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« on: January 05, 2009 06:19:16 PM »

My mother-in-law is notoriously hard to buy presents for.  Her home is decorated like a builder's showpiece (in a good way!), and is very particular about her decor.  She's very petite and slim, so clothes are pretty much out of the question, too.  Last year, I made her one of my Antique Shadow Boxes, which she loved and makes sure she shows to everyone who comes over. 

After much deliberation, I decided to do something with some Scottie Quilt Blocks.  Having never quilted before, or pieced any type of block, I purchased a Quilting Attachment Set and jumped in feet first.  I chose to make a wall hanging, because I figured that it would look great in her office, where she has a Scottie and Westie theme going on (and yes, she has real Scotties, too). 

I'm pleased with it for my first shot, and now I want to do something much bigger for one of our beds.  It is machine pieced (I LOVED the 1/4" foot!) and then I stitched-in-the-ditch just around the blocks with the walking foot.  It was so much easier than I thought it would be!  I used the backing fabric to fold around to the front and hand stitched it as a faux-binding, but I don't think I'd do that again, because in one or two spots it looks wonky for about an inch.  Hubby said he didn't even notice, even after I pointed it out, but he's nice like that, so I don't know. Wink  Without further ado:

I also made a pillow that she put on the loveseat in the office as well.  I quilted the front to a piece of batting, this time around the outside of the block and around the outside of the Scottie itself.  I threw it in the wash before I sewed it to the back piece, but it didn't seem to make a difference in the fluff or quilting (I pre-washed all of the fabrics before I started sewing), but maybe it would have if I would have quilted it in a smaller area.

It is just a removable cover, so she can wash it.

I used Erin's tutorial over at House on Hill Road for the zipper.  It's a great tutorial/method, and I can't recommend it enough!  I've made quite a few pillow covers this way.

I embroidered "The Terriers" on the back, in my very rough, improper embroidery.  You can also see the top sleeve that I attached to the backing.  I glued a ribbon to one dowel rod to slip through to hang it, and cut another to weight it down a bit.

My MIL really loved it, and called me tonight to tell me how great it looks in her office.  I'm so happy that I have someone to gift my crafts to who truly appreciates them.

Also, because this is my first attempt, I would love any constructive criticism or tips you could offer to help me in my next quilt!
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009 06:33:05 PM »

im impressed!! great job for your first try at quilting!! Grin


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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009 07:06:25 PM »

LOVE LOVE LOVE the scottie dogs!!!! one of my many ongoing projects is 4 large scottie blocks and sashing for a lapquilt for a retiring favorite teacher (my high schools mascot was the scottie)

any imperfections add to the charm! u should be proud, let alone for ur first time!!!!

and ur MIL loves it! (im jealous lol)

« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009 07:35:39 PM »

Well done, they turned out really lovely and I'm glad the recipiant appreciates them.
I have bookmarked the link for scottie dogs in case I ever need them, thanks for including the pattern.

« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2009 08:07:56 PM »

Thanks all! 
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2009 12:01:01 PM »

o and thanks for the zipper tute link!!!! ive been putting off finishing my pillows bc i hte zippers... but it LOOKS easy... well see!!!
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2009 02:39:12 PM »

Can you sew a straight line and do you own a zipper foot, lilaboo?  Yes to those two things, and you'll have finished pillows in no time.  I promise!  They really are that easy.
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2009 03:25:38 PM »

lol i try on the straight lines, and i do own a zipper foot... havent USED it, but i own it!

« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2009 10:51:37 PM »

so cute! I love scotties.

Our neighbor just had to put down her scottie while staying in flordia for the winter. Im going to miss not having him around once spring comes and they come back to Canada!

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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2009 11:38:48 PM »

Thanks Twiztid.  Sorry to hear about your neighbor's pup.  They really do take a piece of your heart, don't they?
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