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Sewing with Pets

When I first set up my longarm studio in my home, I knew that I'd have to keep my pets out. Between our cat Percy, and our two wooly huskies Bastion and Sigma, the amount of pet hair that accumulates throughout my home could fill a pillow in a week.

Unsurprisingly, the dogs are the ones that use the quilted projects in our home the most. Bastion is particularly fond of the Maypole Pillow Pattern from Suzy Quilts which is a great project for using up fat quarters you've been hoarding, and leftover batting and fabric scraps from your quilts. The herringbone quilt in these photos was my first ever quilt, and naturally features Rifle Paper Co fabric -- I've been a fan of their prints from the very beginning!

Despite having having a wooly coats, Bastion loves to cuddle with blankets, while simultaneously tangling himself in our nests of cords. The quilt below was the Quilter's Planner 2020 Sampler Quilt Sew Along! I had a blast with this one, and it's where I learned to do foundation paper piecing! It's also the project that that made me fall in love with the entire line of Kona Solids by Robert Kaufmann.

Before I opened my business, I allowed my dogs to come into the studio with me one afternoon. I had just finished the binding on my first longarmed quilt and was draping it on the poles until I could photograph it properly. This photo was taken just a few minutes before the dogs were locked out of my quilting studio for good.

Moments later, Sigma, who I think is part cat, jumped up onto the quilt thinking it was a piece of furniture he could lay on, like a high bed. Unfortunately for him, he crashed through the quilt onto the floor. Luckily, neither he nor the longarm machine were hurt or damaged! This is Sigma right after he got up and tried to smile innocently at me.

My dogs are my best buddies, but I keep them out of the quilting studio for their safety, my safety, and to keep the quilts I work on as animal hair free as possible!

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