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“The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor.” ~Margo Kaufman

One rainy day a few years ago, I found myself wandering around a great little quilt shop in Bigofork, Montana just a few miles up the road… Bigfork Bay Cotton Company.  I love to make handmade gifts, and I found the perfect applique kit to make for my dear friend who is the proud owner of a sweet pug named Gus.  The kit was for “Pugcasso,” a bold, sassy pup!  However, there was only one problem, the kit was for a white pug, and Gus is a very black pug!  The nice ladies at Bigfork Bay helped me find some coordinating dark colors to substitute for the whites in the kit. The kit sat and sat.  It moved from one house to another.  Finally, the day had come to get it done! perrito_2_

So, I attempted my first project using fusible applique.  It really was so much fun, but I’ll admit, I struggled with the color substitution process.  I questioned each choice and in many instances tried a number of combinations of the blacks and grays to make it just right. I didn’t want Gus to become so dark that the individual features were lost. (I always seem to find a way to make a project just a little extra complicated.  Oh well!)  I also added some edging colors to make it fit inside a thrift-store frame that I spray painted black.  Here’s my version of the original “Pugcasso”  It is simply called “Gus!”  I wrapped him up as a Christmas gift, and was so proud to present it to his owner this year.  Isn’t he handsome?

pugThis project was a lot of work, and I learned a lot about applique in-general.  I will probably take a break for now, but I can see myself taking another drive up to Bigfork on a rainy day next spring, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I come home with another kit.  (The process of creating art with fabric is a little addictive.)  This time, however, I think I will stick with the original colors just to make things a little easier!

Happy New Year and Happy Quilting!