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Ay, Chihuahua!!!

Posted on: August 5th, 2016 by Lorna McMahon

As soon as I put out the call for pattern testers, I knew that there was one pattern in the mix that I would not be able to resist making for myself. And that was the Ay, Chihuahua!!!! Not only is this fun to make…. It’s really fun to say!

I had a reader contact me after seeing the Forest Friends quilt pattern online. And they were wondering if I could adjust the deer block to make a cute little Chihuahua block. Well…. One thing led to another. And I fell in love!

After coming up with the basic doggie face, I added the bow tie. And then I thought of how fun it would be to make these boy doggies surrounding a girl doggie. For her, I transferred the bow to the top of her head and added a little collar.

I was visiting at my LQS in Newton, Ontario last week and happened across the Blossom collection by Northcott Fabrics. I knew that the dotty fabric would be perfect for the background. Then I chose the green print for the binding and the boy doggie bows.

And this sweet floral print for the backing. This quilt finished a little wider than the width of fabric, so I added a plain grey strip along one side. I’m telling you….. It was lined up straight when I basted, but ended up off kilter by the time the quilting was finished. Looks like I planned it that way?

Just like with the Black Birds in Blue quilt I shared last week, I used a Light Grey Omni from Superior Threads, both on top and in the bobbin. Of course the quilting is organic wavy lines made using my walking foot. Zoom! Zoom!

I actually pieced the mini quilt version first. For this one, I felt a bright yellow background would be a nice contrast to the blue bows and binding.

I had this colourful dotty print left over from another project and used it for the backing. I added two corner tabs for hanging, before applying the binding.

This was quilted using plain white Guetterman thread in tighter wavy lines.

The “Ay, Chihuahua baby quilt finished at 44” x 50″

and was the 7th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

The “Ay, Chihuahua mini quilt finished at 17” x 19″
and was the 8th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with
Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

when she returns in September!

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23 Responses

  1. Sewmotion says:

    Your chihuahuas are so cute, those ears!! I can tell you really enjoyed making this one! So good to know you're still finding time to enjoy some sewing 🙂

  2. Loved hearing how you chose your fabric for your Ay Chihuahua quilt. Love the cute faces and how you placed the bows for each. Your patterns are so unique and special – I enjoy sewing them!

  3. Lisa J. says:

    Lorna, I love these Chihuahuas so much…and you are turning me into a Northcott fan as well.

  4. KaHolly says:

    Too cute, Lorna! You accomplish sew much, you must eat, sleep, and drink quilting! XO

  5. cute! love those polka dots too

  6. Snoodles says:

    Just adorable…I know a chihuahua owner that would love this…..

  7. I love how dressy the bows for the boys and girls make them! 🙂

  8. Lori Smanski says:

    this is adorable. little lady pup is on the happy side surrounded by all her friends

  9. Ioleen says:

    Another super cute animal pattern. It's on my list of wants. Love the bows.

  10. joolz says:

    This was super fun to do as a pattern tester!!! Was nice to bring these little guys to life. It's an awesome pattern, great instructions and easy to understand. I'm hooked! 🙂

  11. Bonnie says:

    Cute, cute, cute chihuahua pattern. What can I say — love the pattern, the colors, the quilting. I particularly like that you've mentioned the color thread you have used on these two quilts. Thanks for sharing all the basic info. And, the polka dots are great!

  12. These are so cute! Love the little faces and the bow ties.

  13. This is so adorable! I just love it! 🙂

  14. becky j says:

    So stinkin' cute !!!!!

  15. Paige says:

    The perky ears are perfect! Lorna, they are sooo cute!

  16. Cheryl says:

    Super cute chihuahuas! Your animals are so adorable I am always wondering which one you are going to make next.

  17. Colleen says:

    these made me smile ! Chihuahua's aren't my favourite dogs but yours would be welcome anytime, nicely done !

  18. Rosa says:

    So beautiful .Great job!

  19. Kate says:

    Very fun and cute!

  20. These are cute. The girl is adorable with her bow.

  21. Tish Stemple says:

    I always look forward to seeing what you come up with next. These babies are soooo cute!!

  22. SarahZ says:

    Ay yi yi! I missed your 100th label use!!! Must backtrack!! Love your sweet pups!

  23. Those bows really make this quilt! The dogs just have so much personality with their snazzy bows on 🙂