I set aside most of my other tasks this week to make a runner for my oldest daughter. She has a Mastiff pup that is just about a year old. A dainty little thing of just around 100 pounds. A week or so ago she sent me a picture of an appliqué pattern, ordered it and asked for a runner made with the appliqué on it.
The pattern came from The Whole Country Caboodle. Once it arrived I found I had to increase the appliqué pieces to 165% to make adequate sizing for a runner that was to be 34" by 15". After that it was pretty straight forward.
Then to select some fabric.
And I am on my way. I plan to have an appliqué at each end of the runner. This first one just needs eyes now. The red Frixion pen markings are where I plan to quilt creases and wrinkles once I get the runner on batting and a backing. It is a bit of a challenge and I only work on it for an hour or so then have to take a break. I am happy with how it is coming along though.
I have sandwiched in a quick charity quilt as a bit of a breather. I got an SOS for some baby quilts for our local Pregnancy Center. There is always a need for 36 " by 36" baby quilts.
My daughter on a trip into town discovered someone had dropped off 3 Muscovy drakes and a white domestic duck. They were among the wild geese that frequent our canals in the summer months. These guys are not wild breeds and do not do well under these circumstances. When she stopped to check if they were OK all four of them ran up to her. Someone had just dropped them off to fend for themselves. Well she already has 14 Muscovy ducks at home so what is another 4 more. She and grandson Noah just picked them up and popped them into the back of her SUV.