Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Quilts & creaturefying babies...


Hello lovelies, here's a little more of the silk quilt that I'm making for my mother. The quilt is basically squares set on point around a central panel. Some of the squares of silk are interspersed with a delicious Liberty lawn, so I chose to recreate the flower heads from the Liberty print in the central panel.


I recreated the flower heads by cutting up tiny misshapen pieces of silk and then appliquéd them using a closed zigzag stitch.


I never normally put my appliqué work in a hoop, but on my last visit to the local haberdashers I found that they had very inexpensive spring-bound hoops (I think they were priced around £4) and one found its way into my basket. Although it's not strictly necessary, it's nice to have the fabric so well stretched out and it felt like a little less work to move the hoop, rather than the fabric. Unlike an embroidery hoop, this hoop allows the fabric to sit flat against the bed of the machine.


Appliqué has found its way into my projects less and less over recent years, perhaps because my children have become older, but every time I use this technique I remember how very much I love this way of sewing and how incredibly satisfying it is.

While we're on the subject of children, I feel compelled to share with you something I came across on Pinterest last night.

This photo is the property of Wild Things
I find these dresses almost unbearably cute. As I said on Pinterest, when I look at them I find myself wishing for another baby purely for the purpose of being able to squeeze her into one of them. For those of you that have a real life baby to creaturefy, you can find the clever Etsy seller who makes them here. Delightfully, the shop name is Wild Things, which will hold double appeal to any fans of the Maurice Sendak book.

On the subject of children dressing up as animals, this was something that once they reached toddlerhood, both my children delighted in, but as babies, my husband and I took the rather peculiar stance that dressing them up as animals without their agreement was infringing on their dignity...I now wonder at all the fun we missed out on, as I now think they would love looking at photographs of their baby selves dressed as all sorts of forest creatures (we were very young when we had our first child and somewhat earnest in our approach to our new role as parents...just thinking about this now makes me laugh). Are there any things that you decided upon for your babies that you now look back upon with bemusement?

Florence x

14 comments:

  1. Oh yes! So many things. I haven't strayed *too* far from my ideals/principles as a new mother but I have most definitely relaxed. I cannot bring myself to buy plastic, noisy toys (I prefer wooden, classic and built to last type items, or classic hardback books) however I have learnt to tolerate them when family buy the children these types of toys. Beautiful quilt, your mother will be absolutely delighted. I love the originality of the appliqued flowers and your colour selection is as usual spot on. Looking forward to reading about your other handmade Christmas presents in due course!

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  2. Beautiful quilt and fabric, and love the Wild Thing dresses you posted, also makes me wish for a little one again!

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  3. I love watching the quilt develop and all the little peeks are intriguing - I can't wait to see the whole thing! Oh, and the dresses are very, very sweet!

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  4. Those dresses are astonishingly cute - maybe they should come with a little warning about the consequences of over-population?!

    I think baby-animal outfits could have been sweet but I reckon you were erring on the right side. I've not got any of my own but I do find it odd when friends seem to treat their babies like dolls. Probably the worst example was the photo of the 6-month-old baby with a long blue wig on. Baby did not look happy; mother + friend were cracking up behind her. I feel similarly about actual animals dressed in clothes...

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  5. Oh btw, those appliqué flowers!! I marvel at your patience and skill!

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  6. The silks and Liberty prints are looking absolutely divine, I just love all those shades of blue. It will be such a gorgeous gift, can't wait to see it finished!

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  7. Those dresses are so cute, especially the mouse one.

    Loving your applique.

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  8. Lovely, lovely, lovely. And, many thanks for sharing our technique on the silk. You are a wonderful daughter.

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  9. I would LOVE to dress my kids up more, but sadly I have produced the most sensible child ever, who thinks dressing as anything other than himself is a totally ridiculous proposition. After a year of persuasion he will grudgingly accept face paint, but any kind of outfit is met with utter disdain. I am keeping fingers crossed that the baby grows up a bit more adventurous...

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  10. Just peeked at your Pinterest boards and saw you were wanting aubergine tights... I've had some of these in brown and they were very nice: http://www.naturalcollection.com/shop/plain-organic-cotton-tights-by-natural-collection-1/

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  11. I was so steadfast that my first child (a girl) would not be dressed up all girly in frills (we have photos of her in navy boylike outfits.) I think my MIL must have despaired. Luckily my 3rd child got a better shot at being a girl baby! Also with my first she didn't taste any sort of sweet type foods until her first birthday cake. She is 11 now and mad about sweet stuff.

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  12. The fox dress is super cute, even though at first glimpse I thought it was a scary creature!!!
    We also used to think dressing our babies in "themed" clothes was a bit iffy, but then we were very young parents too......we leave it up to them to choose with our new littlies, which means lots of dreaded pink on the girlie - eek!
    Your quilt is lovely, you're so clever.

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  13. Arhh cute! You must have a quick look at my blog, as I've just done some floral embroidery that I think you'll like! :) x

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  14. Thank you for sharing this. The little fox dress really is unbearably cute. I wish I had a someone for it.

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Florence x