Brush Those Teeth!

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner and plenty to feast on, just remember to brush those teeth!
 

Disclaimer: Gracie really does get her teeth properly brushed. This was the first time we ever used the poultry flavored toothpaste from C.E.T. As you can tell, it was quite liked! And, helping her brush her teeth is always much easier without a camera in one hand…just saying…

 

Such a Pair

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I visited my CPA recently.  I always like going to her place, because she lives in the country, although close in to the city.  On this visit I was greeted by a most unusual pair, a Barbados lamb and a dog!  They simply made such a sweet pair.  When I left the young sheep was laying down and resting its head on the dogs hindquarters.  Oh how I wanted to just take that baby home with me!

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Best of Friends

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Hey Watcha You Lookin’ At?

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Raining Cats and Dogs

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All the Presidents’ Dogs

 

The trip last weekend to the Houston International Quilt Festival was a feast for the eyes.  This year the festival had a special “Raining Cats & Dogs” competition category.   I wanted to share these amazing quilts with you.  Enjoy your trip through this virtual art gallery!  And if you have a favorite, do comment and let me know.  They are all so wonderful!

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Cat-at-Water

Caught in the Act, by Barbara McKie
Lyme, Connecticut
Techniques:  Digital imagery, threadpainted, trapuntoed, free-motion quilted

I urged my cousin’s cat, Taz, to come to the kitchen sink to drink, and she obliged as I captured her in this funny pose.

Kool-in-Alaska

Kool in Ketchikan, by Ingrid Cattaneo
Grass Valley, California
Techniques:  Fabric collaged

Kool in Ketchikan was inspired by a photograph I took of two dogs – both wearing upside down sunglasses, perched in an open window of the Bayside building in Ketchikan, Alaska.  It was drizzling, I looked up and there they were.  The pit bull mix dogs, mostly white with black spots, are iconic to Ketchikan, both to locals and tourists.  I wanted a playful reminder of our visit to Ketchikan, consequently one dog is pink and the other dog is blue.  It literally rains and pours at our local shelter with pit bull mix dogs.  Won’t you please consider offering a “forever” home to a dog from your local shelter?  We did.  His name is Yuba.  He, too, is part pit bull and a big love.

Kitty-Color

Cornered!, by Wendy Starn
Alexandria, Louisiana
Techniques:  Hand-stamped, threadpainted, collaged

In August of 2008, my son found a tiny kitten under the hood of the car, covered in grease and fleas.  He cleaned her up and she won his heart, as well as the scorn of our other two cats.  Boris, the black cat, is determined to be Alpha male, and is also proud of his prowess at catching (catnip) mice, while Moose, the orange cat, is the might hunter of lizards and bugs, who’s afraid of everything.  Oslo the kitten sleeps, dreaming, no doubt of how best to annoy her big brothers.

Final-Weimaraner

Charlie, by Melinda Sword
Port Charlotte, Florida
Technique:  Pictorial quilting with machine applique
Materials:  Cotton batting, thread, décor bond, cotton and batik fabrics

This quilt was made from a snapshot of my weimaraner, Charlie.  He is lying at the foot of my bed waiting for his daddy to get home from work to play with his ball.

Yogi-Bear

Yogi Bear, by Kathy Zieben
Houston, Texas
Techniques:  Raw-edge appliqued, machine stitched and quilted, design from fisheye lens photo

The inspiration for creating this Yogi Bear quilt came from a special love I had for my pet, a shelter dog we rescued at 16 weeks old.  Yogi had the most adorable face that peeked out from his cage.  I felt it best highlighted his unique character.  Everyone who was him commented on his unique look.  Yogi Bear was only with us for a short five years.  Making this quilt has helped me to deal with the loss of Yogi.

Final-Yellow-Lab

Live Free, by Kathleen Everett
Batavia, New York
Techniques:  Improvisationally pieced, printed, free-motion quilted

After creating a collage on a playing card, manipulating it in Photoshop in a class by Red-Dog Enterprises, my pup was printed by a large format printer onto fabric.  I pieced varying sized improvisational star blocks using Marcia Derse fabrics, quilted my adorable lab and stitched him to his background.  He would be at home anywhere!

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Unfortunately I do not have the details for this quilt.

Final-Artie-Facts

Artie Facts, by Joyce Paterson
Ukiah, California
Techniques:  Hand and fused applique, machine quilting

I have long known that dogs have their own set of rules and facts about how the world works.  So, when faced with a Mendocino Quilt Artists challenge to create a quilt based on the theme “Artifact,” my mind went to dog facts.  Artie is the representative of the dog world, and these are some of the known dog facts.

Final-Sheri

Sherri, by Sue Bleiweiss
Uptown, Massachusetts
Technique:  Hand-dyed, raw-edge fusible appliqued, machine quilted

As soon as I found ou about the “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” special exhibit, I sat down and sketched out this quilt.  The pup on the quilt is keeping a wakeful eye out for any bone thieves!

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I’m Watching You, by Barbara McKie
Lyme, Connecticut
Techniques:  Free-motion threadpainted, trapuntoed, disperse dye printed, free-motion machine appliqued, free-motion machine quilted

A friend’s dog had the habit of lying on the back of the couch and watching me while I stayed with them.  Fortunately, I had my camera and transferred the photo to polyester using disperse dye digital transfer.

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Shade, by Mary Davis
Sunnyvale, California
Techniques:  Fused applique, machine pieced and quilted

I began this quilt in a class taught by June Jaeger in Sisters, Oregon,  It’s from a photo of my dog, Shade, when he was a puppy.  I wanted a small dog.  He was 19 pounds at the time.  He grew up…now he’s 80 pounds.  While his name may be Shade, he brings a lot of sunshine into my life.

 

Scarecrow & Gracie

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The Wizard of Oz??

Taken when Gracie was very young.  I think she thought this scarecrow…straight from the Wizard of Oz…was the real thing!  I did the life-size face transfer using products from Michaels, applying the ‘face’ to some muslin fabric.  I then sewed a back fabric section to the finished face and fitted all around a styrofoam head, pinning in place as needed.  I then made the costume, stuffed with straw and placed my finished scarecrow on the front porch.  My own Toto and scarecrow!!

Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone!

Nest Beds

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Nest Design.

Kitties are having fun in these new beds!  Soft, reversible, adjustable, foldable, and washable.

 

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Bed as open mat.

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Pattern side as mat.

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 Drawstring gathered up.

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Lucy pretending to be a turtle!

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