Sunday, January 26, 2014

Zoey's bed for RB/MQG Challenge

I finally finished my entry for The Basics Challenge with Riley Blake Designs for the 3rd annual MQG members fabric challenge.

I decided to make my little doggie, Zoey her own little bed so she can hang out with me in the sewing room.

I only used the yellow polka dots of the fat eighth quarters that were sent to me. I initially had an entirely different design in mind at the beginning of this challenge. I ended up taking a whole different approach. I think I was really inspired by Elizabeth Hartman's Dancing Queen quilt. The Dancing Queen quilt is the last quilt I made as a Christmas quilt for my Dad. I just expanded it a bit to make a brick wall.

I used exclusively Riley Blake polka dots for my print selections, and grey for the mortar. For the quilting I really wanted some graffiti. I have always loved graffiti art. I don't condone vandalism, but graffiti has it's own beauty.

I started out using some grey thread. Then I thought this was way to safe. Not very exciting. So ripping commenced. 

YES! Much better. Way more exciting!!!

The rest of the background I did an all over circuit board design. 
To gauge this micro-quilting, the mortar finished pieces are 1/2 an inch. That's some tiny quilting. My hands cramped up more than once:/

I guess I should show my little mishap.

This is the other side that I had a mishap marking my quilt! This is permanent marker! I managed to get most of it out but for some reason, what was on the red would not budge. Here is my solution....

I stuck my quilt label over the top of the mistake like a bumper sticker:)  I'm really liking the offset of the label! And Zoey prefers to get comfy on this side of the dog bed more than the pretty side which is a little stiff due to all the dense micro-quilting.
Yaaaaaa, I think she likes it.

Project completed! Now..........what to do next?!?!?


  1. Hi...where have you been? Lovely quilt for your dog. Like the stitching on it...is that a thicker thread you used or did you just go over repeatedly...very effective. Have never tried this.

  2. Love it! I think Zoey does too! The offset label really turned into part of the design - it is you graffiti on the back! The graffiti on the front is super cool! ~Jeanne

  3. This is great! It's a cute design and I really love how you emphasized her name with the quilting. Nicely done!

  4. Wow! your puppy is so adorable and so is her little bed you made her.
    I love striking her name looks, awesome job quilting it!

  5. Love love love your graffiti!
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  6. darling doggie-child! love all the stitching but it does make the quilts stiff. It's OK! You did a GREAT job!