Wine Bottle Holder and a Wet Pup

Over the weekend I took my dog Dixie to one of the many dog parks nearby and let her swim her little heart out in the enclosed lake. I’m convinced it’s nearly impossible to keep a Labrador out of the water (lake, ocean, baby pool, mud puddle…you name it)! The car seat protector I made really comes in handy when you have a tired pup soaked head-to-toe to drive home.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ll playing catch up for a while to share some things I’ve made but haven’t blogged about. One of them is a wine bottle holder I made for a friend who kept Dixie for several nights. I used Kate’s awesome tutorial over at Needle and Spatula to put it together and I love how it turned out! I’ll be mailing it off tomorrow so I snapped a few pics to share.
Thanks for stopping by!
Rachel D

Long Overdue

Surely you thought I was one of those bloggers who posts for a while then drops off the face of the earth, and granted, I did for a few years. There have been some major changes in my life, but all for the better. Over the past two years I’ve been traveling to California for work quite a bit so time in my sewing room has been erratic. I’ve managed to finish a handful of projects, which I’ll start sharing in the next few posts.

First up: I bought a SUV and decided to make a padded cover for the back so my dog would be comfortable on trips, but mostly to protect the seats and mats from her claws, hair and any dirt she tracked in from trips to the dog park.
To get a template for the shape, I laid out newspaper in the backseat and arranged the pieces to fit around the curves, then taped it all together. The top layer is a pre-quilted fabric that matches her hair and the bottom layer is nonslip fabric with rubber dots. In between I sandwiched two small comforters I picked up at Big Lots for about $10 each. I added elastic straps at one end to slip over the headrests to protect the floorboard in the backseat.
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and other than wrangling all those layers through my sewing machine, it was easy!


Dixie’s Quilt – Finished!

Dixie and her quilt by JustSewY'allKnow

Dixie and her quilt, a photo by JustSewY’allKnow on Flickr.

I finally finished quilting and binding the little quilt I made for my 2 year old chocolate Lab Dixie! She’s giving me her best “would you stop taking pictures so I can go back to sleep?” look.

Here’s a shot of the front:

Front of Dixie's quilt

The pieced back:

Back of Dixie's quilt

For the quilting I did wavy lines through the brown strips using brown thread, then wavy lines through the middle of the pieced sections with variegated orange thread, to bring in the orange binding.

Quilting close up

Close up

I’m entering this quilt in the Pets on Quilts Show!

Dixie Wants One Too!

Dixie, my 2 1/2 year old chocolate Lab, loves blankets anything that resembles a blanket. She’s often in my sewing room keeping me company and always manages to find some unfolded fabric or quilt top in process to nap on.  Last night after shooing her off the backing for my Windowpane quilt, I decided to make a small quilt just for her.

I finished the top today and started preparing the binding, but haven’t gotten around to quilting it yet.  I think she likes it already!

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced