Heaven for Beginners #1: Quilting begun

I’ve made a start.

Line 1 of 6 is sandwiched and quilted, and I’m happy with the effect. Just the usual wiggly line, but I was extra vigilant with the spray basting, the blocks are nice and flat and pucker-free, and I like the fabric I have for the backing.

I’m happy with the block layout now – a few changes since the last time I showed it, but I prefer the balance and colour progression I have now. I’m still debating the border around the outside. I think it might need one to bring the size up a bit, but adding a border in QAYG has its own technical difficulties. I’ll see how it goes.

We went out for a drive with Mouse yesterday, and had tea and scones at the Old Station Teahouse near Cape Hillsborough. I think I’ve mentioned this place before; it’s an old wooden station building, set in the middle of gorgeous tropical gardens, and among other tasty delights, their home-made scones and raspberry preserves are magnificent.

Is that my puppacino coming…?

They welcome dogs in the garden seating area, and no sooner did Mouse arrive than he was being fussed and admired and petted. Eventually, we humans were able to place our order. Mouse was not, of course, allowed any scones, but he did get his car quilt to lie on, a puppacino was ordered for him (frothed lactose-free milk), and one of the ladies brought him some doggie treats they keep for their canine guests. No, not spoiled at all….

A reminder that we are about to begin F2F once again, for the 5th year running (see my previous post). If you’re thinking about joining in, do get in touch with a comment or email me directly if you received the email I sent out about it.

Time for some more cutting. I need purple backing squares…

23 thoughts on “Heaven for Beginners #1: Quilting begun

  1. Susan Nixon says:

    I like the arrangement of your blocks. I have a friend who quilts everything in rows, and she loves it. Her quilts always look great. I haven’t tried it, still hoping to find another longarm. =) Your dog is beautiful! It sounds like the perfect spot for tea with the whole family. =)

    • katechiconi says:

      I find doing it this way for sampler quilts is ideal. You don’t have to wrestle a huge and heavy item through the sewing machine, you can, if you wish, make the quilting quite complex, and I have the assembly down to a fine art with the minimum of long seams.
      Mouse is a cutie, isn’t he? Retired greyhounds make the best pets and you acquire lots of new friends with one of them around πŸ™‚

  2. Puppy dearest is adorable as always πŸ₯°

  3. tialys says:

    Layout is looking lovely.
    You (and Mouse) will be very good ambassadors for both adopting dogs in general and greyhounds in particular when out and about which can only be a good thing.

    • katechiconi says:

      We were at the off-lead dog park yesterday afternoon, where he played with 5 other dogs, and every other owner wanted to know all about him, so we’re already doing our bit for the Greyhound Adoption Program πŸ™‚

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    Mouse loooks as if he is having the best day, of treats and cuddles and walkies. The quilt is looking good.

  5. kathyreeves says:

    Mouse is looking so happy and contented, he is a beautiful dog! I wonder what Max would think of him, since he is so short and Mouse is so tall?! The quilt is looking wonderful, Kate. I am debating about F2F5. I think time will a problem, but if you are lacking one person to make it a go, I would reconsider, so the others don’t miss out. I can reply to your email if you want the paper trail. πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      Mouse is very tall – we were at the dog park and a Jack Russell was running about underneath him πŸ™‚ Regarding F2F5; it does look as if we probably won’t go ahead with it, as we are up to only 6 participants, and even if you joined in, we wouldn’t have enough – 18 blocks won’t make anything useful. However, I’ve said I’ll leave it open until Sunday, so I’ll advise everyone on Monday of the outcome. You never know, we may get a sudden rush πŸ˜‰

  6. Sharon says:

    Well I just love the post and Mouse is adorable. That’s so cute he got a puppacino! The lay out looks great too but then all your projects look great πŸ™‚

  7. Dayphoto says:

    That smile on his face says it all! YAY!

  8. magpiesue says:

    I love the way you’ve arranged these F2F blocks! I never yet had a dog that would willingly wear anything other than a collar. The first order of business, it seems, once a decorative item has been put on is to get it off again as quickly as possible. πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      I suppose Mouse must be more accustomed to clothing, having been a ‘professional’ dog and wearing racing vests. Certainly he wears bandannas, coats, his Thundershirt, etc, without any sign of annoyance or discomfort. It’s probably also relevant that his fur is so fine and flat that it isn’t squashed and matted by clothing.

  9. Lovely to see Mouse out and about looking stylish and chilled. The teahouse sounds lovely, added to my listed for our eventual trip north.

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