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    Repurposing Blocks I No Longer Like

    When I first started quilting I joined an online quilting bee. I made great friends with these ladies and still keep in touch with some of them.

    Unfortunately I hadn't yet found my fabric niche yet. It's still evolving (lately I'm into shabby chic as shown in my January NewFO post). But back then I chose fabrics that I was more familiar with...sort of old fashioned, prairie style.

    And since it was my first quilting bee I didn't want others overwhelmed so chose an easy block, the D9P.

    I received all my blocks back and there they sat...for 3 years!!!!

    I was on such a roll with my new start (the Sakura Park 9 patch) that I felt willing and able to pull out a UFO and work on it. I chose the D9Ps. Unfortunately 2 weren't well sewn and pretty much came apart in my hands. Not upsetting though, I can use the scraps in my scrap bin. I was left with 8 workable squares and I didn't know what I wanted to do with them so I just sewed them together.

    I left them up all night on my design wall to allow my brain to ponder. I started out thinking maybe a table runner.

    When I woke up and looked at though I thought, I hate these fabrics I don't want them on my table. Then I was torn...here I was not liking it one bit but I didn't want to waste the fabric.

    I was chatting with my sister on the phone when she mentioned she needed something for the backseat of her car for her dog.

    Ding ding ding!!! My D9P was destined to become a dog quilt!!!

    So I went through my bin and found the extra charm square pieces left over. Along with some brown I found I was able to make the quilt top bigger...big enough for a Yellow Lab to get comfy on!

    Well the sewing Gods must have been with me, but I pieced the top, found some flannel for the backing in my stash, and then quilted it all up! Wahoo!!! It's all done except for the binding.

    Coincidentally it's Bailey's birthday in a couple of weeks...he'll be 8 I think it is. Definitely time he had his own quilt.
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    That's one lucky dog!
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    Awe, how cute!! Love the quilt too. LOL That is one spoiled pooch.

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    That is so cool, and Bailey is a very handsome guy!!!!

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    He is going to love his new quilt -- my dogs love theirs! Good use of what you didn't like -- we quilters can't waste fabric, even the 'uglies'....and the dog will absolutely love HIS new quilt. Win-win all the way around.

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    BEAUTIFUL quilt and adorable pup!!! I can see the smile on his face . . . he knows he's a lucky boy!!!

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    He will love it, made just for him.

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    I love it! It will be perfect for him.

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    Great use of your leftovers ... Bailey is adorable!

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    Wonderful, great job and thank you for sharing, Bailey looks like a terrific pup
    Have a Blessed day
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    Good use for someone who won't care what it looks like but enjoy the comfort.
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    Great idea.....don't you love when things come together like that! So nice of you and I am sure it will brighten her car!

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    Outside of the eyes, looks so much like my much beloved dog, Dingo, that I had when I was 16. He had eyes like a lion, beautiful, big topaz-colored outline in black, he was a mixed breed, but looks like your dog's body build and he had a question mark tail, still miss him. Happy Birthday to Bailey! Do you know what he is mixed with? I often thought it could be lab and boxer, but he was a stray, very smart dog.

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    that is awesome-Bailey will love it.
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    Serendipity! It looks like it was always meant for Bailey. Looks like a comfy quilt, he will be one happy pup.
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    He certainly looks happy, what a smile!

    I am sure he will love it.
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    Yeah!! Bailey gets his own quilt and his Auntie made it for him. What a great save. He will love it.

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    Bailey has a big happy smile on his face and looks very excited about getting his quilt. Nice repurposing!
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    Such a happy ending. It looks very nice!

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    Great quilt for Bailey, he sure is a lucky dog.
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    Very nice quilt for the dog. So nice of you.

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    Repurposing Blocks I No Longer Like

    First thank you everyone for your kind words...I picked up some fabric for binding from the clearance table at the quilt shop and will take care of that tonight!

    Gosh it feels good to finish off a UFO...like a weight has been lifted. On to the next item!!

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcurious View Post
    Outside of the eyes, looks so much like my much beloved dog, Dingo, that I had when I was 16. He had eyes like a lion, beautiful, big topaz-colored outline in black, he was a mixed breed, but looks like your dog's body build and he had a question mark tail, still miss him. Happy Birthday to Bailey! Do you know what he is mixed with? I often thought it could be lab and boxer, but he was a stray, very smart dog.
    Bailey is crossed with a golden retriever. His brother lives nearby and takes more after the golden retriever then the lab. When he leans forward he has a saggy face, so we encourage him to keep his nose up LOL...keeps his face wrinkle free. I've attached some pics of him with my dog, and also him with his brother when they were puppies. I forget how small he used to be!!!
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    very nice!!!!!
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    Nicley done!
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    This made me smile this morning! Both dogs are adorable! Happy Birthday Bailey...I'm sure you will love your pretty quilt.

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