Thursday, May 30, 2013

“Guarding the Catnip”

I came up with an idea for the Fifteen by Fifteen GARDEN challenge theme fairly quickly. But I didn’t start working on it until the last minute. The reveal for the group is tomorrow. You might want to check it out.
My quilt was made in memory of our 17 year old cat that we had to put to sleep two months ago.  His name was Meeko, but we used to call him “Mr. Grumpy Pants.”  He could be affectionate, but he could also be very nasty.  He never went outside, but he did love his catnip.  He chewed apart all the catnip mice that I ever made him.  Or he put them in his water dish or the toilet!  Yes you read that correctly!! He was also very possessive of his catnip mice which is the reason I wanted to have him standing guard in a catnip garden.
Meeko is painted with  So Soft fabric paints by Decoart on white fabric.  I rarely paint so I was a bit worried how this would come out. Plus the photo that I had to work with was small and not very clear.  I think this was the reason that I waited until the last minute to work on the quilt. Amazingly it actually looks like him and came out pretty good. The thing that really makes it look like him are the intense eyes.
IMG01He was cut out and fused to the background and the catnip was “planted” around him from commercial fabrics.  His whiskers were drawn in with oil pastels and then quilted.
I wonder if Meeko is still being grumpy in kitty heaven and enjoying his catnip.  Now onto the challenge for my 12 inch by 12 inch group.
Thanks for reading.
Chris

4 comments:

NancyB85374 said...

Chris..that is lovely. He looks like an angel...also looks like my Mom and Dad's cat who also was a grumpy pants. That is a great remembrance of Mr. Grumpy Pants (without the "grumpy)

The Idaho Beauty said...

This turned out great!

Khristina aka Khris said...

WOW Chris...this is fantastic..you have done a great job with Mr Grumpy Pants....hugs Khris

Bonnie said...

You do such wonderful quilts. He's great. I'm looking forward to see what you do for a 12 x 12!