Wednesday, August 24

Pets on Quilts Post 2 - Charly and Wilbur Mug Rug

Last year Ruth (Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner) and I did a little mug rug swap together.  She made me two beautiful mug rugs which were too pretty to use, so I hung them on the wall and admire them every day.  (Thanks again Ruth!)

The mug rug I made for Ruth featured her dogs Charly & Wilbur, riding in a wagon.  They have a third pup now, a Basset puppy named Maggie, and you can read all about their fun photo shoot by clicking on the link in the first paragraph. 

My regular readers already saw Ruth's surprise, but I thought it would be fun to enter the Charly & Wilbur mug rug in the Pets on Quilts Show, in the Pet Themed Quilt Category.  Today is the last day and tomorrow the voting begins, so make sure you go see all the great entries at Lily Pad Quilting!  Jacque hosts this show every summer and it's one of those great blogland events where you can meet a lot of friends, both new and old.

Charly & Wilbur Mug Rug, made with Crafted Applique

I made Ruth's mug rug using the Crafted Appliqué method for fray-free raw edge, machine stitched appliques.  The method is taught in my book Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities.  This year the book is one of the many fun prizes you can win by participating in the Pets on Quilts Show!  

Well, it's time for me to get busy blog hopping.  There are almost 50 terrific looking posts to see in the Pets on Quilts Show!

Thanks for visiting, because...

You can click on the pup to leave a comment.
If you are a blogger too, she'll most likely follow you home.

Pets on Quilts Post 1 - Libby, Libby, Libby on the Label, Label, Label

Talk about squeaking in at the 11th hour.  I'm back with a working laptop now and ready to go blog hopping. I have soooo much catching up to do. 

Today is the last day to link up posts and pictures for the Pets on Quilts Parade over at Jacque's Lily Pad Quilting.  The voting begins tomorrow... and it will be no easy choice because there are so many great entries!  Jacque, you do such a great job hosting one of the funnest events in Quilting Blog Land and we all really appreciate all the hard work you put into it each year.  Thank you!

So without further ado, here is my first entry in the Pet Themed Quilt category - a quilted pillow.  I made it using the Crafted Appliqué technique, from my book of the same name.  (My book is one of the sponsored prizes in the Pets on Quilts Show this year!)  This method really enables you to do raw edge applique with the tiniest details and not worry as much about fraying.  

The pillow is a thank you gift for a friend and it features her little Boston Terrier "Libby", happily licking a blue raspberry popsicle.  (I was informed that those are the very best flavor.)  My friend is just crazy about her dog, so stalking her for pet photos was a lot of fun. 

Popsicle Pup Pillow

If you click on the picture below, you can see Libby's eye a little better.  I did it in brown fabric and it doesn't show up as well as it does in person.  She has her eyes closed in popsicle licking bliss.

Popsicle Pup Pillow

Since this year I haven't got a pet on a quilt entry, I plopped Penny by the Popsicle Pup pillow and took some photos of her in the chair.  I'm including them in this post as an extra, just for fun.  Can you see her trying to look everywhere but at the camera?  You can almost hear what she's thinking.  She gets shy if you focus on her too much.  Normally, she can't hold her licker.   

Penny's Photo Shoot

I'm writing another post today for a second entry in the Pets on Quilts Parade.  Two posts in one day - that's a new one for me.

Thanks for visiting, because...

You can click on the pup to leave a comment.
If you are a blogger too, she'll most likely follow you home.

Wednesday, August 10

Pets on Quilts is Coming Soon with Lots of Fun and Prizes!

Hey there everybody!  Just in case you haven't heard: One of the most social and fun events in QBL (Quilting Blogland) is starting this Sunday at Jacque's Lily Pad Quilting....

Pets on Quilts 2016
August 14th through 24th

This blog linky party is packed with great posts every year and truly this is where I have met so many of my blogging friends.  Jacque has lined up a whole bunch of wonderful prizes and sponsors.  (Including moi - I will be giving away a copy of "Crafted Applique: New Possibilities")  

You don't have to have a pet to take part in the contest and show.  Pet themed quilts are one of the categories.  Every kind of pet is welcome too and each year there are some interesting entrants.  I'm pretty sure you don't have to be a blogger either, because there are usually Flicker entrants and I bet Instagram photos would work too.  (Do you hear that Gonzo?  I expect to see a photo of Willow.)  So gather up those cuddly pets, those crawly pets, pets that bark, meow, chirp, snort, and whinny!  Take some photos and come and join the party!    


The latest BIG NEWS is that the American Quilter's Society is leaving book publishing.  Some of you have undoubtedly read or heard the public announcements.  They will still be producing their magazine and running the quilt shows, both of which have bright futures and ever growing popularity.

A few of you have asked how this is going to affect my book "Crafted Applique: New Possibilities", which came out only 4 months ago.  Thank you for checking up about that!  What this decision means for all the AQS authors is that there will not be any further printings of their books unless they or someone else buys up the publishing rights.  This is especially rough on authors whose books just came out or are just coming out.  As one said to me, she now views her book as a very expensive business card.

So all our books now have a finite number of copies left in print.  If you have been waiting to buy any of the recent AQS book releases, now would be a good time to do it.  If you can purchase the book directly from the author, that is even better.  Especially keep your eye out for the very last authors who will be coming down the pike.  There are some really great books still to be released!          



This is going to have to be a post where I've disabled commenting.  That's because my laptop zonked out after an automatic update a couple of weeks ago.  Thank you very much Microsoft.  HAL was only 18 months old and is now completely kaput and of course, just past his warranty period.  My ability to spend time at this big computer is limited, so I've been rarely online and have tons of catching up to do.  I'm buried in emails.  If you should have heard from me, but haven't - that is why.  Give me another nudge if you need to!  I'll be up and running again in time to participate in Pets on Quilts.  Hope to see you there!