I’ve been wanting to use this pattern for the longest time. The last time I made it was exactly 20 years ago–I made just the dog block to look like Dalmatians to give to my cousin for her new baby. I don’t often enter quilts in competition, but I was pleasantly surprised to win third place at a local quilt show. The pattern is from a 1992 book by Cindy Taylor Oates, “Peek-A-Boo Pals”.
So at the International Quilt Show in Chicago, I was on the hunt for polka dot fabrics and pastels to go with the stripes and black & white theme.
Each block starts with a different pastel background with the “body” of the animal, then the stripe border is added to each one.
Next comes the polka-dot corner triangles.
Up on the design wall, I add each applique piece as it’s cut–then take each block to the ironing board.
Next I used my machine to button-hole stitch around the edge of each piece with contrasting thread (white on black fabric; black on white fabric)…
The blocks are sewn together, and a large polka-dot border was added…
After quilting around each design and adding a striped binding, it’s ready for the shop. 🙂
Although this pattern is more time consuming than usual, this baby wallhanging/quilt was so much fun to make, I may do it again soon.
Next time I might do it in a different color wave–maybe brown & white dogs–
What do you think girl??
On to the next quilt…. so many quilts, so little time!!