Monday, October 16, 2017

Dog Gone Cute Blocks OMG

I needed to keep the October goal simple and sweet because I'm away for a part of the month. I do have another goal to complete by the end of October (a long shot is TWO quilts) but I put them on my Q4 FAL list, so didn't want to double up here. So my OMG goal was to make two 12X18" Dog Gone Cute blocks. The original post is here.

They are going to Karen at kaholly for her to take to Texas this winter. You can read here about the wonderful plans she has to help raise funds for Second Chance Farm who is helping take care of animals whose humans can't take care of them with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

I came up with the colour scheme based on our two beloved dogs, Naala

who is a Rottweiler. This one is all batik fabrics except for the background.

I did Dog 3. I've made Dog 1 already.
The second one is for Rocco.
He is grey and white, and when he was a baby, he had the most gorgeous blue eyes. This one uses cottons, the swirly grey is a great one from Connecting Threads, and the eyes are a bit of turquoise left from the Meadow Dance fabric I used in Ribbon Stars.

As a few bloggers have said, these are like potato chips, betcha can't make just one! Lorna sells the complete pattern but you can also find the instructions in her blog posts. Dog 3 is here.

I don't think a week has gone by for some time that my heart swells and I have a lump in my throat (called 'moral elevation' by psychologists, in Option B by Sheryl Sandberg) at the good that is being done in the quilting world. I wish I could do more, but doing the little bits here and there that I can, I know, all adds up, as they say.

Since I wrote this post, just this morning I've learned of another cause, that of remembering the 70 273 physically and mentally disabled people who were murdered by the Nazis between 1940-41.

I had a DrEAMi! and yep, literally dropped everything to make a couple of blocks to send away. You can read more about this project here at The Barefoot Heart.
From pulling fabric to taking the photo, these two blocks took half an hour, a very quick way to help.

On a final note, please send some healing vibes and good thoughts via the big dog in the sky to our darling third daughter, Naala, pictured below with our second daughter, Dayna.
Just a month ago at Dayna's

She was hemorrhaging internally; we came very close to losing her. She had to have an emergency splenectomy on Friday, and although she is such a trooper, doing very well despite her 10 years 7 1/2 months of age and after major surgery, she has a long road ahead. We should know results of the histopathology in about a week, so if you have a moment, please pray she is in the 25% of dogs whose tumours on the spleen are benign.

48 hours after surgery, Sunday morning:

Smiled for the camera though:

Today, Monday, MacGyver is out cutting grass, and Naala cannot, nor does she want to, be left alone, which means I can't sew because my studio is upstairs. So 'If the mountain will not come to Muhammad....'
Lots of rugs on the floors to help with her traction
Reason #333 why I love my Featherweights, this one whose story I have yet to tell you! So I'm sewing in the kitchen, cutting and pressing station set up to the right on the counter!
Love portable sewing equipment.

We've been stalled on the last stage of the kitchen reno for various reasons, this latest, Naala, who must be kept very quiet for the next while as she adjusts to having no spleen, and has to make rather a lot of blood. Her PCV count was dangerously low, but it had risen one point, to 18, the morning after her surgery, so she's heading in the right direction. A high protein diet with extra chicken, liver, etc. is helping her on the road to recovery.

Linking up
Cooking Up Quilts
Elm Street Quilts


  1. Oh Sandra, this is so hard, If only they could talk. I can see the new bench is taken over with cutting and pressing, and all else will wait. Hugs and many caring thoughts for a good recovery. XXXX

  2. My darling canine niece and nephew, <3 Naala and Rocco so much

  3. Yep, that's what we do. Those little sewing machines do come in handy. I'm so glad to see a photo of Naala and to hear an update on her. You are so lucky that she didn't bleed out before you got her to the vet. It happens so quickly that a lot of dogs are gone before you even realize there is a problem. Sending healing prayers for you, sweet Naala.

  4. Hoping Naala continues to recover . We all don't want to be left alone when ill , don't we ? Or I don't anyway

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  6. Loving those doggie blocks! Thanks so much! I was very surprised because I access your blog through email notification and the post I thought I was getting is the previous post. There's quite a time delay between posting and email notification. Good luck to your beautiful fur baby! I hope everything turns out okay for her! Thanks again!

  7. What a great idea for the dog gone quilt pattern. Hope all goes well with your dog. They're always such troopers aren't they smiling and pleased to see you even when they're at death's door.

  8. Love the doggie blocks of course. Your poor poochie, I hope the recovery goes very quickly with wonderful results of the tests.

  9. So sorry to hear that Naala needed that surgery, and hope she is on the mend! I loved seeing that you sewed some of those 70273 project blocks. That definitely is one that touched my heart, and I would love to see the quilts that are made from all these blocks!

  10. So sorry about Naala. Sound as if she is getting wonderful care and do hope that she does well post-surgery. Just returning from a trip to England for a memorial - hope to back in the swing of things after a day of laundry and office organization.

  11. So sorry to hear about Naala, but she is in the best possible hands 😀 so nice that you are all sewing together... Love and hugs from your friend across the watercxxx

  12. Love the doggie blocks!
    Sending best wishes to your fur baby!
    Barbara x

  13. Wonderful doggie blocks. Sending healing wishes to Naala. Just like humans, our canine and feline companions want and need the comfort of family when under the weather.

  14. I'm so glad to hear that her numbers are improving! Holding Naala in my heart for speedy, calm recovery. I'm sure it really helps her to have you always nearby.

  15. You are such a good doggie Mama! I love that you moved your sewing space so Naala could be close to you. Sending lots of prayers for a full and speedy recovery for her, and supportive hugs to you!

  16. I'm so sorry to hear about sweet Naala. Glad you were able to get some things done while giving her the love and attention she needs. Your blocks are cute.

  17. Oh, bless her heart. It's amazing how resilient they can be. Prayers are being said, for the whole family.

  18. Your doggie blocks are so cute. Hug for the sick one - she is quite cute

  19. Hope Naala is continuing to improve. Hopefully the sound of the sewing machine brings her comfort.

  20. Great looking blocks - thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.