Monday, 3 September 2018

Mother and Baby

A quick (and sweet) little finish, another horse portrait that didn't make it into workshop samples, as I thought it was a bit too difficult:

When I was piecing my horse portrait samples, I experimented with different types and colours of fabrics to see how they changed the mood of the finished piece. I intended to try florals as well, but I don't have a lot of this kind of fabric, so I couldn't find enough that would work together. I finally made it after I found the yellow gingham with the little daisies that seemed "related" to the daisies on pink that I already had, and the green blender with a hint of floral pattern that seemed the perfect meadow in a fabric shop (yay to the summer sales!).

The trick here is to choose fabrics with small-scale chintzy kind of patterns that have one predominant colour, so that they "read" as yellow or pink or something from a distance. Yet, the addition of the flower pattern is a sweet touch that is very suitable for this particular mother+baby portrait.

I decided not to add any borders and leave it a simple mini quilt, about 17'' squared. As I had recently come across Angela Walter's Swirls Quilting Challenge with excellent video tutorials, I tried three swirl/pebble variations in the quilting of this mini.

The manes are made with felting wool and stitched into the seams.

Linking up to Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River


  1. So pretty! I love the feel of the quilt, so soft, feminine, and calm. I always enjoy seeing the projects you make Lena. You are so artistic and creative! Thanks for sharing on MCM.

  2. Beautiful Olena! The fabrics you chose are perfect and the wool manes are a wonderful addition! Thank you for sharing at Linky Tuesday!

  3. Aw, this is just so sweet! You've captured that special mother-daughter feel. I love it!

  4. I just love the look and feel of this quilt. Excellent work.

  5. Oh my, your quilt is so very sweet and may I say amazing! Fabulous design and the fabrics you chose are perfect. I am besotted with the eyes and the addition of the wool manes is inspired. Such a gorgeous finish!

  6. This quilt is utterly charming! So sweet.

    :) Linda


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