Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bailey's Sweaters

I found a pattern for a dog sweater called the Belly Button Sweater.  It's a series of six videos showing all the steps to make the sweater.  Here are the ones I've made so far.

The one on the far right was the first.  It's an extra small size.  It was a little snug going over Bailey's head and around his body.  The next one in from the right was my first attempt at size small.  I made the mistake of mixing yarns of different thicknesses and you can see how shrunken the bottom part looks.  It fit a bit better than the first one but I still wasn't happy with it.  The next one was with all the same yarn but I may have gotten carried away with the length of the belly band.  The sweater slides nicely over Bailey's head and fits well as a sweater. On the next one I got a little more creative with the pattern.  I widened the sides just below the belly band so that it would fall lower on the sides of his body and I lengthened it so that it would cover his entire back to the base of his tail.  It fits more like a coat.  I crocheted a row of single crochet around the edges so they won't curl.  I'll probably have Bailey wear this one in winter so he won't get too cold.  But for now he's wearing the red, white and blue one.

Aren't I cute?

Pose like this, Mama?

The sweater is over the polka dot cloth harness I bought for him.  It was a size small but was a little snug slipping it over his head so I cut the neck and added a piece of fabric. It fits perfect now.  I like the harness so much, I may use it as a pattern to make others.

Before Bailey came home, I bought two 24 inch gates to be used to block off the livingroom and kitchen from the rest of the apartment.  I like the 24 inch because I can step over it without a problem.  But Bailey can jump so high that I'm afraid he'll catch his front paws on the edge and either hurt himself or climb over.  So I used both of the gates for the one side of the kitchen and am using a 30 inch exercise pen as a gate to block off between the livingroom and kitchen.  It looks a little silly for such a little guy but you can never be too careful.

Hope you had a good day.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bailey's Coat

I was looking around a little bit ago for a pattern for a winter coat to make for Bailey and found this one by Martha Stewart.  Since the pattern was size small, I used the pattern as is.  First I sewed together nine 8 inch blocks of fabric I made from scraps.  Then I quilted it using some polyester batting, doubled.  I cut the pattern and lined it.  Before adding the velcro it required, I tried it on Bailey using safety pins.  It was too large so I cut it down length wise, neck wise and belly wise.  And I added a buttonhole on the back to connect the leash through.  After putting Bailey through many fittings, I finally ended up with a coat that I'm happy with.  Then I made Bailey model it for photos.  Needless to say, he was a little put out.

I made the necessary adjustments to the pattern and will probably make another coat at some point.  He also has two sweaters that I made for him but I don't want to make him pose for any more photos right now.  Maybe when we head out for our walk.

Hope you have a good day.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What's up....

I'm so bad.  I promised a giveaway earlier this month and never got around to drawing the winners.  So, without further ado, the winners, chosen by are:

Sunny of Quilting Dreams wanted the brown and tan blocks.

Gretchen of 120 Blocks wanted the yellow/purple.

I've sent an email to both of the winners.

Bailey and I have been busy.  We walk/jog everyday.  I'm sure we're quite the sight - the fat lady and her little white dog.  But Bailey loves it.  It's funny because all the books say to take your dog for a daily walk to wear him out so he doesn't get into trouble.  It's true he doesn't get into trouble but it revs him up for the first little while when we return.  He now sleeps all through the night and is mostly potty trained.  He went to the vet the other day for his second round of shots (he cried, poor baby) and has been to the groomers for a nail trim and foot trim.  Havanese dogs have quite a bit of hair between their pads and Bailey was slip sliding across the floor every time I tossed his toys.  I had intended to try trimming him myself but he wiggles so much, I was afraid I'd hurt him.  The groomer did it as a walk-in and was finished in no time flat.  Well worth it.  I've been recording him on my iPad the few times I've had to leave him.  He's quite good.  No whining and except for yesterday when he was barking a couple times at himself on the iPad, he's pretty quiet.  I guess I'll have to turn the camera the other way next time.  He's very cute and talented.  Here he is waving at you.  (Not really.  I just caught him in mid jump.)

I mentioned that he and I have been walk/jogging each day...that's to give us a little start on agility.  I plan to train him in agility and from watching his excitement when we jog, he's going to love it.  I got carried away and a little ahead of myself a few weeks before he came home and bought some practice agility equipment.  He's a long way from being able to use it but I set up all the pieces to see what it was like.

I set one pole on the floor to try to get him to walk over it but all he did was bark at it.  We have a long way to go but he's really too young to do much yet anyway.

I've been able to do some sewing while Bailey is asleep and have finished my grandson's quilt.  I'll be able to deliver it on Saturday when I go there for their Thanksgiving feast.

I hope he likes it as much as I do.

I was reading Maria's Quilt Scraps blog the other day about storm relief for pets.  A number of shelters in the NY/NJ area have taken in animals during the evacuation from the storm and are in need of small kennel quilts.  The quilts should be 12" x 18" to fit most kennels.  This is a great way for me to use up some of my blocks and practice my FMQ and binding skills.  Here are a few I've done so far:

This is the backing fabric I used, leftover from other quilt projects.  I have some cat fabric too.

Hope you have a good Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Bailey is home

I brought Bailey home yesterday and he never let out a peep during the 1.5 hr trip home.  When we got home, he settled right in.  He ate well and did his business in the right spot.  I was surprised that he was so good at playing fetch.  He brings the toy right back.  Sometimes he's better at dropping it than others but he's only 2 months old and considering he doesn't really know me yet, he did quite well.  At bedtime I tried to have him sleep in his kennel or car carrier.  He was not happy.  He whined and howled.  I let him fuss for awhile but I was afraid he would disturb the neighbors.  He's not really kennel trained yet.  I tried to sleep with him on the couch but he wouldn't settle down and my bed is way too high.  I had to lay down with him on the kitchen floor until he fell asleep then I snuck off to sleep in bed.  I had to get up with him once during the night but I was pleased with how the night went.   All in all, I think we're off to a good start.

On Weds. I was able to sandwich my grandson's quilt.  As usual, I did it in sections because I don't have an area large enough to lay it all out.  Here's what one of the sections looks like.  I hope to start quilting it over the weekend but for now, I have to remember to sleep when the 'baby' sleeps so we'll see.

Hope you have a good day.