FAL 2016 Q2

Dog Gone Cute - a finished quilt



As mentioned previously April was my month as bee "Mama". I requested dog blocks made using this great pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts. My only stipulation was that the background colour should be bright and that a narrow border be added to the top and bottom edges (so that the sashing could be eliminated). I received some really great dogs!


This was my first experience of making a quilt from bee blocks and it hadn't occurred to me that there would be a discrepancy in the size of blocks (duh! In a block that has over 30 pieces!) and I can see why many people select blocks that can be trimmed to size. But I think it was worth the extra brain power it took to assemble,  it turned out better than I imagined and the dogs have so much more personality than if I have just made 12 blocks myself.

The quilt is bordered with steel grey Moda bella solid and bound with Moda dottie in black both purchased from Backstitch. The backing is an older Joel Dewberry print in orange and yellow.


It finished up slightly wider than long... 58.5 x 60.5 inches.

Linking up to the Siblings Together quilt group blog...

Siblings Together Quilt Linky Party


...and YIPPEE this is one of my finish along finishes! I will be linking up at the end of the quarter :)


FAL 2016

Industrial sewing Saturday


I am usually at work on a Saturday but due to a bit of shift swapping this week I found myself with a few free hours this morning... time to tackle a bit of heavy-duty sewing!

The task: to sew a new mattress cover for Daisy's bed. The previous incarnation was a colourful patchwork affair, but I decided to go for something a bit more utilitarian this time around for my senior doggy (14). I ordered some waterproof 600 denier polyester canvas, appropriate thread and velcro from here. So, with pieces cut and the machine armed with a size 16 jeans needle I set to work... it was a bit awkward wrangling such stiff fabric but I got the job done!





Don't worry, I put her quilt back in the bed after my little photo shoot!

I am on a roll so far this quarter, that's the second finish from my Q2 FAL list :) I wonder if this productivity will continue?!

Scrappy rail fence dog quilt

This turned out to be a quick little project! I saw the idea here, started joining 6.5 inch long scraps of various widths using them as leaders/enders whilst working on other things. Suddenly, almost before I knew it I had 9 blocks assembled and ready to become a little quilt. Curiously, I don't seem to have any fewer scraps though!


I think it turned out pretty well, although I still can't seem to take a decent photo (always taken in a rush)!

It is destined to be a gift for one of Daisy's little pals and I have labelled it accordingly:


Again, a bit out of focus, but you get the idea!

This is my first finish from this quarters  FAL list - hooray!

I am also linking up to Scraptastic  Tuesday

Scraptastic Tuesday

Q2 FAL 2016 - better luck this time!

FAL 2016

So one finish and THREE roll-overs this time, plus a few extra projects for good measure...

  1. Giant dahlia quilt (wall hanging) in shot cottons (from this free tutorial). DSCN0645
  2. Wild goose chase quilt (2 blocks so far!). DSCN0646
  3. Dog Gone Cute quilt (for Siblings Together). I ended up requesting these as bee blocks, so I should have a whole quilts worth by the end of April :)DSC_0005
  4. Adam and Eve sampler. I have had pattern and supplies for this since 2008 and have declared my intention to get it done already before. It is at least started now! DSC_0004
  5. Small scrappy rail fence quilt. This just needs trimming and binding. DSC_0002
  6. New mattress cover of the dogs bed. I have some heavy duty canvas ready to go and plans sketched out, just need a bit of time!

Linking up with the rest of the Finish-alongers here.