Thursday, 13 November 2014

318 Patchwork Patterns Quilt-along: Dog and Bone

The release of 318 Patchwork Patterns in English has brought a flurry of block making from the book making and in addition to the blog hop that I was part of a few weeks ago, Al at A Thousand Needles is hosting a 318QAL.  For each week of the quilt-along, she's making 4 blocks which will be part of a 318 Patchwork Patterns mini quilt.  She's choosing most of the blocks and having special guests- so far  Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics and Penny from Sew take a hike and this week it's me! I love the animal blocks in this book, so I chose #136 dog and bone block.  I was so enamoured with the design that I didn't notice the million Y seams involved!  Apologies to Al who is making this block too!


I've marked the Y seams and some of the sections below.  I tried to plan this but I ended up being a very careful slow sewer and using the techniques covered here- precision is everything with so many Y seams! I did the ears, feet and tail actions first.  Then the head and bone.  Next the body and the final part was joining everything together.  The Y seams are marked in blue- there were so many and I had not think about how I was doing this too much and rely on instinct as it did get a bit confusing!  You could always add extra lines in to simplify the shape and construction as Penny did with her block.


I made the 6" block into a quilt as you go hot water bottle cover for our dog Lottie.  As the weather gets cooler, she loves a hottie to cuddle up with overnight.


It's a simple pattern adapted from Suzuko Koseki's Patchwork Style.  I lined it on the inside too with some cotton lawn to make it a thick cover that would insulate well and survive a lot of washes. 


Let's just say it was well received!


You can find the 318QAL schedule here, week one here, and week two here.  You can link up with Al by posting picks of at least 2 blocks you've made from the book and win a prize- see her posts for details.
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13 comments:

  1. Hi Kerry! That looks beutiful and fun! I'm sure your little friend loves it! x Teje

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  2. The doggie quilt is too darn cute!

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  3. The BLAH bone just kills me!! Sweet project, Kerry!

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  4. I really should have just emailed you before even trying to make mine ;) It's absolutely adorable! I love the mix of fabrics you used.

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  5. Darling bottle bag for little Lottie! You make the sweetest things ~ love that bone!

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  6. these pp patterns are sew cute. you did a great job.

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  7. I was going to comment that I wanted to steal it from Lottie until I saw her eyes lol! I couldn't let that sweet face get cold!

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  8. Hottie Lottie.
    Too cute with the Blahblahblah bone.

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  9. Very cute, though me and Y seams are not the best of friends!

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  10. Oh dear, now I feel like a bad dog owner! Guess I'd better think up something nice for Poppy, never tried her with a hottie before... Love your finished item :-)

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  11. I love that you made something so special for your dog!

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  12. I love your block! I found your blog through Amy Sinbaldi (if you were curious). Love, love your style! Thank you for inspiring me to start sewing clothing again! My daughter's have asked me to and I've been reluctant! Thank you for sharing your sewing knowledge and patterns!! I'm off to purchase your pattern on Craftsy!
    Thanks, Colette Lee

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