Posts Written By Martha

Japanese Felt Mascots

These Japanese books are available at the Kinokuniya Book Store (which is located in the Seattle Uwajimaya) for around $16.  You can also buy them on ebay, but those sellers charge over $25.  Although the directions are all written in Japanese, the diagrams are extremely detailed and easy to figure out.  If you want to try this, I would recommend either 100% wool felt or a wool blend.  It’s more expensive, but the cheap acrylic felt squares sold in many craft stores are too thin and will not hold their shape.  I am making these for my daughter, Emily, and her boyfriend, Aaron, for their first little Christmas tree.  I used 100% wool felt, embroidery floss and a few beads and buttons.  They are really fun to make and you can complete one in an hour or two, depending on the size and number of pieces.


A quilt for Julie

This is a doll quilt I made for the new American Girl doll, Julie.  I related to this doll since the year is 1974 and she is a hippy like I was  (or at least as much as any AG doll could be).  Julie was also the name of my sister-in-law who had long blonde hair just like this doll.  This pattern is one I remembered from an old quilt book I had from 1977.  The original pattern was an appliqued twin bed quilt and I always thought it was a great example of the “flower power” type designs.  Because the smallest blocks on my quilt are only 4 inches square, I decided to crayon tint and embroider the doll quilt rather than applique.  This type of heavy crayon tinting was new for me, especially since I crayoned the whole block, including the background.  I also changed the colors a bit from the original pattern (below) and added green sashing strips.  To finish off, I hand quilted around most of the elements with colored thread to match the background tint.

I also used wall stickers to decorate the outside of a trunk which I already owned, and wallpapered the inside with butterfly scrapbook paper.  The outside was then painted with a couple of coats of acrylic to keep the stickers from peeling.  Now I just need to make her some cute 70’s style clothes.