Nero's Post and Patch

by Teje Karjalainen


{Dog Gone Cute} Quilt Along!

Vof vof vof! This is the most exciting day in my blog because finally IT starts!!! Let me introduce first myself, if you are new here: I’m Nero and if you wonder, I’m half Belgian- and half German Shephard. Hanna, my ‘sister’ (so we feel) is often helping me with my posts and photos.

Nero and Hanna

This puppy here is Olivia. But lets see how the story began …

Sew Fresh Quilts

When I saw these puppies made by my friend Lorna, I thought: ‘Iiiiik, can’t be true, finally something for me!!!’ I knew that I shall join this even I have to sew with my own paws! I said to Lorna that I try to force Teje to sew for me, so please take me for the Blog Hop!

Nero and dog block

I know how to beg and I don’t give up until I get what I want! She gave up and said she will sew puppies for me with one condition: she can only sew them by hand. Because she knew that she has to do them in the shop. By the way, this is Bruno.

Nero and Dog Gone Cute

Bruno is a great fellow and he heard a secret from the Woodpecker!

Nero and Hanna

Oups, Bruno don’t go to the floor, there may be some of Hanna’s hairs. So when Lorna said that I can join the {Dog Gone Cute} Blog Hop, I started to pick the fabrics, I gave them to Teje and she made these puppies for me …

hand sewn

But don’t think I stop here! I have now 3 puppies but I want more. For Willy I gave a kiss …


Willy is my favourite! He was the first puppy I got and I love his chocolate brown face!

Now before I continue, I tell you about this super, fantastic Quilt Along and Blog Hop.

First, Lorna from ‘Sew Fresh Quilts’ makes the most cute animal-quilt patterns and they are so well done! She has thought every detail so carefully that the pattern is really easy. Have a look on her blog: there are elephants in parade, little birdies and even my friend Freddy the frog is there! (he’s the one I had in my garden and put in my quilt: ‘Nero’s Garden’).

These dog blocks come in two sizes: 9″ x 6″ and 18″ x 12″. (I have used the smaller size). There are lots of different puppies, ears up and ears down etc. so you can follow exactly the pattern or choose which puppies you like to make. You can make a quilt following the pattern or make as many puppies you like and use them as you like.

SEPTEMBER is for the Quilt Along. This began 1st of September so Lorna has posted the first instructions. You are so in time to join the fun and start to make your own cute puppies! Each week new instructions will be given.

OCTOBER is for the Blog Hop. There is a long list of dog lover quilters who participate this Blog Hop! I have many friends there, but also I have found many new great and very inspiring friends! You see the  schedule with all the blogs who participate the blog hop HERE in the Kickoff post! 

NOVEMBER 3. – 10. is for the Linky Party. Then you can share your posts or Flickr and Instagram photos.

NOVEMBER 17. Prizes Awarded! There are lots of amazing sponsors and that means lots of fantastic prizes!!! You can see all the sponsors in Lorna’s post. Perhaps you like to pay a visit and start to dream about what you could win!


Oh Hanna, I understand how excited you are about the fabrics you wish to win, but Hey, you are standing on Olivia’s face!


Olivia, I’m so sorry! I forgot you were there. I wanted to see the fabric shops!

Thank you Olivia, you are so kind … I’m happy I didn’t hurt you.

Nero and Hanna


Here is the main page for {Dog Gone Cute} Quilt Along on Lorna’s blog.

Here is the 1. post about the {Dog Gone Cute} Quilt Along – Kick Off!

Because I’m so excited about my puppies, they are already like my family (?), I want to show them one more time …

Nero and Hanna

How are you Bruno, my buddy? Just wait for awhile and you will get new puppy friends!

I’m sure you are as excited about these puppies as I am, right?! and can’t wait to start to sew your Kennel, right?! I can’t wait to get more puppies and finally in 27th of October to show you what I have been planning for them!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, reading my posts and for writing the loveliest comments!

I send you big big furry hugs and hope to see lots of cute puppies playing around!

NERO … and Hanna sends kisses!


{Bunny’s Friends} Part 4

Once upon a time there was a little bunny. She knew that special job was waiting for her and she gathered some friends to help her …

Bunny's Friends by Teje Karjalainen

First there was a little, cute, pink Bunny …

paper pieced bunny

Little Bunny wanted to have friends to help her and she asked Dragonfly to make her bird to sing and donkey to laugh …

paper pieced bird

paper pieced animals

Bunny asked her to make some stars, flower, heart … and lots of happy quilting …

hand quilting

hand quilting

Dragonfly had chosen sweet, pink fabric for the backside …

Bunny's Friends by Teje Karjalainen


Dragonfly sewed a sleeve and wrote a card …

hanging sleeve

… and then she stepped back to see what she had been sewing during those hot summer nights …

Bunny's Friends baby quilt

Bunny's Friends baby quilt

Then Bunny and her friends were waiting …

sewing studio by Teje Karjalainen

They were waiting many days …


Dragonfly flew home … but she left her little tools … so perhaps one day she comes back to make her magic again …

dragonfly's sewing tools

After many moons …

baby quilt by teje

… in one sunny, windy summer day … little baby girl was born …

Bunny's Friends quilt

Bunny and her friends were so happy and excited! Bunny knew that she will tell the best stories, Bird will sing the happiest songs and Donkey will say the funniest jokes to keep the little baby girl always happy in her fairyroom.Bunny's Friends baby quilt by Teje


Name: Bunny’s Friends

Size: 38″ x 37″ (about 95 x 94 cm)

Design: Teje Karjalainen

Quilted: by hand with Perle cotton no 8

Made: July 2015

Paper piecing patterns: Kristy “Quiet Play”

Thank you for reading Bunny’s story and for your wonderful, sweet comments! 



{Bunny’s Friends} Part 3

Once upon a time there was a little, pink Bunny. She had one friend, Bluebird, but she felt that she needs one more friend to help with her job …

paper pieced donkey

Bunny went to speak to her friend Dragonfly and said: I have now friend the Bluebird and she sings beautifully. But could you please make me one more friend who would be funny and laughs a lot?


Dragonfly remembered that she had seen Donkey at Kristy’s shop and she flew to see it. It was a happy, laughing donkey, so Dragonfly picked her fabrics and little tools and started to make Donkey …

paper piecing donkey

She cut and sew and cut and sew …

paper piecing donkey

After sewing with her tiny sewing machine until late during those hot summer nights, the donkey was ready …

paper pieced donkey by tejesarita

Dragonfly said to Bunny: is there something else you would like to have for your special job? Bunny was thinking and then said: few more stars would be great! Could you make some stars?

star block

Dragonfly was happy to help Bunny and she made scrappy, wonky stars …

wonky star

wonky star

Dragonfly knew that Bunny has a sweet heart so she made her heart, little snail on it …

heart by tejesarita

She made flower … and then she stitched around and around … up and down …

paper pieced flower

Bunny said to Dragonfly: Thank you for helping me! Now I have good friends to help me and soon I’m ready to start my special job …

donkey by tejesarita

To be continued …



{Bunny’s Friends} Part 2

Once upon a time there was a Bunny. She was a happy, pink Bunny but she missed something …

paper pieced bird

Bunny said to the little Dragonfly ‘please make me a friend! I have a job to do and need a friend to help me.’

sewing dragonfly

Dragonfly sat to think what to do. Then she remembered Kristy’s Bird and thought to make a bird who could help Bunny.

paper piecing

She picked her blue fabrics, papers and tools and started to make a bird …

paper pieced bird

Dragonfly sew until late during those hot summer nights to finish the little bird.

paper pieced bird

She thought this little Bird will be a great singer … she needs one star!

hrt star

Dragonfly picked her cutest scraps. She put some white around and sew with her tiny sewing machine …

hrt star

Then she stitched and stitched … around, up and down, here and there …

hrt by tejesarita

… to be continued …



Pets on Quilts Show: Linnea’s Quilt

Vof Vof dear friends! It’s me Hanna here and I am so happy to Welcome you to ‘Pets on Quilts’ show hosted by ‘Lily Pad Quilting’! and to our blog ‘Nero’s Post and Patch’! This time it’s my turn to present our quilt …

Linnea's Quilt by Tejesarita

I really like these economy blocks because you can have so much fun mixing the colours and lovely prints. It’s fun to make these blocks and to think what fabrics to use and what little pictures to add – like our favourites Moomins!

economic blocks

I show you some process photos. I started to make these blocks last autumn.


There were lots of delicious trimmings.

economy block

One of my favourite, pink fabric! And with orange and white, just perfect!

quilt on design wall

I arranged those blocks on my design wall and that took lot of time. Finally I stopped and desided to stay with this layout.

quilt on the sky

Then this quilt top went to the self and it was just waiting there  … after many moons finally there was a little girl who wanted to snuggle with a pink-orange-red quilt with some little Moomins.

Linnea's Quilt by Tejesarita

So it was time to continue. I added white borders and picked my cutest Perle no 8 cottons.

hand quilting by tejesarita

I asked if Teje could do the quilting in the shop, because other wise we couldn’t finish it in time.

quilting in Trikimia

So she did. She enjoys hand quilting and spent lovely hours stitching this cute quilt.

quilts by Tejesarita

And then finally it was ready. Oh, I miss this quilt … I want also little, pink quilt! Even the photo is pink because of the sunset …

Hanna and Linnea's quilt

Few words about me. I’m Hanna and I came to this family when I was only about 5 weeks old. Nero, my hero, found me from the last corner in his garden, thrown there, alone late in the evening. I was so scared! But then I saw how nice Nero was and he took care of me. Since then he is my hero and I think he’s my brother, even he’s not really. It was 9 years ago. As I don’t know when my birthday is, I celebrate it always in that day, when Nero found me.  This blog is Nero’s so I asked him to pose front of this quilt, too. Nero is half Belgian- and half German Shephard and I think he is the most handsome guy!

Linnea's quilt and Nero

Some details about this quilt:

Category: Dogs on Quilt

Name: ‘Linnea’s Quilt’

Size: about 45″ x 37″ (block size 8″)

Design and made: Teje Karjalainen

If you like to read about the process and to see how I made the blocks, click HERE.

Linnea's Quilt by Tejesarita

So now you have seen the quilt I made for Linnea. I’m so happy to know that she likes it and even she is still very young, looks like she loves these colours and especially orange!

Hanna and Linnea's quilt

‘Pets on Quilts Show’ is waiting for you to visit and see all the beautiful pets and their quilts! Link yours or just enjoy the show. There are awesome prizes, too! Some fabrics with animals that you couldn’t imagine! I hope I win some doggy fabric and lots of pinks to make a quilt for me!

I enter this baby quilt to gcategory: dogs on quilt. I do hope you don’t mind even I sit next to the quilt because the little baby would like to have dog’s hairs on her new quilt.

Voting starts 27th of August. Be sure to remember to vote your favourite!

Mostly I wish you all good luck and enjoy the show! Click the icon below to get to the show!

Thank you for reading my post! Hope to see you soon again! Furry hugs!

I’m linking this post to my favourite linky parties to vof about this super show!



{Dog Gone Cute} quilt along & blog hop!

Vof vof friends! It’s me Nero here and I have gooooood news for you! Soon starts very special quilt along and blog hop … it’s all about cute dogs, yeeeeee!!! Click the photo below and you’ll get to Lorna‘s blog page where you can read more …

Sew Fresh Quilts
I said this is now or never, if we don’t join this blog hop, I won’t forgive you ever. So even with full programm Teje said yes. Juippiiiiiii! I’m in for the blog hop! I was so excited that I started to pull fabrics straight away from her stash. Hmmm, wasn’t so easy to decide what colour puppies I want. I thought to start with brown…
She said to me that this has to wait until late September as there are other more important sewings going on. I said ‘what???’ I can’t wait, you need to start now! So I picked the fabrics, wrote the pattern details on the paper, put even a 6.5″ square ruler and thread in the pouch and sent her to work.
hand sewing
I said, if you are a quilter and sewist, you can do this like they sew in old times. They didn’t have sewing machines, cutting mats, rulers and they made amazing quilts and cloths. So hop hop now and in the evening come home with the puppy. Oups,  I forgot to give her pink scraps for the ears.
start of dog gone cute
She managed to cut the pieces and made two ears…except the pink. I want my puppy! But then she told to me that she was busy with other things because it was raining …
First it was raining a little bit and it stopped after a while …
But then it started to rain in real! This is about 2 o’clock and looks dark like in the afternoon. Thunder and lots of water …
chania old town
I was at home of course and all my doggy beds and laundry were out, but I couldn’t help to take them inside. So now we have been drying my beds and blankets.
But lets get back to quilting! I am so looking for to see what kind of dogs and quilts there will be in this quilt along and blog hop!
Of course you don’t need to sew by hand, but I thought this is a good opportunity to Teje to try that, too. If she can make hexagons, this shouldn’t be too hard. It’s good to try and know all kind of technics.
“DOG GONE CUTE” by Lorna from ‘sew fresh quilts’  Click the [blue text] to read all the details how to join, the schedule and to see the fantastic sponsors! There will be awesome prizes!
Lorna’s patterns are very good and clear! Dogs are pieced as you see in my photos (no need for paper piecing). Next dogs Teje will sew by machine, so they will be done in no time.
This ‘Dog Gone Cute’ pattern has 2 block sizes, 9″x6″ and 18″x12″. I started with the small block but surely want to make the bigger, too … many of them, of course!
Sew Fresh Quilts
What you think! Aren’t they the cutest! I hope you join this fun! Make dogs with Lorna’s quilt along or join the blog hop … I loooove this ‘dog hop’!!!
Thank you for reading my post and hope to see you soon with more puppies! Furry hugs!



{Bunny’s Friends} Part 1

Once upon a time, there was a pink bunny …

paper pieced bunny

Sugar scraps, tiny threads and paper clips, of those she was made …

paper piecing

Little Dragonfly chose her fabrics carefully and her small sewing machine made srrrrr srrrrr until late during those hot summer evenings.


bunny pattern by quiet play

Little bunny got long ears …


… she got fluffy tail …

paper piecing bunny

… she became the cutes, little bunny …

paper pieced bunny by tejesarita

But she missed something …

Bunny's Friends by Tejesarita

… to be continued …

PS. paper piecing pattern is from ‘Quiet Play’. Kristy celebrates with -30% until 16th of August 2015!



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