It only took a little more time to add the neck and the body and the applique was finished. From there, I peeled it up off the pressing sheet. This is best done by actually peeling the pressing sheet away from the cat, if that makes sense. You're pulling on the pressing sheet rather than the fabric. I laid it on the lightbox to check for holes, and you can see there are a few little gaps.
Not to worry. I just hunted around the sewing room floor for the little cut off bits of applique and patched it from behind using those pieces. I auditioned a few backgrounds, but eventually settled for this teal background. I liked the contrast with the colors of the fur, and it also complemented the eyes.
Next, I'll be top-stitching the edges of the applique pieces with both smoky and clear monofilament thread. For that I'll use a very small 80/6 needle to avoid making big holes in the applique. I want the top-stitching to fade to invisible as much as possible. Once that's finished, I'll add details with a white embroidery thread...whiskers, eyebrows, and ear fur...and then I'll quilt it using one or all of these variegated threads. I'm thinking the thread will help lighten the colors of the fur to give it the more dilute appearance of Maggie's colors.
For today, I'll take a little break from it and stare at it for a while. Staring gives me time to plan my attack.
In the meantime, I'll get to work on Rachel's block for the Live, Love, Teach quilt.
I've actually been looking forward to doing this one since I started the quilt. I've been doing the blocks in order as they came from the bottom to the top of the stack, and this one finally came up. It'll take a little time, but I know just what to do.
Chile-Braised Short Ribs are on tonight's dinner menu. I made this dish once last year. It requires making a "marinade" that more closely resembles a rub. That was accomplished yesterday afternoon, and they've been sitting overnight in the refrigerator. I'll get those started braising early this afternoon and by evening, the house will be smelling delicious. Makes me hungry thinking about it.