8 Jul 2011
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The owner of this English Springer Spaniel had posted a picture of her on a mutual Facebook page and I was intrigued by the soulful expression in Roxie's eyes as well as her beautiful coloring.  I asked for permission to do an art quilt of her and was provided the photo with which I created the design.

This quilt is done with raw edge applique and some reverse applique, and satin stitched.   When sandwiched, I use invisible thread to stitch in the ditch around all the pieces which really makes the pattern pop.  I machine quilted the open spaces to add texture to the sofa and give a sense of a wall behind the dog. This quilt is made with all commercial quilting cottons - for me, the intriguing challenge is to find the fabric that will best represent the color and texture of the dog.  I used tear away stabilizer for the first time and liked it - stabilized the project for stitching, and then removed so the quilt is nice and soft to handle.  I experimented for the first time with tulle also to create depth for the back foot and sofa area.

The quilt is 24" wide and 30 1/2 " long.  This is the largest dog portrait I've done so far, and I chose this size in order to be able to include the details on Roxie's face and feet that make her uniquely who she is.

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freetobe wrote
on 9 Jul 2011 6:21 AM

You have really captured the dog.  Using the tulle really added extra depth.  Well done.


annturley wrote
on 11 Jul 2011 10:01 AM

This is very nice. the eyes are wonderful.

shcahill wrote
on 14 Jul 2011 9:05 PM

Love it! You really captured the expression in her eyes. I can feel her looking at me. Well done!


dustbunie16 wrote
on 16 Jul 2011 11:33 AM

very nice work

carolaz wrote
on 4 Oct 2011 10:41 PM

I entered this quilt in the Harvest Fair here in Sonoma County.  She took third place in wall quilts.  There were some very fiine quilts being displayed, so I felt quite honored by the recognition.

on 15 Jan 2012 8:00 PM

I love Roxie.  I have a relative of her in my home named Toby.  He is a 4 year old Springer Spaniel Sports style.  The only difference is his legs are longer and he doesn't have curly hair.  I hope to some day do a quilt of him and I hope it turns out as good as yours.