Wednesday, January 05, 2011

How much for that puppy- errrhh quilt -in the window

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Ever since a photo of Mister Leo Dog snuggling one of my new quilts made an appearance in my blog header and on the front page of my website, I have been snowed with emails about whether or not this is the Gathering Flowers Quilt pattern, which fabrics exactly went into making it, did I hand quilt it and if so with what, oh and is there a kit. So Leo and I thought we would answer those of you who asked and the rest of you can just look at the pictures of the dog which in my opinion are worthy of collapsing from cuteness. But who am I to say, really?

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Actually I'll do all the responding. Leo will edit.

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From over there.

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Yes this is my Gathering Flowers Quilt pattern. Isn't it exciting how different one pattern can look if you completely switch up the fabrics? I love the original version that is on the pattern cover, but those swirly flowers were begging me to be scrapped together with a little of everything. I chose to use all one block style for this quilt (the pattern offers two), which is just flat piecing as opposed to the gathered rosette style block. It definitely saves time, and allows for more fabric variety in the flower. And this variety of fabrics includes all my Innocent Crush cottons, all of the Pastry Line stripes and the Square Dance panels (now printed on smooth cotton voile). My color plan of attack mostly just had me keeping the flower centers (pie shapes) as lighter tones, the flower petals as medium tones, and the background shapes as deeper tones. I just cut up everything, made each block sort of without thought, then arranged the blocks together with a pretty careful eye for color balance. In the end I sort of wished I had switched the lighter tones to the petals and the medium tones to the flower centers. But that's why I keep making quilts. Amen.

And yes I hand quilted just the outer edges of the petals and I think I'll do the criss-cross lines of the flower centers too somehow.... still thinking. Its a different look than the more intense quilting on the solid background of the first version....but I like it. Lots. I used Anchor's perle cotton in a creamy white, size 8, and whatever embroidery needle was nearby at the time. (I go on and on and on about hand quilting here and here.)

And a kit that I'm calling the Gathering (Wild)flowers Quilt. This is really as wild as I get these days.

Leo says good.
Good dog.
Happy patching and napping. xo, Anna

40 comments:

  1. I can't decide which is more worthy of admiration-- the quilt or the dog! Gorgeous!

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  2. I love it all, the dog the qui and you for all the energy you put into these beautiful sewings that you share with us. I'm going to have to get that quilt pattern as soon as my budget says yes, go ahead and buy yourself something neat!

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  3. Amen to making more quilts!

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  4. Good dog, Leo! Very, very good dog. Obviously, he's got great taste.

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  5. i have never attempted to make a quilt. i want to so bad! i love your prints. those rich colors are so beautiful!

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  6. This quilt lovely. So so so pretty and well constructed! Inspirational!

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  7. material is fab! I just bough what ever was left on fabric worm (which was not much!) very excited to get the flannel material... Love the quilt

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  8. Both are beautiful. Pupprs and blankie!
    XO, Cheryl

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  9. It's beautiful! I love the mix of fabrics, a lovely ode to your designs :)

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  10. absolutely gorgeous Anna!

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  11. I love this quilt and the fabrics are dynamite:) My dogs cuddle up on my quilts, too:)

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  12. I love the quilt, yes, but I'd really like to pet Leo - he looks like a good dog indeed!

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  13. My four year old daughter asks to see "the doggie picture" on a regular basis. She also wants me to make a quilt like that one for our dog, Kacey to sleep on. Thank you for coming to the rescue.

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  14. The amount of different designs in quilt making always amaze's me and this one is gorg i love the shapes and your fabric colours. And well bless your dog soooo super cute ;-)) happy new year, Dee x

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  15. Woo hoo, thank you! Ever since that quilt appeared, I've been trying to figure out what it was and how to make it. I love it so much!

    Now, I just need to figure out how someone with an English degree can make a living sewing and quilting all day. You are such an inspiration, keep it coming! :)

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  16. I am in love with your quilts! Mostly because they look soft and cuddly like a quilt my husband loves that his Grandma made him when he was little. Most quilts I see (I am a sewer, not a quilter) seem to be thick, not so snugly. Oh how I wish I could whip this quilt up for myself to snuggle with my kids in. One day I am determined to learn to quilt so I can use your patterns. Thanks to your lovely talent that has inspired me so. ;)

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  17. The quilt is just beautiful.. but the dog is a show stopper.. I had to share this with my girls, they LOVED it. We take silly pictures of our Chocolate Lab, Sampson and we put them on facebook.. He has received so many remarks my friends are now saying he needs his own facebook page..looks like your little guy does too :) Thanks for the pictures and the quilt again, is just BEAUTIFUL! I don't know how you get all this done! :)
    Mechelle

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing! I am getting ready to start a new quilt and want to use bold colors, so this gives me some great ideas.

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  19. Your work is so lovely, and the photos bring out those rich colors beautifully.

    I found your website and ultimately, this blog, after following a link from a Facebook friend's page. I smiled when I read that you and your husband have six children. I grew up with four brothers and one sister. Life was adventurous! We took road trips every summer and that's a story of its own. It takes special people to raise a large family, and your life sounds very full and blessed!

    Looking forward to revisiting your blog.

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  20. Lovely, lovely quilt!

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  21. The fabric is gorgeous! I think I'd like it with the flower centers switched up like you suggested though...

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  22. so beautiful, and you sucked me in with your lab. I grew up with two yellow labs and oh the adventures we had! :)

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  23. This quilt is so beautiful and Leo is as handsome as can be. Any chance you'll do a quilt kit in the fabrics of your original wildflowers quilt? I'm dreaming of a red and aqua scheme for my daughter's room as she gets ready for her "big girl" bed and that quilt is my dream!

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  24. The colors are stunning!!

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  25. Anita- I wish that I could do the same quilt kit as the cover quilt, but the fabric for the Good Folks portion of it has gone out of print sadly -sorry!

    xo,Anna

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  26. I am so loving the dog on the beautiful quilt as I am so missing mine whom I lost to cancer in November. Thank you Anna and Leo.

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  27. Well, I'm sorry, but I haven't even noticed the quilt, just the lovely,cute, hugable dog. And I am very happy I got to see more pictures of him. Don't get me wrong, the quilt is amazing, but if you put a cute animal in any picture, my attention is gone. :)

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  28. The quilt is beautiful. Stunning color!

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  29. Wonderful quilts in this blog. Makes me want to start quilting too. Thank you for sharing!

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  31. Hi Leo! You look wonderful and your happy colourful quilt is really beautiful!
    Wishes from Crete! Teje and Nero

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  33. A little late, I know. The quilt and the dog are gorgeous - you have convinced me to buy the pattern. However, I noticed when looking at the fabric requirements on your shop page that the foundation circles need "muslim". I'm not sure where to get that, but can I use "muslin" instead? ;) By the way, just received a fat quarter bundle of your Innocent Crush today and I'm not sure what to do with it, besides gaze at it lovingly!

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  36. Ohh, it's so cute!! Cutest doggie ever, just look how he sleep! Wonderful

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