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May the Christmas Season bring you peace, joy and happiness in the new year!

Meet "Kokapelli" or "Koka" for short. Our new addition to our family. She came to us via an internet search for shelties which led us to Maple Lane shelties outside of Montrose, PA. She is 7 years old, had been retired from breeding (3 sets of litters), was a show dog and is now the love of my life. She is MY dog and worships every step I take and patiently walks at my heels with me. She has adapted well to her new home and is now very spoiled enjoying good food (high end meat products) and lots of love and attention. We are still learning about her and she is learning a lot about us. We are blessed to have a healthy, and happy pooch.

Now because I have her (a month now), I haven't done much in the way of quilting. Since my 'space' is in the basement, she hasn't figured out how to go down the stairs and I'm not encouraging it because she might slip and fall through the risers of the stairs. However I have engaged in the Quilts of Valor Foundation and

have begun making quilts for our veterans through their program. I also have encouraged my quilting associates to make blocks for same. I have some quilts in various stages at the present. I'll post pictures for you to enjoy.

These are a few of the quilts made for Quilt of Valor veterans.


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Comment by Sandy Larkey on March 6, 2016 at 7:15am

Beautiful quilts!  Especially love the last one with the blue stars and the red and white checkerboard wreaths (?).  My group does Quilts of Valor, too, though we don't send them off to the Foundation--we personally give them to veterans receiving treatment at our local V.A. hospital.  Also lovely dog.  Never had a Sheltie--most of our dogs were German shepherd mixes.  The one we've got right now was a rescue, but we sorta think she might be a Great Pyrenees mix--snow white with longish fur and a tail that makes a full circle and then some.  My husband says she could open wine bottles with that tail. 

Comment by Muriel on December 27, 2015 at 11:10am

Merry Christmas to you Billie and to Koka.  She is beautiful.

Comment by Barb/WI on December 25, 2015 at 4:44pm

Congratulations on newest addition to the family...Koka is beautiful!  The QOV quilts are all outstanding, and sure to be cherished and appreciated.

Comment by Joanna liguz on December 24, 2015 at 6:50pm

She's a really beauty - I'll call her Lassie! Your quilts are really a beauty as well. Merry Christmas!

Comment by Roxann on December 24, 2015 at 1:08pm

Beautiful dog! Congrats on the new addition! 

Such pretty quilts! Merry Christmas!

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on December 24, 2015 at 11:48am

What a lovely little dog!  I believe that there's something very special about people like you that will take an older dog and give it a forever home filled with love.  May you have many years of joy and love with your little Koka!

My Lyric (Irish Setter) was five years old when we got her and she was a retired show dog too - and she has given us so much love and devotion!  She's the third older dog we've brought into our home and I wouldn't hesitate a moment to do it again.  

Comment by Janet/MO on December 24, 2015 at 7:41am

She is beautiful Billie.  May you have many years of happiness with her.  My sister & her husband used to have a Sheltie named Mollie Jo.  Great QOV quilts too.  I'm also very active with one of my local chapters. 

Comment by Sharon Reeves on December 24, 2015 at 7:35am

Merry Christmas, Billie.  Your quilts are beautiful and they will be appreciated and well used. Koka is a beautiful dog and will provide you with many happy memories.

Comment by Billie Blakeney on December 24, 2015 at 6:44am

Thanks, Pam. The same to you and yours.

Comment by Pam/NY on December 24, 2015 at 6:35am

Billie, Koka is absolutely gorgeous. What a great way to find a pet. She will be a friend for many years to come. Your quilts, as always, are gorgeous. Someone is going to receive a wonderful gift of support. Merry Christmas!

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