It has not been easy adopting an abused dog. After we'd had Daisy for a few months, we had progressed to the point that she would let Spicy pet her as long as I was in the room. She did not like it if he looked her directly in the face, and she got scared if he stood over her, but he could kneel on the floor and look off to the side and she would tolerate him. Spicy requested that I make him a large floor pillow as all the kneeling was wearing on him.
When Spicy makes requests, I put them on my mental list of things to do, but I have a lot on my plate and not a great deal of time so it can take awhile. I had been working on a few pairs of socks for him and those needed to be finished first, but eventually i crossed those off of my list and it was time to take up something else.
Last weekend I went to joanns and they had a sale on pillow forms. i got the biggest one i could find, a 27-incher, and set about trying to make the most Spicy pillow cover i could come up with.
A) it's a floor pillow so i needed to use darker colors so it wouldn't show dirt too much. Spicy is a farmer and we have 4 pets. Our floor is dirty no matter how many times I vacuum.
B) Spicy is the opposite of me in terms of what colors he likes. he likes blue, grey, brown, and maybe green in typical boy-boring shades. that's it.
C) In terms of design, Spicy likes simple things. he's also enjoys history, so i thought he would like something traditional. you can't really get more simple and traditional than a log cabin.
So, armed with all this, i chose 1" navy blue (with a few other shades for contrast) and grey logs with 2" black centers. i made 4 14" blocks and used the sunshine and shadow setting. i used light grey connecting threads essential cotton thread and a simple stipple to quilt. The envelope back uses essex linen in denim and the pillow has a hand-stitched bias binding.
For the binding i used the Cloud 9 organic that i bought from joanns. I will be perfectly honest: i love the prints, but the cloth feels pretty rough. i would say it's similar in feel to the DS Quilts Daisy Mae collection that everyone complained about. to me, it's not to the point of being unusable, but even on sale or with coupons it is quite expensive (i think the regular price is around $15/yd). so i will use the 3 half yards i bought but i probably won't buy any more unless i happen to catch a really good sale at the end of the season or something. it's too bad really--the prints are adorable.
Now Spicy has his giant floor pillow and Daisy is very appreciative. Since he made the request, we've slowly worked our way up to playtime and kisses, so i'm sure that the pillow will get a lot of use from here on out.