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.