I often claim to have a Quilting "Hobby" in attempts to hide my obsession with fabric and color.

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Tops and more Puppy Quilts

Ok. It's April already? I can say for once I have neglected my blog because I have been busy with quilts. And checking out a new fabric store. Well, sort of new. "Stitched" is a cute store that carries a lot of bright and crazy lines, and they just moved from a small store front to their own building. So cute!

Anyway, the last two weeks have brought 3 more Puppy quilts, and 2 finished quilt tops. I think I found a very dangerous new past time. Making tops satisfies so many instant gratifications, but I know it will come back to bite me someday when I find myself suddenly faced with quilting and binding 20 some projects.....oh well.

So here is the latest puppy quilt....same front, different (ugly) back. Dogs are color blind, so it's all good.

Next is my McCalls Mystery Quilt. I have never done one before, but it got my attention. I have to admit I was not fond of the blocks and had no idea how it would come together, but hey, not bad. It was a nice way to bust some stash and try something different. It's a very generous throw size, and I think I will back it with flannel to promote the whole cuddly Sunday nap idea.

And then there is my pretty take on a classic Buckeye. I used the strip tube ruler method (thank you momma for the new ruler!!!) and used fat quarters and broadcloth unbleached muslin for the front to give it a slightly antique-ish look. Not sure how to quilt it....ditch stitch or a random stipple? I am most proud of my tweak to the border. I wanted to carry the design to the edge but also wanted a finished look, so I combined a few left over blocks and sashing, and whala!

Not much else to say. Two quilt tops and a 3 puppy quilts in a little under 2 weeks....not bad! And did I mention I am already cutting out the next project?????


  1. Great looking puppy quilts. Good to see the other quilt tops too.

  2. Those are awesome! All in 2 weeks! WOW The pups will certainly love them… I especially like the last one that you used the muslin on! Gorgeous!

  3. I'm struggling with the idea that you're going to give a beautiful quilt to a puppy after all that hard work! Admittedly my two rescue collies maybe cloud my view as they both had some issues from being mistreated in their first few months ... and amongst other things they destroyed any bedding they were given.

  4. Fiona, I make these quilts for the pups KNOWING they had a horrid start. All creatures deserve something beautiful, and if they trash it, then it was theirs to trash. And little secret...it hasn't been hard work...the blocks are all from a project I abandoned, so it is a win win situation! I don't waste, and the puppies get a treat!

  5. I am fascinated with the idea of you puppy quilts. I have a quilter friend who has a kennel and also rescues dogs. I'm going to tell her about your puppy quilts.

  6. I enjoy reading your quilting blog! Recently I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award for my blog, Glady's Gab, and I have passed it on to you because I admire your blog. Please check out the award on my blog at http://gladysgab.blogspot.com/
    I hope you will accept it, pin it to your blog and pass on the award.

  7. Glady, I am so honored that you joined my blog and you nominated it. I had wanted to be a more active blogger, but I find one must choose between the sewing machine and the keyboard! I will post this asap and think hard about my 5 picks! Thank you so much!!!

  8. Chel, what pattern did you use for the puppy quilt??

    Becky - Cindy's Mom

  9. No pattern...I was messing around trying to figure out a block I had seen in a quilt once called Garden Trellis...or something like it? Took squares, halved them, and recombined them with a non-matching fabric and squared the whole block up. I don't remember the sizes, but I could measure one and figure it out again if you like.

  10. No, I don't want to put you to that trouble... It just looked like a cute scrappy pattern.



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