I had help from the cat with the cutting out process, to start:
Although I don't know how much help she really was ;) her name is Shasta but we call her the Little Dictator, if you ever hear her meow you'd understand.
Working with strips has been interesting to say the least. It's the first time for me so it's been a lot of trial and error and seam ripping :)
Like this seam for example:
That bullseye caused by the strips and the seam line was making me crazy, so a little re working and I straightened it out, much better looking now.