Wednesday, May 6, 2009
It started with a puppy
My lovely DIL asked me to make a cot quilt for a close friend of hers.
It started with this gorgeous puppy (Michelle loves dogs) designed by Kerryanne English of Woodberry Designs (published in Handmade vol.26 no.5), and their theme for the nursery in green, yellow, blue ( snug as a bug) & white walls. I changed the clour of the puppy to yellowish and then started playing with other fabrics (particularly moda's butterfly fling); I needed bugs. I also wanted some textural change so I also used some lemon chenille and green flannel (with bugs and frogs on it).
I also sketched a larger version of Kerryanne's snail as a label on the back.
The initial layout was ultimately changed to include a darker yellow. I was really quite proud of myself as the putting together and choice of fabrics had been mine. I was also quite surprised when my husband really liked the quilt. Mind you that may have been Kerryanne's lovely puppy. (Anyone interested in Kerryanne's designs can check out her blog "Shabby Art Boutique"_see my sidebar. Or you can see her puppy here I hope :))
I always get a little possessive of quilts that I make, I have to "keep" them for a day or so before I can let them go. Yet I love giving them or stuff that I have painted for a particular person to them. I think its because there is a lot of me in that quilt...it is a link between them & me.
Unfortunately for my DIL, there was a slight but interesting (to me anyway) diversion from this. I was not possessive of it for me, but rather for my DIL. I guess you should beware of what you ask for LOL.
More importantly Michelle loved the quilt. She had a gorgeous little girl called Isabella a couple of weeks later.