Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Monkeys for Special People

This is Picasso - he was a gift for a lovely lady's retirement, she helped me with some difficult sewing recently and, in the past, helped me hugely when I got into a tight jam and was stressing majorly with getting something finished.  Maree makes beautiful scrappy quilts, so I made her a scrappy monkey with ears, arms, tail and body all from different socks.

Next is Ocean - a gift for a lady who goes out of her way to help others when they need, to make sure people don't miss out, who just quietly goes about doing things without expecting any thanks or recognition.  I decided she needed recognition and thanks, so Ocean went to live with his new Mum, Lynn.  In her favourite colour of aqua, with white, grey and black too, and it looks like he's wearing little black socks with grey/white stripes. beausoleil  is Lynn's blog, where she has some amazing quilts she's made!!

Finally, this bright, cheerful little girl was a gift for a lady who went out of her way to retrieve a lost Teddy bear!  Our pup has had her Teddy since we first brought her home from the SPCA.  Teddy was a comfort to her when she came to her new home with us, met her big brother and sister (who she was terrified of at first) and is still a comfort to her when she's feeling a bit off or vulnerable.  Our pup sucks on her Teddy's ear, sometimes making a very high-pitched sound as she does so, she also squeaks his tummy...as if she's talking to him and he's answering.  So, naturally, she was quite lost and we were quite devastated one day to learn he was missing!  We'd been for a car ride to another town, about 35 minutes away and Teddy had gone along for the ride.  It wasn't till we got home that we realised he was no longer in the car and she was searching for him.  To cut a long story short, a plea went out on Facebook and a friend of a friend thought she might have seen Teddy on the street.  Elizabeth went out of her way to drive over to that street to see if it was indeed Teddy, she rescued him and took him home to keep him safe till we could pick him up the next day.  Not many would do that for a dog's Teddy bear, but she did, so I made her a monkey as a big thank you!  She named her Lexi, short for Aleksah, which means 'friend', which I think is a beautiful name.

Another Nana Quilt Update

I picked up the quilt I started for Nana from the quilter's about two weeks ago.  The lady has done a fantastic job on it.  I'm so pleased.  The pattern is an all-over daisy print, which picks up on the background flowers too. 

This picture shows the backing fabric, which is a flannel, so nice and snuggly warm to touch.  This quilt also has double batting - two layers of batting - sandwiched in the middle. 

 All that's left to do is the binding now.  I have chosen a navy/white stripe, which hopefully will just finish everything off and finish it all.  Having been sick for the past two weeks, I'm really looking forward to being able to finishing this quilt really soon.  And I'm over the moon that, what started as an idea for Mother's Day 2012, and then became a sad reminder of having lost Nana.....this will soon be able to be wrapped around me like a hug from her....