Welcome to Tanya Quilts in CO! I was so excited when Lorna announced the Dog Gone Cute Quilt Along. I am a huge dog lover! As I started to contemplate how to design my version of the Dog Gone Cute Quilt, I decided I wanted to honor the dogs of my life. I started looking through old pictures and reminiscing about the dogs who have touched my life. This is my tribute to those amazing canines.
Here is the backing. It is a cheerful turquoise floral and I machine quilted along the black sashing and around each dog's face. I wanted it to look like class pictures.
I am calling this quilt, "The Dogs of My Life." Let me introduce you to my four legged friends.
Charlie was the beagle-doxie mix my parents had when I was born and was always present in my childhood. She lived a very long life and devoured M&Ms nightly with my dad.
Beau was an adult red dachshund we adopted when I was about 13 and I had him until I was in college and my parents downsized and found him a new home.
Dudley came with Beau and he was a chocolate and tan dachshund. They were such a hoot together.
Willie was actually my sister's dog and he was a beagle and lab mix that she convinced my parents we needed. What was one more?
When I met my hubby, he had three dogs! I think his dogs were one of the reasons I fell for him. Panda was an Australian Shepherd mix.
Babe was a German Shepherd mix. The ears aren't quite right for a shepherd, but the soulful eyes are.
He also had Humpy, a fantastically sweet pit bull. She died fairly young of Hodgkin's.
Melody was another pit bull that my mom rescued and brought to us. She was meant to be our dog and we enjoyed her for 10 wonderful years.
Dora was our chocolate lab and boxer mix that we had to put down in May. Now that she is gone, I realize how vocal she was in our pack.
Lola was our first dog we got in Colorado. She is a border collie and black lab mix we got at the rodeo over 10 years ago. She is suffering from cancer right now, but holding her own.
Bella is our vizsla and Australian Shepherd mix we adopted from one of my students. She is five years old and finally starting to mature.
And last but certainly not least, is Fergie, our new puppy. She is a cattle dog and miniature border collie mix.
It has been so much fun to recreate my dogs in fabric for this quilt! I hand embroidered each of their names and enjoyed designing them. Now that I have recreated the dogs from my life, I think I want to play with some fabrics and make a whimsical version.
Be sure to visit all the blogs on the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop listed below.
Thank you Lorna for allowing me to participate!
Tuesday, October 6
Karen of Run Sew Fun
Kris of Kris Loves Fabric
Anja of Anja Quilts
Kelly of Quilting it Out
Tish of Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Thursday, October 8
Carol of Just Let Me Quilt
Nina of Inchworming
Doris of The Quilting Queen Online
Brandy of Pampered Pettit
Leena of Creative Instincts
Tuesday, October 13
Ruth of Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner
Tanya of Tanya Quilts in Colorado
Laurel of Quilts by Laurel
Kathy of Kathy’s Quilting Blog
Deb of New Creative State
Thursday, October 15
Anita of Daydreams of Quilts
Gina of Quilts and Cakes
Beth of Words & Stitches
Rachel of Quiltineering
Julie of Mack and Mable
Tuesday, October 20
Cathy of A Quilting Chick
Selina of Selina Quilts
Shauna of Shauna’s World
Gayle of Pedal Sew Lightly
Kathy of Kayak Quilting
Thursday, October 22
Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room
Heide of Heide’s Quilty Hugs
Britt-Inger of Hill Valley Quilter
Judy of How ART You?
Louisa of Sewmotion
Tuesday, October 27
Teje of Nero’s Patch and Post
Teje of Nero’s Patch and Post
Stephanie of Jak and Will
Valerie of Val’s Quilting Studio
Ellen of Georgia Florida Studio
Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts
Thursday, October 29
Abigail of Cut & Alter
Magdalena of iloveneutrals
Jenn of A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Anne of Batiks by the Bay
Susie of Susie's Sunroom
Tracy of Tracy’s Bits N Pieces