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. 

Pets on Quilts 2017 is HERE!!!!! Dog on Quilt Entry!

Today is the day!!!!  Yes technically the contest started yesterday but Blogville should know by now that WHN is a bit ditzy! 

So to get this show on the road, we have Master of Ceremonies, Snoopy,  to introduce this year's entries! 

Take it away Snoopy!
Is my mike ON?  I better be getting paid for this, unlike my previous hosting gigs for WHN, that's all I can say-

As you can see it is that time of year again!  We missed last year but have competed before and boy is the competition fierce.  Padsworth and Dragondrop, that intrepid duo, have outdone themselves yet again!  The prizes are fabulous and there are only four categories this year!

This blog post is WHN's entry into the Dog on quilt category! (No I am not her entry this year, my fiancée Muffin  would not like that at all, so back off ladies!)

So this year, WHN is entering the following for your perusal - it is a quilted and pawsonalized stocking for our BFF Fendi!  WHN is particularly pleased with this one (she has been making them for several years) as she believes that she captured the beautiful Fendi perfectly!  This is done without  thread painting- only quilted applique!  So without further ado- FENDI! 

The first photo is of the finished item and the second photo is of the original photo in comparison to the applique before it was quilted.

We hope you enjoy this entry and please take the time to visit the other contestants- their works of art are simply breathtaking as are their models!