Wednesday, February 8, 2017

We'll Be Offering More Patchwork Doggy Quilts Starting March 1st...

During our Bodacious 12 Days Of Christmas, my goal was to complete a patchwork doggy quilt for the 12th day...the grand finale. I had most of the squares cut out. After 2 months of shopping around, we purchased a brand new sewing machine. However, things got really busy. We participated in the Whiskers In Wonderland event for the 3rd year (our favorite event of all time), we assisted some pet parents in need, there was lots of Christmas biscuit love to spread, and we shipped out some Bodacious Biscuit Love Care Packages. Instead of offering a quilt bundle for the last day, we offered a gigantic Bodacious gift basket.

Less than 2 months later, on February 1st, we launched the Bodacious 7 Days Of Love. Each day, for 7 days, we offered an item up for grabs. Doggy Toy Boxes. Leash/Pup Apparel Holders. And, 3 patchwork doggy quilts. Each of these items included a bag of our homemade biscuits.

During this time, we realized the patchwork doggy quilts were the most popular. And, to be quite honest, this was the one item I enjoyed making the most.

Don't get me wrong, we love making all types of creative DIY Dog Mom Projects like doggy toy boxes and leash holders, however, creating something made out of fabric is at the top of my list. There's quite a bit of sentimentality that accompanies my passion for sewing.

In 1980, my parents bought a house in Laconia, New Hampshire, on Pine Street. In the months to follow, one of our neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, introduced themselves and welcomed us to the neighborhood. They were an elderly couple. Mr. Clark spent most of his days researching his family tree for the book he was in the process of writing. Mrs. Clark was a homemaker who sewed the most gorgeous quilts and baked delicious treats.

Several times during the week, especially on the weekends and summer vacations, I'd visit Mrs. Clark. Most of the time I'd find her on the all-season porch, working on a quilt or other sewing project.

On the floor was a huge wicker baskets with fabric scraps. Mrs. Clark showed me how to piece them together. Eventually, I brought my Barbie Dolls over. I wanted to make fashionable clothing for them. I asked Mrs. Clark if she had patterns for Barbie clothes.

"No. You don't need a pattern. Just visualize what you want to make and go from there..."

"But, what if it doesn't come out right?"

"Than fix it. No stitch is perfect. No square is perfect. If you want perfection, buy a quilt or Barbie dress at the store."

Mrs. Clark never used patterns. She never followed the instructions in a quilting book. She just cut and sewed and appliqued.

I spent many hours on the floor sewing clothes for my Barbie Dolls while she sewed quilts. If I had a question about how to make something, she'd show me how to do it. Aside from that, she let my imagination run free.

In my early teens, Mr. Clark passed away. Mrs. Clark sold the house and moved in with a family member the next town over. Our sewing sessions ended, but what I learned from her, along with her wise advice, has stayed with me over the years.

In the early 90's I started making dolls. I didn't have a pattern. I made my own templates. Eventually, my dolls were displayed in local and out-of-state artisan stores and I participated in quite a few craft shows. Maxine, my incredible mother-in-law in the photo, often assisted with these shows.

Eventually, I stopped making dolls and life took me in all different directions. Throughout this time, on occasion, I'd take out the sewing machine to make a lap quilt or two. When I moved back home in 2011 from out of state, I left my sewing machine behind.

When we purchased a new sewing machine back in November, and the craft shelves in the biscuit room started filling up with fabric, I could feel that passion reignite.

A few weeks ago, when I made the patchwork quilt and pillows for the Gotcha Day Project, I was in my glory! The first thing that came to mind was, "Thank you, Mrs. Clark."

A couple of weeks later, I finished the patchwork doggy quilt and matching pillow that I had intended to make for the Bodacious 12 Days Of Christmas. It was the 3rd item up for grabs during the Bodacious 7 Days Of Love.

This was the quilt offered on the 6th day. It sold in under a minute.

For the 7th day of the Bodacious 7 Days Of Love, this quilt was included in the grand finale item...a Bodacious Patchwork Doggy Quilt Movie Night Bundle. This one sold in under 10 seconds.

This is when we finalized our decision. Starting on March 1st, we're going to offer 1 or 2 "one of a kind" Bodacious Patchwork Doggy Quilts a week.

I'm totally embracing Mrs. Clark's creative ingenuity and her Wabi Sabi frame of mind. My stitches aren't always straight, and a few of my squares might be off, but there's a whole lot of love that goes into making these patchwork doggy quilts.

There's beauty and character in imperfection.

This is all happening starting March 1st and we're super excited!

Stay tuned...

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