It's always a good idea to make a prototype BEFORE embarking on the real thing. I made a pointy kitty this week as a test before doing the Back Tack kitty. There were a few construction issues and the questions of how hard to pack that fiberfil into the body... the answer is- quite firmly. The first kitty still needs its eyes and nose, but Miss Elsie carted it off right away and was in love. You will notice that one eye is really crooked. I have appliqued in a while. I need to practice working around the pins, rather than removing them and going freehand.
Here is the skin of the cat for the Back Tack project:
I'm trying very hard to stay within the 20 percent allowance for an accent color.... it's very hard.