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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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…
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…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…

NEW Handmade ‘Mustard & Elephant’ Quilt – READY TO SHIP NOW

I would like to share with you my latest quilt and the first ‘The Crafty Prawn’ READY TO SHIP Handmade Patchwork Quilt!
On sale NOW in my Etsy shop, the ‘Mustard & Elephant’ quilt. So called because of it’s bold range of yellows, (Mustard) and greys, (Elephant). Designed to bring a touch of whimsy and contemporary style to a toddler’s bedroom or brighten up a new baby’s nursery.123_edit_sml**************************************************************
inspiration & fabric…

bold and zingy colour range—yellowsgreysnavyturquoise
…graphic unusual patterns—polka dots—gingham—stripes—rich plains…
…fabric is cut from a variety of new—collected—found—up-cycled fabrics—cotton—cotton mix—linen…
…special ones include…
…a quirky Japanese linen featuring black bears roaming a forest of mustard and teal coloured trees…
…my original folk-inspired hand screen-printed ‘Horses & Houses’ fabric, printed on ticking fabric in a slate grey
…some up-cycled shirting fabric and beautifully soft navy linen…
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making…
…pieced together from hundreds of 3” x 5” (7.5 x 12.5 cm) rectangles and 1″ x 5″ (2.5 x 12.5 cm) strips…
…made using Hobbs heirloom quality 100% cotton batting, this quilt is light but surprisingly very warm…
…edged with handmade, double thickness, navy binding, stitched with yellow thread…
…comes with a special ‘The Crafty Prawn‘ fabric label attached on the reverse of the quilt…making_sml-01****************************************************************
the quilt…

…measuring approx. 35” x 50”(89cm x 127cm)…
…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 bright mustard yellow combined with grey polka dots, making this quilt totally reversible…
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the special bits…
…quilt has been machine-quilted using a mustard yellow thread on top and white on the reverse….
…quilted on either side of each seam line and quilted baby sized rectangles within each rectangle 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 Japanese black bears and yellow lollipop trees!…
Mustard and Elephant quilt_special bits-01…thank you!…
…want it? buy it here
…shipped within 1-3 days—with plenty of time for xmas…

Bold-Floral-Modern-Girly Name Bunting

Untitled-1So here is a little post about some special bunting for a little baby called Epma, or Erma, in Bulgaria. The Crafty Prawn’s first Cyrillic name bunting! A custom order from my architect friend to greet a friends new baby into the world! Given free reign to create a new colour and fabric combination – my first name bunting destined for a little girl – I went for a floral but bold and funky feel, which could also be perfectly good for a little boy – as long as you’re not prejudiced against flowers. I don’t really go in for the whole ‘pink for girls, blue for boys’ thing – so boring – so this poppy, modern alternative may be just the thing your looking for!
fabric selection2These gorgeous, crisp and modern flowers on a bright red background was sourced from my local fabric shop and has the stamp ‘Darling’ on the selvedge…but I’ve never heard of this brand/manufacturer and it seems google’s never heard of it either, so if anyone knows anything about ‘Darling’ fabric, please let me know!

Anyway, back to the bunting…we’ve got mod-style flowers, yellow polka dots, blue little spots, vibrant red, sunshine yellow…what more could you want?bunting on brick (13)_edit_smlbunting on brick (11)_edit_smlillustrator template for etsy listingsbunting on brick (9)_edit_smlThis bunting has all the usual ‘Crafty Prawn’ high quality features such as double-sided reversible flags, a ‘Crafty Prawn’ fabric label’ and hand-cut applique letters with decorative running stitch detailing. But this bunting is extra special with two star flags on either end of the name section, this is a really nice added detail for shorter names – such as Epma!

And I hope you’re enjoying my new photographs – taken out and about in Rotterdam. I aim to do these kind of shots for every product I make, for the natural light, the nice textures you can find outside and being a bit of country bumpkin at heart, I grab any chance to get outside and mingle about with the leaves and flowers. Luckily I found some triangular brick paving, which gives a lovely contrast to the bright, bold triangles of the bunting!
Here are a few more shots of me and my bunting bumbling about in the flowers, didn’t quite make the cut for Etsy, but pretty all the same. Can you see me? I pretty much blend into the roses!
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This personalised name bunting is available to buy at The Crafty Prawn Etsy shop here, or get in touch with your own range of colours and we can create a custom-made selection just for you!

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