The Dog Walker

The Dog Whisperer, The Dog Walker

Last fall, I was out to lunch in Minneapolis and witnessed an amazing canine display.   A dog trainer, named Citizen Kane (I asked for his card.) sat on a bench quietly sipping coffee…

The Dog Whisperer, The Dog Walker

as the dogs he was walking and training sat quietly on the sidewalk (not sipping coffee).   Not a peep from any of them!  It was a busy pedestrian and car intersection, but nothing caused the dogs to move!

The Dog Whisperer, The Dog Walker

After he finished his drink, he set off again, with the entire pack strolling silently by his side.

The Dog Whisperer, The Dog Walker

As you know, I have two adorable Australian shepherds, Ruby and Roxie (Read more about them HERE and HERE).

Ruby and Roxie, Australian Shepherds

They are great dogs…

The Dog Whisperer, The Dog Walker

but nothing like this!

(PS…I tried signing my dogs up for training with Citizen Kane, but he never returned my e-mail…I bet there’s a long waiting list!)

The Open Umbrella

Open Umbrella, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Good morning quilters!  Hope your weather is sunny and warm…In Minnesota, we were plowing snow last week, had several days of sunshine, and now it is raining cats and dogs.  It is definitely time to Open our Umbrellas!  

Yesterday, we worked on The Closed Umbrella (See that tutorial here.)  Today we will be more prepared for rain:

Start by stitching the top of the umbrella.  It is stitched like a flattened version of  The Open Leaf  (HERE)  with a mirror image…

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

Next stitch three scallops and stop.  After completing the third scallop, back track to the center of that scallop and the stop again.

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

From that point, at the middle of the third scallop, drop down and stitch the handle, stitch back up, and complete the scallops–you will stitch a half scallop first and then two complete scallops:  Do not close the umbrella.  In other words, leave a small open space between the last scallop and the top of the umbrella.

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

Next, stitch an echo line back to the top of the umbrella:

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

From the top of the umbrella, stitch a curved line toward the left-most scallop and the back to the center top.  Repeat this toward the right-most scallop and then echo quilt the outer line of the umbrella and back down to the scallops:

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

Finish the umbrella by echo quilting the scallops and closing the motif by stitching right up to the first stitches you made in the motif.

FMQ, Long Arm Motif, Tutorial

Now you are ready for a rainy day!  Are you ready for the wind?  Not so much…

Next week’s Tuesday Tutorial:  Wind–It is a very versatile stitch that every quilter should have in their Seasonal Bag of Tricks...

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