I’m a part of this great international quilt bee group called ‘Bee Inspired’. There are 12 of us from all over the world who met though a new bloggers online group in 2016. We have a Queen each month who selects a block that she wants us to make, then writes a blog post on our site (here) to give instructions for color selection and constructing the block.
Last year I chose the Dog Gone Cute blocks from Sew Fresh Quilts. I asked each person to pick one of the blocks that best represented the pups in their lives, make the block with bright colors for the dogs and a white background, and tell me the stories about their pups. My Bee-Mates did not disappoint! I really enjoyed receiving the blocks and hearing the stories of all the great dogs in their lives.
After receiving the blocks it took me some time to decide how to get the quilt top together. I needed to make a few more blocks to get it to the size I wanted and then figure out the plan for the sashing. I talked about making the sashing and putting together the top here.
From there I set about quilting it. My goal was to highlight the dogs and make them stand out. The quilting took a lot of time to do – and nine different colors of So Fine thread! – but I’m really happy with how it came out.
Here it is:
some close ups:
Here is the back – lots of quilting:
I tried to get my pups to help with the photo shoot, but they were very reluctant models:
Maggie decided to be a better model by herself:
It has been so fun being a part of this group and I love the way the quilt came out. Thanks to all my Bee-Mates for the great blocks!
The Great Dog Quilt: 63″ wide x 72″ long
Quilted with 9 colors of So Fine 50 weight thread on the top, Bottom Line in the bobbin.
22 total hours of custom quilting time.
This was on my Q3’18 FAL list, so I’ll be linking up at the end of the quarter.