Bee Inspired August Block and Giveaway Winner!

I wrote about this block a while ago, and until now, couldn’t find the time to post about it. Regular readers know that I’m in an online bee, Bee Inspired. Each month, one of us gets to be Queen of our hive and choose a block for the other members to make for her. In August, Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting very fittingly chose a dog block.

The pattern is by Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts, and you can find the start of her Dog Gone Cute quilt along here. As you see, we had several different dog patterns we could choose from to make our block for Ann. You’ll find links to all the dog block patterns there.

Ann asked that we choose a block that looked like a dog we’d had as a pet. I have only owned cats as an adult, but when I was little, our family had two dogs—Shamrock and Sandy. Sham was a great dog, a mutt, who was mostly German Shepherd. She was gentle, smart, and the most wonderful dog ever. Dad used to tell us he’d see her every day in the pet store window as he walked home from work, and one day he just couldn’t resist her and he brought her home. Lucky us!

Shamrock in her younger days. Me too, on the left.

Sandy was our adopted dog. Someone let her out of a car right in front of my two brothers, and we took her in. Sandy was a bit untamed, but she quickly responded to our loving care. She came along just in time for Shamrock who in her old age wasn't eating well and who would often wander too close to the street when we let her out to relieve herself. Sandy would protect her from the dangers Sham could no longer see, and by her simple presence, also encouraged her to eat more. Sandy probably gave Shamrock a few more years of life and I'm forever grateful for that.

Sandy (a stray we adopted), Heather (the first of my Aunt Betty's three Scottie dogs, and Shamrock, the Grand Queen

Ann asked us to use solids for our blocks, and I chose greens because Shamrock was Irish <grin>. I modified the pattern to match her sweet floppy ears. Ann, I hope you like your block! It’s in the mail to you.

Although I made Ann’s block early, I’m behind again as usual. Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch was the September queen, and she wants a Lemoyne Star, any size, in tertiary colors plus grey. Time to whip out that color wheel!

Janice @ Passion for Perfume is the October queen, and she’s looking for this block, 8” finished, but in bright and modern prints with high contrast. Guess I’ve got some work to do!

Before I get working on those blocks though, I have an important announcement to make, and that’s the winner of my Island Batik giveaway! As you know, the Island Batik Ambassadors had an awesome blog hop in September, featuring all the new batik fabric collections. My collection was Vineyard, and here are just some of the things I made with it. Even though the hop is over, you can still visit the blogs and oogle at all those wonderful Island Batiks already in quilt stores!

For the blog hop, I decided to host a giveaway of a charm pack of lovely Vineyard batiks.

I assigned a number to each commenter on my blog, and let Random.org choose the winner. And the winner is…

Joyce Carter! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered. Joyce, I’ve sent you an email and as soon as I receive your address your charm pack will be on its way!

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