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« on: July 22, 2012 04:57:56 AM »

 I had a wonderful time making this farm quilt for my partner miknessevie in the latest round of the "Invite Your Partner" swap. She had a picture of a similar play mat, made by Phizzychick, posted as a "favorite" on her profile page.  You can see that inspiration play mat HERE .  Since quilting is my specialty, it was obvious that I had to make this for her!





I randomly pieced together odd-shaped patches of upholstery and drapery fabrics, most of which I got for free, either from a friend (who gave me a sample book) or from the "free remnant" bin at an upholstery shop.  This was the perfect use for them!

I added the pond and stream after the top was together.  I just figured it out as I went along.  I like how the pond turned out, but I am unhappy with the shape of the stream; it should be narrower and more meandering.  Boo.  Next time I make a farm play mat I will remember that!

Of course, a farm has to have animals, and I found a small herd of these wooden cows online.  The brand is "Animalz", and they make a huge variety of creatures...it was hard not to buy them all, but I liked the cows the best.



I machine-quilted the outlines of each of the fields and the water; then I got comfortable in my sewing chair and hand-quilted all the furrows with embroidery thread and great big stitches.  I hand-quilted ripples in the water too.  After binding the quilt, the last thing to do was add some bushes.  They are an assortment of green quilting-weight fabrics, made into yo-yos which I stuffed and hand-sewed in place.

I can imagine miknessevie's children lying on the floor and inventing little dramas for the cows to act out.  I wish them many hours of happy playtime with their new farm quilt!
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012 05:38:09 AM »

What a great work - I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012 06:09:38 AM »

what a wonderful play mat!  the upholstery fabric is going to hold up to a lot of play. well done!
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2012 07:07:15 AM »

i would have been playing with this 24/7 if i had this when i was a kiddo! So fun--all the different areas and textures. it's an imagination pleaserl Awesome, Leslie!
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2012 07:49:32 AM »

That's fantastic! What a great play quilt Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2012 11:04:10 AM »

This is amazing!
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2012 11:08:49 AM »

Thanks, everybody!
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2012 11:08:58 AM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2012 01:34:58 PM »

This is such a great quilt Leslie, I love the texture & the pond running through! The cows are the right touch! What fun! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2012 04:59:58 PM »

That is so gorgeous Leslie! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2012 03:29:53 PM »

Very sweet!
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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2012 12:09:43 PM »

I love the fact that the play can be updated as they age by adding more (or more complex) accessories -- vehicles, barns, etc.
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2012 08:19:43 PM »

What a great idea and beautiful piece of work. I bet your swap partner absolutely loves her new play mat! Kuddos!!
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