9 November 2015

Karen's DOG GONE CUTE!

Just in time! Karen is a new quilter. And she is Dog Gone crazy about her sweet dog....

Karen forwarded an email to me today, expressing her desire to be a part of the Dog Gone Cute linky party. I am so happy to hear that she has been quilting along and am honoured to be sharing with all of you the following photos and story, as written in the email......



Hi Lorna,

My name is Karen and I live in the UK and I'd like to thank you so much for this quilt along. It is the first time I have ever participated in anything like this and only my second attempt at quilting!  I just couldn't resist those cute doggy faces and have enjoyed every moment of this project and I am so pleased with my finished 'blanky'!!



My fabric choices were a bit of a (happy) accident, I wanted a fleecy back and found this grey and lime green fleece in the remnants at my local fabric shop. So, with this in hand I went off to the fat quarters and chose three fabrics which I felt complimented each other and the fleece.  I chose a medium grey for the background.


I decided to make the smaller blocks (in case I was rubbish at it!) and wanted each face to be different which meant sometimes making half a face from one set of instructions and half from another which I found a bit of a challenge!  There are four of each colour.


When it came to quilting it, I really wanted to try some fmq pebbles but having had a go on some scraps I soon realised I need LOTS of practice and didn't want to ruin those lovely faces.  So I decided to outline each pup and also their patches and noses then did straight lines running in between.  I was really pleased with the texture and felt it made the puppies 'pop' out even more.


As I had quite a large piece of fleece I decided to put a border round the outside using this and top stitched it with a blanket stitch.  Although my intention was to bind it with the fabric I used on the pups I decided I liked the feel of the edge being all fleecy and blankety so just turned the edges over and blanket stitched there as well. 


Sorry if I've waffled on and sent too many pics but just wanted to join the linky party (even though I'm not entirely sure what it is!) so I can feel I've done the whole project!  Thanks so much for making this available to the likes of me, I have enjoyed it immensely!



ps The last pic is my lovely dog Teddy enjoying cuddling up to her canine friends!

XXXX




On behalf of all the Sew Fresh Quilts followers, I want to thank you, Karen! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful quilt finish with us. We are so proud to have you as a member of our pack of puppy quilters!!!!!!!!!!!


Linking Karen's Dog Gone Cute quilt to the linky party page here. Please do drop by tomorrow. The linky party will stop accepting entries. And the voting begins!



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17 comments:

Quilts By Laurel said...

Adorable! I love her fabric selections too!! :)

ClotheslineCottons said...

Awww how adorable. I think Teddy claimed it as his. What a great job Karen did!

Béa said...

Very beautiful, congrats Karen .

Vivian said...

Thank you so much for sharing. Very nice. I have not made this quilt yet, but plan to soon. It's all about enjoying ourselves while being creative and having a wonderful community worldwide.

Gina said...

This is such a great quilt Karen. I'm so glad you emailed Lorna for her to share it with us

Karen @runsewfun said...

Karen, you did a wonderful job with your quilt! I love the lime and gray together and you did a super job of organizing the colors of the pups. I like your quilting choice, too. I'm so glad you joined the party!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Karen and thank you for joining this fun quilt along! Your puppy quilt is beautiful and I like your fabric choises! What a cutie your dog is! Thank you Lorna for sharing this! x Teje

KaHolly said...

Very cute, Karen. Love your color choices!

Carol said...

Your puppy has good taste...love the colors on your quilt!

Unknown said...

Thank you all for being so kind and thanks again for entering me Lorna xx

Lisa J. said...

Great job! Very nicely sewn and I love those fabric choices.

Ioleen said...

What a great and enjoyable quilting story. Love your puppies.

Jak and Will by Stephanie said...

Great story and quilt Karen!

Marie Evans said...

How do we vote? Sorry if I missed the instructions!

Joy said...

I sure hope Karen continues to quilt. She has done such a fabulous job! Half the battle is completing a quilt in a timely manner. Very well done!

Lorna McMahon said...

Hi Marie Evans! The voting is on the linky party page in the next post. Thanks so much for coming by!

zooperson said...

One would never know that this is Karen's second quilt. Wow! Well done. Your puppies are great.