I've always loved this adorable Scottie pattern, it's a classic, but never ventured to make anything with it because the applique, with it's pieced foundation, seemed rather fussy. But recently, I saw Eleanor Burns technique and was curious to try it. Well, I must tell you that I was really pleased with how simple it was to do! It worked beautifully. And the corner turns using a plastic drinking straw and a bodkin are pure genius. Why didn't somebody tell us about this sooner? It works for turning tiny arms and legs on stuffies too. Works like a charm, in fact. (I've actually learned lots of new tricks and shortcuts from Eleanor's Quilt In A Day series).
Plus, Eleanor's enthusiasm is contagious and it took me pretty far, as you can see. I am ready to embroider the features now; whiskers, eyes, noses. Then I'll add some decorative handwork in the form of blanket-stitching around the appliques to finish the edges. This little project should keep me busy for awhile. Of course, machine applique can be done too. Here's another quick technique for machine-applique featuring chickens and roosters. Very cute!
I once saw a charming antique Scottie quilt that had names for each dog embroidered on it and I'm thinking about doing that too since they all seem to have their own personality. So I need to come up with nine doggy names. Suggestions are welcome. Nothing too long or complicated though because they have to fit in the space above each dog. I've numbered the blocks so you can refer to a specific dog if you like. "Spot" sounds like a good name for number seven. Short and sweet!