to reduce it down quite a bit to fit the 10" block size for this project. When I tried to get all three kitties in the block, the features lost a lot of those wonderful little details, so as much as I hated to do it, I had to choose to use only two of the kitties.
Many of my wool fabrics in this block were taken from suit jackets and skirts - can you imagine my delight when I found this wonderful deep aqua wool skirt????
I wanted to preserve the smoothness of the muzzles and paws without a lot of stitching, so I took the suggestion of a few of my more experienced friends and simply did an invisible applique stitch slightly beneath these shapes with a thin cotton thread. I love the play of the pale mint green muzzle and paws on this dignified aqua kitty.....
And of course, a purple muzzle and paws worked purrfectly on this flirtatious little pink kitty....
My favorite feature of this design is the way Terri gives so much purrsonality to these little felines' eyes!
I really wanted to do that justice, and sometimes details are difficult to do in wools. I decided that the eyes would need to be reverse applique, which means I cut holes for the eyes and placed the bright green eye fabric behind the holes.....
|They look a little spooky here, don't they? Hahaha!!!!|
Then I drew in the lines and pupils in the eyes with a black, fine-line Sharpie so I would have a pattern to use for the black stitching. This is also where I sketched in the features of the nose & muzzle for stitching.....
See how the green eye fabric sits behind the aqua kitty fabric in this pic below?
This forced the stitching to go outside of the eye, giving the impression of eyelashes ......
If I had just cut ovals for the eyes and stitched them down, the eye sections would have been very pronounced, not allowing the natural appearance of the eyes being inside the head. Plus all the stitchery around the eye would have appeared to be behind the eye instead of surrounding it, as it does here. (Hope that's clearer than mud LOL!!!)
I added a tiny little hot pink tongue hanging out on each kitty =^..^=
I also added in some french knot centers on the flowers and a few sprigs of grassy stitching with little tiny daisy-like flowers to add interest to the solid black background.....
Terri's design didn't need that because of all the fun stenciling she did on hers :*)
And I bet you are wondering what my own amazing feline, Gypsy, thinks of this new block, right?
Well, mostly she was quite miffed that it took up her space in my lap
when we took to the recliner as is our usual custom in the evenings LOL!!!
She was not very pleased to be relegated to my feet!!!
I hope you've enjoyed my version of Paws in the Garden!
I'm so happy that Terri allowed me this opportunity to play with her design!
Thanks so much Terri!!!
If you would like to learn more about Terri Stegmiller and her designs, you can find her at any of these cool spots ....
Web - http://terristegmiller.com/
Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/TerriStegmillerArt
Blog - http://stegart.blogspot.com/
I'm linking up with Kathy for her Slow Stitching Sunday linky party; Judy for her Design Wall Monday and Connie's Tuesday Linky Party! Be sure to pop over to see how other stitchers are partying! And may you and yours have a beautiful and blessed Sunday ♥♥♥
Hugs & Blessings!