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It Really is So Dog Gone Cute!

It Really is So Dog Gone Cute!

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.

So Dog Gone Cute Bhodi

Isnt’ he adorable!!

So Dog Gone Cute Bhodi Pillow cover

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.

Back of So Dog Gone Cute pillow

I did my usual concealed zipper closing.

Concealed zipper on back of So Dog Gone Cute pillow cover

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.

Photo collage of Bhodi

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.

So Dog Gone Cute Bhodi Pillow



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  • Shasta
    November 16, 2015 10:41 pm

    Aww, this doggie is adorable. I have printed out the pattern but am trying to finish other projects before starting this one.

  • Susan Lynn
    November 10, 2015 4:06 am

    Goodness me, after seeing so many quilts with a neutral background I am loving the “pop” of your aqua background! Ooooh, feeling inspired to make one with a bold color background too, thanks!

  • Lorna McMahon
    November 7, 2015 8:11 am

    So cute! The addition of those little white dots really brought this little pup to life. And I love your cushion cover. So well made and a great likeness to that super sweet Bhodi!

  • susie
    November 5, 2015 9:37 am

    I love your adorable Bhodi pillow! The fabrics are so vibrant and your quilting is beautiful! And well done on the eye spots… those can be so tricky !!

  • nina entreking
    November 3, 2015 6:45 pm

    I’m loving your cushion! Nicely done!!

  • Kaholly
    November 3, 2015 4:36 pm

    It’s a beauty! Love the colors.

  • GeminiJen NZ
    October 31, 2015 4:32 am

    Very very cool!

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    October 31, 2015 4:59 am

    What a gorgeous cushion and a wonderful gift!

  • JanineMarie
    October 30, 2015 10:17 pm

    Oh, this turned out great. When I saw the photos of Bhodi, I saw immediately why those little white dots were so important for his eyes. It might have taken a few tries, but you nailed that twinkle. I love how Lorna’s patterns are so versatile for so many different pets.

  • Sherry
    October 30, 2015 5:52 pm

    So cute. Love it. Your puppies are cute too.

  • Carie
    October 30, 2015 4:52 pm

    Oh isn’t it gorgeous, and so like the real life inspiration. I bet that’s going to be a real hit at Christmas 🙂

  • Heide
    October 30, 2015 2:51 pm

    What a cute pillow and fun fabric too. your fur babies are super cute too.

  • Denise Russell
    October 30, 2015 11:03 am

    OMGoodness! This is sooo fun! All your tries with the embroidery were worth it! derussell22 at

  • Tracy
    October 30, 2015 10:54 am

    Adorable pillow and even cuter model!

  • Gina
    October 30, 2015 4:11 am

    I love this version. The little white spots really bring the pup to life xx

  • Susan
    October 29, 2015 7:58 pm

    Oh, yes, that is adorable. He’s going to love that, and I think the eyes are just the perfect touch.

  • Renee
    October 29, 2015 6:53 pm

    That is Dog Gone Cute!

  • Mary Anne
    October 29, 2015 6:38 pm

    I’m so glad you added the white dots to his eyes (even tho’ it DID drive you crazy!!). It’s going to be well-received at Christmas I know….who couldn’t love something that’s so cute?

  • Rachel
    October 29, 2015 5:21 pm

    He’s very sweet. Getting eyes right can be quite a challenge – a hairsbreadth wrong and suddenly you’re out of “sweet” and into “psychotic” – I know, I’ve done it!

  • Mary
    October 29, 2015 5:17 pm

    That really is so Dog Gone Cute!

  • Christine M
    October 29, 2015 4:11 pm

    Your cushion is gorgeous, Sue. I love it! I tried to comment with just “I love it!” but apparently my comment was too short and I had to go back to make it longer! How funny is that!

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