This last quilt is for my husbands nephew - the first child for his youngest brother. My brother in law and his wife both love dogs. This pattern was the perfect fit for a couple that love dogs. So I ordered an online pattern on the internet and printed off the pages.
It has been many years since I have paper pieced. I was a very keen paper piercer about 15 years ago and made many quilts from Margaret Rolfs books, animals on much smaller then these 8 inch blocks. But I am clearly out of practise, as there was lots of unpicking and language that needed to be censored. Especially on this ear, which I had to resew three times...last time because the first piece was upside down!
By the end of the 11 blocks I was over paper piecing. There are supposed to be two narrow blocks of machine appliqued paw prints at the top and bottom of the middle row. But I was very grumpy so skipped straight to sewing the top together. Please note this was the first time I had sewn flange on blocks as well. I had real issues with the foot slipping and they are not straight, but I just persisted.
This baby needs a quilt soon and I was determined to get this top done, so I could move onto something I wanted to do! The eyes and noses were added last, I satin stitched those on, again fiddly and time consuming and I remembered why I love machine piecing v machine applique.
But adding the facial features made the dogs come to life and I started to enjoy the cute dogs and the fun lime green spot. I got all the fabric for dogs out of my stash and the blue background was left overs from backing for another recently finished cot quilt. I did buy the navy for the flange and the lime green.
I needed to add a final border. So back to Spotlight I go and found this wonderful star print. I immediately brought the rest of the bolt, which was not a lot, as it will work well to tie a busy novelty print kids scrap quilt together really well. I wanted the softest fabric for a backing so I purchased some flannel with dogs on it, super cute! Quilting has commenced, as this baby has been born and the weather is cooling down!