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Monday, September 03, 2007

Another Felted Totoro and Sashiko Baby Futon



Pattern: Knitted Totoro by smartygirl.
Yarn: Cascade 220
Needles 10.5 bamboo clovers

I don't know why his head came out so small and his ears so big. I felted him 16 minutes and needlefelted the eyes, nose and chest markings on. The original seems more Totoro-like. The other blues invited the new guy to inspect the quilt in progress. I have to figure out something for his whiskers.

Quilt Pattern: Sashiko Baby Futon, pattern by Pauline Kunimune formerly of Kuni's Dry Goods.
I enjoyed taking sewing classes at the old Kuni's. I have made this futon many times for new babies. I love the mon designs and put the family one in the center and toys around. It's a fast quilt as only 5 blocks have sashiko, and a futon is tied not quilted. I orignally tried out traditional futon stuffing, but it shifts as it is not bonded. If find it more practical to use bonded 5 oz batting so it can washed in the machine. I love Kona Cotton for the backing, borders and blocks as it has a nice weight.

10 comments:

debbie said...

i love your baby futon - i still have a problem making my stitches even looking for sashiko-guess practice makes perfect....totoro looks cute and has a lot of character!

Dipsy said...

I so adore your Totoros! As Debbie said, they sure have a load of character - and I'm getting so addicted to your families of them that I think I'll *so* have to try them out too one day! Must be a load of fun indeed!

beadlizard said...

Charming! Your little friends always make my DD and me smile. And the quilt is gorgeous. What lovely work. My quilt's on hold until the weather cools off -- too hot to have it in my lap lately. --syl

Opal said...

The newest Totoro is so adorable with his tiny head! I think he's perfect just the way he is.

Your Sashiko is gorgeous! I miss the sewing classes at the old Kuni's. I too a class there when I was in junior high. That place held a lot of good memories. *sigh*

miche said...

about that shrunken head and unshrunken belly...could it be that the white yarn didn't felt as readily as the blue, so the gut girth is still big? no matter -- i like the proportion/distortion. but i can understand your frustration. felting is never a precise or predictable action, is it?

nice quilting! you continue to inspire me to get the sewing machine up and running...

nova said...

I love the cute totoros. And the Sashiko stitiching is amazing. Good work Barb!

Felicia said...

Oh I love the little bunnies!

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

The fabrics in the baby futon are beautiful. The teals make the other colors pop out well. Even if you think he came out odd, I think your "unusual" Totoro looks cool. I like that he towers over the others. :)

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marti said...

i love the totoro, and the quilt is very adorable!h

debbie said...

hi barb! thought of you when i found this blog if you don't already read it: oldschoolacres.typepad.com/ - there's an acorn softie tutorial and read her sept. 12 post....have a nice weekend!