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Light up my Life

I’ve been playing with the oriental fabric I showed you here. Japanese lanterns dancing in the dark. The pattern is available here.

I quilted a dragon along the bottom with flames shooting out of his mouth and then continuing all over the quilt. You can see the dragon on the door by the quilt. He doesn’t show up well in a photo on the quilt.

Then on Monday night we went to the animal shelter to look for a dog. About a month after Bell died last winter the kids started asking when we were going to get another dog. I needed some time so I put them off. Last week I decided it was time. I talked to my hubby about it. Didn’t want him to have a shock one day when he came from work to find a new member of the family. He said he had expected to come home one day and find a dog. So with the okay me and the kids headed to the animal shelter. Hubby is at work while they are open or he would have come too. We went back to look at all the dogs. It didn’t take long for J to find the one he wanted. N agreed. DD wanted to adopt them all. She felt so sad that there were so many dogs without a home. And while I like dogs one is enough for me. We were able to take him out to play with him and get to know him better. The kids loved him he is so friendly and playful. He is a delight. Here is Spike the newest member of our family


  • jovaliquilts says:

    Congratulations on the newest member of the family! It's great the kids got to help find the dog they wanted.

    I do like your lantern quilt.

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Congratulations to you and Spike! We just adopted a shelter dog too. Your lanterns are beautiful.

  • Mam says:

    Congrats on your newest family member. Pound puppies are the best.

  • quiltingnana says:

    I like the lanterns up against the black….

  • Needled Mom says:

    Aww….he is adorable. I know there will be many wonderful times with him. Welcome Spike!

  • Karen says:

    I do like your lantern quilt. The fabrics are oh so good!
    Enjoy your new addition to the family.

  • Anne says:

    Hi, I love the lantern quilt, it reminds me of the paper lanterns I made at Christmas, as a child. mmm I wonder if I have time???

    Congrats on your new arrival. I could not go into a dog shelter without coming home with one!

  • Julia says:

    The lanterns look great on the black background..really makes them pop!

    Isn't Spike a lovely dog…and he's in a loving caring new home!
    Julia ♥

  • hetty says:

    Congratulations on the new member of your family! I love your lanterns against the black background.

  • Shari says:

    A big welcome to Spike! I hope he settles in well and quickly learns about what not to touch in the sewing room! LOL.

    Love the lanterns. Beautiful fabrics and the dragon is wonderful…

  • Unknown says:

    I so love your quilt! Just beautiful. But your story of the shelter is just so dear to my heart. I love the fact that you went there with the kids. Your story is very similar to mine, with the exception that we came home with a cat. Your dog is one lucky guy and so is your family for having him. Congratulations!!

  • Teresa says:

    That Spike is one lucky dog to be in such a fun and loving family as yours. I love the Japanese Lantern quilt – great job!

  • Greenmare says:

    welcome Spike!!!!

  • QuiltedSimple says:

    spike is so cute! Hope he is adjusting well.

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