|IPS Mid West Branch Mug Rug Swap 2015|
|Mug rug swap, magazine and handmade tissue holder received as gifts on the night!|
For the Modern Quilters Ireland group, I was originally going to go with a cup and space for a biscuit to fit the theme of taking a break but ended up making this little guy. Quite a few people are doing a Christmas theme as it is a Christmas swap and this little penguin has gone on holidays to the North Pole to see Santa!
|Nearly finished for posting this week!|
I had intended on the igloo being there in the background but I ran into a little problem and had to rescue this from ending up in the bin! When drawing my igloo I decided to use an air erasable pen. Mine has a purple cap on the top. What I had forgotten is that I also have an embroidery transfer marker with a purple cap and that one, not so erasable. Guess which one I used?
Realising my mistake after I had quilted it and nothing was fading, a few expletives, a google search, a soak in boiling hot water for 10 minutes, wash in the machine with non-bio detergent and no joy. Marks were still there. So bumping into Claire in the Limerick Quilt shop, she suggested heavy stitching over them, so that's what I did. I free motion quilted in some shade at the bottom of the igloo, added some Christmas lights and then went over the whole thing again in a thicker purple thread! And then to cheer myself up I added in my favourite red stripey binding (thanks to Jennifer for putting me onto that!)
The penguin (I'm calling him Larry!) is based on the Greetings From Antarctica pillow projects in the book Pretty in Patchwork Holidays by John Q Adams. I scaled him down to fit a 6" size and he came together really quickly. Instead of felt I free motion quilted in the circles of his eyes and the pom pom on his hat! So this guy is ready for the post, just need to add some chocolate to my parcel! Hope all the Christmas preparations and holiday cheer is in full swing for you guys. Can't believe it's only 1 week away!