This is an appliqued close-up portrait of a cat designed from a photograph. I found the photograph and challenge of translating it into fabric irresistable, though it required a redesign of the nose area halfway through, and quite a bit of fabric trialing to try to get his coloring the way I wanted it. It was worth the effort in the end.
My technique involves creating a paper template that I trace onto freezer paper which is then cut and ironed onto the selected fabric. i stitch heat-adhesive thread ( in bobbin) along the edge that I want on top, trim, and then iron the pieces together either in a regular applique or reverse applique fashion. I put tear away stabilizer behind the portrait when the actual face is the way I want it and everything works together viewed from my design wall, and satin stitch the pieces together. This technique leaves the resulting portrait very supple to hand and eliminates the annoying lines (to me) that show through on fused applique. It also gives added texture/depth to the portrait as the batting can "puff" slightly into the design. I used a thin yarn for his rather subtle whiskers, tacked into place with a blanket stitch with very thin matching thread.