Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pets on Quilts Contest

Sew Cal Gal is sponsoring a Quilt Pet Show...or a Pet Quilt Show, on her blog.  I decided to enter my art quilt, Maggy Trees a Coon.


This quilt tells the story of our late dog, Maggy.  She was with us for thirteen years.  The week before she died, we took her with us to our cabin in the North Carolina mountains.  To our surprise, she got the energy to tree a raccoon at the edge of the woods.  We had never even seen a raccoon up there in the daytime.  Maggy kept her vigil as the raccoon cautiously made its way down the opposite side of the tree.  It would stop and look around to see if the dog was still there.  When it finally got to the bottom of the tree, it just calmly walked away.  I don't think poor Maggy even noticed it was gone.

The quilt is raw-edge applique, hand-stitched with embroidery floss and Perle cotton, and quilted in black thread on my longarm machine.  After quilting, I used Tsukineko inks to fill in some of the tree trunks in the background. 

I love the colors in this quilt and the memories of a beloved dog.

You can visit the links on Sew Cal Gal's blog to see all the entries.  Voting will be on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20.

39 comments:

Cathie said...

you KNOW how much I love that quilt. I vote for Maggy!!! Such a heartwarming tribute to her.

Nanbon44 said...

what a beautiful quilt and a wonderful memorial to Maggy

Connie said...

Beautiful quilt and a wonderful story about your sweet Maggy.

Staci said...

What a lovely way to remember your dog! Thanks for sharing the story!

Cindy said...

Beautiful quilt and lovely story. Aren't our babies the best!

SewCalGal said...

Oh what a sweetie Maggy was and such a good hunter too. And what a beautiful quilt you created in her memory. Very special. Thanks for sharing it with us in the Pets on Quilts Show. Love it.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Pete Turner said...

Jeannie,

I don't always catch your blog but
this one was very interesting. The quilt you designed with your good old dog Maggie is very beautiful,
especially the vibrant colors you chose for your composition.

In case you are not aware of her, even after her appearances on national TV shows, there is a genuine artistic prodigy making quite a sensation on Oprah and other famous talk shows. At age four she was demonstating mature
drawing skills. Now as a teenager
her oil and acrylic paintings are selling at 4 or 5 million dollars each.
Yesterday Katy surprised me by bringing me a beautiful book on the works and poetry by this gifted
young lady whose name is Akiane Kramarik. She is entirely self taught and a poet as well. Unless you are already familiar with her you can read about her and listen to her voice on the internet.

Jeannie it sounds as though your ankle is much improved.

I Love You, Dad

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Thank you for sharing such a delightful tribute.

marina said...

a lovely memory quilt of your four legged friend.

Becky said...

Great quilt! Love it!

Gladys said...

Great quilt and sweet memorial your dog! A hug!

Barbara said...

Beautiful quilt.

LynCC said...

Oh my gosh!! I absolutely love this! We saw a gorgeous raccoon today in Boulder, Colorado, digging at something in the storm drain in broad daylight next to a residential sidewalk with people passing just 5 feet or so from him. It was amazing.

LynCC said...

Oh my gosh!! I absolutely love this! We saw a gorgeous raccoon today in Boulder, Colorado, digging at something in the storm drain in broad daylight next to a residential sidewalk with people passing just 5 feet or so from him. It was amazing.

Joanna said...

What a nice way to remember Maggy. The quilt is outstanding.

wackywoman said...

What a great tribute to Maggie.

QuiltSue said...

What a lovely story and a great memory for you of Maggie.

Thearica said...

Awesome tribute to such a wonderful friend!

I live 30 minutes from you in Henderson!

hetty said...

Loved your quilt and your story about Maggy!

Dana Gaffney said...

What a nice way to remember Maggy, with such a beautiful quilt. The colors are so rich and the quilt itself is charming. Thanks for sharing.

Snoodles said...

Love your quilt...it's so special that it helps you remember your special dog.

Kelli said...

What a gorgeous quilt and a lovely way to pay tribute to your furry friend.

Tonya said...

That is absolutely a wonderful quilt!! I love it!

Sand and Sunshine said...

What a quilt and what a tale.

Lesly said...

Wonderful story matched by a wonderful quilt! It's fantastic!

Pat V. said...

What a great memory quilt. That racoon looks so surprised!

Jan said...

Thanks for sharing your photos and your story!

Belinda said...

That's really beautiful!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing the story behind it.

andsewon said...

What a lovely endearing way to remember your sweet Maggy!

paulette said...

Thanks for sharing!!
Paulette

Kathy T. said...

I'm sure Maggy was just acting cool about the whole thing ... what a lovely memento of your time with her.

Melissa said...

Great memory quilt!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

This quilt is fantastic! And your story behind it was super funny. I am really glad that you entered it!
Hugs,
Carolyn

Talin's Corner said...

Very pretty. Love the fabrics and colors in this quilt.

Janet said...

What a fabulous story and great quilt!

Rachel said...

What a beautiful quilt...and a beautiful story. A lovely tribute to your "best friend".

LethargicLass said...

beautiful quilt and wonderful story :)

Christie, Describe Happy said...

What an amazingly detail, colorful, and story telling quilt! Just lovely!