Following Sarah and Sophie’s suggestion in Book #7 (The Rescue Quilt: A Quilting Cozy), I recently decided to make a quilt as a fund raiser for my local animal shelter.
Let the designing begin: I decided to create blocks featuring dogs enjoying peaceful settings while lounging in their own designer houses.
I began my search for dog fabrics looking for dogs of consistent size and representing a variety of breeds.
I also needed fabric with skies and trees for the background, building materials for the houses, and flora for the surroundings. Most of the environmental fabrics already existed in my stash, so I began my search for the dogs. They needed to be spread out so I could cut them apart individually. (No dogs were injured during this process).
I decided on a 10″ block which allows plenty of room for the dogs and dog house. After completing a few blocks, I decided to stop and concentrate on making roofs and sky background so I could give the dogs and dog houses my full attention later.
I then began cutting out all of my dogs and machine appliqueing them to one of two backgrounds. I chose a gold for the darker dogs and a brown for the light ones.
I plan to put a 1″ black frame around each block and use a denim gray strip for sashing which will give the illusion of a three-piece strip between each block. I haven’t decided on total size yet; probably a large throw.
I plan to use these paw prints on the outer border and (as a little surprise) the back will be cat faces.
I’ll update my blog with pictures as the quilt process continues. Please leave your comments and suggestions below. I love hearing from my blog followers, readers, and friends (both current and future).
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE QUILTING COZY SERIES: Originally from the quilt capital of the U.S., Paducah Ky, Carol Dean Jones now lives in the foothills of West Virginia. From her cozy cabin, she crafts this series of beloved novels about heroine Sarah, a retired mystery-solving quilter. Sarah begins her journey in the wake of great loss, but, with a tireless spirit and a whole lot of spunk, quickly proves she’s a survivor and is ready to greet life’s second act.\ Connecting Threads, April 2019.
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8 thoughts on “Creating a Rescue Quilt”
What great fabric, Carol. Those dogs and puppies are perfect in your quilt! Nice job!
Yes, I think they are adorable and there’s a nice assortment of breeds — something for everyone! Nice hearing from you, Wanda. I hope all is well with you and yours. Best wishes, Carol
What a great idea! I am looking forward to seeing your progress.
This has turned out to be lots of fun!
Thank you for sharing your methods and ideas about how your Rescue Quilt has come to fruition. So clever.
And I thank you right back for following my blog and for commenting. I love hearing from my readers and friends. I’m excited about this quilt and hope to be posting the finished product before long. Have a great week and I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.
Looking forward to seeing the finished product. As you know, I love my fur babies and have six of them. You and Brian both share a talent that God gave you to share with the world expressing love and beauty.
What a nice comment to read first thing in the morning. Thank you, Tom.