Purple Mini Doxie

A year ago you NEVER would have heard the words “I’m starting to like paper piecing” come out of my mouth. I think words like “hate”, “frustrating” and maybe even stronger phrases came out of my mouth related to paper piecing. But I persevered and made a few small paper-pieced projects including a mini Bird in a Bird House for my sister, a Penny Layman mountain block at Glamp Stitchalot 2016 and two Wanta Fanta blocks and one Busy block as part of my 2016 Bee Hive commitment. This year I made a replacement Busy Block using red violet fabrics and a paper-pieced LOVE pillow that made me feel much more confident with my paper-piecing skills. So I decided to try an even more difficult paper-piecing pattern by Juliet of The Tartankiwi, her mini doxie pattern (for some reason I cannot go into her Etsy shop link as I write this post). I have to tell you that this paper-piecing project was quite a challenge for me, but I’m happy with the final result. I did print the pattern at 120% to make it a bit bigger (and easier for me).

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I added more of the light grey background and a darker grey border, and I quilted it with matchstick quilting to help smooth down the bumpy parts. Then I made it into a pillow cover as a birthday present for my stepdaughter who has a beloved dachshund named Pogo. I made her a quilt two years ago that also had dachshunds in it which I wrote about in a post entitled, My First Quilting Meltdown–Quilt #2. It’s nice to see how far I’ve come in my quilting journey, and I’m happy to report that sashing no longer sucks!!!

Linking up to Cooking Up Quilts: Main Crush Monday.

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5 Responses to Purple Mini Doxie

  1. Jacqueline Rubio says:

    I can’t get over how much that looks like a dachshund! How many pieces are ther in his little body!

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  2. How cool to watch your growth, too, Mary! The pillow is fabulous and I’m sure will be well received and much loved. 🙂

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  3. How cool – I am not much off a paper piecing fan either but that dashound might change my mine.

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  4. You did a great job! The pillow looks wonderful!

    -Soma

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  5. I thought the same thing about paper piecing when I first tried it and now I’ve written TWO pp patterns!! Oy! I *love* that pillow! The color caught my eye first, than all the little piecing. You did a fabulous job and I’m sure the pillow will be much loved. Thanks so much for sharing it on MCM!

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