Dogs and Quilt Show

Meg Tison's English Bulldog, Bailey

Meg Tison’s English Bulldog, Bailey—Gaithersburg, Maryland

Good Morning, Quilters, Doggies and Kitties!

Grab a cup of coffee and a few kibbles, you’re in for a real treat…

We have another episode of Dogs, a few Cats, and Quilts–(more on Monday, too!)

Our pets certainly LOVE to get right in on the action…

If these pets had opposable thumbs, I think they’d be quilters!


Pedra from Bluffton, SC

Pedra from Bluffton, SC  “Doing what she does best!”

Christine Kamon's dog, Milli--"Perhaps you can stay off this while we're gone?"

Christine Kamon’s dog, Milli–“Perhaps you can stay off this while we’re gone?”


Susan Skuda's Spaniel, Fletcher

Susan Skuda’s  King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Fletcher–often takes creative license to re-arrange quilt blocks.  From Waynesville, NC


Barbara Drummond's Miniature Poodle

Barbara Drummond’s Miniature Poodle, Stella–likes to sit in Barbara’s lap while she free motion quilts.  Forest, Virginia


Chris Babich's Gunny

Chris Babich’s Tibetan Terrier, Gunny.  Gunny was born on the Marine Corps Birthday in 2010 near Cherry Point Marine Air Base.  Gunny thinks every quilt is being made for him:  “Is this mine?”  Semper Fi, Gunny!


Debby Lodding

Debby Lodding’s Jack–hoping Santa brought him a treat?!

Debby Lodding

Debby Lodding–“Jack the Angel”  Sleeping on Debby’s first large quilt.


Mary Wheeler’s Miss Kitty


Denise Strueber's Gus

Denise Strueber’s adorable pup, Gus wants to help bind this quilt.  From Dallas, Texas.


Laura's Pug, Ernest

Laura’s Pug, Ernest has his own quilt, but enjoys the “big dogs’ bed!”


Siobhan’s dog, Stitch



Amy McBurnie’s, Skye-keeping the BERNINA warm. (This could be a BERNINA ad!)

Amy McBurnie

Amy McBurnie

Amy McBurnie's Toby

Amy McBurnie’s, Toby–helps with the quilting.  Pretty kitty, pretty quilt!

Phyllis Delack’s,  Mickey -warm and cozy on the ironing board…  (I wonder if he can iron quilt men’s shirts–is he useful or just pretty?)
Mickey likes to be in on the action, doesn’t he?
Phyllis’s Tobey, likes to quilt on the mid-arm.
Sandra Walcott's Josephine

Sandra Walcott’s,  Josephine.  Very serious about quilting!

Anne Godwin’s Kitty
And her gorgeous quilt, “Branching Out”.
Carol Pitt's, Jackson

Carol Pitt’s, Jackson is sitting on a quilt with his hind leg on his likeness.  From Thornton, Pennsylvania.


Thank you to all the pets and pet-lovers who sent in photos!  It’s been a great show–and more to come!


You can trust your dog to guard your house, but never trust your dog to guard your sandwich!

My Australian Shepherd, Ruby--"Cheeky Ruby" with PK's breakfast.

My Australian Shepherd, Ruby–“Cheeky Ruby” with PK’s breakfast.

Woof, woof,

Ruby, Roxie, and Lori


The Sweep–An Essential Quilt Doodle

Quilt Doodles

Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers!

We’re back to doodling today with a doodle every machine quilter should know–The Sweep. 

The Sweep is the building block of a wide variety of motifs like Twisted Rope, Feathers, Braided Wheat and many more.  You use “The Sweep” any time you stitch from one line to another parallel line.  The key is to develop YOUR SIGNATURE “Sweep”.

The basic Sweep would look like this:

Quilt Doodles

But that is too mechanical looking…not pretty for quilting.  To achieve a prettier look–doodle, doodle, doodle–until you get your own Sweep.  This may take 1000 repetitions over several sessions.

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I prefer to practice this on lined paper and draw from the bottom toward the top–so I rotate the paper.

Start with the left to right Sweep.  Start on a line and “sweep” to another line as shown.

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Once you’re comfortable with the Right Sweep,

Try the Left Sweep.  (1000 times or until you get YOUR SWEEP!) 

Quilt Doodles

Once you can Sweep left and right, try bigger and bigger Sweeps.

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And then try “echo-doodling” back to the center line after each Sweep.

Now it’s starting to look like quilting!

Quilt Doodles

Be sure to practice Sweeping (not dusting or vacuuming) this week...we’ll be adding on next Thursday.


Happy Quoodling,


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