Last week for WIP Wednesday, I showed you the large So Dog Gone Cute block I’d made; modeling it after Oldest Daughter’s and her partner’s little dog, Bhodi. At the time when I posted about it, I thought the block was finished and ready to be turned into a pillow cover. But then in the comments, Mary Anne suggested that I add little white spots to the eyes to bring them to life.
I took a couple of white paper “holes” from the paper punch and placed them on the black eyes and she was sooooo right. That did really bring Bhodi to life.
Then came the task of embroidering those little white spots. It took five tries… three for one eye and two for the other… to get them the same size and looking right. Some of the attempts were downright freaky looking!
But I’m so glad I took the time and persevered to make that small addition.
Isnt’ he adorable!!
To quilt it, I stitched in the ditch all the way around the face, the eyes, and nose using white, grey and black thread in the appropriate places. Then to give the face a bit of definition, I used the edge of the walking foot as a guide to quilt with white thread down the bridge of the nose and around the mouth.
The blue background was echo quilted using matching thread.
The fabrics were all pulled from my stash in my fabric dresser. The blue was a remnant I’d bought, who knows when, just because I liked the color. The black to grey ombre that I used for the ears and eye patches, pillow back and the binding was leftover from the lining of this Zipper Binder Sewing Kit that I made for our son for Christmas one year. The white face and black for the eyes and nose were Kona Snow and Kona Black respectively.
The only thing I had to purchase was the zipper for the back of the pillow.
I did my usual concealed zipper closing.
That light grey strip on the back is where I’ll be adding a personalized hand written label/message.
Below are the photos of Bhodi that I modeled the pillow cover after.
It’s for Oldest Daughter’s partner for Christmas. One gift checked off my list!
If you want to make your own blocks for a pillow or a quilt, click on over to the So Dog Gone Cute Quilt Along page at Sew Fresh Quilts. Elements from the different blocks can be mixed and match where needed to make a dog of your choosing. I used parts of blocks 3, 4 and 5 for mine.