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The Quilting Bee

Buddy: LABMED's Never Met A Stranger, CGC formerly known as Bullet

photo of quilt block

Artist: Dranda Whaley
Technique: Pieced, applique, hand embroidery
Artist's comments:What can I say about Buddy that hasn't already been said? He's the inspiration for LABMED, he's the reason I'm on LABMED's Board of Directors, but mostly, he's just the sweetest boy in the world! He definitely has the biggest heart you'll ever find - which is why, for his silhouette, I chose yellow fabric with hearts scattered all over - Buddy has touched hearts that are scattered all over the world!

Buddy is shown with a big smile on his face - pretty typical expression for him! And of course, he's wearing a bandanna; he knows when he gets "dressed" that he's going to a show or at least to meet some new folks. He loves all the traveling we do to promote LABMED - he really has never met a stranger! From our home in Nashville, Tennessee, we've driven to Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to staff booths at Lab Specialities and other doggie events. We raise awareness of and funds for LABMED, and love every minute of it! He sure knows how to draw a crowd.

The fabric used for his bandanna and for the border is a Hoffman fabric I stumbled upon very much by accident one day - but it's perfect for LABMED, so I bought all there was in the store. With the royal blue background and the touches of gold and red, the colors are right for us (plus royal blue is Buddy's best color!); with the sick and injured animals, it's obvious this fabric has a veterinary theme. And to make it even better - the black lab in the fabric is wearing a stethoscope! He's the "healer" - just like LABMED has meant "healing" for so many dogs.

You can read all about Buddy's story, and LABMED's beginning, on our website.

All I'll add to that is my undying thanks to Becky Loyd and Kathy Coy, who rescued this boy and then lovingly gave him up to me. My life has changed in immeasurable ways since our Got'cha Day (March 22, 1997) and I can never, ever repay them for the gift of my sweet Buddy-Boy.

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