A few weeks ago while catching up on the blogs I follow, I stumbled onto Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts newest pattern...Dog Gone Cute. She had me at first glance of these darling little canines. September 1st she kicked off a quilt-a-long for piecing some of these precious pooches. Today kicks off a blog hop highlighting the different things we have made using her pattern.
The pattern includes instructions for making a 60" x 60" quilt or a 30" x 30" wall hanging. I chose to keep things small and make two wall hangings.
I have to say I enjoyed every moment that it took to piece this quilt. I drove my family nuts every time I finished a block. I would hold it up and exclaim, "Look how cute this block is!" Then when my husband would roll his eyes and I would give the block a small shake in his direction making the puppy go, "Arf! Arf!" This went on for all twelve blocks.
My best quilting buddy, Oliver was not so much feeling this project. He like felt I was betraying him. I got many dirty looks and saw mainly his backside.
From the beginning of the project, I wasn't quite sure how I wanted to quilt my puppies. Then one night I had a crazy idea. I would create random width lines going behind the dogs and fill them with FMQ fillers.
As quilting commenced, I realized I might have bit off a bit more than I could chew, but onward I quilted.
The clocked ticked and I realized my date for the blog hop was sneaking up on me. Could I finish a second quilt in a week?? Of course I could. My second quilt went together much quicker than the first one because I didn't need to reference the pattern as much.
In no time at all my sewing machine had given birth to a new litter of twelve puppies. I chose to keep the quilting on the second quilt a bit simper and quilted vertical curvy lines.
How can you not go Dog Gone Crazy over this quilt pattern???
Even Oliver eventually caved and decide to love his new house mates.
Just to make sure I wasn't crazy, I asked a few furry friends of mine what they thought of the Dog Gone Cute quilts.
Tonks the cat, thought the quilt was just perrr-fect. Then as most cats will do, claimed the quilt and threatened me if I took it from her.
Petey the Pug thought it was a great place to relax among friends andMcGhee the Boston Terrier was extremely excited. He thought he had found his lost litter mates.
Princess Caroline may have been a bit too young for this quilt. So many puppies in one place made her a bit uneasy...silly Caroline!
So everyone I talked to agreed, Dog Gone Cute is 100% Dog Gone Cute! So much so, I think I will have to make one that is 60" x 60."
Along with hosting the blog hop, Lorna is also giving away some pretty awesome prizes from some very generous sponsors. Make sure you hop over to Sew Fresh Quilts to check them out.
Now a bit about the blog hop. Every Tuesday and Thursday in October some of my kennel mates will be sharing their Dog Gone Cute creations. I hope you can take some time to check them out and leave them some puppy love.
And don't forget to hop over to Sew Fresh Quilts and pick up a copy of this adorable pattern.
Tuesday, October 6th
Karen of Run Sew Fun
Kris of Kris Loves Fabric
Anja of Anja Quilts
Kelly of Quilting It Out
Thursday, October 8th
Carol of Just Let Me Quilt
Nina of Inchworming
Doris of The Quilting Queen Online
Brandy of Pampered Pettit
Leena of Creative Instincts
Tuesday, October 13th
Ruth of Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in Colorado
Laurel of Quilts by Laurel
Kathy of Kathy's Quilting Blog
Deb of New Creative State
Thursday, October 15th
Anita of Daydreams of Quilts
Gina of Quilts and Cakes
Beth of Words & Stitches
Rachel of Quiltineering
Julie of Mack and Mable
Tuesday, October 20th
Cathy of A Quilting Chick
Selina of Selina Quilts
Shauna of Shauna's World
Gayle of Pedal Sew Lightly
Kathy of Kayak Quilting
Thursday, October 22nd
Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room
Heide of Heide's Quilty Hugs
Britt-Inger of Hilly Valley Quilter
Judy of How ART You?
Louisa of Sewmotion
Tuesday, October 27th
Teje of Nero's Patch and Post
Stephanie of Jak and Will
Valerie of Val's Quilting Studio
Ellen of Georgia Florida Studio
Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts
Thursday, October 29th
Abigail of Cut & Alter
Magdalena of iloveneutrals
Jenn of A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Anne of Batiks by the Bay
Susie of Susie's Sunroom
Tracy of Tracy's Bits N Pieces
Thanks again for stopping by to visit my puppy pack.
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