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It’s the easiest, most fun way to make an applique quilt. You can do it!
I love black cats! I grew up with two of them (Nasty and Gandalf) but I didn’t include any in the Cuddly Cats Quilt pattern because it’s tricky to do the eyes. All the cats in the quilt had simple oval eyes. Having the eyes match made all the wildly different cats look like they went together, but they wouldn’t have shown up on black faces, so I didn’t include any. I also didn’t use any dark grey or brown for the same reason. (This post shows you a quick and easy adaptation for dark eyes on dark faces.)
So especially for Halloween I created this spooky black cat applique – a single block applique pattern – with huge luminous green eyes. I love her! And the pattern is the same size as the blocks in the Cuddly Cats quilt so you can mix and match if you like. 🙂
There’s a tutorial here with instructions for making a hanging sleeve so you can make your block into a Halloween wall decoration. It’s easy!
Here’s how to make the block. (This video shows all the steps for working with fusible adhesive – if you’ve never done it before you’ll find it helpful.)
Trace or print the pattern onto the paper side of the fusible adhesive.
I use this printable fusible adhesive so I just printed out the page. No tracing!
The image has already been reversed, so just trace or print. If you’re tracing, be sure to trace the facial features too. You’ll need those for Step 4.
Remember when I told you to make sure you traced the facial features in Step 1? Now you’re going to use that. Hold the face up to a window so the light shines through it. You’ll be able to see the lines, and the adhesive will stabilize the fabric so you can trace on it without it crinkling up.
Since this is a dark fabric, I traced with a white chalk pencil.
Here you can see all the tracing I did – without the light shining through.
I traced the whiskers and mouth exactly, since I’ll be stitching over those lines. I traced the nose a little smaller, and just marked the corners of the eyes to help me position the applique pieces later.
If you’re doing Quilt As You Go (I did) then you can quilt your block before adding the applique. So easy!
I used a bunch of orange scrappy strips all sewn together for a super textured background, but you can use just one solid square.
Cut your background fabric and a piece of 100% cotton batting 11 inches square.
Layer the block with a piece of 100% cotton batting. Quilt any pattern you like!
If you’ll do the quilting later, simply skip this step.
Peel off the paper backing and arrange the pieces on a background block. Tuck the ears and the neck behind the head.
Remember - all the dotted lines indicate where pieces tuck behind other pieces.
Fuse the pieces in place.
Outline all the pieces with black thread and a simple straight stitch – or choose your favorite decorative stitch.
If you’re making a one-block project, go ahead and finish it up!
If you’re making a bunch of cats to join into a quilt - have fun!
What can you do with just one block pattern? Tons of things!
Check out this page I’ve been slowly building – 100 Things to Do with an Applique Pattern. 🙂
Have fun! And share a photo of what you make! You can share it in the Shiny Happy People group or tag it with #shinyhappyworld on Instagram.
Try one of our newest quilt patterns! Get the Liz Llama pattern here. Or join the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club to get a new block every month. 🙂