Lorna McMahon

Dog Gone Cute - a finished quilt

Hooray!

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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!

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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.

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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

Powerful Pierre

A cushion made for a penguin loving six-year-old:

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The pattern for the block is by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts and is available here for free. I used the 12 inch block and added a 1.5 inch (finished) border of the blue background colour followed by a nice bright red to match his bowtie :) 

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The pattern was very well written and I had so much fun seeing him come together. He is named after a song I had running through my head as I was stitching away, I think it suits him very well.

The cushion back I did not bother to photograph as it is totally unglamourous... plain mid grey bella cotton with a hidden zip made following Adrianne's excellent tutorial. The binding is Moda dottie in black.

I hope my young friend will love him!