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Dog Security Wall Quilt

We made this rustic-style wall quilt for a family that has two dogs -- a Golden Retriever named Abby and a Bernese Mountain dog named Cassie. It's pretty easy and quick to put together, even for a novice quilter.

We picked designs of these two breeds from the One Color Dog Section of our catalog and the designs from the Art Deco Tree Set. The inscription can be downloaded here or you can make it yourself using your embroidery machine's lettering function.

The finished size of the quilt is about 24" x 27".


You will need :

  • embroidery threads according to the JPG color card of the designs;
  • medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer,
  • about 3/4 yard of light-colored (white, cream, pale yellow, etc.) quilting cotton fabric for the background,
  • pieces of fabrics from your stash for the house block. You need at least 4 colors. Here is what we used, but feel free to use any colors you like
    • brick patterned for the walls
    • bright yellow for the windows
    • forest green for the roof,
    • burgundy for the door,
  • about 1/2 yard of fabric for the first border and binding (we chose a dark red to match the house),
  • 1/4 yard of patterned fabric for the second border,
  • #12 or #14 quilting needles,
  • quilting threads of matching colors,
  • rotary cutter,
  • quilter's ruler,
  • scissors,
  • post-it paper,
  • a pencil,
  • iron.

The House Block:

Out of the fabrics for the house walls, cut:

  • 1 square measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" (mark it A),
  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 1 1/2" (mark them B),
  • 4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 3", (mark 2 strips as C and 2 strips as D),
  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 3", (mark them E).
For the door, cut a strip measuring 1 1/2" x 3" (mark it F)

For the roof cut:
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" (mark them G) and
  • 1 strip measuring 1" x 6 1/2" (mark it H).
For the windows, cut:
  • 2 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" (mark them I) and
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" (mark them J).
Out of the fabric for the background, cut
  • 2 pieces measuring 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" each and
  • 1 strip measuring 2 1/2" x 14 1/2".

Assembly of the House Block:

Note: Seam allowance is 1/4" (6 mm) throughout the project. Press every seam after you make it.

First, we are going to make the two sides of the house with the windows. Sew each strip B to each strip J. Repeat with the second pair.

Dog Security Quilt

Sew one of the C strips to the right edge of one of the new strips. Sew the other C strip to the left edge of the second new strip.

Dog Security Quilt

Sew each strip E to the other edge of each new part.

Dog Security Quilt

Sew D strips to the bottom of each part.

Dog Security Quilt

To make the central part, with the door, sew square A to strip F.

Dog Security Quilt

Sew the wings of the house to the left and right edges of the door strip.

Dog Security Quilt

To make the attic window, position one of the I squares on the right edge of a G strip, face down.

Dog Security Quilt

Draw a diagonal from the upper right corner to the lower left corner. Stitch over the diagonal. Cut with 1/4" seam allowance. Open and press.

Dog Security Quilt

Take the second I square and G strip and repeat for the left edge.

Dog Security Quilt

Sew both strips together with the triangles in the center.

Dog Security Quilt

Sew strip H to the upper edge of the "attic window" strip.

Dog Security Quilt

Sew the "roof" to the "house". The final block measures 5 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Dog Security Quilt

Sew the 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" background blocks to the left and right edges of the house block.

Dog Security Quilt

Sew the background 2 1/2" x 14 1/2" strip to the top edge of the working piece.

Dog Security Quilt

Embroidery:

Download the file with the inscription. You can also use a font from your machine to make this inscription.

There are 2-3 files in each zip package, in different sizes. Unzip and use the file that your machine can read.

PES ART DST EXP HUS JEF JEF+ VIP VP3 XXX

Stabilize the center of the white piece of fabric with medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Hoop it tightly. Upload the file into the machine and embroider the words.

After the embroidery is done, press the stitch-out and the fabric around it.
Trim the piece to 14 1/2" x 7 1/2".

Choose the pet, or pets, you want to be on your quilt. Upload the files and embroider them. Re-hoop and embroider the pet's name.

If you embroidered one pet, take a large piece of fabric. After the embroidery is done trim the stitch-out to 14 1/2" x 10".

If you embroider 2 pets, it's easier to embroider on 2 pieces of fabric and stitch them together later. After the embroidery is done, trim the stitch-outs to 7 3/4" x 10" and sew them together.

Making the Wall Hanging:

Sew the stitch-outs with the words to the house part, and sew the stitch-out with pets to the bottom of the working piece.

Dog Security Quilt

Out of the fabric for the first border and binding, cut

  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 24" ,
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 18 1/2" and
  • 3 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric.

Sew the first 2 strips to the left and right edges of the working piece.
Sew the remaining 2 strips to the upper and lower edges of the working piece.

Dog Security Quilt

Out of the fabric for the second border, cut 2 strips measuring 3 1/2" x 27". Sew them to the left and right edges.

Dog Security Quilt


Embroidering the Trees

Stabilize the light background to either side of the house with medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Hoop it tightly. Upload a tree file into the machine and embroider it.


If you have only one pet on the quilt, you can also embroider trees on either side of the pet.


Quilting and Finishing:

Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted in a freemotion style. Then we with a free motion stippling pattern all over the quilt.


After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Finish the raw edges with the binding.


Have fun!


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