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My dog's perla bed cover!
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Date: 4/6/12 11:02 PM

A few months ago I asked for help trying to decide on a design for my bulldog's perla bed cover. As soon as I saw the posts about English paper piecing, I knew that was the perfect solution! I needed a design that was NOT one shape over and over, but various shapes, to fit a very rigid specific design.

What a learning experience! I made a HUGE mistake. After piecing togethr the top border, I realized the little bit of fabric folded over the pattern piece x many many pieces made the finished piece too big. So I had to pick apart a few of the border pieces and make them smaller.

This was after I had already sewn the hexagon-ish pieces together too. So I knew it was going to be too big overall. So I trimmed ALL the yet -uncut divider diamonds and triangles pattern pieces.

Of course that meant they were now shorter than the already sewn pieces, so I had to pick ALL them apart and re-sew them to fit the now shorter pieces. (sigh)

Hand sewing allows for some serious fudging and finagling, so I was able to make it all work out in the end!

Here is a (hopefully working) link to the photo album. The pics loaded backwards, so start at the end and go in reverse to get the progression.
Perla bed cover

here are a few pics:

pattern & border progress


snapped double layer bottom so I can take the stabilizer out for washing


quilting done!


the cushion will be dark brown microsuede with an appliqued bulldog. My girl is a fluffer, she does not like a thick cushion she likes blankets to fluff, so I will make her 2 quilts with the Max and Whiskers fabric. The applique pieces are cut but not sewn yet.

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Date: 4/6/12 11:09 PM

I love it, great job! I'd like to make one for my dog.

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Date: 4/7/12 0:50 AM

All your work paid off - that is so cute and the doggie face in the middle is adorable!

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Subject: My dogs perla bed cover! Date: 4/7/12 0:54 AM

What an excellent project! The design is not only cute but very clever, and well-executed. Very impressive. Your pup is very lucky.

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Date: 4/7/12 1:45 AM

That is just adorable, and the fabrics are perfect!

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Date: 4/7/12 2:30 AM

Wonderful work! That's going to be one very smart dog's bed.

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Date: 4/7/12 8:14 AM

What a precious dog bed! And all the decorative stitching in the ditch you did! Wow.... I'm impressed.

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Date: 4/7/12 8:33 AM

Love your project, I can so much care went into it. Your top stitching is just perfect!
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Date: 4/7/12 11:47 AM

Cat, that is so cute. I love all the details you have put in it. A fluffer? Mine are rippers, so all that work would not last long. They would be pulling that dogs face off---or barking at it.

Nicely done and I bet your baby loves it.

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Subject: My dogs perla bed cover! Date: 4/7/12 12:06 PM

That is way too cute! Way to persevere with the project, I would do the same for my kitty but often think twice about doing that for most other people. LOL

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