Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quilted Growth Charts

Since the recipients of these gifts are both under age 2, I think it's safe to post them before Christmas...

Several months back I got my hands on some fabulous Dr. Seuss fabric and was just dying for a project.  I wanted to somehow showcase the characters.  A friend of mine also loved the fabric and wanted something for her boy's room.  And that was the start of the Seuss-inspired growth chart.

I framed each of the characters with coordinating fabrics from the same line (note, matching 'wonky stripes' is impossible - don't try it).  Starting with 'The Cat' along with 'Thing 1' and 'Thing 2', then 'Sam', 'Horton', 'Yertle the Turtle' and ending with 'The Grinch" along with Max.  Each framed character is separated by a block that lists various Seuss Titles.  And at the top the chart is personalized.  

This growth chart was so much fun!  It's a lot of color and character and wonkiness but I absolutely love it.  And I think I have enough fabric for one or two more...

And the latest chart is a take on the same quilted frames idea, only this time I used a Butterfly print from Michael Miller's Wings of Peace line.  In each block is an applique letter and then it is framed with a pink linen blend (oh so lightweight) and then trimmed in a matching pink broadcloth.  And of course, the finishing touch - 5 custom embroidered butterflies.  My favorite is the purple one at the top, though there is also a shimmering blue one in the middle.

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