Penny and Fletcher – all finished at last!

It’s finally done, the binding is on, the sleeve has been sewn onto the back, the paint has been set, my label is attached and it’s in the post…

I’ve pretty much dedicated my weekend to this quilt. Aside from housework, a jaunt to Morrisons, a nap, reading Giant George’s book, watching Snakes on a Plane again and cooking roast beef, this is what I’ve been doing.

Saturday saw me finish the quilting after finally getting to grips with the free motion pre-flight checks I had to run on the machine, then Sunday morning was the painting and doubt stage (thank you to everyone who gave me feedback on the painting!), by lunch time I had set the paint and by tea I had sewn on the binding, made the sleeve (using this tutorial) and sewn that on too. By bedtime the label was tacked to the back and the threads had been tidied up and lint rollered to remove real dog hairs. It’s being posted today!

I would probably make another one. I say that- I actually quite liked the process and WANT to make another one, I’m not yet sure of the subject matter though. I’m planning on selling the pattern from the next one I do so it will take a bit of thought. Maybe a puffin from my photos last week? Or the vintage HMV dog (if I don’t sell the pattern), or maybe even a landscape. I’m really not sure yet but if you have any ideas of something other people might want to make too, you know where the comments box is!

One month today and I will be seeing it on display at the Festival of Quilts! Are you going?

“Penny & Fletcher” Technical details:
Finished size 48.5″ x 30″
Technique: Machine Turned Edge Applique
Fabrics used: Mostly scraps from my box- I didn’t keep track of them all, but there is some Pezzy Print by American Jane, a scrap of my own fabric, some Meadow Friends by Deb Strain and a couple of grey fabrics from Ruby by Bonnie and Camille.
Paint: Pebeo Setacolor in transparent black (with lightener), transparent tan and transparent dark sienna.
Piecing: Madeira Monofilament
Quilting: Machine quilted in thread painting style on dogs, bubbles on noses, squiggles (and name) on white and straight line on blue. Gutermann thread, mostly 414 but some dark grey, tan, dark brown, black and a varigated Aurifil at one point.
Backing: Peach Klona cotton
Binding: White Klona cotton

If you want to follow some other people making their first ever quilts for the Festival, see Ali (though she’s not giving very much away 😉 ) and Dvine‘s blogs…

Want to enter a raffle to win your own custom pet quilt like this? Click HERE!

Did you get here from Lily Pad Quilting’s Pets on Quilt competition? Click here to go back!



  1. Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! I sure hope to see it in the Pets show, too!

  2. Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Totally fantstic!!

  3. Mina
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That is a totally fab piece !!

  4. Posted July 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I like this very much.. exciting thing

  5. Posted August 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think you made great fabric choices for the doggie portraits.

  6. Posted August 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Such shining puppy eyes. Great job!

  7. Dana
    Posted August 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That is beautiful! I think a puffin quilt would be a good idea, especially if you’re going to make a pattern to sell.

  8. Posted August 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink | Reply


  9. Posted August 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is lovely! I hope to make a quilt with faces of my yellow labs soon. Want to cherish their memory with cloth.

  10. Posted August 1, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a fantastic art quilt! Well done!!

  11. Posted August 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    So you painted the dogs? This quilt is fantastic, one day I’ll do an art quilt!

    • Posted August 2, 2012 at 6:55 am | Permalink | Reply

      No, just the shadows and a little bit around the eyes- the rest is needle turn applique 🙂 I’m starting another one now!

  12. Posted August 2, 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow…Awesome quilt!!!!

  13. Posted August 2, 2012 at 3:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Fabulous quilt. Love the expressions that you captured.

  14. Posted August 2, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink | Reply

    Very well done. Was curious why you chose a monofilement thread for piecing? Nicely done in listing technique. Enjoy the show and thank you for sharing with us.

    • Posted August 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Sharon, it was because I wanted an invisible thread to piece it together to reduce the amount of thread changes I’d need for a near invisible finish as the piecing stitches lay on the top holding the applique down. Next time I will try not zigzagging and use the piecing stitches in addition to the thread sketching quilting, hopefully it will blend better for less faffing about! 🙂

  15. MarciaW
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You captured the personality of the pets in this quilt. Hope your quilt garners much attention at Festival.

  16. Michele T
    Posted August 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing work!!!

  17. Posted August 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That is a terrific art quilt. You’re very talented.

  18. Posted August 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful finish…

  19. Posted August 4, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow! Great job. You are more patient than I.

  20. Carolyn
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 4:03 am | Permalink | Reply

    love this quilt

  21. stipplequilt
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How beautiful and your shadowing is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Posted August 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What an amazing quilt. I could never attempt anything like that. Good luck at FoQ.

  23. Posted August 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You have managed to capture such wonderful detail in your beautiful quilt – just amazing!

  24. Posted August 6, 2012 at 6:49 am | Permalink | Reply

    I´ll just saying, Wow- Beautiful ART!

  25. Christie, Describe Happy
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have enjoyed watching this come together and the finish is totally awesome!! You deserve a standing ovation for this one!!

  26. Posted August 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is really nice work. great quilt

  27. Rebeckah
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink | Reply


  28. Posted August 8, 2012 at 3:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    Great job!

  29. Hueisei
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Very creative work!

  30. Mhairi
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 1:14 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is wonderful. I love the way this looks so much like a photo with extra dimension.

  31. Posted August 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wonderful! Well done, you have captured their personality

  32. Posted August 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    WOW! I am in awe! I hope that someday I can achieve this level of skill! Truly beautiful work!

  33. heartsease57
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love this-GREAT job.

  34. Posted August 9, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve just come over from Lily Pad Quilting. I love your quilt of Penny and Fletcher. It is beautiful.

  35. Posted August 9, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I really love the quilt. Really beautiful work.

  36. pat
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just love this quilt, great job!
    I would love to be able to do this one day.

  37. Posted August 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, very nice.

  38. Posted August 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Very well done! Thanks for joining in the fun.

  39. catfromhell
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Me is totally in awe! That is a fabulishious quilt!
    Nellie at the Cat From Hell

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