Another special custom memory quilt is complete!
This one is a whimsical garden scene with an air balloon flying high above. 100% of the fabric came from the client via all old baby clothes, curtains, burp cloths, etc. and I'm happy I was able to incorporate almost every piece she sent in.
This quilt is pieced, with whites and blues representing the skies, green and brown representing soil/grass and trim provided across the top and bottom that ties into the backing and frames the panel. I made appliqué flowers and also used flowers that were part of her daughter's clothing. I love the additional texture this gives the quilt.
There are 3 hidden little pockets and custom appliqués made from photographs of the kitty and the small girl flying in the air balloon (my favourite highlights).
Finally, the backing. I love this beautiful fabric that was the client's daughter's bedroom curtain. Those flowers are just lovely. The red binding is made from a cute little dress. I thought it tied in nicely with the reds on both the front and back and provided a nice 'frame' for the whole quilt (front and back). For stitching the quilt together I stuck to 'stitch in the ditch', which will keep everything securely in place and adds a nice simple texture to the back.
It sure is busy in these parts.
Trust me, I'm not complaining.
With the exception of 2 days of too much humidity, this summer has been glorious. Let me say it again, GLORIOUS.
The little guy is old enough to enjoy playing on his own and it's a real pleasure to witness his imagination running wild. This newfound independence has also allowed me to continue working on a number of projects before our next little bundle of joy arrives.
The garden is thriving and all is well thus far and with the exception of some fatigue, heart burn, and all things generally related to growing a child in your uterus life is good.
There's lots of crafty goodness going around in these parts. I just finished a custom growth chart for a lovely little birthday boy. I'm working with a few lovely folks on some custom memory quilts, and did I mention I do some program development contract work as well? Add to the list my desire to wander and explore and sprinkle in a few road trips and camping excursions and it makes for a very full summer. The work is getting done happily and will continue to as long as this little baby stays put until October.
Mr. Kokobaru and I have been slowly working away at a fun stop motion project to share soon. It was a blast shooting it. Very time consuming, but so worthwhile. It whet our appetites for more creative projects, but there's just not enough time is there? Home renovations, yard work, and general work-work, hasn't stopped us, just slowed us down a little (or a lot). And that's ok.
Some folks may not agree (possibly Mr. Kokobaru), but I think I've relaxed a bit over the last few years in regards to 'getting things done'. I used to stress out about fixing up the house, the garden, creative projects, and on and on and on. I'm getting a bit older and maybe a bit wiser (big maybe). I'm learning to enjoy the process more and stress less about the 'getting it done right now' part. There's no rush. There's always going to be more to do. The basement will get finished one day, the yard is getting better every year. It's the process that's the important part. The time spent working together, planning, dreaming. The breaks to play and explore and enjoy this fleeting life we get to share together. It's very freeing to be moving into this state of mind, very freeing indeed. I don't know if it's age, or parenthood, or what, but I've got to say I'm enjoying life in a different way these days. Finding myself being more present, more content.
What about you?
How's your summer going?
Any exciting plans or goals you've set for yourself?
Little bird did pretty well with his first camping experiences. Rocking it at both Longpoint and Sandbanks. Our last night was a bit rough when he decided not to go to sleep until very late, but aside from that he enjoyed his first genuine camp fire meal, Smores, roasting marshmallows over an open fire and sleeping in a tent. Lessons were learned, patience was required, but all in all a great experience.
We've been having some big beautiful days in these parts. The weather has been gorgeous and we've been having loads of fun playing at the splash pad, picking strawberries and working on our own gardens.
Today is sure to be another stunner. You know it's going to be a good day when your little has worked on a painting and had a bath by 8am; what will the rest of the day hold?!
My little guy has been working on this painting for over a year. He pulls it out every once in awhile and adds another layer. I'm thinking we might make it a mixed media piece by adding some pictures and text during it's next round of work. Looking forward to hanging it on the wall one of these days.
I highly recommend picking up a canvas and some paints for your little one to experiment with. We've used a bunch of different types of paints and tools over the last year from brushes to apples and forks, etc. Today he stuck to using his hands and enjoyed the textures and mixing colours. I think the process of creating and experimenting feeds their little minds and hearts, just like it feed mine.
Kokobaru has also been working on some fun smaller projects as well as some larger custom quilt projects. It's going to be a mighty busy summer!
A few weeks back I held a draw on the Kokobaru Facebook page to celebrate hitting 400 likes. The prize was a custom toy made with the winner's children's clothing. Knowing the winner had 2 children and seeing the abundance of fabric she brought with her I figured it would be a nice surprise if I made her a toy for each child. She had mentioned one child liked owls, the other was indifferent and she liked the monsters. So I opted to make an owl and a monster, each with special pockets, perfect for keeping secret notes or to hold a tooth for the tooth fairy. It was lots of fun to work on them and she seemed pretty pleased when she picked them up, which made my day.
Now to get outside! Hoe the vegetable garden, add some mulch a friend generously passed on to us to help with the weeds and water retention, plant some new flowers and just enjoy the beauty of this amazing day.
What will you be doing on this gorgeous day?
Maker of things. Lover of colour and texture and contrast. Thinker & creator. Daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend. Mighty woman.