I can’t believe our youngest daughter just turned 16, where has all the time gone? This girl is now older, bolder, cooler, crazier, smarter, funnier…and SWEETER, of course!
I said “sweeter” but it’s close enough to “SWEATER” 🙂
Everyone has something they cherish and adore…Polina loves DOGS!
I could not be happier with this quilt choice for my girl when I came across “DOGS IN SWEATERS” pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. It’s got to be the coolest design out there!
Here is Polina’s best friend & the heart of our family – Buddy! He did not mind modelling her quilt at all, even though he is a camera shy boy 🙂
The piecing part was so much fun and the instructions were easy-breezy! The hardest part for me was to decide on how to quilt it. I thought this quilt needed to be more personal, so I decided to do custom quilting rather than edge-to-edge.
I did some sketches, then a little bit of markings…and I just followed my heart from there. I started with cross hatched quilting on the dog’s sweaters using BERNINA rulers, then I quilted the dog’s faces with stippling, ears – with wavy lines, backs & legs – with stitch in the ditch & echoing. The background was a little bit challenging as it was my first experience with a quilt that big & using modern techniques. I started filling it up from the top down with free motion paisleys & swirls…then I got bored and switched to circles with rulers. Then I did more paisleys & swirls, switched to straight vertical lines, and finished quilting with paisleys & swirls. Whew – it was FUN!
There are over 240K stitches in this quilt, done on my BERNINA Q20 sit down long arm machine. The lifetime stitch count on my Q20 was 773,545 stitches after I finished this quit. Here are some close up pictures for you.
I love this pattern so much, so I decided to get a few more Elizabeth Hartman’s designs to make quilts for people special to me. Squeak…I just received them in the mail!