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Hand Appliqued and Hand Quilted Doxie Quilt July 21, 2013

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I made this as a gift for a lovely woman I met over the phone.  Her name is Janet and she lives in Arkansas.  She rescues dogs from seven kill shelters in her area and tries to get them adopted.

I have been looking to adopt a dachshund for about a year now.  I saw a beautiful female doxie named Beatrice and fell in love with her sweet face.  The information stated she was in Staten Island, New York.  I live about 45 minutes away and immediately placed a call.  I didn’t pay attention to the area code so when Janet picked up and said she was in Arkansas I was very confused.

Janet told me that it was very difficult placing rescue dogs in her area so she advertises in my area because she has had so much success placing her babies here.

I was thrilled to hear that Beatrice was still available and submitted my adoption application immediately.  I have spent quite a bit of time on the phone with Janet and feel that I made a new friend.

Beatrice is coming home to me this coming Saturday.  I will be picking her up in New Jersey via  a company that takes these precious dogs to the New York area to be united with their forever parents.

My heart is so full of happiness and gratitude so I decided I had to give my new friend a gift made with love.  This small quilt is hand appliqued and hand quilted.  Every stitch was made with love for this wonderful woman who does an amazing job to save dogs that would otherwise be euthanized.

My message to all is this….do not shop for a pet…ADOPT!!! All of my pets are rescues and they know that they were saved.  If you want a particular breed, go to that breed’s rescue site.  If you must buy, go to a reputable breeder. NEVER shop at a pet store.  The puppies you see there were most likely gotten from puppy mills.  If you need to learn what a puppy mill is, go on line and your heart will break at the treatment these breeding dogs receive.

If you cannot adopt, but would like to donate, visit http://www.dogtiredranch.com.  or any of the other wonderful organizations out there that take in the poor babies that receive no health care, love or freedom from tiny and cramped cages.  Two of my dogs were from puppy mills.  My poodle, Yvette, came to me when she was three.  she is now 11 and the sweetest dog.  Little Picasso was from a puppy mill.  I adopted him in January when he was 6.  It is going to be a long road for him to become less fearful of humans, the outdoors, grass.  You see, he had no human contact and was never let out of a cage for 6 years.

Wish me luck as I wait for my new bundle of joy.  I will post pictures of Beatrice as soon as I can!


Finished Baby Quilt July 10, 2013

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With the heat here in New York, this was the fastest I have ever completed a quilt!!!!!  Simple pattern, adorable print and bordered in light blue, this quilt is perfect for my friend Dawn’s baby boy!


Close Up of Dawn’s Baby Quilt June 30, 2013

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imageHere is a close up of four blocks of the quilt I am making for my coworker, Dawn.  I was struggling to pick the right fabric for a quilt for her baby boy.

I originally had picked out traditional blues, but somehow these fabrics didn’t “speak” to me.  When I saw this adorable fabric with the tools I just knew that this was a winner!

I love to pick a variety of patterns for my quilts.  Since my focus fabric was a busy pattern I chose a simple stripe in medium tones.  It is hard to see, but the white fabric has little white stars on it.  I think that these fabrics compliment each other very well.

I am using the tool print fabric for the back of the quilt and a light blue border will complete it.

I like the simple pattern to allow the fabric to make a bold statement.  Each fabric is allowed to shine, whereas a more complicated pattern would not allow your eyes to appreciate the prints I selected.

I will use a very basic quilting stitch so as not to take away from the prints on the fabric…mostly stitch in the ditch should do very nicely.

I am sooo happy I did not choose the expected “boy colors” for this quilt.  I went into the store with one idea and happily left with something unexpected!!!!


Pieced, Pinned and Ready to Quilt!

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Yo-Yo Quilt June 27, 2013

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imageHere is my yo-yo quilt.  I decided to go through my fabric stash to make room for new fabrics!  I will be making three quilts this summer as three of my co-workers are expecting babies.  One of them knows she is having a boy, so that will be the first quilt that I make.  Hopefully there will be one girl since I just love making girly things!

I have already chosen the pattern for the quilt I will be making first.  The difficult part for me is always choosing the fabric since there are soooooo many wonderful prints to choose from.  I always wind up buying way more than I need because I am………shhhh……a fabric junkie!!!!! By the yard or fat quarters, it really doesn’t matter.  I just love pretty fabric.

This weekend I will be going to my favorite fabric store (JoAnne’s) to purchase the fabric for the first quilt.  I always promise myself I will just be buying enough for the one project I will be working on.  Unfortunately it never works out that way!  I always buy more than I need, and then some.  I use the excuse that I will always be able to use any left over fabric for something.

This is how I used up some of my stash this time.  A very cheery and colorful yo-yo quilt is very easy and fun to make.  You don’t need quilting skills, just a lot of patience!  The best part of this quilt is that it is totally portable while you are making the yo-yos.  You just need to carry your cut out fabric circles, a needle, some thread and a small scissor.  Most of this quilt was made during my lunch hours at work.

Another great thing about this quilt is that you can always add on to it.  In fact, I am thinking of adding a border depending on the fabric I find when shopping this weekend!


My Valentine Quilt February 9, 2013

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Hand appliqued and hand quilted.  I used metallic thread for the first time with this quilt.  I just love how it looks against the batik fabric!


Close up of applique work

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