Happy Chinese New Year…of the Dog

woof! woof!

If you were born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1942, etc, this is your year.

Here is a darling foundation pieced dog to celebrate the season. He is a very old pattern, which I found and ripped out from the November 1995 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine! At the time, I really didn’t quite understand foundation piecing and I lived in Shanghai China so there was no one to ask. The pattern is by Helen Giddens.

I think he needs a bigger googly eye, but this was the only size I had for him. I don’t know if this pattern is copyrighted and I have not been able to find out about that. If you are interested in having a copy of him, let me know in the comments.

Go out and have a yummy Chinese dinner tonight, even if you aren’t a dog. ;-D





The Year of the Dragon!!!

2012 is the Asian year of the Dragon.

If you were born in 1940,1952,1964,1976,1988…etc..this is your year to celebrate! Did you know – when you have celebrated 5 cycles of the 12 animals, then you are old and should be respected. I think I need to print up a bumper sticker or a button for my lapel so that people understand that they need treat me properly after my birthday this year…

As well as an animal, each year has an earth element associated with it. This year it’s a water related one – 2012 and the year I was born are called Dragon in the Rain. My dragon book tells me that the fiery dragon is flying in the moist clouds and rain and is a “perfect” yin and yang. I was supposed to have some difficulties in my youth and I wish I had known back then. Perhaps my parents would have been less worried about how many times I was in the principal’s office, and my teachers would have written nicer comments on my report cards!

After reading the predictions online, 2012 is supposed to be a “stable” year and a good time for new beginnings and self-improvement. I like the sound of that! Another astrologer says that world economies are going to be unstable again, but I’m not sure you need to be an astrologer to figure that out!

The cut paper zodiacs above were created by a wonderful third generation paper-cutter that I knew in Shanghai. The sweet stuffed animals below are from Japan. The fabric is screen printed and then cut and sewn.

Happy New Year!