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Friday, August 11, 2017

Pets On Quilts 2017- Pet Themed Quilt

Ah yes, the smell of competition is in the air!!!!! The entries are numerous and magnificent, the models even more so.  Yes it is the Pets on Quilts 2017 competition-  who will win in each of the four categories- Dog on Quilt, Cat on quilt, other pet on quilt, and finally Pet themed quilt.  Will there be lots of dog and cat treats trading hands?  What will the judges be doing behind closed doors?  Where are Padsworth and Dragon Drop hiding?  Welcome to Day 2 of this illustrious competition!

Snoopy here- Master of Ceremonies from an undisclosed location in Missouri.  The pressure is intense and WHN, for some reason has not cracked from it!  Could it be that Dad has been secretly upping her medication?  (oops, that was supposed to be our little secret- cat's out of the bag now!)

This entry from WHN is a little different than what she has entered before in this contest- While she still loves to make small quilts for table tops etc, her love for machine embroidery has really taken over the work room. 

This entry is a donation made in support of the Paws 2 people charity run by a very dear friend here in Blogville- Sue Sehi-Smith and her husband Steve, and closely supervised by the WDA- White Dog Army.  The winner bid on the auction offering, which was a placemat with a pet portrait on it.  WHN has usually done these using applique, but this year discovered a machine embroidery software that takes a very clear photo of your baby and converts it to an embroidery design.  This is NOT for the faint of heart- the designs are stitch heavy (averaging 150,000 stitches) and depending upon the machine used, take approximately four hours to embroider. 

To see how the process is accomplished,  WHN created an Instagram posting of ten photos for you to peruse.  It is not part of her entry but shows how this particular piece was constructed-

close up of the embroidery


quilted backing and hanging

finished front piece







































































This year has been a particularly challenging one for our pack, especially the past four months.  What has really turned our pack upside down and twisted back to front is that our Princess Regal Beagle, Sweetie, is an IVDD sufferer.  Now, with our pack consisting of three dachshunds from DRNA, and a beagle, one would suspect that IVDD would rear its ugly head eventually.  It did, but with our 36 lb Beagle!  We had gone out to a medical appointment and upon our return, Sweetie was still stuck outside unable to use her rear legs.  That was just over 6 weeks ago.   To raise money for a wheeled cart for Sweetie, WHN is now selling these portraits to raise the funds needed to purchase a cart and to fund the extras an IVDD dog needs.  Sweetie has adapted beautifully and lets us know when she wants out.  Her appetite is as usual and with the exception of the rear paralysis, Sweetie  is her sweet but demanding diva self again.  The adjustment was a long one, but I think that we have mastered the major obstacles so far.  She is still busy training us, and still enjoys time in the backyard.

Now, a quick peek at the very first embroidered pet portrait WHN has done!  These portraits go well on the back of jackets or as wall hangings, and can be wrapped around a canvas and ready to hang on your wall- their versatility is endless. 

5 comments:

Jans Funny Farm said...

We're glad she has adapted but it must be hard to see her other than energetic and strong. The portraits are so cute.

Ruth said...

I admire your committment and Sweeties adaptability. It's hard when there is little you can do but support and adapt yourself.

Michele T said...

It's amazing how everyone adapts to life changes and what might appear a challenge simply becomes a different approach... love is so strong!!

Louise said...

That's a beautiful portrait! I'm sorry to hear your Sweetie beagle has to struggle with medical issues. She knows you love her, though, and that makes all the difference to our favorite furry folks, doesn't it?

Debi said...

Amazing! Love Snoopy and her quilt! Thanks for sharing.