A girly grateful-dead, sunshine-and-shadow quilt for Baby Maggie

#2 of recent ‘Crafty Prawn Custom-Made Quilts’…
…beginning with a request all the way from a father-to-be in New York…
…the result is a bright, girly but cool cot quilt…
…in sunshine-and-shadow layout – with personalised hand embroidered song lyrics – and bub’s full name…
You don’t get more customised than that!019_edit_sml…’quilt-owner-to-be’ was after something soft and girly but funky too…
pretty graphic and chintz florals
dusky pinks
mustard yellow
lime green
teal and soft blue
…combination of punchy polka dots, stripes and checks alongside unusual florals.
BLOG-01…personalised sunshine-and-shadow layout – the original of which can be seen here
…incorporating a quirky arrangement of customised text…
…a rather apt and sweet quote from Grateful Dead’s ‘Eye of the World’ no less…
“Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin’ brings,
your heart has it’s seasons, it’s evenin’s and songs of it’s own”BLOG_2-01…blues in the centre, to greens, then pinks, to yellows, finishing off with a bit of floral…
…quilted with simple grid lines on either side of the 3″ squares
…giving lovely texture but not detracting from the complex layout…
BLOG_3-01…customised hand embroidery stitched carefully in co-ordinating colours…
…some words highlighted with multi-coloured letters adding a touch of whimsy!review…and a happy customer’s review on etsy…

…happy days…

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Dusky Pink, Teal + Muted Tone Quilt for a Bronwin Bub

So despite the lack of quilt related posts, I have actually been lucky enough to be asked to make quite a few ‘Crafty Prawn Custom-Made Quilts’ this year. I’ve neglected blogging about them which results in them just sitting on my computer, hiding away like shrinking violets. So here’s #1…

A dusky pink, teal and muted tonal quilt – in a random patch layout – made especially for a little Bronwin bub.
I love making things for lovely families I know – makes it all the more special!
005_smlOriginally inspired by a cushion featuring William Morris’ Strawberry Thief print in a muted colourway, I put together a stylish, sophisticated but playful palette of vintage, new and collected plains, tones and patterns. There’s even a little bit of William Morris fabric thrown in – well, what would you expect for a quilt destined for a beautiful house in Islington, London!
With personalised custom hand embroidery in the form of the new bub’s full name and birthdate AND a little message from her doting aunties and uncle, this quilt is a total one off!blog-01 In an all over random-patch layout, with a teal polka dot binding and border around the hand-embroidered panels; and a subtle oatmeal pinstripe linen on the reverse.
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Thank you Bronwins for asking me to make your newest family member a little quilt.
And here she is snuggled up in it…
izzyIf you’re interested in ordering a one of a kind ‘Crafty Prawn’ custom-made quilt a bit like this one, take a look at my The Crafty Prawn ‘Patchwork Quilt’ Section in my shop here and look out for the ‘MADE TO ORDER’ sticker!

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Made-to-order Rainbow Patchwork, Hand-Embroidered Quilt…For Baby Nora

A mainly-pictures post featuring my most recent made-to-order ‘Crafty Prawn’ quilt…
blog2-01…made a few months ago – still in the 2013th year, this quilt is a variation on my Rainbow Patchwork Quilt, originally created for my little nephew Finn who was born almost exactly a year before the recipient of this rainbow beauty.

a glimpse of the making…
blog-01…many a cup of tea, scruffy square tallies, and numerous safety pins are just some of my vital tools! Hand-embroidering the special name and birth-date squares is one of my favourite parts of the whole process. Basting with hundreds of safety pins…on the floor (clean+well swept of course)…occasionally pricking myself and kneeling on said safety pins…is not. But it’s all part of the fun of course.

a glimpse of the details…
blog3-01…I’ve used a striped two-tone binding for this one, which actually really adds to the overall appearance of the quilt and ties in all the various colours and patterns. I was doubtful that it would have this effect and was suspicious that it would confuse your eye making the full-on patchwork seem a little chaotic. BUT I’m glad I stuck with my instincts and went with stripey! Simple cross-hatched quilting also adds a beautiful texture.

a glimpse of the hand-embroidery…
blog5-01…’Crafty Prawn Custom-Made’ means hand-embroidery. In this case, a line of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet’s wise words in maroon, with rainbow touches to highlight special words. Each letter personally hand-embroidered by my little spindly fingers (they are really quite spindly) on soft 100% white linen.
***Not just any old custom-made…it’s ‘Crafty Prawn Custom-Made’!***

and a glimpse of little Nora modelling her quilt (beautifully I may add!)…
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‘The Crafty Prawn’ custom-made patchwork and hand-embroidered quilts are available to buy on my Etsy shop THE CRAFTY PRAWN. Choose your own special phrase, extract from a book or poem, or even song lyrics;  OR take inspiration from my Top 10 Quotes for Quilts.

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Somewhere over the rainbow…

…there’s a made-to-order rainbow patchwork quilt complete with custom random layout and beautifully hand-embroidered initial square…with a Crafty Prawn fabric label on it.

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Here is my latest made-to-order patchwork quilt, custom made for a new little baby in Belgium. All through the wonderful power of Etsy! This will be a mainly image filled post as I hope that pretty pictures speak for themselves. Saying that, I’ll probably get a bit carried away and jabber on about all the little details and fun I had making it!

This quilt uses the same fabrics and colours used in ‘Finn’s Quilt’ but with a random layout, as requested by the customer. Although I was a little tentative about a completely random layout at first, feeling it may look like a bit of an explosion, the result is a striking, bright and bold quilt. And as true patchwork is supposed to be completely random, why not! Other custom requirements included one of my special hand embroidered squares but with a bold M initial and a little embroidered year date.

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I can’t help but get a buzz from making with beautifully rainbow squares that have all been cut by my fair hands // the back if often just as intriguing with all those neatly pressed seams // feline assistant amongst the rainbow…

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This sunny number has been quilted with a crosshatch pattern in white thread, which gives a nice consistent texture to the zingy and slightly crazy random layout.

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The quilt has been backed with a rich maroon, complimenting the floral dusky pink binding and giving a nice neutral and not too girly feel to the overall quilt – yes the lucky recipient of this quilt was a baby boy! I also used a forget-me-knot blue thread for the bobbin – to show up the crosshatch quilting as a nice contrast with the maroon. Don’t forget the signature Crafty Prawn fabric label peeking out from behind!

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Tah-dah! If you would like your very own patchwork quilt in any size, pattern or colour just contact me via The Crafty Prawn Etsy shop and I can make you something totally handmade and unique. Perfect as a new baby gift, 1st birthday present for a special little niece or nephew or even a unique wedding gift!

***This quilt is available in The Crafty Prawn Etsy shop, here ***