Recently the Mini Quilt Trading Swap Flickr group held a swap with the theme Village, Town or House. What a great theme! This swap was a secret partner round, and I lucked out and got my dear friend Leslie's name. Oh, I was so excited!!!
Took me a little while to decide what to make for her, but there was a happy dance when I settled one something. As I was paging through the book Houses by Yoko Saito I found a dog house pattern--I knew I'd hit the right idea! Leslie has a beloved Irish Setter named Ruby, so this is what I made.
This little quilt is called "In The Doghouse". It is lightly adapted from the Yoko Saito pattern.
The quilt itself is about 6 x 5, without the bone. Each mini quilt in the swap must have a label, and my friend Pattiann gave me the idea to make the label in the shape of a dog bone and have it hanging down below the quilt.
Now usually the label goes on the back of the quilt, but in this case I couldn't do that!
This quilt is reversible! Here's the back of the dog house.
You can see that Ruby has a feline friend visiting.
Creating the house was great fun! The house was made from bits of Liberty of London lawn and polka dotted fabrics from my scrap box. I used needle turn applique to apply the cotton pieces to the background. The doggy is made from felted wool and was hand appliqued and embroidered. I love how using extra layers of wool give the dog dimension. The edges of the ears are lightly frayed to give a fuzzy look. I added a tiny heart charm as her dog tag. Since the little quilt is an odd shape I worried that it might be floppy, so I added a layer of Timtex between two layers of lightweight cotton batting. The bone has a layer of Soft & Stable inside.
To round out the package for Leslie and Ruby, I added treats for them both. There fat quarters are dog themed prints with text and dog bones. Ruby got a new toy, a No-Hide beefy bone and a bunch of doggy cookies in Duck and Cheddar flavors. Since I am a cat person I didn't really know what would be best for Ruby, but luckily I visited Mike's Dog Store and the owner gave me good suggestions. (If you are a dog person visiting San Antonio, you should check it out!! HERE)
This might just be my favorite mini I've created so far! Leslie said Ruby enjoyed opening the box as much as she did! What a great swap!!