another mini quilt, another bear?
it’s still winter and i’m still hibernating and hibernating = bears.
used some of that hand stamped fabric i hand stamped several years ago. i had intentions of making a pillow back then, but sometimes the urge hits you to make a bear mini quilt and you just have to go with that urge.
i’m also experimenting with not having perfect little stitches and that is a HARD thing to do. when i browse the web and look at other people’s work, the quilts that catch my eye are the messier, less-than-perfect quilts. i can’t figure out what makes something look “artsy” vs. what makes something look like it was done by someone who has no clue how to use a needle and thread, and therefore amateurish. is it a combo of good stitches and messy stitches? good and messy is what i tried here.
this one’s smaller than the ones i’ve been making recently. 8″ x 10-1/2″.
(this is another example of using a photo of a bear as a template, although it kind of resembles a man in bear suit. and that makes me laugh.)
also – if you’re asking yourself, “is there any difference between a mini quilt and a potholder,” well, i cannot answer that.
i forget what this holiday is all about.
someone refresh me.
five years ago (2006) i crafted some skivvies for some store in the northwest – was it portland, oregon? seattle? it may have been california for all i know. i can’t remember. apparently the store was displaying handcrafted valentine’s underwear, i think (?), and they were taking submissions from anyone. man, that sounds dumb. i could have this story all wrong – just go with it and play along. anyway, i crafted up some store bought underwear with fabric paint and beads and sequins, threw ’em in an envelope and mailed ’em off with a little valentine ornament i stitched up as well.
i never heard anything back from the store (they were probably chucked right in the garbage can upon arrival.)
anyway, it’s the only valentine related thingie i can think to post. (and excuse the quality of pics…they were taken with a crap camera that came with the printer i bought back-in-the-day.)
ahhhh, the cigarette smoking heart. classy. (on a serious note, i do recall my friend’s dad had just suffered a stroke from a life-long cigarette smoking habit, which led me to name these underwear “stroke me.” again – classy.)
in other handcrafted news, i made another mini quilt – that’s TWO mini quilts started and finished in the year 2011. can you stand it? it’s another bear-themed quilt. i’m channeling hibernation.
i don’t love it and i kept waiting for it to grow on me.
it never did.
i decided to finish it up just to finish it up and be done with it. more winter, hibernating decor (it’s 9″ x 19″):
without a frame –
and in another setting, in a frame: