Made this one about a year or two ago, and just now dug it out to photograph and put a sleeve on the back. Just thought I'd share with you all
I'm pretty sure I was inspired by the song "Swimming Horses" by Siouxsie & the Banshees...
It's about 30 inches square, a good size for a wee one to snuggle underneath.
The darkest brown on the horse is a "fake leather" fabric, and the hair is a coppery silk. The rest is cotton, on which I used shibori techniques and Procion MX dyes. I used fleece for the back, and did some free-motion quilting in the water.
I also hand-stitched my name on the front using multi-colored thread, which was fun, but also very time-consuming.
The way it did it:
(I hope this makes sense!)
* BEFORE I quilted the three layers together, I decided I'd stitch this to show on the front of the quilt only, in the bottom corner.
* I signed my name in pen on a scrap of tracing paper, so I could flip it over and still see the words.
* I taped the paper in it's reversed form to the BACK of the quilt top. Now I'm looking at my name, in mirror-image, on the backside of where I want it to be.
* Then using a needle and thread, I pierced the paper with backstitches, tracing my signature--still in reverse, but flipping occasionally to check that I've filled in everything.
* When you layer your quilt, the messier, underside of your signature will be on the inside of it, completely hidden.
Doing the signature this way, I didn't have to draw/write on the face of the quilt, but the signature still looks like my handwriting. I can never get the machine to do free-motion with tiny words like that, and it never looks like I "wrote" it...I simply don't do cursive
The binding...oh my gosh...I had NO idea how long it would take to hand-stitch that thing when I started it! I probably spent 4 hours stitching the binding to the back with minimum showage. <--(In my vocabulary, I suppose that's a legitimate word today.)
On my blog, I posted a photo of the pencil sketch that I did for the horse:http://www.twistedtextiles.com/2007/02/11/swimming-horses/
This smaller size was manageable, and I'm thinking of doing one in a similar size for my niece