Monday, July 30, 2012

Modern Nuno Baby Quilt!



Painting by Paul Klee
It still feels strange to say it (since I feel so young and all!), but I'm going to be a grandparent soon! My stepson and his wife are expecting their first child, and I wanted to make something special that they'll hopefully use and keep.  I decided that a quilt-like, lightweight blanket would be fun to make with felt, and I was inspired by the painting above...

First I died some big pieces of silk paj in varying shades of blues and green, along with two huge pieces of hand-dyed silk chiffon that I overlapped slightly before laying on fine merino wool and tussah silk.  I cut and tore the silk paj into 5 x 5" pieces (132 of them, to be exact!), and laid them out so that the colors varied randomly.  I then wet it out and used the tumble-dryer method to felt it, then threw and scrunched it to full it.  The turquoise tussah silk seemed to run forever, but I finally got it to rinse clear!  (Turquoise always runs for a while, and my hands sure showed it!)
Silk pieces laid out on the base of chiffon, merino and tussah silk

Back of finished blanket

Close-up of finished blanket

The final product, a modern nuno baby quilt!  I sewed on a little tag, and tied on one of my sheep cards.  I think they liked it, and I can't wait to see that new little bundle of joy wrapped up in this!


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8 comments:

thecrazysheeplady said...

Gorgeous!!!

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

It's beautiful, Lindy! You've created an heirloom for this precious baby. Being a grandmama is a wonderful thing - I found out a few weeks ago that my ninth grandbaby is on the way.

Loco Lindy said...

Thanks, Sara and Dianne!!! Tha's so exciting that you're going to have another grandbaby, Dianne!

Zenitude said...

Such a lucky baby! Your blanket is a work of art, really stunning. I would love to call it my own!

Loco Lindy said...

Thanks, Zenitude! I'd like my own as well, and may someday tackle a full-sized blanket!

Tigerlillyfarm said...

That's the most beautiful baby blanket I've ever seen.

Tigerlillyfarm said...

That's the most beautiful baby blanket I've ever seen.

Loco Lindy said...

Aww, thanks Tigerlilly! You made my day :)