01 July, 2009

Dog Year

The vault of unfinished projects (a.k.a. my stash closet) continues to yield premiums. While searching for a project to take to an in-town Bee retreat this past weekend look what rose to the surface! These pictorial dog blocks were the result of an on-line block of the month offered by Ami Simms as a "Dog Yeared Calendar" back in 2003. I completed all of the blocks in a timely fashion and then let them "steep" for the past five and a half years in a project box. I dug them out last week, embroidered the names that I had assigned each canine friend, and drafted the lettering for the borders in EQ6. I had exactly enough sashing and border fabric set aside in the box, with the blocks, right down to the last inch. After this one is quilted it will receive button embellishments for eyes, to dot the "i", and to complete the exclamation point. As for me and this house, every year is, indeed, the year of the dog! As you know I am a huge Ami Simms fan, having made oodles of her "Picture Play" quilts. You can pop over to her website and order her Picture Play book at 50% off (between now and noon on Thursday), the first 50 customers will be rewarded with a chunk of her very own novelty fabrics to get you started; now that's a deal you can't pass up.

Life is Good!
"EVERY year is the year of the dog!" 48" X 60"

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19 comments:

*karendianne. said...

What a happy fun find and a great finish. Delightful. You create some of the most fun quilts ~ I must say!

cockermom said...

"Vault of Unfinished Projects" My favorite new expression! You are too funny!

Salem Stitcher said...

I still can't decide which dog is my favorite!

Teresa said...

A cute quilt for sure!

Domestic Designer said...

Such a cute quilt!

Nan said...

What a great project to find and complete! It is adorable, and I love the name you've given each doggy. Of course, EVERY day (and year) around my house is the day (year) of the Dog!
Thank you for the big smile this morning!

LizA. said...

Well how cute is that! I LOVE the Dalmatian with the stripes on the body. Years ago my MIL said we should have named our first Dal Stripe. Instead we named him Ditto.

Quilt Memories said...

Cute quilt, now where does that cutie go?

Loris said...

Boy,wouldn't I love to find a UFO like that in MY closet! Lovely work and so cute. I love the font for the lettering on the bottom and I love all those pooches. Great names!

Quiltdivajulie said...

GREAT job, Mrs. G!!! Woofs of approval all around...

The Calico Cat said...

We've been haunting the same spaces on the 'net for quite a while...

I remember that BOM...

Serena said...

This is a truly adorable quilt!

blushing rose said...

What an adorable quilt ... you do marvelous work. TTFN ~Marydon

Zlaty said...

Very cute quilt!

Zlaty

Nane said...

Very cute, I want to see it in person now. Sorry I missed you all Saturday, I am in need of some project time in a bad way...

Kimberly Mason said...

Dog & quilting, my favorite combination! And, ooooooh, how lovely is yours!?!!!!

Quilting4U said...

That is just the cutest!!!!Love Love Love it!

Carrie P. said...

Such a fun quilt. Yay for dogs!

Libby said...

Just as cute as can be . . . worth the wait *s*