Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dog On It!

By now, if you have been reading my posts, you have figured out I am really fond of dogs....

About 5-6 years ago, I purchased what I think is so far the cutest dog print that has been marketed, and set to making a super, simple quilt.

In the blue borders I had fun freehand quilting little sayings about dogs, by dogs, or what we might say to our dogs. These are just some of what I quilted:

The quilt went together very quickly from directions given in the book Mostly Easy; the pattern is one of the quilts featured on the cover of the book. 

I am not sure what I am going to do with this quilt.  When I first made it I said I was making it for my dog - who was I kidding?? First of all, it's too big for him and I think it's too nice for him. So, I have been hanging on to it for just the right purpose and or person to give it to.  It will come to me at the right time, I'm sure.   

Along with the dog theme for today's post....I just finished listening to/reading a great series of books!  I found the first one online while I was looking for something a little more "light" than some of the darker mysteries I had been listening to. Thinking it sounded kind of fun I downloaded it and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.  The next two in the series are not in audio format so I read them, and kept telling my husband about them. That is why I have all three in the picture...he has just finished the first two and is on the third! 

The stories are narrated by Chet, the dog, who works along side, Bernie, a private investigator. Chet is very endearing, mischievious and fiercely loyal to Bernie who seems to be down on his luck most of the time. Bernie is a very thorough, intense, tough PI who is struggling with a lot of human emotions and personal issues and is a very likable guy.  Here's the link to the author's site for these books. Page to the bottom of his website to see the books - there is a fourth book out which I have not read.  Spencer Quinn, the author, is also Peter Abrahams who writes psychological thrillers.

So what are your favorite dog prints and what are you reading or listening to?



Linda in Calif. said...

This is such a cute quilt. What a clever idea to quilt what one would say to a dog. I enlarged them, and had a good chuckle! (No,no,no!) And we never say the "W" word (walk) at our house. I hate to disappoint them if we don't actually go. I have a small collection of doggie fat qtrs. I hope to make a quilt for my dogs someday. I'll probably be like you and realize it's too good for them. As for reading, I'm currently reading Jennifer Chiaverini's Sonoma Rose. It's my first time reading one of her books. I do like it. And I'm also reading The Girl that Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Very good books.

Diane Wild said...

I read the new book Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean. Actually, I listened to it on cd. Very, very enjoyable.

Patrica said...

Thanks for the book recommendations. i love a good mystery and they don't all have to be grim to be enjoyable. The quilt is super cute too.

Sewing Sue said...

My oldest granddaughter has always preferred dogs to dolls. I have a very similar print from several years back that I used in a quilt for her room.

It's funny, I've read Peter Abrahams and never realized he wrote under another name... thanks for the info! I do love a good mystery/thriller.