I’m so pleased to be participating in my first blog hop. Thanks so much to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts who wrote this Dog Gone Cute pattern for eight darling puppies and organized all the fun!
Here is my finish! I had lots of different ideas for this project but, as usual, it determined what it wanted to be. I originally intended to use both sizes of the pattern and a variety of Alison Glass’ Handcrafted fabrics with the Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed in flax for the background.
The first three came out so dog gone cute! I just love the pink and purple freckles!
Then I made a few more in other colors and sizes and they just weren’t working for me. Too dark or just not fitting in with those first three. So I acquiesced and returned to that original fat quarter.
Here's a tip to help you out as you make your blocks. Put a piece of tape on the bed of your machine right in line with the needle. Now just line up the bottom corner of the square on that line and sew. No need to draw a line on on all those squares!
As I was carefully measuring and cutting and sewing with such limited fabric, it occurred to me that these puppies wanted to play! So...it turns out this is actually a game board. There are 15 puppies in this litter. Seven pairs and one individual.
Now we can play Match The Puppy!
I added a bit of sashing between the rows and columns for spacing. It finished at 36 x 40 - perfect for playing on the floor!
The back is a Home Dec print by Denyse Schmidt that I picked up over a year ago on #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. (It's a closer match to the pair of green puppies than this photo shows.) I used Quilter’s Dream wool batting for the poof factor and quilted it with classic clam shells for the win!
I’m really happy with how calm and mellow these little puppies are. (They are even allowed on the furniture!) Everyone loves a sweet puppy!
Speaking of sweet puppies, here are the three I’ve shared my life with:
The Beagle is Penny. I grew up with her.
Our girls grew up with Emma, the Yellow Lab. She was actually more human than canine so including her here is questionable.
The Wheaten, Tula, was all mine. 100% terrier, she made it her job to keep me safe from every squirrel and bunny that dared enter our yard. She took her job quite seriously.
Now for the giveaway! To celebrate my first time participating in a blog hop I am offering a fat eighth bundle of Alison Glass’s new Handcrafted 2. To enter just leave a comment on this blog post. How about telling me the name of your favorite puppy?
I will use a random number generator to pick a winner on Tuesday, October 13th. If you are a no reply blogger please be sure to check back to this post next Tuesday to see if you are the winner.
The giveaway is now closed.
The winner is PK Sews!
Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments and for sharing your fun dog names, stories, and memories with me.
In the meantime, be sure and check out all those participating in the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop to see what they've made with this sweet pattern.
Tuesday, October 6
Karen of Run Sew Fun
Kris of Kris Loves Fabric
Anja of Anja Quilts
Kelly of Quilting it Out
Tish of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Thursday, October 8
Carol of Just Let Me Quilt
Nina of Inchworming
Doris of The Quilting Queen Online
Brandy of Pampered Pettit
Leena of Creative Instincts
Tuesday, October 13
Ruth of Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in Colorado
Laurel of Quilts by Laurel
Kathy of Kathy’s Quilting Blog
Deb of New Creative State
Thursday, October 15
Anita of Daydreams of Quilts
Gina of Quilts and Cakes
Beth of Words & Stitches
Rachel of Quiltineering
Julie of Mack and Mable
Tuesday, October 20
Cathy of A Quilting Chick
Selina of Selina Quilts
Shauna of Shauna’s World
Gayle of Pedal Sew Lightly
Kathy of Kayak Quilting
Thursday, October 22
Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room
Heide of Heide’s Quilty Hugs
Britt-Inger of Hill Valley Quilter
Judy of How ART You?
Louisa of Sewmotion
Tuesday, October 27
Teje of Nero’s Patch and Post
Stephanie of Jak and Will
Valerie of Val’s Quilting Studio
Ellen of Georgia Florida Studio
Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts
Thursday, October 29
Abigail of Cut & Alter
Magdalena of iloveneutrals
Jenn of A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Anne of Batiks by the Bay
Susie of Susie's Sunroom
Tracy of Tracy’s Bits N Pieces