Monday, 8 June 2009

My little mouse family

I have finally done the hand sewing on this quilt top.

The pieces were ironed onto the backing fabric using bondaweb and then appliqued using blanket stitch using two strands of Madeira embroidery cotton. After the first couple of pieces, I got into a rhythm and the stitches got more even.
Next the tails were stitched in stem stitch using six strands. This gives the tails some thickness.


The exciting bit was the faces. The nose and eyes are done in satin stitch using three strands, and then the mouths were stitched in stem stitch.
I know I could have machine appliqued this, but it was so much more satisfying doing this by hand. Now after a gentle wash and an iron, I need to make it into a quilt.

13 comments:

MargB said...

These mice are cute!

Lula said...

what a sweet little mouse family

Gaynor said...

Wow, that is pretty....is there no end to the talent hehe.
I have never appliqued...curse my mother for having 4 boys straight after me...still..I make a mean machine gun noise lol

Deepa said...

Lovely...Is this going to be part of a bigger quilt?

Miss 376 said...

Thank you everyone. Deepa, this is going to be a pram quilt

Rudee said...

Oh! These are so adorable and will make a perfect pram quilt. Lucky babe!

Terry said...

How cute! And congrats on getting it done! :0)

Karoline said...

It's lovely, congratulations

Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, my goodness! They're darling!

Paula Hewitt said...

these are so cute. i think the hand applique makes it!

Mad about Craft said...

Very cute!!

Elena said...

Wow! You have done an amazing job! The mice are so cute!

Karan said...

Oh this is so sweet! :0)