Saturday, August 20, 2011

Vintage Scottie Dog Quilt Project

My dear friend Elizabeth sent me a very special box of fabric back in May. I feel terrible that it's taken me so long to get started. Time management has never been one of my strong suites ;) Elizabeth is so dear to me. She was a friend for me when I felt I had none. When I lived in Oregon for a very brief 6 months through a very horrible marriage she was my shoulder to cry on, confidant & friend. Her husband was my lawyer & helped me with my divorce & bankruptcy. She helped me pack up my moving van & made sure I was safe during that move. In a time when things seemed so unbearable, she was there to lift me up & dust me off. A true friend.  Thanks to Facebook we have been able to keep in touch. I really feel like the Lord placed her in my life & I'm so grateful for all her kindness through the years. 

These amazing Scottie dogs were made by Elizabeth's Grandmother.

Could you just die over all the vintage fabrics? 

This one is unfinished & I get to do a little hand stitching so it will match the other dogs. 

I don't even think I could pick a favorite if I tried. 

I find them all so charming. 

I really want to keep with a vintage feel but add a modern touch to this quilt. I have been given creative liberty with all the projects she sent my way (3 in all). So I decided to make this quilt more girlie. The Scottie dogs  have a cute & girlie feel to me. This is the fabric I chose to make the quilt with. My mom found the cute flower one when we were at the store. (Mom you saved my biscuits!!!) I chose the muslin & the polka dots as accent fabric. All in all I think these will work with the vintage fabrics rather well. It would be hard to pull color from every single dog, so I went with fabrics I thought looked the best. The last two Scotties may stand out a little more but I still feel like it can work. Don't you wish you could still find feed sack fabrics? I know you can in some specialty fabric shops but it would be fun if stores carried them all the time. 

I've been sketching some ideas for this quilt & will post them soon. I'm really excited about this project & look forward to sharing the process with you over the next few weeks.