Insane Quilts in Bath (Stuff and Things…catch up!)

6 months…no blog post…Oops.
I blame this partly on my jet-setting lifestyle – ha! – and partly on acquiring a smart phone…Instagram = death to the blog it seems!
I will do another ‘where have I been’ post soon – just to wow you with all the fun stuff I’ve been doing (ha! again) – but I’m starting with a post about some INSANE quilts I saw at The American Museum in Bath. Yes, it was a little while ago (ahem, November) but these pictures want to be shared. And quite frankly after 6 months, I’ve forgotten how this shiz works, so I’m easing myself in gently! :)

Welcome back…

We went to see the Kaffe Fasset exhibition which was basically an extreme saturated colour bomb, in textile form – what’s not to like – but I was also won over by these insanely eye-squintingly intricate quilts hanging in the staircase – I think they’re part of the museums’ general quilt collection. Which is vast and interesting and beautiful and well worth a look. You should go!
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…and Kaffe brilliance and joy.blog-02-01some more Kaffe crocheted craziness…
…and a cute little picture of Rachel to show the INSANE scale of that quilt.
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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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and ta-dah! One ‘Abstract Gems’ Mini Quilt…

…so, following my latest Punch of Pastel Power post, here’s the result.

~/ inspiration…
powerful pastels // dusky pink – teal – sand – mint green // very cool abstract printed linen // ‘Abstract Gems’
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~/ making…
patchwork // hand-embroidery // dense textural grid quilting // hand-made binding
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~/ mini quilt…
bring that bubba a bit of modern style // totally reversible // 30” x 33” (76cm x 84cm) // rolls up VERY small
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a touch of hand-embroidery magic // hundreds of 3” x 3″ (7.5cm) patchwork squares // genuine 90’s vintage fabric
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~/ buy it…
available to buy now! // click here to read more // ready to dispatch in 1-3 days
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A Punch of Pastel Power

So, I wouldn’t say I’m a fan of pastel colours, I’m more of a brights and vivids sort of girl. BUT pastels are everywhere I look at the moment. It’s safe to say…wait for it, I’m going to come out with some sales speak…they are ‘so on-trend right now, baby!
I figure pastels don’t have to be insipid, so here’s my Punch-of-Pastel-Power! YEAH!
pastel power-01pictures from top…‘pretty pastels’ photo by me // ‘diaphanous 2014 colour trend’ from fashiontrendsetter.com //painting in pastel’ from ohmylittedears.com blog // ‘spring/summer 2014 colour trend’ from fashionising.com //bunting points’ from The Crafty Prawn // ‘setting hues’ from designseeds.com

This is the first (and probably only time) that I’ve found a silver lining to the fact that our scruffy old Rotterdam apartment has an avidly painted salmon-y pink living room. We’re talking the walls, the wooden window frames, the doors, part of the ceiling, the pipes…whoever did it really loved that pink. I, on the other hand, do not. But after disposing of the lurid Kermit green in the bedroom and dark aubergine purple in my small studio space, I just didn’t have the courage to attack the salmon pink. So anyway, here it provides a nice little backdrop for some of my pastel-power inspired photos…
blog1-01…and finally, on that note, here’s a sneaky peak of a selection of fabrics destined for a new Crafty Prawn mini-quilt called ‘Abstract Gems’. Pulled ‘straight from my stash’ – as people in the quilting world love to say – that pretty in-your-face fabric you see is actually a very lovely printed linen I acquired from the kind-lady-who-gave-me-tonnes-of-fabric. We’re going to call it ‘vintage’ as I’m pretty sure it’s straight from the 90’s as it reminds me of Will Smith’s hair in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and a little bit of some lurid shellsuits my older sisters used to have (do you know what I mean?!) BUT once I’ve finished with it, it’s going to be mega cool honest. Imagine it in a stripped back, hipster East-London warehouse apartment and you’ll understand my vision! :)
blog2-01AND, notice those perfectly pastel tones? Intended to be a double-sided mini quilt a bit like this ‘Summer in a Square’ baby blanket, the plain fabrics of Dusky-Pink, Sand, Mint, Teal and Aubergine-Purple will make a funky patchwork for one side to compliment those Abstract Gems on the other. Watch this space…

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*NEW* Handmade ‘Plum & Moss Town’ Triangle Quilt *READY TO SHIP NOW!*

A pictures post about my latest READY TO SHIP quilt. A beautifully bold plum-purple, moss-green, aubergine-purple, turquoise and royal blue equilateral triangle patchwork…read on to find out more!

On sale NOW in my Etsy shop here, the ‘Plum & Moss Town’ quilt is so called because of it’s it’s bold range of purples (Plum), greens (Moss) and a modern cityscape of cats, cars, lampposts and trees (Town).
Designed to bring a touch of whimsy and contemporary style to a toddler’s bedroom or brighten up a new baby’s nursery.
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inspiration & fabric…

bold and zingy colour range of on-trend plumaubergine-purplemoss-greenturquoiseroyal-blue
…rich plains and graphic unusual patterns —cats — lamp-posts — trees — birds…
…fabric is cut from a variety of new—collected—found—up-cycled fabrics—cotton—cotton mix—linen…
…special ones include…
…up-cycled African/Batik style cotton with an all over abstract pattern…
…a range of up-cycled 100% cotton rich plains in mottled plum, aubergine, moss and turquoise
…a patterned cotton twill with a fabulously chintzy floral in black and plum
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making…
…pieced together from hundreds of co-ordinating tonal 6” (15cm) sided equilateral triangles…
…made using Hobbs heirloom quality 100% cotton batting, this quilt is light but surprisingly very warm…
…edged with handmade, double thickness aubergine-purple striped binding, stitched with turquoise thread…
…comes with a special ‘The Crafty Prawn‘ fabric label attached on the reverse of the quilt…
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the quilt…

…measuring approx. 42” x 42” (107cm x 107cm)…
…perfect as a…cot or crib quilt—play mat—tummy time—bed throw—snuggly sofa blanket—everyday blankie…
…a truly unisex item, perfect for both funky girls and boisterous boys!…
…reverse of the quilt is is ditsy-dot moss-green with a patchwork stripe of fabrics from the front-side triangles; making this quilt totally reversible….
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the special bits…
…quilt has been machine-quilted using a range of co-ordinating coloured threads on top and white on the reverse….
…quilted on either side of each seam line and quilted a baby sized triangle within each triangle of the patchwork…
…extra graphic detailing—lovely textural effect—attention to detail!…
…quilt can be used from baby time—through to toddler-hood—through to when little one can pick out the plum coloured cats and moss-green birds all by themselves!
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…thank you!…
…want it? buy it here
…shipped within 1-3 days…

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