A Dog Bed.

Dog Bed.
One night, we were laughing at our silly dog, Kippy, who was laying with her bum on her bed and head on the hardwood floor. We thought it looked awfully uncomfortable but she seemed content. My Mom commented that her bed could use a good washing. I thought to myself, she could use a new bed. The one I made her years ago had seen better days.
Dog Bed.
My inspiration came from a vague memory of SouleMama (or another clever, crafty blogger) making a similar bed for their dog. I have a love of log cabin piecing and ever since getting Patchwork Style, have wanted to give the machine quilting technique featured in there a whirl. (Penny reminded me of it with her Quilt Along.)
Dog Bed.
I’m in love. Truly. This devoted hand quilter may be a machine quilting convert if it’s this easy. See, I’m not a fan of machine quilting mainly because quilts are so big and bulky to maneuver under the presser foot and all and every time I’ve tried, it ends up looking messy. But this gives me a lot more control because you quilt block by block.
Dog Bed.
My family, and perhaps you too, will think I’m crazy making something so pretty for the dog, but I just couldn’t help myself. If you’re going to make something, you might as well make it beautiful. Besides, I had all these left over home décor weight scraps from aprons and what-nots that I really didn’t know what to do with.
The bottom is a secondhand denim I’ve had for ages and the sides are a green ticking. There is a zipper closure on one side.

18 Responses to “A Dog Bed.”


  1. 1 Jen April 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    What a lucky dog! That bed looks INCROYABLE!

  2. 2 JuliaA April 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    gorgeous! what a wonderful way to make scraps into something beautiful.

    even though it’s only a dog bed, it’s still going to be in your home, so it might as well be pretty to look at for you.

  3. 3 Casey April 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    a cute dog deserves a pretty place to lay her head :)

  4. 4 Dayna April 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Before owning Rhodes, I may have thought you were crazy. But I’ve actually wanted to make one of these. Perhaps I’ll keep my eyes open for just the right fabrics…

  5. 5 Alex April 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous dog bed. You did a wonderful job. You’ve given me some really good ideas too. Thank you :)

  6. 6 craftydill April 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    it’s wonderful! why should a dog bed be tan and boring? i also love Penny’s quilt-as-you-go concept!

  7. 7 Shalet April 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I love this! You could definitely sell these if you ever decide to make another one. I am inspired. As soon as I finish my latest knitting project I may have to give this a whirl.

  8. 8 margie April 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    This looks great. Lucky dog.

  9. 9 gardenmama April 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    absolutely gorgeous! she looks very cozy with her head on the pillow : )
    i am impressed that you are a hand quilter! i have only done quilting by machine, i love the log cabin style – i have only tried patchwork but off to google i go! i have been thinking of doing some sort of patchwork with the fabric you sent to put along the bottoms of curtains… still dreaming of what i will do : )

  10. 10 Jodi April 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    It’s a beautiful bed. I’m not going to show my dog, she’ll want one.

  11. 11 jessica April 4, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I’m somewhat jealous of your dog! That dog bed looks so comfy (and pretty!)

  12. 12 allison April 5, 2010 at 9:49 am

    this is so beautiful liesl! i wouldn’t be surprised if you found some people napping on it, too.

  13. 13 Anna April 5, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    that is a totally cool dog bed, totally beats the one I made. I love penny’s quilt a long although I haven’t started a block yet – seems like a fun time quilting as you go!

  14. 14 Judith April 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Looks very comfortable. My dog lies with his head on the floor and his body on his bed as well.

  15. 15 Teresa April 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I LOVE that dog bed! A very Happy Easter Season to you and your family!

  16. 16 Lori April 9, 2010 at 12:25 am

    That is beautiful- what a lucky dog!


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