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Quilt for Maks

In November I got the quilting bug out of the blue. I started making quarter square triangle blocks for a new king-sized quilt project. And quickly realized that a king-sized quilt was going to be a loooooong haul. A smaller project would let me finishing something much sooner and feel that satisfaction of a finished object. A tutorial for a jelly roll block inspired me to make a miniature quilt for Maks, the Morkie I did a bunch of sewing for with my handmade pet accessories business Oxford Dogma. I used fabrics leftover from his harnesses, mixing and matching based…

pet bed made with the Fat Quarter Floor Tuffet sewing pattern

Fat quarter pet bed

I thought for my upcoming sewing class at the local quilt shop it would be fun to do a pet bed. There were a few pet bed sewing patterns to choose from but I became fixated on the idea of a simple oversized floor cushion. And since I love piecing (more so than quilting) the Fat Quarter Floor Tuffet by Kenzie Mac & Co looked promising. I love that it’s made with fat quarters, making it fun and easy to gather the fabrics needed for the project. There’s something about choosing fat quarter fabrics that’s like picking candy off the shelf — they’re all packaged…

dog walking bag in bright blue with arrow pattern

Dog walking bag sample for upcoming workshop

I had so much fun sewing these samples for my upcoming sewing class at the local quilt shop! There’s just enough variety (a little quilting, some fusible fleece, little pockets) to make it interesting, but it’s not a complicated project with a million fussy pieces. The first one I made was in a natural linen blend fabric. I experimented with diagonal quilting lines instead of vertical, just to see what the outcome would be. This one is just for me, and I’ve been using it whenever I take the dogs out for a walk. The second one I made was in brighter,…

dog treat pouches

Dog treat pouch

In the spirit of the holiday season, I decided that the peanut butter cookies and chicken-flavored biscuits I’ve been making for our little canine buddies needed something more unique and reusable as gift bags than store-bought plastic bags. These drawstring pouches are handmade and can be used to refill with treats or whatever doggie-related gizmo the recipient would like. I dropped a small, removable, open-ended plastic bag inside to help keep the treats fresher. After stitching up a few muslin prototypes, I settled on this design, complete with a tag sewn in the side to give it a nice finish.