I enjoy making items that can be used in more than one way. This little piece was made from a quilted pillow pattern called Township from Moda. I knew a couch pillow at my house would mean Sami would be in the dog house for sure. She would immediately claim it as her own and the fights would begin.
I loved the pattern and decided it would be more useful at our house as a small table runner. I also added a hanging sleeve to the back so it could be used as a wall hanging. One of these days it may become a pillow.
I used a charm pack called Basically Holiday from Benartex. It is hand quilted around the houses and blocks and measures 18″x29″.
Moda Bake Shop is a wonderful place to find free patterns.
As much as I love star quilts I also love log cabin designs. I pieced and hand quilted this one over a year ago and found it while I was cataloging my stock. At 52″ x 66″ it is a fairly large quilt that will be perfect for a baby bed or toddler size bed. I used three shades of blue for one side of the cabin and three different shades and designs of white on white for the other side. Red gingham fabric was used for the binding to match the traditional red center block.
As you can see from the first picture Sami was on the job doing her quilt inspector imitation.
Linking to Cooking Up Quilts
A big thank you to everyone that sent messages, prayers, and good will to Sami and I during Hurricane Irma.
Sami and I evacuated to my son and daughter-in-law’s house south of Atlanta, GA. They were the most gracious hosts and did everything they could for us to relieve the stress. I can never thank them enough for everything they do for us.
After spending four days of prepping our house to ready it for Irma, Sami and I, already exhausted, loaded the car to head for Georgia. The trip that usually takes six hours for me (five hours for anyone else) took somewhere around 11-12 hours with the traffic.
Unfortunately, the storm kept going north and impacted everyone in its path farther north than anyone expected. Lots of people in the Georgia area where we stayed were also without power and experienced high winds and lots of rain. My family only lost tree limbs and a few other minor things.
Sami and I came home not knowing what to expect as the national news programs only reported on the areas that had the most devastation. The trip home was almost as long as going but we had relief knowing the storm was over. Every rest area we stopped had no power and the bathrooms were closed. That wasn’t a problem for Sami but it sure was for me.
I am happy to say, our house received very minimal damage. We lost a few trees, parts of the fence will never be the same, and lots of clean up is needed. BUT, we are so lucky to have been spared and we now have electricity. So many people lost everything. My best friend and his wife lost their house they have lived in for over 35 years and they only live eight miles from me, on the beachside.
I know without all the prayers that were sent our way it would have been a completely different story and I am very grateful. We had a wonderful place to go for protection and we had a house to come home to. Thank you God. Please continue your prayers for everyone affected by this storm. So many people still do not have power here and it is extremely hot, in the 90s. The linemen are working very long days in this heat trying their best to get the electricity back on for everyone.
I have not even walked into my sweat shop and I will probably not until I get the clean up and repairs completed. That area is my happy place and I cannot even think about it right now. I really appreciate all the comments sent our way and I will start my regular posts as soon as possible.
Many of you remember my shameless begging for your votes for Sami, The Wonder Dog ‘s entry to Lily Pad Quilting’s Pets on Quilts contest. Well….drum roll please…..SAMI WON! You all made it happen.
Sami’s momma’s prize is a fat quarter bundle of 30s Playtime Collection from Green Fairy Quilts. Not only is this one of my favorite fabrics but I have been a loyal customer of Green Fairy for a long time. They are my go to place for the Superior So Fine thread that my longarm, Miss Daisy, loves. As a matter of fact, it is the only thread she likes. I have always had first class service from Clint at Green Fairy.
Thanks to everyone that voted for Sami, Lily Pad Quilting, Green Fairy Quilts, and Sparkle on with Abbie for giving me a heads up. 🙂 Congratulations to all the other participants and winners of this fun contest.
I will be away from my computer until Sunday and you will hear more from me then.
thank you, thank you, thank you
This is Sami the Wonder Dog and she is a contestant at Lily Pad Quilting for Pets on Quilts. A lot of very cute pets, to include chickens, are in the running so it will be a difficult choice to make. As you can see from this adorable face, Sami would really appreciate your vote. She is contestant #15.
This is Sami, better known as Sami The Wonder Dog. She is my Quilting Assistant (meaning she grabs every block or scrap I drop on the floor and adds it to her stash under the table), Inspector, (she can spot an untrimmed thread from across the room), and Watch Dog (that does not bark). I think she has joined the Dog Workers Union because she insists on having a potty break every hour, to include fresh ice in her bowl and a treat. Now she is branching out and is entered into the Pets on Quilts contest at Lily Pad Quilting. Please visit Lily Pad and vote for Sami. I know she will appreciate it, but I don’t know if I will be able to afford the increase in pay she will demand.
Please vote for Sami. She is #15.
We have a family of rabbits turning our back yard into a rabbit sanctuary. Sami has a hard time with sharing anything, but especially her back yard. That is part of her domain, along with the whole house and the car. When we go outside for a potty break I go out first and do a rabbit patrol to make sure they scatter before Sami decides they need exercise and chases them.
She is pretty patient with them as long as she is just looking down on them from her upstairs bedroom but she goes on meltdown when she thinks they might get too close to her sunning chair.
I picked this old chair up at a yard sale for $8 and replaced the webbing with fabric. I also made a cute cushion from outdoor fabric but Sami refuses to sit on the chair with the cushion, so away it goes. Can you tell she is the queen?
Sometimes the rabbits play under the chair and Sami has what us Southerners call a ‘hissy fit’. I go out and relocate them to another part of the yard and all is well in Sami Land again.
Just to let you know that I am not the only Sami Slave, my friend makes me walk to the street from my cul de sac when she picks me up for a lunch date– so she doesn’t have to see Sami’s sad face in the window. 🙂
When I leave this earthly world I want to come back as a pampered pet.