Finished Dogs in Sweaters Quilt

Happy May!

In my last post, I blogged about finishing a dachshund pillow using the new Dogs in Sweaters pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.

I’ve also finished the small version of the quilt, featuring 4 dogs in flannel sweaters. The flannel is from Robert Kaufman’s Mammoth Flannel line and works well with these cute doggies. If you’re in the Missoula, Montana area in the next few months, this quilt is now on display at The Confident Stitch where they have the pattern and kits available.

Here’s a look at the small quilt:

Dogs in Sweaters Small Quilt

Here’s a look at the small quilt with the pillow. I did choose a different colorway for the pillow to show the block using bright, modern prints.

Dogs in Sweaters, Pillow and Small Quilt

On the quilt, I did wonky rectangle-shaped quilting using cream Aurifil thread in 50 weight. It blends into the quilt background so well, and I like how the focus remains on the dachshunds. I think this small sized quilt would make an adorable baby quilt!

Happy Quilting!


Doxies Running Up, Doxies Running Down!

Woof! Woof! Congratulations to my good friend, Angie, who is getting married today! Since she loves dachshunds, I decided to make her a little wedding gift that represents the cute little dogs!

I used the “Chasing the Ball” quilt from Janet Kime’s book, It’s Raining Cats & Dogs. This adorable small quilt features 8 little weiner dogs running up and down to chase balls. I selected bright and cheerful fabrics to pop against the “doggie paw” white background. The finished size is approximately 26 inches by 24 inches. It can work as a wall-hanging or a table topper.

You can read about my start on this project back in July here.

Here is a look at the front of the finished quilt:

Doxie Dog Quilt  Front

Doxie Dog Quilt Front

For the backing, I decided to mix it up by adding a strip of doxie fabric to the main polka-dot fabric:

Doxie Dog Quilt Back

Doxie Dog Quilt Back

The little dog noses are hand-embroidered with brown floss and the eyes are little black buttons.

I’m really happy with how this project turned out! I had fun paper-piecing all those little dogs and look forward to piecing my next animal quilt for my son (hint: it may be an African safari animal themed quilt).

P.S. Don’t forget! The Wicked Blog Hop starts next week. I’m so excited to reveal the project that I created especially for this hop!


4th of July Dachshunds

Happy 4th of July, everyone! We started the day off with a neighborhood parade. I marched in the parade with my son and dog. Although my dog is not a dachshund, he is part hound!

Here’s a pic of my patriotic dog, getting ready to march in the parade:

4th of July Dog

4th of July Dog

This afternoon, I decided to paper-piece some little dachshund blocks for a quilt that I’m making as a wedding gift. These are the smallest paper-pieced blocks that I’ve made with a finished size of just 6-inches by 3-inches! I’ve completed 4 of 8 little pups so far.

Here are 4 together with 2 dogs running up and 2 dogs running down:

4 Little Dachshunds

4 Little Dachshunds

Aren’t these little dogs cute? Here’s a closeup with a 6-inch ruler to show the scale of the pieces:

Little Blue Dachshund

Little Blue Dachshund

I think the smallest piece is about 1/8-inch by 1/8-inch!! What a challenge to paper-piece! I used my add-an-eighth inch ruler for all these blocks since the add-a-quarter inch was a tad bit too large.

Tiny Fabric Pieces!

Tiny Fabric Pieces!

I have 4 more left-facing dogs to make. Once the quilting is complete, I’ll embroider little noses and add button eyes to each dog. This pattern is from Janet Kime’s book, It’s Raining Cats and Dogs. I definitely recommend that you have some paper-piecing experience before beginning the projects from this book!

This evening, we plan to have a little BBQ in the backyard and watch fireworks!

Happy 4th of July!