Well, this little design has pleased me so much I’ve made it twice in the last week – with plans to make it again :-) Once for an Instagram Christmas swap …. and once for someone’s present – shshshsh! And I’ll certainly make it again :-)
I just adore those little sleeping faces tucked into their quilty bed. I think when I make it next, I’ll make some more faces – it could be a pattern with a variety of many faces and you could choose your own! There could be all different sorts of boys and girls. Teddies! Dollies! Dogs! Cats! Racoons!
It could be a veritable Ten in the Bed! Hey – now that’s a fabulous idea! Oh yes! A much bigger quilt for a child with 10 in the bed and then words embroidered in blocks throughout the quilt. Cute.
I got the idea for the little faces from a dolls quilt I’d seen on Pinterest where they embroidered the faces using a simple running stitch. Here it is …
And the felt applique – well, I just adore felt applique. I often dream of making children’s books with felt applique. I would love to do one of the animals we live with at Merimbula. And then stories about children in Merimbula at times over the last 150 years …
I dream big. I just need the organisation and discipline to sit down and do something about it.
You don’t need to know this wee quilt was pinned onto a vintage blanket, do you? Because you know of course it was.
And each room I worked in – piecing it on the little green Husqvarna in the front room – appliquing in the dining room – quilting in the spare ‘oom – my dearly loved sweetheart followed me round with her laptop.
Reading funny things out to me. Working on her drawings. Showing me what she’d designed next. My, how I do love her. I am especially grateful that even though she is a teenager and all, she still loves to spend time with me.
We have a lovely relationship. We are both very blessed :-)
Unfortunately, one thing I’m not is Anne from Green Gables. Do you remember how she reckoned she never made the same mistake twice. She always learnt her lesson. I don’t. I regularly make the same mistake over and over and over.
Just this afternoon, as I lay on my bed tired and having one of those silly moments when I didn’t know what to do next (cooking supper would have been a good thing), I noticed my skirt was covered with little bits of thread. They’re from all the unpicking I do.
Mmhm. I am the queen of unpicking. I looked at that minty strip of green with its red balls the first time I sewed it and thought – I could quilt it with a contrasting red and it would look really pretty. Well it didn’t. So I unpicked it. Second time – I thought, I can DEFINITELY quilt in that green stripe with red – I just need to do it nicely. Aaaaaaaaand I had to unpick it.
Same with the appliqued band. Abby said warned “No! Mum! It didn’t work the first time! Remember! The foot kept butting up against the felt heads!” I cheerfully replied “Yes, but I know what to look out for this time so I can do it better.” I didn’t. Unpick! Unpick! Unpick!
But squiggly-wiggly? It’s a bit hard to go wrong with that – I do love it so.
Now here is Lily-Anne trying to learn … I thought maybe I could fit more of the verse on if I wrote the words out on paper as I guide to how big to make the letters. It didn’t work. Oh well. I’m hopeful that the letters will become finer and smoother with practice. I’m a huge believe in Practice :-)
I’m thinking of doing a Christmas carol next. I just can’t decide which one – We Three Kings? O Come All Ye Faithful? I love both of them. No! No! O Little Town of Bethlehem. With little appliqued houses.
Look at the sun hitting the felt – doesn’t it make the texture so utterly beautiful. And I love perle thread. I know I said it above, but I adore felt applique. It is my hands down favourite stitchy pursuit. Love. Love. Love. Love. Love.
There you go. A wee quilt of little people dreaming of Christmas. That will be us in just 13 short nights !
And it was pure bliss making it.