Scottie Dog Quilt Pattern With Sashing

Scottie Dog Quilt

Scottie Dog Quilt

For this Scottie Dog quilt I wanted to design a really simple quilt block in order to showcase the sashing with stars that I have used.  The Scottie dog is obviously based on a dog!  The sashing is based on a floor tile design that I have adapted and simplified.  Thanks, Carol, for sending me the photo.  The quilt measures 57″ square, using four 24″ blocks finished size.

You can buy the kit for this quilt at this week’s special offer.

Original floor tile design

Original floor tile design

I needed 1.3/4 yards of the background fabric, 1 yard of the blue dog fabric, 3/4 yard of the dark brown for the sashing, together with 1/8 yard each of dark blue and white with 1/4 yard of the medium blue script fabric for the cornerstones.

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Cutting requirements for the Scottie Dog quilt

3.1/2″ strips in the following lengths:

24.1/2″ strips:  four light brown

18.1/2″  strips:  twelve dark brown for sashing

12.1/2″ strips:  eight light brown

9.1/2″ four light brown, eight blue dog fabic

15.1/2″ strips:  eight light brown, eight blue dog fabric

6.1/2″ strips:  twenty light brown, eight blue dog fabric

3.1/2″ squares:  twenty eight light brown, nine medium blue (cornerstones), eight blue dog fabric

4.1/4″ squares:  twelve white, six dark brown, six dark blue

Dog facing right layout

Dog facing right layout

Make the dog facing right

Lay the strips out in eight rows.  All the strips are 3.1/2″ wide so I’ll just list what’s needed in each row:

First row and row 8: one  24.1/2″ light brown strip

Row 2:  12.1/2″ light brown, blue square, 9.1/2″ light brown

Row 3:  12.1/2″ light brown, 9.1/2″ blue, light brown square

Fourth row:  brown square, blue square, 6.1/2″ brown, 9.1/2″ blue, brown square

Rows 5 and 6:  brown square, 15.1/2″ blue, 6.1/2″ brown

Row 7:  brown square, 6.1/2″ blue, brown square, 6.1/2″ blue, 6.1/2″ brown.

Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  This now measures 24.1/2″ square and you need to make two of these.

Dog facing left

Dog facing left

Make the dog facing left

This is very similar to the first block, but the dog is facing the other way.

First row and row 8:  24.1/2″ brown strip.

Row 2:  9.1,2″ brown, blue square, 12.1/2″ brown

Row 3:  brown square, 9.1/2″ blue, 12.1/2″ brown

Fourth row:  brown square, 9.1/2″ blue, 6.1/2″ brown, blue square, brown square.

Rows 5 and 6:  6.1/2″ brown, 15.1/2″ blue, brown square

Row 7:  6.1/2″ brown, 6.1/2″ blue, brown square, 6.1/2″ blue, brown square.

Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  The block now measures 24.1/2″ square and you need to make two of this version also.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make quarter square triangles

This is just a case of making half square triangles twice – honestly it’s not too difficult.  Place a white 4.1/4″ square with either a dark blue or a dark brown square, right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line.

Cut along the line.  This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.7/8″ square.

Make quarter square triangles

Make quarter square triangles

Now make further units as above, but starting this time with the half square triangles that you have just made.

Begin with one blue/white and one brown/white half square triangle.  Place them right sides together, making sure that the blue triangle on the top layer lies against the white on the bottom layer while the white on the top layer lies against the brown triangle on the bottom layer.  The seams of both of them run from bottom left to top right.

Draw a line along the diagonal that crosses the existing seam line, so going from bottom right to top left in my photo.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This produces a quarter square triangle unit which measures 3.1/2″ square.  Check that the two white triangles are opposite each other and the blue and brown triangles are opposite each other.

Sashing strips

Sashing strips

Make the sashing strips

Take an 18.1/2″ strip of dark brown fabric and place a quarter square triangle at each end.  Lay them so that the brown triangle lies against the brown strip.  It almost looks like a Christmas cracker now.

Make two of these strips and place one between each pair of Scottie dog quilt blocks.  This joins the pairs of blocks.  I have placed mine so that there is one right facing and one left facing dog in each pair.  They are looking at each other across the sashing strip.

Sashing strip across the middle

Sashing strip across the middle

Now you need sashing strips to lie across the quilt – three of them so that you can have one at the top of the quilt, one joining the two pairs of blocks across the middle of the quilt, and one at the bottom of the quilt.

For each strip make up two strips as above – an 18.1/2″ dark brown strip with a quarter square triangle at each end.  Join these two sections together with a medium blue 3.1/2″ square.  So in each row you have two brown strips, four quarter square triangles and one cornerstone (that’s the medium blue square).  Make three of these strips and sew one to the top of the quilt, one in the middle to join the two pairs of blocks together and one at the bottom of the quilt.

Side strips

Side strips

Sash the sides of the quilt

You now just need two strips for the sides of the quilt.  For each strip make up an 18.1/2″ dark brown strip with a quarter square triangle at each end as before.  Now place a 3.1/2″ medium blue square (cornerstone) at each end of the overall strip and in the middle.

Middle section

Middle section

In case that sounds confusing, the side strip should contain:  cornerstone, quarter square triangle, dark brown strip, quarter square triangle, cornerstone, quarter square triangle, dark brown strip, quarter square triangle, cornerstone.

Sew one of these strips to each side of the quilt.  Confession time:  my seams were obviously not as accurate as they should have been.  I found that my sashing didn’t always match the quilt top.  In one place I ended up trimming the quarter square triangle to make it fit.  I realise now that a far better option would have been to fold and stitch a small pleat in the dark brown fabric strip.  That way I could keep the stars intact.  I’m sure that your stitching is far more accurate than mine, but I just thought that I’d mention it as a way of correcting differences in length.

That completes the Scottie dog quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

https://youtu.be/eM5yXRoPM3A

Ashby de la Zouch castle

Ashby de la Zouch castle

Last week I mentioned that I was visiting a friend for lunch.  On the way up I stopped in Ashby de la Zouch – the name has always fascinated me!  To see my photos, click here or click on the photo.

Penguin Quilt Pattern

 

Penguin quilt

Penguin quilt

The penguin quilt pattern is intended as a bit of fun, and I have used Christmas fabric for the borders as penguins tend to be part of the festive season.  I’ve used yellow for the beak and feet, black with some grey to provide contour for the penguin, with what I’m calling ice blue for the white sections of a penguin.  For the background I’ve used a blue Christmas fabric with gold stars in it.

As usual, you can buy these fabrics as a kit with a 10% discount on the normal fabric price. Click on this week’s special offer.

The quilt measures 36″ by 54″ and I have used 1/4 yard each of yellow and grey fabric, 1/2 yard each of blue background fabric, black and ice blue fabrics.  For the borders I used 3/4 yard of the dark fabric and 1/4 yard of the light fabric.

Use squares or rectangles

Use squares or rectangles

 

Cutting requirements for the penguin quilt

The entire quilt is made from 2.1/2″ squares, but you may prefer to use some 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles to replace two squares, or 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles to replace three squares.  This just saves a bit of time with the piecing.

Altogether you will need:

thirteen yellow squares, twenty three grey, one hundred and one blue background, eighty seven black and sixty three ice blue squares.  I have counted these a couple of times, but please bear with me if I have mis counted somewhere along the line.

For the penguin quilt borders you will need these 2.1/2″ strips in the dark fabric:  two 26.1/2″ long, two 48.1/2″ long, two 32.1/2″ long and two 54.1/2″ long.  In the light fabric you will need these 1.1/2″ strips:  two 30.1/2″ long and two 50.1/2″ long.

First six rows of the penguin quilt

First six rows of the penguin quilt

Making the penguin quilt

The only sensible way for me to show you the penguin quilt pattern is just to list the squares across each row, working from left to right:

Row 1:  5 blue, 5 black, 3 blue

Row 2: 4 blue, 3 black, 3 ice, 3 yellow

Row 3:  4 blue, 3 black, 3 ice, 2 yellow, 1 blue

Row 4:  4 blue, 3 black, 3 ice, 3 blue

Row 5:  5 blue, 4 black, 4 blue

Row 6:  5 blue, 5 black, 3 blue

Rows seven to twelve

Rows seven to twelve

Row 7:  3 blue, 1 black, 4 ice, 3 black, 2 blue

Row 8:  3 blue, 1 black, 4 ice, 1 black, 1 grey, 2 black

Row 9:  1 blue, 3 black, 4 ice, 5 black

Row 10:  4 black, 4 ice, 5 black

Row 11:  3 black, 5 ice, 5 black

Row 12:  2 black, 1 blue, 4 ice, 4 black, 1 grey

Row 13:  2 black, 1 blue, 4 ice, 4 black, 1 grey, 1 black

Rows thirteen to eighteen of the penguin quilt

Rows thirteen to eighteen of the penguin quilt

Row 14:  1 black, 2 blue, 4 ice, 4 black, 1 grey, 1 black

Row 15:  3 blue, 5 ice, 2 black, 2 grey, 1 black

Row 16:  3 blue, 5 ice, 1 black, 3 grey, 1 black

Row 17:  3 blue, 5 ice, 4 grey, 1 black

Row 18:  4 blue, 4 ice, 3 grey, 1 black, 1 blue

Last four rows

Last four rows

Row 19:  4 blue, 2 ice, 4 grey, 1 blue, 1 black, 1 blue

Row 20:  6 blue, 2 grey, 1 blue, 1 grey, 1 blue, 1 black, 1 blue

Row 21:  6 blue, 1 yellow, 2 blue, 1 yellow, 2 blue, 1 black

Row 22:  4 blue, 3 yellow, 1 blue, 3 yellow, 2 blue

First two borders of the penguin quilt

First two borders of the penguin quilt

Penguin quilt borders

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the dark Christmas fabric:  sew the 26.1/2″ lengths across the top and bottom and the 48.1/2″ strips down the sides.

For the second border sew 30.1/2″ strips of the light fabric to the top and bottom and 50.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

Finally for the third border use the remaining 2.1/2″ strips of dark fabric:  two 32.1/2″ lengths across the top and bottom and two 54.1/2″ lengths to the sides.

That completes the penguin quilt pattern.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

I know many of you are very busy with your Christmas quilting at the moment and I think that I will be doing the same this weekend.  Where has this year gone!

 

Craftsy

Window Dog Quilt Pattern

Window dog quilt pattern

Window dog quilt pattern

I was asked for a window dog quilt pattern a long time ago when I made my window cat quilt.  I intended to make this ages ago but I got a bit hung up on trying to make it the same size as the cat quilt.  In the end I realised that it wasn’t going to happen that way so now I’ve finally managed to finish my window Scottie dog quilt pattern.  A Scottie dog is more angular than some dogs, so I was able to make him without any half square triangles – a bonus for those of you who lack confidence in sewing triangles!

The quilt has ended up 48″ square and I used 1/2 yard of pink fabric with 5/8 yard each of black, white and blue fabric.  I have used individual black squares for the dog because I felt that all those seams would help with the ruffled fur look, while for the blue I used longer strips where possible in order to speed up the piecing.

Cutting requirements for the dog quilt pattern

Black fabric:  one hundred and twenty two 2.1/2″ squares

White fabric:  nineteen 2.1/2″ squares, one strip 4.1/2″ by 32.1/2″, one strip 4.1/2″ by 44.1/2″, one strip 4.1/2″ by 34.1/2″

Pink fabric:  fifteen 2.1/2″ squares, one strip 4.1/2″ by 40.1/2″, one strip 4.1/2″ by 48.1/2″, one strip 4.1/2″ by 38.1/2″

Blue fabric:  eight 2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric – I’ll list the individual strip lengths as they are required

First six rows of the window dog quilt

First six rows of the window dog quilt

Making the dog

Make the central area within the window first.  This part of the dog quilt pattern is 32.1/2″ wide.  Begin by sewing together a 4.1/2″ by 32.1/2″ white strip and a 6.1/2″ by 32.1/2″ blue strip.  I think the simplest thing now is just to list the squares within each row, working from left to right.  All squares are 2.1/2″ and for the 2.1/2″ blue strips I will just list the length.

Row 3:  22.1/2″ blue, black, 8.1/2″ blue

Row 4:  4.1/2″ blue, black, 10.1/2″ blue, black, 2.1/2″ blue, two black, 8.1/2″ blue

Row 5:  4.1/2″ blue, ten black, 8.1/2″ blue

Row 6:  4.1/2″ blue, five black, white, four black, 8.1/2″ blue

Rest of the head of the dog

Rest of the head of the dog

Row 7:  4.1/2″ blue, nine black, 10.1/2″ blue

Row 8:  6.1/2″ blue, eight black, 10.1/2″ blue

Row 9:  6.1/2″ blue, four black, 2.1/2″ blue, three black, 10.1/2″ blue

Row 10:  6.1/2″ blue, black, 2.1/2″ blue, black, 2.1/2″ blue, four pink, 10.1/2″ blue

Row 11:  14.1/2″ blue, four pink, 10.1/2″ blue

The body of the dog

The body of the dog

Row 12:  12.1/2″ blue, five black, 10.1/2″ blue

Row 13:  10.1/2″ blue, six black, 10.1/2″ blue

Row 14:  8.1/2″ blue, seven black, 10.1/2″ blue

Row 15:  6.1/2″ blue, eight black, 10.1/2″ blue

Row 16:  4.1/2″ blue, nine black, 8.1/2″ blue

Row 17:  4.1/2″ blue, two black 4.1/2″ blue, six black, 6.1/2″ blue

Row 18:  four black, two white, seven black, two white

Row 19:  black, white, two black, two white, eight black, white

Whew!  I have checked the rows above, but I hope that they are all correct.  Sew the patchwork together across each row and sew the rows to each other.  I find it best to sew each row to the others as soon as I have made it – that way if I have made a mistake it becomes obvious straight away.

Add the sides of the window frame

Add the sides of the window frame

Making the window frame for the dog quilt pattern

The window frame on the top and bottom has already been added in to the dog quilt pattern, so now you just need to add the sides.  The left hand side of the window frame is straightforward – sew a 4.1/2″ by 44.1/2″ strip of white fabric to the left side of the quilt.

Right hand side of the window frame

Right hand side of the window frame

The right hand side of the window frame includes some of the dog’s tail so it is not quite as straightforward as the other side.

You will need a 4.1/2″ by 34.1/2″ strip of white.  Beneath this, sew together five pairs of 2.1/2″ squares:  one pair of black followed by three pairs of white and finishing with a pair made of one white and one black square.

Sew these all together into one long strip and then sew this to the right hand side of the dog quilt pattern.

Add the wall around the window frame

Add the wall around the window frame

Add the final border

I’m not sure if this can be called a border as it only covers three sides of the quilt.  It is intended to be the wall around the window frame.

Sew a 4.1/2″ by 40.1/2″ strip of pink fabric across the top of the quilt.  Sew a 4.1/2″ by 48.1/2″ pink strip to the left hand side of the window dog quilt.

Right hand side of the border

Right hand side of the border

The right hand side again is not as straightforward because of the dog’s tail.

Begin with a 4.1/2″ by 38.1/2″ strip of pink.  Beneath this you need five pairs of 2.1/2″ squares – four pairs made with one black and one pink square.  The fifth pair of squares are both pink.  Sew these all together in one long column and sew this to the right hand side of the dog quilt.

That completes the window dog quilt pattern.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

I’m off to my niece’s wedding now.  Next week’s articles have all been written and set to publish automatically so here’s hoping that the system works!  Please note that I can’t dispatch any orders from the shop next week.
Craftsy