Margie’s Quilt

These photos have been hanging out in my computer for a while now, just waiting for Margie’s birthday! And now that she has turned another year older I finally get to share.

This quilt was created several months before Margie’s birthday, when I found a jelly roll of fabrics in her favorite colors on sale at JoAnn’s. I discretely asked for design advice on a quilt for “somebody else” to make sure she would like the pattern I picked, but never showed her the fabric because it would have been a dead give away …sometimes it’s fun to be devious!

I can’t remember exactly which tutorial I finally went with, but it might have been this on:

http://beesquarefabrics.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-make-zig-zag-quilt-without.html

It was great because I didn’t have to cut or sew any odd angles which meant less fabric waste!

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Dog Beds

So, since we moved into the new house, I decided it was time for Rocky to have a bed of his own! And then Maggie needed a new one because I have no idea where hers went. We looked around in stores and couldn’t find what we were looking for. Everything was either too expensive or not nearly sturdy enough. Then, I looked at JoAnn’s and found that to buy fabric and filling would be at least as much as buying a bed! So, the search continued…! I know this seems like a lot of trouble over a dog bed, but it was a lot less eventful than it sounds. I was just being indecisive/ cheap.

In the end I bought the fabric when it went on sale and used a coupon for a double whammy. Each bed took 1 yard of print and one yard of solid. The filling was going to be the most expensive part, but I slaughtered some old pillows (very easy to find at garage sales or thrift shops, if you don’t have any already). Each bed cost under $15 and the most difficult part was getting the dogs to hold still for a photo!

Just make it like a giant pillow. I didn’t even have to cut anything out! If you have smaller dogs you may have to cut it down some, but it is just a rectangle. When you stuff it, make sure you fluff the stuffing good before you put it in (especially if it’s older). This will make the stuffing go a lot further and the pillow will not look lumpy!

Here are some pictures of my goofy dogs and their beds!

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