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Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Good Old Dog



 
I'm a bit late, like usual, but I've still made it in under the wire with my quilt for the Pets On Quilts Show hosted by SewCalGal. I decided to go a different route, and not show you any rabbits on quilts this time. Instead, I have a little quilt featuring my parent's old dog Oreo, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge several years ago. Oreo was a very good dog, who liked to carry really big sticks, and who loved his people. My parent's rescued him when my kids were very young, and he is still the epitome of dogness for us. Here is a picture of the old guy on vacation with my Dad.
 

Now let me tell you about the quilt. One day last fall, I needed a take-along project, and had absolutely nothing ready. I grabbed a handful of scraps off the floor (really!), a nearby ring of floss, my traveling box of sewing tools, and ran out the door. I made one little quilt from this mess, and had so much fun that I started another one from the same bag of scraps. I'm now working on number 3, but this is the second quilt.  

Raw edge applique with embroidery floss, machine quilting, tea-dyed cheesecloth binding.

I know. Its very odd. And you are probably thinking that the dog has the wrong coloring (and that I am crazy). The crazy part my kids will confirm. As for the dog, I was definitely thinking Oreo when I put him on the quilt, but I knew that a mostly white dog with black spots wouldn't show up to well on the background I had created. I decided to invert his colors to allow him to stand out. Why the dinosaur followed him on to the quilt, I have no idea. I am sure that Oreo would have tried to befriend him if he had met him. He was that kind of dog.


OK, I can't actually pass up a chance to show you Weasley with the quilt. He was totally unimpressed. But, would you expect anything else from a rabbit?


"Hey! I remember this guy! He used to eat all my papaya treats. And he thought I was a gumball machine. He was a very weird rabbit."

I hope you enjoyed seeing my strange little creation. For more Pets On Quilts, check out the links here (there are prizes to win, too!).

36 comments:

The Fab Furs said...

Who's to say that in some universe Oreo won't be black with white spots and have a dinosaur buddy? It would be far more unusual to have an approving Weasley. Thanks for sharing your unique quilt, it's history, and for the link to the others.

marina said...

great little quilt. Weasley looks like a great pet.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

It;s nice to remember our past pets - and who;s to say if somewhere in Oreo's travels he might have met a dino. What an unusual cut bunny! How adorable.

Jade said...

Too cute! It looks like a wonderful child's drawing (where we all know dogs and dinos can meet at any given moment).

wackywoman said...

Very clever of you. I love the whimsy.

Nanbon44 said...

Love the rabbit on a quilt... cute.

QuiltSue said...

I think the dinosaur wandered in to bring Oreo back the stick he'd lost!

Thearica said...

Maybe Oreo is playing in the land of dinosaurs now and having the time of his life chasing after bones! Such a beautiful tribute!

Staci said...

What a fun story! And a lesson to us all not to be so serious and that from small means come great things!

Joanna said...

Very unusual and charming block design. Oreo is well remembered.

Gladys said...

I like your quilt so much! And you have a beatiful rabbit!

hetty said...

I love your quilt! Isn't it great to live in the land of make believe?

Dana Gaffney said...

I like your quilt, especially after you tell us how you made it. Love the picking it up off the floor part. Thanks for sharing.

Kelli said...

Love it!! :)

Jan said...

Cute little quilt, thanks for sharing the story with us.

Lesly said...

I love quirky little quilts with great stories - just like this one! Thanks for sharing!

bunnits said...

How delightful! What a cute quilt and a wonderful way to preserve memories.

Pat V. said...

Oh, I LOVE your little "unexpected moments" quilt! You have my vote!

Connie said...

What a neat quilt of Oreo! It was nice seeing a photo of Weasley too!

Becky said...

Love your quilt design! Thanks so much for sharing!

andsewon said...

Sweet pup!Great art pieces. Now for rabbits my niece had a big black n white rabbit named Oreo! He passed last year.
Weasley is beautiful!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute! Great pictures.

paulette said...

Loved the pictures!!
Paulette

Kathy T. said...

I've been a closet follower of and loved Weasley for while, but what a nice tribute to Oreo. I'm sure the little quilt depicts Oreo domesticating the first dinasaurs for the cavemen! RIP, Oreo.

Snoodles said...

I love the unexpected...that dino is adorable! (The doggy is too!)

Melissa said...

Too cute!!! Thanks for sharing!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

The whole piece is really cool. Piramids, the phases of the moon, the text to tie it all together - but you know I love your stuff. I'm glad you changed your mind and should The Weaster!! Weasley may have never forgiven you if you left him out =)
Cheers,
Carolyn

Talin's Corner said...

Love your quilt and the story behind it.

Janet said...

Your quilt is great - very whimsical, not crazy. And the rabbit - so pretty!

Sand and Sunshine said...

Your quilt reminds me of the makings of a delightful children's story. Just the sheer impact of the images launch the mind into a world of imagination. Wonderful.

LynCC said...

Oh, wow! Fun impromptu quilt, for sure! Cute bunny :D

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the idea of Oreo making frineds with a dinosaur over the bridge! Wonderful quilt (and a lovely photo of Weasley too!)

LethargicLass said...

what a fun unique entry :)

Karen S said...

What an imaginative art quilt! And I love the bunny, as usual.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

A great quilt Karen, but I'm still laughing about Oreo thinking Weasley was a gumball machine. Too funny!
xx, shell

Lisa said...

Oreo sounds like a very special dog, befriending dinosaurs and whatnot, and what a way to commemorate him! Weasley does look like he disapproves (gumball machine! lol. Dogs do seem to find doots delicious) and Biff and Sogna say they disapprove also. But I like that you've changed it up. Maybe I'm strange, becuase I don't dont find it that strange. I think Pets on Quilts is my favorite time of the year!