Friday, March 31, 2017

Sophie: A Quilt for the World's Worst Dog

I think it's expected that when a fabric line comes out with a family (two-legged or four-legged) member's name, a quilt should be made, even if it's for my Sophie, the World's Worst Dog.  In 2011, Moda came out with Sophie by Chez Moi and ,of course, I had to purchase a fat quarter bundle along with some yardage with the intention of making Sophie a quilt.  
Do Not Let This Sweet Face Fool You
My oldest son refers to Sophie as the World's Worst Dog because she, with the heart-attack bark, gets pretty vocal whenever someone comes to the door, or walks down the street and worse yet when you least expect it. According to my son, if you were to do a Google search for the World's Worst Dog, Sophie's picture would appear.  I attribute this to her being part Lhapso Apso which brings out her guard dog instincts and also being part poodle brings out the Diva in her which means she can be pretty demanding at times, like don't pet me with one hand if you have two hands.  And Sophie doesn't win any points with me because she is the reason why I have to make a new Winter quilt for my bed since she chewed a chunk off on the border/binding and I don't dare lay some of my nicer quilts on any of the beds because she loves to scratch at quilts and mess up a made bed.
After having this fabric in my stash for five years, I finally made a quilt top with the fabric last year.  I had just purchased Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Rock the House die by Sizzix, which makes an 8" block and thought this would be the perfect block for the Sophie Stash.   It reminded me of a Great Granny Square Block but with fewer patches.  I used three different fabrics for each block, but the same fabric for the side triangles (the green mini houndstooth) was used on every block.  
Because the side triangles were cut on the bias, they stretched and matched up pretty well when the blocks were sewn together.  However, I wasn't happy with the way the border laid with the blocks once they were sewn together.  I should have put sashing between the blocks to stabilize them but was going for the nine-patch on point look.  Lesson learned for the next time.   I was planning on doing straight line quilting myself but because the border wasn't laying right I decided to have Jan my longarm quilter quilt it instead who did a wonderful job even with the wobbly borders.  Let's just say I would not be comfortable giving this quilt to anyone but Sophie.
Sophie's Quilt measures 52" square and is already laying on her look-out chair right next to the window in the living room.  Hopefully, when Sophie appears as the World's Worst Dog on a Google search, she'll be sitting on her quilt.

So after more than  five years, Sophie's Quilt is a finally finish along with my Barbara Brackman Stepping Stone quilt which is also now quilted and bound.  I previously wrote about this quilt in an earlier post (you can read it here)It's nice to have another two quilts, especially ones that have been on the plate for awhile, to scratch off on my 2017 Project List along with adding more yardage to the Minus 100 Yard Challenge.  And now it's time for some playing around.........

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Minus 100 Yards Challenge YTD Total:  -70.75 yards

14 comments :

  1. This is such a pretty quilt! :)

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  2. Sophie's quilt is as cute as she is. If barking makes the world's worst dog, I'm sure my Hollywood would be a top contender. No one is allow to knock on our door, or he sounds like he is going to eat them. But I just consider him my alarm system.

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    1. Thanks Shauna, there is more to Sophie and a post can only be so long. No matter what, we just have to love our furry babies.

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  3. That's a lovely quilt. I have fabric picked out for a quilt for my dog Nina. Before your post set me straight, I would have thought that she was the world's worse dog!

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    1. Thanks Linda, I think Sophie's title could be shared with Nina and others as well as making our furry babies a quilt. They so deserve them don't they?

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  4. visiting from crazy mum quilts. Love the quilt. I have the worlds most stupid dog!! At least that is what my boys call him. There name is ditzy dat. They say dat as they think he is a dog that really is a cat!!

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    1. Too funny! I think Ditzy Dat Deserves a Quilt.

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  5. I love both of your quilts! The colors and designs are great! I'm sure Sophie appreciates your efforts. Congrats on two finishes.

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    1. Thanks! I don't know if Sophie knows appreciation, she's better at demanding we meet her expectations.

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  6. This is so funny...I love that you made Sophie a quilt out of "her" fabric line. And I hope it shows up with her pic in Google too. :)

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    1. Thanks Beth. I did do a Google Search and apparently there are some Worst Dogs in the World who are ahead of her. None of them had a quilt though. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. That is so funny! I'm sure Sophie is laughing about it too. I love her new quilt but I really love the Stepping Stone quilt.

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  8. Sophie is the cutest dog I have ever seen. I am sure she is a diva too. Congratulations on a cute finish. I am sure it feels great to have conquered two UFOs. Your playtime is well-earned.

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  9. Very cute dog and what a gorgeous quilt she now has as her name sake!!

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