BatQuilt

by Orkaloca February 13 bed quilt * creazioni * custom made

Challenges.

They bring you to think outside the box, to try new things, find an original solution.
And often they are hidden where you would not expect.

In a baby quilt, for example.

So one day a friend contacts you and asks you for a baby quilt. But he wants something special, original.

As always I try to figure the situation: "Do you want it classic, with square blocks, or an all-over design?". He responds "an all-over".
Well well things get interesting.

Second question "Have you already thought to a subject?"
And here he drops the bomb "Yes, I would like it with -drumroll- BATS"

Grin on my face.

Bats are adorable little animals, too often mistreated and viewed as disgusting beings, if not dangerous.
The reality is that they are fascinating creatures, wonderful, cuddly and perfectly adapted to their role of flying mammals.
They suffer the fame of the vampire, but the reality is that most bats eat insects, others eat fruit and there are also bats who seeks for the pollen of flowers.

Sure sleeping upside down is not the smartest thing in the world, in our opinion, but even that makes sense for them. Think at how little effort must be done to start flying :)

(Click on images to enlarge)

For this quilt I have chosen to depict bats in search of pollen. Did you know that bats can lick the pollen as they fly hovering? A bit like a big furry hummingbird.

Considering the deep blue background, and the realistic brown bat, I inserted the white and pink bell-shaped flowers to brighten the scene. The action is enclosed, but not limited, by a yellow frame that provides light.

These are all things that I define at the design stage, when I make the first design and test colours. 

Technically speaking the background is pieced while bats, leaves, flowers and branches are machine applique.

The quilting motif follows the marbling in the center panel. On the edges the quilt is in leaves motif. It isn't very dense because this is a quilt that must to be used, not an artistic panel, and should remain as soft as possible. It will wrap the baby in a cuddly hug, now that it's in the bed as well as later when he will grow up and will look the cartoons cuddling on the couch .

This is one of my favourite baby quilts and I say thanks to who challenged me to make it :) 


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A quilt with a Mediterranean twist

by Orkaloca February 4 bed quilt * creazioni * custom made

One day I received a request, something "outside the box": not the usual pink or blue baby quilt but a quilt with a Mediterranean flavor, which could remind the forests, and with the initials of the child it was for.
Stimulated by the challenge I started to design.

A baby quilt must be:

- Very resistant to use and abuse. This is why I use techniques like piecing and applique with fusible web.
- Thin and lightweight but warm.
- Soft, so it can't have too much quilting.

With that in mind I did this project, using colors that recall the Mediterranean. I have used leaves shapes in applique, they are leaves from Italian plants. 

After the project I started to sew the quilt. Near each applique leaf I've hand-embroidered the name of the plant it belongs to.

I've echo-quilted the leaves...

... while a grid quilt the pieced blocks.

Finally on the border there are leaves and curls.

Here it is, finished and ready for its new home. 


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Table quilt

by Orkaloca March 25 creazioni * custom made

The "marine compass" style is the new black, it goes well with everything... and if you have a request for a table quilt but you don't know the furnishing style, this is quite a safe choice. 

But of course I've made it my own way, with some swirls and curvy pieces ^_*


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Custom made dog with dog portrait

by Orkaloca July 27 creazioni * custom made

When Nala arrived I received lot of help from an experienced dog trainer, and results have been wonderful.
To thank this person I've made a quilted bag with the portrait of her dog, made as pictorial applique.
I've taken a photo and I I?ve drew the applique pattern from it, then I?ve looked for the right fabrics to recreate right tones and then I've shadowed and detailed with thread work.

I make this kind of bag on order also, so if you want one contact me :)


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Picasso the cat in quilt (WIP)

by Orkaloca July 13 cat * custom made

Work In Progress of the quilt with my cat

The photo I've started with

Applique taking form on the pattern I've draw from the photo

Finished applique, now I've to quilt it


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