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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Dogs need quilts too!

Well as you might remember I'm following along with the 13 UFO's in 2013 challenge at 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks.  The lucky number for March was ...... No1!

My No.1 project wasn't overly complicated but something I've been meaning to do for some time but as its not as interesting as piecing a quilt, it always kind of got pushed to the side.  It was making some new blankets for my dog.  I've been using old towels and things but I thought she should have some proper quilty blankets, given that she's getting on (she's 12) and has a tendency to spring a leak now and again so sometimes her blankets get washed a lot. Old towels tend to start to fall apart when you're washing them a lot.

I had some thicker fabric I inherited from leftovers donated to a Scouts garage sale (at least I think that's where I got it from!) and what I thought was a yellow and white sheet (again possibly ex-garage sale).  When I laid the sheet out to cut it up I discovered its somewhat longer than a sheet so I have no idea what it was meant to be. It was long and hemmed on four sides and a fairly thick cotton.  Whatever its original purpose it was a good thickness for this project.  I have two made so far:

These two I just quilted straight lines along the pattern but I have another made of just the yellow and white striped fabric which I'm planning to use for some free motion quilting practice.  I want to try some new designs to use on my Something New Sampler so this will be a good opportunity to practice them.  I might have enough bits and pieces left over for one more blanket too.  Inside I used all my old scrappy bits of wadding - you know, the long skinny bits you trim off a quilt when you're ready to bind it, odd bits leftover here and there - I just joined them all up until I had pieces big enough to use for these blankets.

What's a quilt without a quilt model, so here is Molly trying out one of her new blankets!

It does have another of her mats underneath it so its a little squishier.  And just to show that even dogs can have bad photo shoots (either that or this is what she really thinks of her mat!):

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  1. I love your Molly's doggy blanket! It's very nice and coordinates with her.
    I make quilts for my cat, Whiskers.


  2. I'm sure Molly loves them all. Clever use of old bits & pieces - and an early finish for March too!


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