The event has finally arrived and I'm excited to show off my little pets. Don't know what I'm talking about? SewCalGal hosts an annual Pets on Quilts show, giving both bloggers and non-bloggers the opportunity to share photos of their pets - quilty and real - as well as the chance to win some great prizes. Entries are accepted from August 15th to the 19th, so if you have a quilt, a pet on a quilt or a design in EQ7, be sure to check out the 2011 Pets on Quilts Show at SewCalGal for all the details and to see the other entries.
I'm sure that some of you are familiar with my two cats, Charlie and Teeka. They're often found in my quilt studio, "helping" me with my latest creations. How else would I know which fabrics will make the cuddliest quilts? They can be harsh critics, but their advice is always purrfectly correct!
While great friends, their personalities couldn't be more different. Teeka prefers to supervise the creating of the quilts,
|Teeka on the cutting table supervising another project|
(not thrilled that this is a wall hanging and not large enough to lie on)
while Charlie has no reservations about climbing right in and snuggling down.
|Charlie on my 5 & Dime quilt|
As you can probably tell, I'm a cat lover, but in reality, I love all animals. We have previously had two labrador retrievers, but are currently servants to Teeka and Charlie, as well as two fire belly toads (I don't let them on the quilts!).
I guess it's my love of animals that inspires many of my quilt designs. While I don't have an owl as a pet (although my daughter, Sarah, would love to have one like Hedwig in Harry Potter) I have several owl patterns, and have a few more in the design process. Here are some of my quilty pets!
|Hootie - a stuffy pattern in 3 sizes|
|It's a Hoot! (a free pattern on my website) and Hootie|
|Hoot-mon! - my first owl pattern|
I've also recently completed a wall hanging using AccuQuilt GO! dies which has - surprise! - cats and dogs in it. I call it Posh Pets as I used Moda's Posh fabric line for this quilt. I'm currently working on the pattern instructions for this quilt and hope to have them out in the fall.
|Posh Pets using the AccuQuilt GO! |
Calico Cat and Gingham Dog dies
|Detail of Posh Pets|
I have a table runner in the works which uses AccuQuilt GO! dies, although it's not quite completed yet. I'll be using Fresh when I teach my Let's Get GO-ing! class at Bow Bench Retreat this fall.
|Fresh tablerunner using AccuQuilt GO! birds and Rose of Sharon dies |
(another pattern variation uses the heart and Rose of Sharon dies)
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my "pets" and encourage you to check out the other entries at SewCalGal's 2011 Pets on Quilts show.