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).


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!


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


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


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



  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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