Monday, August 27, 2007

Working like a dog!

This is my last week of more than full time work. Next week we will be back to a full staff compliment and I go back to my part time job. And not a moment too soon- I cannot wait! I have made arrangements for my children to do other things this week - my daughter to my sister's and my son to his friend's cottage, because I am working too much to have them home. They are happy to have an adventure, and I can sleep when I have the chance.
When viewing the Stashbuster blogs early this morning, I saw that Darlene has posted her beautiful new quilt using the Lucky Stars pattern by Atkinson Designs. It reminded me that I haven't posted a photo on my blog of the quilt I made for my nephew Matthew. (I have made a quilt for each of my 11 nieces and nephews, and this was for the youngest one.) It is made completely of flannel fabrics and started with a flannel panel of the dog blocks. I fussy cut the dogs, and they were the centers of the star blocks. The backing and the border were made from the red dogbone fabric that I was so happy to find. It was a delight to piece this quilt - I should make more of these quilts since I enjoyed it so much!
The quilting was another story though! The all flannel project was very heavy to quilt on my machine. I just quilted in all the seam lines, echo quilted the stars, and then got a crazy idea to free motion quilt a dog bone in each of the sashing bars, and inside each bone I quilted a dog word, such as sit, bark, Molly (my dog's name), roll over, ruff, doghouse, etc. It was fun at first, and then just labour intensive. Here is a close up of one of the blocks. Maybe you can see the bone in the striped bar? Anyway, Matthew loves his quilt, and it is already well worn!

7 comments:

Andrea said...

I'm sure Matthew does love his quilt. It's terrific for a little boy. Love the quilting detail you described.

Kim West said...

How cute - it is perfect for a little boy!!

Darlene said...

It's wonderful, Kathy. Thanks for sharing. Perfect for a boy.

paula, the quilter said...

What a cute quilt and I like the idea of the dog bone in the sashing. I love working 80%. It gives me more time at home!

Jeanne said...

It's really cute, Kathy! I could see the bone, too. Matthew is lucky to have such a talented auntie.

sewnut said...

Wonderful idea to quilt doggy stuff on that even if it was a lot of effort. The result is extra special!

swooze said...

Very nice quilt. Even I would love to have that quilt :D.