Pretty Pastel Pennant Flags

012_edit_smlSo it turns out The Crafty Prawn can do pretty pastels too! Here is a little collection of pictures of a recent custom order for my special personalised name bunting – in pastel yellow, blue and white tones…
016_edit_smltomas-01Fabrics include…
…a sunflower yellow gingham
…some unique Japanese kawaii linen – can also be found here
…ditsy dotty cotton in baby blue and white

tomas2-01The Crafty Prawn custom-made name bunting can be personalised with any combination of colours, such as this pastel palette for baby Tomas in Australia.

What colours will you choose?
…Send me a message by clicking on ‘request custom order’ to start creating your bunting today…

Forget-me-not blue patchwork & embroidered quilt…for baby Bertie

051_edit_smlThis is the story of a custom-made quilt for a baby called Bertie, which I’m calling my ‘Forget-me-not-blue’ quilt. Inspired by the blue/green/white half of my ‘Two-Halves blended quilt’, my lovely customer Emily asked if it would be possible to create a whole quilt with these colours and fabrics. Add a bit of specially selected hand-embroidered text from Winnie-the-pooh (that Pooh is sooo popular), and a signature Crafty Prawn name & birthdate square, and voila! One Forget-me-not-blue patchwork and embroidered quilt for baby Bertie.

ALL ABOUT THE TONAL…
illustrator template for etsy listingsI particularly enjoyed working on this one, I love working with complimentary tonal colours and really relish the opportunity to create these scrappy squares! This involved tumbling out all my scrappy bits and pieces from my ‘blue’, ‘green’ and ‘white’ scrappy drawers, and matching up nice combinations of ‘that little bit of spotty green’ with ‘this little bit of moss green linen whatsit’…

FABRIC LOVE…
013_edit_sml…de-constructed quilt in progress. Hand-embroidered linen with 194 patchwork squares in waiting…
As with all my ‘Crafty Prawn’ quilts, I like to use a mixture of new, collected, found and up-cycled fabrics for my patchworks. I think this gives the quilts a one-off, modern yet quirky feel and a richness in texture and pattern. Just some of the fabrics used in this quilt include…a cute Japanese Kawaii linen with funny phrases like ‘tea please, Etsy sourcedup-cycled floral needle-cord originally in the form of a girls skirt, found in a Cardiff charity shop, years backa William Morris design in a contemporary lilac/blue colourwaysome brand-new geometric blue spot from ‘Tante Ema’, a German fabric designer I just found, ….I could go on! But i guess that’s enough geeky fabric info for now…I guess this is also what makes the quilts I make feel quite personal and it’s always a bit hard to send them off!

EMBROIDER ME…
forget-me-not-blue1-01-01…I love my wooden embroidery hoop…I bought it in my first week of my textile degree and it’s been with me ever since, perfect for these small delicate letters…
Winnie-the-Pooh strikes again! Becoming a regular occurrence in a ‘Crafty Prawn’ quilt. This once has a multi-tonal ‘heart’ for added interest and just because combining mustard yellow, duck-egg blue and dusky lilac all in one word gives me kicks! Bertie’s name square has been delicately bordered with a mustard yellow running stitch. Don’t think I’ll ever get bored of hand-embroidery, maybe I should have been around in an earlier time, where the accuracy of your hand-stitch was a highly prized skill…

TWO-TONE QUILTING? OH YES PLEASE…
forget-me-not-blue3-01I have quilted this one quite densely, which adds a lovely texture to the over all quilt. Using a dark and light blue, the quilt features two overlapping grids of intersecting lines. An added detail, which is difficult to make out in the pictures above – you’ll just have to see it in the flesh to get the real affect! Oh, and I forgot to mention the traditional, slightly tacky and a lot kitsch, dutch cotton fabric that slipped into a few squares. Adorned with all things dutch – clogs, ships, cows and windmills; used sparingly this delftware blue pattern goes very nicely with my tonal blues and adds to the quirky effect! You can just spot a ship sailing on a wave of patchwork there…

BABY BLUE POLKA DOT…
forget-me-not-blue42-01This ‘Forget-me-not-blue’ quilt has been backed with a polka dot baby blue cotton fabric, which finishes off the general feeling of whimsy! The white quilting lines on the reverse create a wonderful repetitive texture, making the quilt almost double sided and reversible.

And so all that’s left to show you is this quilt in action with Bertie chillin’!
14166_10153332297445503_613219419_nIf you would like to order a one of a kind ‘Crafty Prawn’ custom-made quilt a bit like this one, take a look at my quilt examples on The Crafty Prawn Etsy shop here

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