Monday, January 10, 2011

Swap Quilt finished

I am almost finished with the quilt I am making for Kate's Another Little Quilt swap.  Just have to finish quilting the other two hearts.  It is stitched using embroidery floss.  I used jelly roll strips for the borders and the binding.  I don't really know how to quilt around the stitchery, and I think adding a few stitches in the hearts will be enough on this small quilt.  If not, the recipient is free to add whatever is necessary!

Edited to add:  The design for the stitchery is from a free block of the month pattern called Sentimental Journey that was offered by Raspberry Rabbit.  It is no longer available for free, but is available for sale. Thanks to Allie for finding the link for me.

Our new dog Zeus is doing fine. He has recovered from his fleas and whip worm, and is healing from his incision, but he has developed kennel cough. Poor guy, it is one thing after another. He is doing better now, and was very energetic on our walk this afternoon. I am learning quickly where all the many, many dogs live in the neighborhood. 

I am happy that we taught him the down command and he also sits and stays now while I put the food bowl down. Since we don't know how to train (except through lots of reading), we were excited that we got our first success. He might think he has to eat his treat in the down position, but I think he is getting over that as well.

Today in the mail, I got the just released book, Civil War Sewing Circle, The: Quilts and Sewing Accessories Inspired by the Era by Kathleen Tracy. Most of the patterns are simple, and range from small and large quilts. I like how there is information about the inspiration for each quilt, instead of just patterns. I look forward to reading the history and looking at the old pictures this evening.


Allie said...

What a darling quilt! Is that from Shell's Sentimental Stitches? Very cute. I have a hard time deciding how to quilt around stitcheries too.
Zeus looks happy - poor baby with the kennel cough though! Be careful with it. Pat his little head for me.

Your new book looks great - enjoy it!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Your little quilt is precious cute. And Zeus is awesome! I love his eyes..there is such wisdom there and I don't care how often you post about him! Dogs have such deep hearts. I am so glad you took in a dog that needed a home like he did and I look forward to hearing lots more about him!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

That book looks great! Good for you, working hard to train Zeus before he trains you! He's a handsome pup, hope his medical demands begin to slow down now, for your sake! Your mini-quilt is just adorable, lucky recipient.

Barb said...

I'm so glad to hear that Zeus is doing so well! Have fun!

Tanya said...

Good boy!