Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The Cats of Point Bonita


A giant basket full of brand new Jaquard paints and brushes, next to three hampers of muslin cats and dogs...how could we Point Bonita attendees resist this challenge? Kathy Ronsheimer, our fearless leader, with help from PB attendee Stevii Graves, had gotten Jacquard to donate all these supplies so that we could be turned loose on them...Jacquard wanted to see how we would use their products. We got some fabulous, interesting, and a few deranged results....
Not everyone took up the challenge, but probably 2/3s of us did, with most of us creating cats. There was to be a Viewers' Choice vote at the end of the week, with prizes!

How could I have known that working on my cat would be the artistic high point of my week? I was up until 1:30 a.m., for the first time ever in my PB history being the last one up in the studio, working on my cat. It was SO much fun. You doll makers out there are really onto something....
A Patchwork cat....

Rebecca's Cat
Tracey's cute little sealpoint Siamese...
P.J. Freeman's "Bijou" (whom she talked to all week).
Sue Arnold's needlefelted cat.
I don't know who made this cat with the dead mouse....but she was having fun, that's for sure!
But I do know Shirley Greenhoe did this "hit and run" cat...she even unstuffed the back half to make it flat! She's from Montana, maybe that explains it.
And then there is "Queen Cat". I was inspired by the blue horses of Chagall...and by an illustration in my childhood fairy tale book of the Queen Cat who was covered in jewels...and by my own kitty at home who is so cute and so dumb....
Yes, I went into JoAnn's in Sausalito to get the fabric for her little rug. Yes, I scoured our studio to find wire for the whiskers (limp thread simply would not do; Miriam had the wire, bless her). Yes, I studied a picture of my cat at home on my laptop to get those eyebrow whiskers right....but it was worth it to win the Viewer's Choice Award!!!
It pays to be the only embellisher sometimes....;-) Sparklies and silk ribbon roses are just too compelling.....

14 comments :

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

These kittys are very cute. Your Queen Cat sure is the Queen.

Kay said...

A well deserved award; that cat has your style, for sure. What a fun project!

Lori (A.K.A. Elkhoundmom) said...

Lovely! Looks like great fun.

Debra Spincic said...

I could have picked that cat out the crowd as yours blindfolded! Very purrrty!

Suze said...

What fun! I really love this idea...and the results are quite amazing. Your Queen Kitty is beeeuuuutiful.

Granny Fran said...

What a great idea; I'm going to use it for entertaining granddaughters. Love those (and all other) cats! Queen Cat is adorable and Hit and Run looks like he's been in Boston traffic.
Man, would I love to get a tour of your house, it must be just full of eye candy.

kay susan said...

Allie, I could have picked your cat out of that line up any day! Gorgeous.

Susan said...

No surprise! The minute I scrolled down to yours, I knew that was the winner. The others have personality, but yours has the something extra that says, "I'm a prize-winning cat with attitude." =)

Stephanie Novatski said...

Allie, your cat is wonderful! Love the SRE and the jewels. Now you know why I LOVE making dolls! And my favorite saying: If it doesn't sparkle, it's not finished! LOL

anne3judy said...

"It's good to be queen" - That cat is you!! jah

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