When I was a young girl, our parents gave my brother, sister and I books every Christmas. For a couple of years it was the Chronicles of Narnia. I remember reading them over and over again. I would read one in a day and go through them very quickly. They were so much fun.
Then when my husband and I had children, we raised them with those stories also. My granddaughters are getting a good dose of them too. They are delightful to read and really have much of the Word of God in them, although it can be rather hidden. But they do relate to our lives.
The young people in our church decided to have a Narnia night for the whole church. They worked hard for a couple of weeks on sets, much of which was happening in our shop and driveway. It was very fun. Also, the costumes were great. I got to work on a couple of those for my sons.
This is my son Puddleglum with his fiancee. Queen Prunaprismia. He went to a thrift store and bought pants and a jacket and other things. I took the other things and put patches all over his jacket and pants. That took a lot of free motion quilting skills to do it. I also made his hat from burlap and peltex. He added a wire around the brim to keep it flat. He is the Marshwiggle that has the most sunny dispostition of the Marshwiggles. He may seem gloomy but he is faithful in believing in Narnia. Here he's talking to the Queen of the Underworld,
"Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all of those things—trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan
himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the
made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones...
We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies
playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world
I also made Lord Restamar's costume. He was one of the 7 lords of Narnia that were sent away by King Miraz during his reign. He went to a place that was Gold water. He went for a swim and he died in it a gold man. King Caspian renamed it Deathwater.
My son is alive and doing well. I used gold fabric and he put body paint on to make him all gold. He did win a prize for his costume.
Here are some of my other children that I did not make costumes for.
Victoria is the giantess baker. As she is a seamstress, she sewed her own costume and used sheetrockers stilts to walk around on. She is with my son Chris, who is a foreign fat child doing exercises. Those were the kind of children that Eustace liked to look at in books. A talking porcupine, Clara, is sitting on his shoulders.
My daughter Naomi, is Jewel, a unicorn in the Last Battle. She was always true to Aslan.
She has Queen Susan (Eloise) sitting on her back.
My son Joe made a nice frame for the horse and the back legs move when she walks. I think it's pretty amazing. She won a prize also.
Here is another of Jewel with another Queen Susan.
And here we have Aslan (Juliet) and Queen Susan.
I hope you enjoyed the time. Read the books. They will be fun.
It seems these little items are a great hit with young school girls. As one daughter is a school teacher and another daughter teaches sewing students, they are always looking for prizes to reward their students at different times. And these kind of items are hits.
First, we have this turtle. The shell can even come off of him.
He's not really very small, but is soft and cudddly to squeeze.
Sometimes turtles need to lay on their backs.
This is a little bird. I'm not sure about him yet. Maybe he'd look better on a different color.
Then there's this granny square owl. Pretty cute,eh?
I realized I'm always setting snacks out on paper towels for the girls. It does make it easy to clean up, but it doesn't look very nice. And I'm a quilter. How easy it is for me to make snack mats for them.
These are all ideas that I found on pinterest.
I quilted the background first and then fused my applique pieces on top of that and stitched around them also. Some are zig-zag, some are straight stitch.
I even used nice backings for them.
And the girls really enjoy their snacks on them.
This is the last snackmat that I finished after the rest.
Julia is a new child for some friends of ours. And the first girl in that family. So I am welcoming her with a new quilt for her crib. Her mom told me what colors she likes and this is what I came up with.
The clouds are not really yellow. They are white with little gold dots in them.
I did steal the idea from a quilt that I had pinned. It had different colors but is otherwise much the same.
It came together very quickly as it is all fused on. There was no sewing until I did the quilting.
I put an extra layer of batting behind the clouds to let them puff out.
As I am generally not a modern quilt person, I had a daughter who helped me with the fabric picking and the design. I did turn out to be a soft looking quilt. The pictures are not a true look of it. It turned out much nicer than I had almost thought it would.