I started this nearly 2 years ago and pushed it to the side because I found it too tedious. But picked it up again yesterday to finally finish it. It came out nice and my 2 kitties love it. I didn't have fusible fleece so I used spray adhesive and attached some regular fleece to add durability. It worked very well.
This project is very easy. I am a quilter, so I strip-pieced the six different fabrics together and then sliced 3.5 inch blocks. This made the project very quick and fun. I did put a zipper in for easy laundering. I found that two standard size bed pillows fit perfectly. I made one 1/2 size for my Grand Dog and one pillow was a great fit! The loose stuffing is difficult to remove. I have made three of these for gifts and everyone (and their dog) loves them!
This is a fairly quick project -- I made the squares bigger, to end up w/ a larger size for a bigger dog; I also used heavier wt fabric. I'd recommend making a liner, so the patchwork outer shell can be laundered (insert a zipper or just add a velcro closure.
This is a great project for a beginner and an experienced quilter who always has scrap fabric will enjoy it as well.
I decided to make this dog bed instead of spending $100 on a new one. I have a lab so I had to increase the number of squares quite a bit and it turned out great. I used dark fall colors so the dirty and hairs wont show as much. I am definitely a beginner when it comes to sewing and I managed this, so I think this is a good project for a beginner.