Child Art Quilt

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I am on a mission this year to work through my WIP drawer and finally finish up the slightly embarrassing amount of almost done projects I have stored in there. I was able to cross one project off the list today when I put the final binding stitches on this little art quilt I made from one of my daughter’s drawings.

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I started this project about 18 months ago after I took a Cityscape quilt class with Susan Powell. I had never made an art quilt before ,and I really enjoyed her applique method. When I got home from that class, I started thinking about what else I could do with what she had taught us. The following evening my daughter drew this spooky forest picture while we were out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

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As soon as I saw it, I thought “hmmm, I wonder if I can turn this into a quilt…” And so I started experimenting. I wish I had more work in progress photos to share, but since I started this over a year ago I was not really thinking about a blog back then. What I ended up doing was taking the drawing to our local copy shop and enlarging it slightly. I made a few copies in different sizes until I got what looked right to me. I realized a little bit too late that I should have reversed the image before printing out the copies – so that is a lesson learned for next time!

I taped the drawing onto a window on a nice sunny day, got out my Heat’n Bond Lite and a sharpie and got to work tracing out the individual shapes in the drawing. After I had each shape traced, I carefully cut each one out, pealed off one side of the waxy paper and ironed it onto the wrong side of the fabric I was going to use for that particular piece.  Then I cut out each ironed on shape from the fabric. I used a large piece of white Kona cotton as my background and I started building the drawing from the background forward. So once I had all the pieces cut out in fabric, I arranged them on the white background starting with the large blue sky and green grass. Then I layered on the sun in the far corner, the tree trunks and finally the tree tops. Once I had everything in place, I removed the second sheet of waxy paper and ironed all the fabric pieces onto the background.

Once all the shapes were in place it was time to start adding details. I used a wide zigzag stitch in black thread to outline the tree trunks like my daughter used her black crayon. I did a little bit of free motion squiggly quilting to add in the clouds in the sky & add some texture to the sun. I think my favorite part of this whole mini quilt was adding in her handwritten “Booooooo !”

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Because I had forgotten to reverse the image when I copied and enlarged it, the text was backwards on my copy. So I used my Golden Threads quilting paper to trace her handwriting from the original drawing so that I could transfer it onto the quilt. I am very much a novice free motion quilter, so the finished product is far from perfect, but I love that my daughter’s 6 year old handwriting is now captured on this quilt.

Once I was done with all the machine stitching, I decided to add one final special touch to this little treasure – instead of stitching in the apples on the trees I dug into my great-grandmother’s button collection.

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Hand sewing each button was a little more tedious than I expected, and it was at that point that this project ended up in my WIP drawer for over a year! So last week, I finally finished adding the buttons, attached the binding and finishing this one up. I LOVE how this turned out and the best part was seeing my daughter’s face when she finally got to see her drawing turned into a mini quilt. Finishing this up has also inspired me to finally do another project I’ve been meaning to do for years – starting an Art Gallery of my girls’ artwork in our house. I bought some frames and picked out a few of our favorite drawings so that these works of art can hang in the stairway of our house.

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All in all, I learned a lot from this super fun project. This project got put aside not only because I got bored of stitching on the buttons, but also because I was afraid of adding in the clouds with free motion quilting. I love free motion quilting and have done a ton of reading about it, watching youtube videos and classes, but it finally occurred to me recently that I was never going to get better at it until I actually start doing it. Like I said, I am not great at it, but hopefully over time it will get easier.  For now I am so happy to have this done and ready to hang in our home gallery. I look forward to making one for my younger daughter in a couple of years. :)

New Item: Indian Woodblock Stamps

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I am excited to announce a new item to the shop – Indian Woodblock Stamps ! These beautiful stamps are handcarved by artisans in rural India using sustainably harvested Shesham hardwood (also known as Indian Rosewood).

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Wooden stamps are extremely versatile and can be used in a number of different ways:
` On clay to create custom designs on pottery

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` On paper for scrapbooking or mixed media projects
` On Fabric – Use this stamp with fabric paint, stamp pads or even bleach to create your own custom fabric designs!
` Even for body art!

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Each stamp comes individually wrapped in its own muslin pouch for storage. Over 12 different designs are available both directly on Snuggly Monkey or on Etsy.

 

Can’t wait to see your woodblock stamp creations!

 

Simple Easter Crafts for Kids: Milk Paint Wooden Eggs

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Are you looking for a simple Easter craft project for kids?  Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to paint wooden eggs using all natural, non-toxic milk paint. These colorful eggs are perfect for Easter baskets, play kitchens or as a colorful accent in any room year round. Milk Paint wooden eggs have a long lasting beautiful, natural finish that allows them to be used year after year for family egg hunts and hours of pretend play. [Read more...]

Featured on Bliss Cocotte!

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I love it when my customers show off their creativity and share their projects! Recently, Maeva from Bliss Cocotte, a wonderfully creative French blog, wrote a series of blog posts about some Montessori/Waldorf-inspired toys she made using supplies she purchased from Snuggly Monkey. [Read more...]

Valentines’ Day Gift Bag Tutorial

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is a quick and easy gift bag tutorial on how to make these Valentine’s Day treat bags. I used them to wrap up special Valentine’s Day treats, but they could easily be used as wedding favors or for bridal or baby showers, birthday goodie bags or anytime you need a pretty and simple packaging idea! [Read more...]

#thegreatfabricdestash

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Did you hear about #thegreatfabricdestash that happened on Instagram a few weeks ago? I had no idea what was going on until I was browsing my IG feed on the evening of January 15th when I noticed a bunch of folks posting images of gorgeous fabric.  It took me a few minutes to figure out what was going on, but as soon as I did my plans to head to bed early flew right out the window! [Read more...]

MQG Riley Blake Challenge

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The February 17th deadline for the 3rd Annual Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) Fabric Challenge sponsored by Riley Blake is quickly approaching. I signed up for the challenge through the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild last summer, and received my fabric in October.  Then I took a couple of months to think things over … and finally got to work in the beginning of January. [Read more...]

The New Addition: A Featherweight Sewing Machine!

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I will admit that the show Storage Wars is one of my guilty pleasures. I love seeing what treasures are unearthed in grubby storage bins. Thankfully I’ve been able to control my impulses to attend storage auctions and bid outrageous amounts of money on what will likely be old, dusty junk, but I did recently benefit from someone else’s storage bin salvage. [Read more...]