I can't believe it! I tried all day to put this picture up and Blogger kept saying, "I don't think so!" LOL!
This is the first applique I ever did. It was done as an online class with the Frenz group in either October 1998 or 99. The original pattern can be found here if anyone is interested. I didn't quite follow the pattern as written. Everyone else did a nice fat pumpkin in the center of theirs. But of course I had to be different and do a cat on mine. What else would you expect from me? LOL! I just enlarged the cat that is in the print on the background fabric. I'm not much of an artist and can barely draw a straight line but I didn't do too bad a job of drawing the cat. Of course it helps that the one in the fabric was kinda folkartsy so it didn't matter if it's a bit wonky. If I had it to do over again I'd have made the cat a little bigger to fill up a bit more of the space in the center. But in general I'm pretty happy with it.
Boy I look at it and can really see how far I've come in the last 7 or 8 years. See the nice friendly (wavy!) borders? Back then I just sewed the border strips on and then cut the excess off. Who needed to measure. Not me! Besides being my first applique it was also my first attempt at free-motion quilting. It sat around as a top for 2 or 3 years until I decided to try my hand at stippling. Since this is not a top that was dear to me I decided it would do as a practise piece. It's obvious if you see it up close that it's a beginner project but from a distance it doesn't look too bad so I'm happy with it.