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« on: August 16, 2009 03:04:46 PM »

Silly me decided some time ago I would make as many of this year's Yule/Crimbo presents as possible and... I haven't actually started any yet!  Making this checklist on here to make sure I have incentive to finish.  Will update thread and add pictures etc as I finish each project.

  • Mum and Dad (mine): Set of 4 small matching art quilt wall hangings - in tarot card style - made up to look like Mum, Da, Mister and Me 1 of 4 quilts 1/2 done
  • Nan and Grandad (mine): One long art quilt wall hanging made to look like a family photo of the whole tribe will not fit on their wall
  • Mum (mister): Scented wheat therapy bags
  • Dad (mister): Plushie Sherman Tank (with maybe a couple of little doll figurines)
  • Big sis (mister):
  • Little sis 13 yrs old(mister):
  • Niece 1 6 yrs old: 3d playmat made up to look like a pirate cove
  • Niece 2 5 yrs old; 3d playmat made to look like a fairy gnome glen playmat base now done.. needs mushroom houses.  pattern for gnomes sorted out
  • Cousin 1 (13 years old): some cute, "emo" fabric bracelets, hair decorations and chokers
  • Cousin 2 (9 years old): A ready-made set of precut sewing projects plus a stash kit
  • Cousin 3 (7 years old): Same as her older cousin, but with simpler patterns
  • Cousin 4 (5 years old):
  • Cousin 5 (5 years old):
  • Mister: Plushie Carnifex Doll and Dwarf Poppet (themed off of Dwarf Fortress)
  • Other stuff: some little druid, mushroom and birdie ornaments in felt for my Yule branch, some Yule decorations woven from willow, fine gardening rope and dried grass and leaves and a couple of Yule-themed poppets (optional as time is short)
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2009 03:36:41 PM »

One hiccup I am coming up against for the art quilts:  My Da's quilt I have all planned out and have started pinning some fabric together to map out the quilt, but have come up against a bit of a block.  See, if any card describes him it is the King of Wands, so I want to incorporate some aspects of that into the quilt - I am obviously going to have him holding a wand, but also thought it would be nice to give him a robe like the King in the Rider Waite deck... this one...



It is a yellow/green fabric with black lizards biting their own tails to form circles.

Has anyone come across any fabric that even vaguely resembles this?  Just any yellow/green fabric with black lizards on would be a bonus, really!
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2009 12:38:23 AM »

Okay, here goes things so far.  I'm about 1/3 to 1/2 way through the first of the 4 tarot quilts.  It's the one to represent my Da.  Here the thing is so far - it looks a mess right now but there is more to do.






That pale hill under Da's starsign will have pyramids on.  The tall hill in the background will have one of those dome telescopes on.  The olive trees I plan to add depth to with darker branches in the back and added details.  Da will have a face and hair.  There will be 2 dogs lying by my Da's feet, some bees flitting about the place and he will be cradling a bird in one arm, with the other holding a staff (Kind of staves).

Thing is, I can't work out how to do the bird.  Should I embroider one straight on and, if so, does anyone know any good, simple and small patterns for a bird in a resting position?  Or should I applique it?  Would applique be fiddly as all hell at this scale?
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2009 07:57:46 AM »

I'd love to see a pic of the playmats when you are done. They sound super cute! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2009 04:10:20 AM »

More progress made, but now I need some advice.

Have been working on the little mushroom houses and gnomes for the gnme/fairy themed playmat and... well, the house needs a little support.

See, I want to make about 8 of these with slightly different dimensions, with velcro on the bottom so my nieces can plonk them onto the playmat wherever they want - need them to be fairly quick to whip-up, but they're coming out a little... floppy.

I used this pattern as a base:
http://thelittlehousebythesea.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/toadstool-cottage-and-mushroom-house-%E2%80%93-free-pattern-and-tutorial/
and basically made each piece as a double-layer so I could make a hollow one.


It doesn't look tooooooo bad at first but...



With these two you can see how floppy it is.

I'm wondering - if I lined the inside with a few layers of felt, would that make it stand up better?  I don't want it to be too solid, as they need to fold up into the playmat/carrybag when it is not in use, and I want the whole thing light enough for kiddlings to carry about, so wood wouldn't be suitable (plus I have no tools to work wood with!) or do you think I could make some sort of internal frame from wire/lollipop sticks?  Or would that be a bit unsafe?



Anyway, here is the first successfuly completed gnome enjoying his little house.  He still needs booties, but I am out of black felt at the moment...

C+C very much appreciated!
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2009 05:20:23 AM »

Oh that is so cute! Thank you for posting an update on this project. Smiley

I would try the felt for stiffness or maybe some iron on interfacing. The popsicle sticks and wire wouldn't be safe imo.

What design is in the fabric of the mat itself?

I've never heard of a tarot quilt. How did you choose which design/cards to use as the blocks?
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2009 06:38:17 AM »

Thanks for the tip Smiley  Looks like felt is the way to go.  The mat itself is fairly durable - green corduroy for the base with various different-textured fabrics for the applique bits.  The back I haven't quite decided on, yet, but am on the look out for some cute fantasy fabric.

The tarot art quilts... I basically decided I wanted one block each to represent me, the mister, mum and dad so I researched card meanings to see which ones seemed to work the best.  My Dad is the King of Staves, my Mum the Queen of Staves, me the Page of Cups and the other half... well, he insisted on being the Hanging Man and would hear no argument to the contrary!  Once I decided on that, I kept it simple... to indicate the card itself, the figure in the foreground would be posed in a way/with items that represent the card.  The rest of the background etc would be personal symbolism only, if you see what I mean.  So, Dad will be sat as if on a throne, holding a stave; but for personal symbolism, the throne will be a beehive, and the background will incorporate things important to him and me.
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2009 03:57:57 PM »

I love the way you are putting that art quilt together! I bet it will be a special piece for years to come. I especially like the way you are working yourself and Mister into it. Smiley

What are the dimensions on the playmat itself? You've inspired me! I'm going to make a couple of playmats for my oldest for his Lego sets. I think having actual "terrain" for his aliens or a jungle mat for Indiana Jones would be super cool. Cheesy
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