Grumpy Cat Quilt
Grumpy Cat Quilt
Yes, you read that right. It is a Grumpy Cat Quilt. The San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild has a Pop Culture Sewing Bee: everything from Pusheen to Zelda, from Comic-Con to Memes and more! I chose Grumpy Cat as my project for the December meeting.
I do not have a pattern for the Gato Gruñón, but here’s how I made him:
First, you’ll need an image. I did a google search for “Grumpy Cat Cartoon” thinking the colors and shapes would already be broken down into easy, usable areas. That worked.
- Save the image
- Using software, scale the image to the size you want. (I assume you could do this in MS Office/Word, but I used Illustrator.)
- Print the image using the “tile large pages” or “poster” option. My finished piece is about 18″ x 24″.
- Tape the image back together.
You might find it helpful to outline the shape edges with sharpie. I tried, but the sharpie I was using was on its way out.
I taped it to a window (to act as a light board) and traced the outlines of the shapes onto Heat’n Bond fusible web.
Label the pieces before you cut them out! If you are making a portrait or image using this method, be advised that the final image will be “flipped” from what you printed. (You can flip the image on the computer before you print, if it isn’t symmetrical – like letters or recognizable places.)
Cut out the wacky little heat’n bond shapes and fuse them to the wrong-side of your project fabrics.
Now arrange the shapes, using the original printed image as a guide.
I worked in little sections. If I had something in the wrong place, I wouldn’t screw up the whole project with one press.
- Right-side of the Grumpy Cat face
- Left-side of Grumpy Cat face
- Left ear
- Right ear
- Tail and body shadows
- LAST- eyes. I was nervous about really messing those up. As Melissa Averinos says, the eyes are the most important part of the portrait.
Hey, are those cheese-y pigs in a blanket on my plate in the lower right corner (above)? Why, yes they are! You cannot have a sewing bee without food, of course.
Once everything is fused, it is time to think about quilting and think about the final use of the quilt. Sure, I probably should have thought about the end-use earlier, but you know… sometimes that doesn’t happen.
For my project, I plan to wrap it around a canvas and hang it on a wall. For this reason, I didn’t have to be too meticulous with the quilting as it will never be washed.
I did use a grey thread to trace around the fused shapes with stitching lines.
Instead of trying to work with a thin piece of black or dark grey fabric to outline his Grumpy Cat body, I decided I’d add those lines with thread, too. I drew them out with water soluble pen, and I traced over these areas 4-6 times with free motion quilting lines.
My last step will be to stretch the small quilt around canvas stretcher-bars. I’ll be using my staple gun and basic “upholstered headboard” techniques to get this little guy wrapped.
This just in!!! I found a 16″ x 20″ canvas at the thrift store and it worked perfectly for this project.
And the fantasticly Grumpy Cat quilt is now greeting folks in my front entry. Merry Christmas to me.