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More Quilts!

February1

I decided to make my interest in quilting a bit more useful in 2010 and made a couple of quilts to give as Christmas gifts.

The first of these was for Keith and Karen (andPepper!). With all of them keen on sailing I decided a nautical theme was in order and came up with all kinds of ideas, some of which I actually used!

Having chosen the picture of a yacht to use, I enlisted the help of my other brother to enlarge it to fit the available space, and also to be in scale with the picture of the black labrador I had managed to find on half a metre of fabric at a quilt show last summer! I had to show Pepper sitting on the deck!

The center panel was appliqued and then the borders were attached around the edges. I originally got the idea for this quilt when I purchased the pebble fabric on a visit to Truro.

Keith and Karen's quilt

Keith and Karen's quilt

I had initially thought of trying to embroider a dog on the deck but when I found the labrador fabric I did breathe a sigh of relief. Much easier to apllique one instead!

'Pepper on' the deck!

'Pepper on' the deck!

Not the clearest photo but you get the idea!

The second quilt I made was given to my sister-in-law, Maggie. I based the design on one I had seen in a book but modified to work with the quantity of fabric I had to use. The braids  are made from bright batik fabrics.

Maggie's Quilt

Maggie's Quilt

The original design had all the braids running in the same direction and next to each other.  I felt the overall design here looked better with a strip of plain fabric between the braids. The binding was also done in the batik fabric.

I was really pleesed with the finished results of both these quilts and I am planning to make another couple this year. Not sure yet who will get them or what fabric I will use but it is only February!

In the meantime though, I am going to have a go at some freeform crochet and see if I can make a dent in my yarn stash!

A Round-up of Random Projects!

October23

It has been a while since I updated this blog so it is high time I added photos of the various projects I have made so far this year!

The first two photos are of  cot quilts I have made for displaying at work. They are both based around  pre-printed panels to which I have added borders.

For the Hungry Caterpillar quilt I used strips of the pre-printed border fabric to increase the size of the panel to fit a baby’s cot.

The Hungry Caterpillar quilt

The Hungry Caterpillar quilt

The next one is a Farmyard quilt. I adapted the pattern from the one which appears on the suppliers website because we would not be stocking the full range of fabrics. This one is also a cot size quilt.

The Farmyard qult

The Farmyard qult

The next one is a Pirate’s Treasure Map playmat. Again, this was an adaptation of the pattern on the suppliers website.

Pirates Treasure Map playmat

Pirate's Treasure Map playmat

The fabrics and the original patterns for these quilts can be found at http://www.makoweruk.com/

The next project was a couple of costumes. One is a cute Halloween themed costume for a baby.

Pumpkin baby

Pumpkin baby

The second costume was a Cinderella dress for an older child. This one was not really enjoyable to make and I think that is entirely due to the fabrics used. However, it looks effective, which is he point of the exercise! The Tinkerbell costume was made by a colleague.

Cinderella and Tinkerbell

Cinderella and Tinkerbell

And finally………..!

For a friend’s birthday, I made this small butterfly brooch using the butterfly yo-yo maker by Clover. The fabric used is an ivory cotton with metallic gold in a random pattern. The butterfly body is made with clear, gold and brown crystals.

Butterfly brooch

Butterfly brooch

Batik Bunny joins the menagerie!

November3
Batik Bunny

Batik Bunny

This is my latest creation. She is made of very soft cream plush and batik dyed cotton. I don’t know if she will stay with me or find a new home, but at least I remembered to take a photo of her!

Here in black and white!

May29

This little zebra is about 30cms tall and was a request by a friend for her new niece. The fabric already had the zebra stripes  which helped! I think he turned out ok and I am hoping his new owner will like him too!

Zebra

Zebra

The Blue Bear and the Dragon!

May21

This little bear was the result of a request. The request was for anything to do with blue sparkly bears and this is what I came up with! She is made of polyester satin and is wearing a crocheted boa, butterfly wings and an organza and tulle skirt. Her home is now in New Zealand!

The Blue Sparkly Bear!

The Blue Sparkly Bear!

This dragon was also a request and now lives in Scotland. He is made from silver imitation snake skin and blue imitation suede. It was a bit of a challenge to get him balanced so that he would stand independently but he does!
The Silver Dragon

The Silver Dragon

Stuff I have made!

April27

This is where I will show off my successful creations!

I enjoy making things with fabric ….. toys, clothes and anything else I get asked to make the family for birthdays and Christmas, including a custom made cover for a caravan tow hook!

I have been making soft toys since 1975 when I made my first jointed teddy bears for a college project. Since then I have made bears of all sizes, from 2 to 48 inches tall.

Sometimes they start out as one thing and end up as another……….

Meet the Loinbear!

Lionbear

Lionbear

 

Definitely one of a kind and he has gone to a good home!

More recently, I have started using crochet to make toys. This Bunny in a dress was the first one I completed.

Bunny in a dress

Bunny in a dress

 

The Bunny was followed by a Squirrel!

Squirrel

Squirrel

 My current project is a secret at the moment! As soon as the recipient has possession though pictures will be posted!