Thursday, September 21, 2023

It's A Dog's Life

If only we had the life my Benny is currently living. Pretty much heaven on earth. Loved by everyone he meets.

Oh you didn't mean we should include photos of the sweetest, cutest dogs you ever met? Tough, this stop is all based on Benny.

For those of you who don't know, Benny is a rescue.  He was found abandoned on the streets of Sarasota, Fl.  Probably abandoned due to medical issues that were mostly resolved before he came to us this past June.

When Benny first arrived we had some miscommunication regarding requests to go out doors.  On the first Sunday evening he was with us he wet his bed.  My quilt group had been making dog beds stuffed with quilt scraps for some time, so I went to the scrap box and knocked out this bed for him.  

 I remember hearing that one of the local rescues didn't want them because they were difficult to wash.  Well when I washed this one I understood the problem.  Once it got wet it beat the daylights out of my washer. dropping from the top of the washer to the bottom every time the washer spun.  Drying was a nightmare. After an hour plus in my dryer it was like I never tried to dry it.  It took 3 days outside in very hot Florida to dry.  

It is here still for emergencies but will be tossed when it needs to be washed again. 

I ZOOM quilt with several people once a month.  Some are local, One is on the west coast and one in Scotland.  Throughout the year we come up with Group To Do's.  Our summer project was to send each of the other members of the group a sewn Post Card. Delivery was tentatively scheduled for early September.

So what do you think? Wouldn't you have loved to find this version of Benny in your mail box?

I finished them in 2 different ways.  2 with stitching around the edges which didn't do anything for me.


and 5 with picture frame edging after a friend said she would frame it if I made her one. 
In total I made 8 of them.  5 for my zoom group, 2 for my friends who have declared themselves Benny's Godmothers and 1 for the couple who fostered him while he recovered from his medical issues and waited for adoption.

If you have never done fabric postcards, the amazing part is that they were mailed just as they were made. No envelopes, no plastic coverings.  I took them to the post office and asked that they be hand cancelled.  They were all received intact with no damage.  I even spoke to the gal in Scotland and hers was fine  on arrival too.

Lastly, when I got the bright idea to use the postcards as a jumping off point for this hop I down loaded several embroidery designs from Creative Fabrica.  My first choice was too large for a post card, and could only be reduced so much, but it was a great size for a tee shirt.

The shirt is a very soft lavender and the embroidery is a medium brown.  Hindsight says it would have been better on a black shirt.  Or if I used black thread but see, Benny is dark brown.

Well A Dogs Life is pretty decent here.

On a more serious note, there are lots of dogs and cats whose lives aren't great.

I made this group of  of 18 x 12 quilts (pretty much like placemats) for the group  Kennel Quilts  who receives  requests from all over the country for these little quilts to put in cages at rescue centers. Usually these requests come in after disasters that displace pets such as Hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires and the like.  
If you go to the link it explains the what and how.  It also gives patterns if you want to use them.  Me, I just use up scraps and strips I find hanging about after other projects.  

Well it's time to say so long til next month with a great big Thanks to Carol over at Just Let Me Quilt for hosting and coordinating yet again another wonderful creative event.

Here is a list of all of the participants who are sharing their vision of A Dogs Life.  Enjoy


  1. Nice post cards and t-shirt. Your dog has a good home with you now, it's so wonderful that you adopted him.

  2. Benny is adorable and living the life for sure! Your embroidery projects are a nice salute to him.

  3. Benny is living the life now isn't he? :-) Sweet fabric postcards of him. I used to belong to a couple of online groups that swapped them years ago. It really was a lot of fun. My quilt group has done many kennel quilts over the years. I have a stack that need to be quilted downstairs. Thanks for that reminder. They get buried by other projects sometimes! LOL!!

  4. Benny is such a lucky dog to have so many people, including you, love him. The postcards are just so cute and I'm sure they are appreciated by those who received them. I have three fabric postcards from friends and I use them for mug rugs. Thank you for what you do to help rescues and shelters with those dog mats. I need to see if the rescue I got Charlie from needs them because I have plenty of extra fabric around here. Thanks for sharing Benny with us today!

  5. What wonderful projects! I am so happy Benny has found his forever home.

  6. Aw! Benny is a sweet boy. Your kennel quilt are great. Funny how we both have Frenchie and kennel quilts this time. 😊

  7. Cute Benny and neat projects! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Benny is one lucky dog and quite adorable! Thanks for the link to Kennel Quilts. Now I know I have a great way to put my scraps into something useful.

  9. What a cute dog, Selina! I didn't know there's a new man in your life, and this one is adorable. Your Benny t-shirt is pretty cute too. Good for you to adopt a rescued dog. I admire you for doing that. And it's good to have practical knowledge of how those pet beds wash-up. It's just too bad there's no good way to get them dried out after washing. I liked seeing pics of your sweet guy. Enjoy him!

  10. I know exactly what you mean about trying to wash the pet beds made with fabric scapes. Uggh! And the drying. Even in the triple digit weather in Texas it took forever to dry outside. Benny is a cutie. We have 2 rescues. A black and white male part lab and border collie and our female is red and is also part lab with a mix of Australian Shepherd. Both are 78 pounds and think they are lap dogs. LOL


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