Friday, 26 April 2013

Mystery Mother’s Day project unveiled...


Ta-dah! Here is the mini-quilt/wall hanging that I have made for my mother, ready to pop into the post just in time to arrive on American Mother’s Day.
I was inspired by the words and hand flower design, which I found on Pinterest a while back, but it all was painted onto a piece of yellow paper. I wanted something that was a keepsake, so I decided to use off-white linen, fabric paints and pens for the hand flowers and embroidery for the words. I decided on the pretty coordinating fabric for a border at the last minute. I used a bit of fusible fleece and the same floral fabric for the back.

I wanted to keep the words in a basic font, very simply done, to reflect the children’s hand prints. The light brown stitching uses backstitch, with two strands of floss. The red and purple words are in a chunkier chain stitch using six strands. It’s all quite tiny, and the finished piece is the size of a placemat. In fact, I’m going to include a note that states, “This is not a placemat!” Next time I’ll know better and alter the dimensions a bit.  
I do hope she likes it. She likes browns and creams, hence the border and light brown floss, but the girls chose the colours they wanted for their hands. I didn’t want to force them to use a muted green or brown to match her decor!
My mother definitely is not a fan of patchwork, so I had to choose carefully what I did with the linen. I considered a hoop frame, but there is no way she’d want that hanging around her house (yes, our tastes are very different!), a cushion wouldn’t work anywhere either, and I had already given her a framed piece of silk ribbon embroidery, so I didn’t want to frame this as well.
I have some books on quilting, including mini-quilts, but I hadn’t made one until today. This actually isn’t a proper quilt, as I didn’t use any decorative stitching all over the finished fabric sandwich, and I didn’t do a bias binding border, but honestly, she wouldn’t like that anyway, so I was let off the hook.
However, I consider this my first lesson in quilting, no matter how restrained the design. Now I simply must make a pretty, girly, pink patchwork mini-quilt all for myself!
I have some exciting crochet news to share with you next time you visit...happy crafting!
Chrissie x

8 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this! It's fab and I'm sure your mum will just adore it.
    M x

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  2. Oh it turned out beautifully!! She will adore it and I love the uniting of the generations of women in your family - to a mother from a daughter with perfect grand-daughter contributions, too!

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  3. What a cool idea! I bet she will love it x

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  4. WOW WOW WOW ..... your mini quilt is gorgeous and beautifully made, such a thoughtful keepsake x Your Mum will LOVE it I'm sure.
    Whats this? ...... more crochet news? .....can't wait!
    happy weekend my lovely friend
    love jooles xxx

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  5. Beautiful , I love it! Xxx

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  6. What a lovely gift!
    Angie x

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  7. What a thoughtful gift, I'm sure your Mum will love it. And I am so impressed with your hand stitching, so neat!!
    Caroline xx

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  8. Thank you all so much! Cx

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