Friday, May 17, 2013

I'm Shipping up to Boston

So I've mentioned this quilting bee I'm a part of on Flickr... (if you don't know about it, look to the right on this very page for an image of Tom Selleck.)  Now, not my hive, but another hive in the bee is making sewn flags for Boston - a project headed up by the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.  I just love the idea of sending a little bit of quilty goodness their way after such a horrible thing happened and I love that a gal in my bee was selfless enough to suggest her blocks should go there and finally, as a member of a Minnesota Modern Quilt Guild - I thought I should represent - so I decided to make this:

My contribution (front and back)

First, I drew a boston terrier.  Hey, it's what popped into my head (that and also the Dropkick Murphys song I used to title this post.)  I've got these cats, see,  and no dog but I love dogs and though I know very little about them, boston terriers seem adorable and tough at the same time.  That's what I want for Boston - adorable and tough - so there you go.

Then I picked some cheery colors out of the scrap bin and for me, the cheeriest of colors is a nice, bright yellow.  (Back when I sold camping equipment for a living, I liked to relate to customers that winter and mountain tents are so often sun-hued as it's the color most likely to keep you from falling into depression when you're trapped inside it.)  But I digress.

I really like the way my pup turned out; I don't draw enough!  I was going to cut out the whites of her eyes too but thought she looked good this way.  It's raw-edge appliqu├ęd with a hand-written label, heat-set on the back.

Only six by eight inches but I think it says what I want to say and that is:

"To Boston with Love from Minnesota."

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Here's a pic of the real colors - I just love filters!


  1. I love those designs, quite jealous of your quilting skills!

    1. Thanks so much! It feels so good to see an idea turned into something real...and I'm really excited about it being tied up to hundreds more in Boston next week. I bet it's going to be an awesome sight!


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