Several years ago I saw a darling scottie quilt for sale on ebay. It was a bit worn and stained, but I loved the pattern. I saved the photos from the listing and was determined to make one of my own. After drawing the pattern, I began to collect vintage fabric to make the scotties. Because the blocks are large and the dog pattern is one piece, it took me a few years to accumulate enough fabric for 72 different dogs (I generally buy little quilt pieces and scraps). I figured out that I could piece the dog at the neck since the seam is hidden behind the collar, and I did that on several scotties when the scrap didn’t quite fit the template. The dog is appliqued (I don’t do needle turn — I always baste-press-pin-sew) and then the details are embroidered in 2 strands of black DMC. I especially like the ones with big flowers.
The scottie is positioned on point without sashing. The original quilt had an interesting border which I plan to duplicate. After thinking I had been so clever, I saw a new book in the fabric store with this same pattern — Mary Koval’s Antique Animal Quilts. Of course, I knew it was an old pattern, but I was sort of bummed to see it in a new book — even a cute book like Mary’s — but that didn’t stop me from buying the book.
Here are a couple of photos of the original quilt I saw on ebay