Type of item: Functional
Style: Whimsical, Cute, Outdoorsy
Quilting cottons, thread, batting, Velcro spots, small amounts of acrylic yarn in various colours, polyfill and plastic toy eyes.
What was your inspiration?
I originally started out with the intention of making a cot quilt for my baby girl. The garden flowers were a design that I wanted to revisit from the first quilt I did because I enjoyed doing them so much. I was going to make three rows of these flowers to make it cot size. Somehow, as I was working on it, that initial idea evolved into this wall hanging with the removable crochet garden creatures! The crocheted creatures are velcroed onto the wall hanging so Molly can easily remove and rearrange them.
I have always loved the snail trail block, and thought it would look interesting as a repeating pattern, so I threw that in as well. I wanted to personalise it with more than just a label on the back so I included Molly's name in the design.
What are you most proud of?
It started out as Molly's, but her little brother Link loves the garden creatures and moving them around just as much as she does. Sometimes when I'm making something for my kids, they don't use and enjoy it the way I had originally envisioned and hoped. I'm thrilled that in this case they have both exceeded my hopes and have found real pleasure in it.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I looked up free patterns on the net for a few of the bugs, but some of them use such basic shapes, for example the spider, lady bugs and snake, that it is not at all difficult to come up with your own design.