Friday, August 28, 2009

Lucky Dog!

My Finish for Friday this week is a bit weak (it's not very big) but it's still a finish! We are babysitting for a cute little dog whose name is Truman. I wanted to practice some FMQ on my new machine and a few other tricks, so the boys and I made Truman a quilt.

I used Heat-n-Bond and a zigzag stitch to put his name on there. I wasn't overly impressed with the zig-zag stitch from Bernie, but I was only using Coats and Clark thread from Wally World, so that may have been the issue. She was missing stitches- actually quite a few of them, so I think it was operator error. These machines are famous for their even stitches. I am going to try a new needle and better thread next time and see what happens.

The fabric we used has little scottie dogs all over it. The gold for the back is a pillowcase, and the black is a sheet that I have used a LOT of. I am going to have to keep my eyes open for another black sheet.

I used black thread so that I could see what my FMQ looked like and where my problem areas are. I think I just have to work on being smoother (is that a word?) with my motion. I got a pair of those sticky quilting gloves to try with the next quilt. Moving that quilt around really made my hands sore and this is a small quilt.

The reason we are dogsitting is that Truman's owners are visiting with their brand new grandson! I couldn't very well make the dog a quilt and not the baby, now, could I? So this quilt will be for Elijah. It's fairly big- 40 x 50, so he will be able to use it when he is bigger.

(I sure hope I got the name right- I got that info thirdhand- and it came through TWO MEN before it got to me... not that most men are stupid or anything- they just tend to be wrong a lot.)

If you want to see more Friday Finishes, hop over to Lit and Laundry and see what everyone else has been up to! (Check out the cuddly fall quilt!)


  1. Hey, if you're wrong on the name, I'll take that awesome Elijah quilt, it's got my initial and it's in my colors!
    How cute you made a little quilt for Truman!

  2. I love the E on Elijah's quilt. and one for the dog too - I'm sure he'll appreciate it.

  3. I'm feelin' your pain. I too have been practicing FMQ...I have a
    l-o-n-g way to go I'm afraid. Cute idea for a practice run with Truman's should be
    ready for 'E's quilt...right???

  4. Great way to get some practice in! I'm sure Truman wont mind a few missed stitches. I love the colors you used in Elijah's quilt.

    Thanks for joining in!

  5. I Love the dog quilt, I made my dog a quilt to practice FMQ too - I think yours turned out great! And I Love the colours of he baby quilt :)

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