First let me say that I am in NO WAY a traditional quilter. I don’t have the temperament for precise cutting and piecing. Big projects (like quilts) aren’t my forte either.
So when my sister said she wanted a family pet quilt, I tackled the project intuitively.
Since I like to work small, I began with pet portrait squares. These individual portraits became my sister’s birthday and Christmas gifts over several years.
When I’d completed 3-4 squares, I stitched them to backing fabric. My sis hung the quilt on her wall and pinned on new squares until all the slots were filled.
Then for her recent birthday, I appliqued all the squares down, added batting, backing and stitched all the layers together.
A few tips if you want to tackle your own pet portrait “quilt”:
I’m hooked on Dritz temporary quilt adhesive. It held the portrait parts in place while I stitched and anchors all the layers for finishing.
I prefer to start small and work out. You can always turn your parts into pillows or smaller wall pieces if you run out of steam. You can always scale up if imagination takes flight. In other words, it’s ok to make a beginning if you don’t know how the project will end.
Also, too much in history doesn’t have a name on it. Always sign and date your work to give it more meaning for the people who will inherit.
Finally, what ever you create, make it yours. The important thing is not HOW you do it, but THAT you do it.