I spent about 4 years reading and researching quilting before I ever attempted my first quilt. Everything I read made quilting seem really complicated and difficult, which really surprised me because I have been a sewer all my life. Makes me laugh because those of us who learned by sewing clothing think quilting is difficult and those who learned by quilting think making clothing is difficult. I looked at patterns and blocks, read directions, bought magazines, cutting mats, rotary cutter, pins (already had plenty of fabric), put sampler blocks together, and practiced pressing, but was never motivated (make that confident) enough to attempt a fulll-size quilt. And then I found a quilt pattern in a little book that combined redwork embroidery and irish chain quilt blocks.
Well, I fell in love with the pattern (still love it) and decided within 5 seconds that I would make that quilt for my grandson, Liam (he's my first grand). Instead of using the redwork designs from the book, I already had transfers for day of the week puppies (did I mention I love hand embroidery?), so decided to use them. Cut the fabric, stamped it and started the embroidery. I embroidered 4 sets of puppies using different shades of red. Found the red and white fabrics, paying careful attention to buy a light, medium and dark (I had never bought fabric that way before) and jumped in with both feet. Here is the quilt:
That is Liam and my daughter in the picture. Here is a look at the detail:
I made a pillow sham to match:
Here is Liam with his pillow sham:
But, Liam has a little brother, Warren. So, of course, you can't make for one and not the other. So, I found another set of puppies and made the same quilt for Warren. The fabrics are diffent but the pattern is the same. Here is Warren's quilt:
This is Warren and my daughter in the picture. Here is a look at the detail:
Here is the pillow sham:
(I make pillow shams for all my quilts.) The two quilts are called "Playful Puppies I" and "Playful Puppies II". I have a third set of puppy transfers for a future grandson, too, but we won't tell my daughter that - yet (BIG GRIN).