Friday, 10 July 2015
Fairy Tale Swap–a finish!
Last week I showed you the extra handmade item for this swap, a project book from Aneela Hooey’s pattern. Today I have the main swap item to share. This is my Princess and the Pea mini-quilt called Wide Awake!
My partner loves bright, happy fabrics, no browns or muted colours so I chose some layer cake squares from Me and My Sister’s Hubba Hubba collection. I designed the bed in EQ7 and foundation paper pieced the mattresses.
For the canopy, I drew it on blank paper following the lines of the mattresses and used the sides as templates to cut pieces. I backed the pieces with fusible web to iron in place and used fusible for the bed posts too.
I had the idea that while the Princess was trying to sleep on her collection of mattresses, a little dog would be curled up in his tiny bed snoring his head off!
To give the impression of the Princess being wide awake I had the idea of her counting sheep. Funnily enough this month’s Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine has a jumping sheep mini-quilt with templates so it was really easy to make the sheep! When the universe gives you exactly what you are thinking of I think its called synchonicity!
I had intended to put in a dressing table and crown and a window with the night sky but it was getting a bit big and a bit fussy so I stopped at that and embellished the bed, to make it fit for Royalty instead!
I had fun using some of the speciality stitches to add hearts, stars and fancy scrolling to the bed to make it more like something you would find in a castle!
I found this Little Red riding hood fabric on LoveFabric.ie and just had to buy him. Claire thought he was cool but a little creepy! I agree and I really like the way he is licking his lips!
So this lot is winging its way across the Atlantic at the moment. It was a great idea for a swap and I had great fun making for it. Linking up to the Friday Finishes!