Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dog Memory Quilt

I made this last summer after losing 2 beloved dogs in a short space of time. That is Minnie's behind in the bottom corner.

I had 2 dogs (Jody and Lily-cockapoo and bichon) when I met my dh. He then got a dog (husky mix) while we were on "a break". So, for the first several years we were together, we had three dogs. Jody died in 2002 at 15+ years, then Comet died unexpectedly at 11.5 years in November,2007, and Lily died in Feb 2008 at 15+ years.

It seemed very odd not having any dogs. We decided to wait a year before getting any more dogs, but my dh couldn't wait and he brought home Colt (see the side bar). It soon became apparent that Colt needed a friend (WAYYYYY too much energy!) so we brought Minnie home to keep him company. They are awesome friends, and wear each other out - thank goodness!

Anyhoooooooo......... after losing Lily last year I made a memory quilt for our dogs-as we'd had them throughout most of our relationship. As I told DH, Lily and I had been together longer than him and I!

So, here are a few pictures of the quilt.

In Memory:

My Jody:

My Lily at about 13 yo, up in the bay window:

Our Comet-dh's dog. Everyone LOVED Comet and I used to tease dh that he was quite the "dude magnet"!

Here's a poem I included on the quilt.

The backing is the red dog fabric. I love this quilt.

Complete Sets

Ok, after this I'll stop with the checkbook covers and coin purses, but I've added a tissue holder! You can find the tutorial here. What a great set, and if you aren't interrupted by barking dogs, potty breaks and Grey's Anatomy-you could probably finish a complete set in 1-1 1/2 hours! They also fit inside a biggish envelope and the last set (with tissues) only cost $1.51 to mail! with a card included! Can't beat that.

I purchased a "quilters pile" (or something like that) at JoAnn's this weekend. I love the greys and blacks. I have a TON of the offwhite that I'm using for the lining, so it's nice to be using up some fabric. I shouldn't even be buying any fabric, but it's hard to resist. Especially when you have a coupon! 5 fat quarters for $6-can't beat that.

Here are 2 sets I've made this week, one inside a thank you card, and one inside a birthday card.

So, now on to bigger and better things! I need a new quilt for our bedroom, we painted it recently, and the quilt we have is several years old. I have also found some great wall hangings I'd like to do.


I just saw this here. It is a little late to make something for Valentine's Day, but I think I may do some shopping tomorrow and pick up a few things to drop off at our local women's shelter. What a great cause!