The last couple of weeks has been super busy. I have been working at our family bakery making lots of decorated items for Valentine's Day, followed by a birthday cake for my granddaughter's third birthday. Yesterday, I helped prepare Paczskis for Fat Tuesday, and continued making chocolates, for party favors at my eldest daughter's baby shower planned for this coming Saturday. I will be finishing the cake later this week.
Besides keeping busy with the family business, I still have my own 40-hour a week job. And, my husband and I are expecting two grandchildren. The first will arrive sometime in the next couple of weeks, while the other is due in May. I have been able to keep up with guild projects, like my Applique Club and the Mystery Quilt I just started. But, I also have personal projects that I want to finish for both my expectant daughters.
Sunday, I was able to complete one of those projects. My eldest daughter has a black Scottie Dog, named Brody. She found a cute patchwork Scottie dog pattern she's asked me to make. Denyse Schmidt Quilts has a free Scottie Dog Pattern available. It turned out adorable and my future grandson will likely fall in love with it. At least, Grandma hopes so.
I have a collection of charm squares cut out in varying sizes. I just had to select enough squares to make the pattern. I chose boyish fabrics in 2-1/2 inch squares, rather than cutting them down to the 2-1/4 inch size in the pattern. I had enough duplicate fabrics to make the front and back nearly identical.
I needed to adjust the length of the side strip. Here is the pattern with the side strip attached, which I made from leftover binding strips.
I stuffed the Scottie with leftover pieces of batting that I snipped into stuffing size pieces. Then, I added wool felt eyes, that are attached with perle cotton thread. The pattern was simple enough to make, that I may have to make another one.