sewing for puppy: a bed for fleury

For my Madrona Road challenge project for my local Modern Quilt Guild, I decided to make something that I already had plans to make instead of adding another project to the list. I also wanted to use the Madrona fabrics with things I already had in my stash since I didn't want to spend a ton more money on the other patterns.

fleury's new bed
fleury's new bed
Since the colorway we received was rather limited and muted, I thought I needed to jazz it up a bit. First I added some green in a bright, vibrant hue to give some life to the otherwise soft palette. Then I thought, why not warm it up a bit and tried out a few other colors in my stash - solids only, per the rules - and kept in mine this was for my boy dog (so pink was out).

After settling on orange, I tried a tangerine at first, but then settled on this red-hot orange. I thought it really added some pop to the palette, complimented the bright green and best of all, was the color of Fleury's most favorite ball.

fleury's new bed
fleury's new bed
The bottom of the bed also features a fun strip of patchwork which was the result of a happy accident. I had initially cut the bottom panel 3/4" too short. Oops. But, making the best of things, I added a strip of patchwork that hadn't fit on the top of the bed and it fit just right.

It seemed that he knew this was for him and took to it right away. He snuggles up on it now pretty regularly and I think as he grows it will be just the right size. Using only the Madrona fabrics (donated to our guild for the challenge) and stash fabrics kept the costs of this bed pretty inexpensive. I really only purchased the zipper and the cording.

fleury's new bed
Speaking of zippers and cording - both had me cursing pretty heavily and I really hope he doesn't destroy this bed too quickly as I'm not in too much of a hurry to repeat the process, but I do love the look and structure that the cording gives and of course, the practicality of the zipper.

I had made the inside of the bed from an old feather bed. I don't recommend doing that without a heavy duty vacuum and a lot of patience. Feathers everywhere. But it was free and we had nothing else to do with it.

I really like the end result of the project - one of my favorites so far, believe it or not. And, of course, I love seeing the pup bunny hop onto it before he lays down on it.

3 comments:

  1. Love the bright cording on the gray. Looks super sharp! I planned something like this once using minki. Dis. Ass. Ter. :) Maybe I'll try again now that beastly is better at not chewing the zippers out of things. :)

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  2. What a great bed for Fleury - he's a lucky dog!

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  3. Looks great!!! And I figured Fluery loved orange since he also never leaves The Orange Crush quilt alone! Good color choices!

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