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After graduating with a B.A. in Design, our mom Mary worked in advertising agencies in Chicago for 15 years as a Creative Director. Then 10 years ago, she left her job at
J. Walter Thompson and started her own agency. But things quickly changed once we came into the picture, especially since we insisted on helping in the mailroom by grabbing faxes as they came in. One month later, after retrieving another chewed fax, the company name was changed to Mad Dog Designs and we were given our own office. 

Our mom designs and sells patterns about our life and our friends lives. Our cousin Henry was featured in the pattern Squirrely Beagles and although our mom still laughs when she sees it, we don’t get why she thinks that’s so funny. Our neighbor Mona is featured in Dog Days of Summer. She’s the tall leggy bloodhound; and our buddy Clancy is the big guy in the pool in Pirates of the Caribbean, the Curse…

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  • Joined March 7, 2011

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About

After graduating with a B.A. in Design, our mom Mary worked in advertising agencies in Chicago for 15 years as a Creative Director. Then 10 years ago, she left her job at
J. Walter Thompson and started her own agency. But things quickly changed once we came into the picture, especially since we insisted on helping in the mailroom by grabbing faxes as they came in. One month later, after retrieving another chewed fax, the company name was changed to Mad Dog Designs and we were given our own office. 

Our mom designs and sells patterns about our life and our friends lives. Our cousin Henry was featured in the pattern Squirrely Beagles and although our mom still laughs when she sees it, we don’t get why she thinks that’s so funny. Our neighbor Mona is featured in Dog Days of Summer. She’s the tall leggy bloodhound; and our buddy Clancy is the big guy in the pool in Pirates of the Caribbean, the Curse of the Kitty Cat.

Mary got the creative bug from her mom who always sewed clothes and made matching outfits for her and her sister’s dolls. Then later Mary’s sisters Kate and Diane followed in their mom’s footsteps sewing and then branched out into quilting. One day our mom wanted to start something new. So her sister Diane took her to quilt shops in Wisconsin. Mary didn’t quite get the small squares and could never really find the “log cabin” in the quilts, but with both of her sister’s encouragement, she found a way to achieve a graphic look and combine her love of dogs with a new medium, fabric. So with the discovery of fusible web, Mad Dog Designs was created. The quick, easy way to achieve the great look of quilting, with the use of an iron.

As we start off on the next chapter of Mad Dog Designs with our new younger brother Teddy we recently rescued, we aren’t sure what the new designs will look like, but we are sure they’ll have bite marks. Louie is positive Teddy won’t be in the mailroom working with us, maybe reception since our mom thinks he has a “snappy” personality.
We’ll see.

So that is the story of Mad Dog Designs. We hope you come back again and look at our site and tell your friends to stop by. Louie and I always know when a new design is in progress because we can hear our mom laughing.

We’d like to thank our loyal following throughout the years, here in the US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom along with the help of our distributors across the country, which has let the studio continue in spite of our efforts.

— Tobie and Louie

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