Dog Gone Cute Quilt Finish

Today is my day to share on the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop.

This is also, coincidentally, my 50th published blog post 😉

A big thanks to Lorna@Sew Fresh Quilts for creating this Dog Gone Cute pattern, and also for hosting the Quilt Along and Blog Hop. I think that many of us have had a lot of fun making our versions of this quilt – I certainly have!

I hope you’ll take the time to visit todays other Blog Hop participants:

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

For my Dog Gone Cute Quilt, I decided to make my pooches bright and colourful using fabrics from my stash. The background fabric is a Spotlight shot cotton in steel.


I kept the backing subtle by using a Bear Essentials 2 fabric in soft grey and quilted it by stitching in the ditch around each puppy and filling in the background with some straight line quilting.


For the binding, I chose a multi-coloured Maude Ashbury “Geofabulous” fabric.


My finished quilt measures almost exactly 60 inches square.


My youngest son has been eyeing off this quilt while I’ve been making it so this will be a birthday present for him when he turns 7 in January.


Finally, here is a photo of our two much loved dogs Sammi and Cain.


These two incredible companions were our “children” before we had children. Sadly, both of our beloved pooches are no longer with us, but I felt the need to include a photo of them in this post.

On a much happier note, let me introduce you to the newest member of our family, Chilli.


This almost 6 year old Australian Border Collie x needed a new home and after meeting her, we immediately felt a connection with her. Chilli has been with us now for only a few days but is settling in so well.

We are looking forward to creating a whole new set of happy memories with her 🙂

Dog Gone Cute Quilt Update

I have been sewing up a storm these past few weeks – making up for lost time when my family and I were sick with the flu.

I have finished all of the blocks for my Dog Gone Cute Quilt and added the sashing and borders. Yesterday I basted the quilt top ready for quilting.

Finishing my nine remaining blocks was my September Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes and I decided earlier this month that I wasn’t going to get caught out by leaving things until the last minute.


As a participant in the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop, I need to have this quilt ready for my scheduled reveal on October 13th. You can check out the other Blog Hop participants @ Sew Fresh Quilts.

There’s something about seeing rows of neatly spaced pins on a basted quilt top – maybe it’s the order that appeals to my slightly OCD personality 😉


Anyway, at the risk of being a bit secretive, I have decided to show you a black and white photo of my finished quilt top.

So here it is – my completed (and more!) September goal for ALYoF:


I really hope you will come back and visit again in a few weeks to see my finished quilt in colour.

Deb 🙂

September Sewing Goal

There hasn’t been a lot of sewing going on here these past few weeks 😦

Unfortunately, my two boys and myself have been quite sick with a nasty flu virus. We’ve had aches and pains, runny noses and horrible croupy coughs. Thankfully, my husband and daughter managed to avoid this illness.

The good news is that as of today, we are all feeling much better and I am relieved to say that I am eager and excited to get back to my sewing!

The one bit of sewing I can share with you are these cute little zipper pouches I made as party gift bags for my daughter’s recent 10th birthday.


I had fun using some novelty fabrics and colourful zippers from my stash!

I followed a wonderful tutorial by Katy @ Sweet Verbena. These little pouches are quick and simple to make and the fabric is “quilted” onto felt. I added some little star charms  and filled them with some goodies for the party guests.

Now it’s time to set my September goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.

As you may be aware, I have joined up to participate in the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop with the lovely Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts.

My day to share will be October 13th. I have so far finished only three out of the required twelve blocks for this quilt:




So, my September goal for ALYoF is to have all twelve blocks completed.

I have many more projects on the go and hope to be able to show you my progress in the near future.

Thanks for visiting, Deb 🙂

More Vintage Blocks

A little while ago, I told you about my recent purchase of the 2013 book Vintage Quilt Revival. This was my first block from the book – Geometric Star.


I have become completely hooked on paper piecing and have been intermittently making blocks over the past few weeks that I wanted to share with you.

Red Cross (my absolute favourite!):


Wheel of Fortune:


Dakota Star:




Exploding Star:

IMG_20150820_111033339And here they are all together!

IMG_20150820_110923328I think you can see where I’m heading with the colour scheme!

I’ve been planning to make a navy and pink quilt for a while now. I even had a practise run with my Eight Point Star Mini Quilt.

For the quilt I have in mind, I will need four more blocks so I’m more than halfway done 😉

I’ve also joined up for yet another Quilt-Along/Blog Hop with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts. Lorna has a created a wonderful Dog Gone Cute pattern that I, as a major dog lover, couldn’t resist! You can read more about it here.

Sew Fresh Quilts

I’ve purchased the pattern, and although the Quilt Along doesn’t start until September 1, I couldn’t resist making my first block:


How cute is this puppy??

Deb 🙂