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Topic: Swimming Horse (baby quilt or lap quilt) - repurposed fabrics  (Read 1476 times)
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« on: August 26, 2008 05:59:09 AM »

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 Smiley

I'm pretty sure I was inspired by the song "Swimming Horses" by Siouxsie & the Banshees...   Grin  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  Tongue

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:

This smaller size was manageable, and I'm thinking of doing one in a similar size for my niece Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008 06:43:40 AM »

The quilt is beautiful and what a clever way to sign it.  I'll have to remember that one as I always forget to sign my quilts.

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008 07:28:46 AM »

I love it! I am so bookmarking as I can see so many neat variations. Pegasus flying in clouds, Horses running in a field A proud unicorn duel. Smiley
Very nice work!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008 08:29:06 AM »

What a beautiful composition! It could just be wall art instead of being a baby quilt.

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2008 02:42:38 PM »

I love this. Great job.

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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2008 07:52:11 PM »

This quilt is gorgeous! It has a real dreamy, surrealistic look to it. Clicking the "This Rocks" button...

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