05 May 2012

dooley's secret life

A couple of months ago, the fiber art group I belong to - Running with Scissors - had a day retreat. Sadly I couldn't go because a cold was plaguing me and I like to keep my cooties to myself. 

I was particularly bummed out because Kat was teaching a class about the series of quilts she was working on that she called the Secret Life quilts. The quilts depict people or animals acting out their heart's desire. I wanted to do one about Dooley love but since I missed the class and then got insanely busy, I knew in the back of my mind that I'd most likely never get around to it.

Then at one of our monthly meetings, RWS member Johanna brought several Secret Life quilts she had made for her daughters. They were of the family doggies. My eyes lit up and I asked her if she would be interested in doing one about Dooley love. 

She agreed and asked for a photo of my boy. I sent her this one:

And then she asked me what his Secret Life is. I had to think. He's a mischievous little guy. Can't ever really mind his own business. The more I thought about it, I realized that we call him the little supervisor and inspector since he is always nosing around checking things out. I told Johanna that we think he secretly solves crimes for other dogs since he's so good at checking things out.

This is the quilt she made:

I couldn't possibly love it more! I love the Sherlock Holmes feel of the quilt. Johanna hand stitches everything, which just makes her work even more special and dear.

I particularly love that there is nothing in the "LOST" box, he's just that good. :)

Here is a close up:

Super cute, don't you think?

I just had to share, I'm so in love with the piece. Outside of the photo and a couple of sentences, I did nothing to contribute to the design. Johanna dreamed it all up and she captured him perfectly. :)


Vicki W said...

Oh my gosh, that's fabulous! What a lovely gift.

Jeannie said...

That is fabulous!!! I love Dooley's secret life.

Pattie Wall said...

He is too cute - so cute that he has his own picture quilt - fantastic! A treasure of a lifetime!

Judi Hurwitt (Approachable Art) said...

Ohhhhmilord, this is adorable. I LOVE the imagery of Dooley as Holmes, too cute!!

Anonymous said...

So cute! My twin to your Dooley is the same. Inquisitive, nosy, and lovingly snoopy. Enjoy the quilt. It is a treasure. Liz

Deb H said...

Who knew Dooley was such a busy boy (besides you), Johanna did a fabulous job!