Hey guys! Happy New Year!
I have a penchant for cute and silly animals. And even more so for cute and silly patchwork animals. Animals that don’t take themselves too seriously? 😉
Nigel and Nina enjoy long lazy swims in the brrrrrrrry cold Arctic ocean waters and all things upper crust. Did you know their horns are actually called tusks? Don’t tell that to Nina, who not-s0-secretly believes she maintained a magical existence as a unicorn in a past life. Do NOT get her started on the whole unicorn thing, because she will talk for hours! Nigel is an expert at handling Nina’s penchant for going on about the whole unicorn thing. But he can get his whiskers in a knot at times. If you really want to rile Nigel up, just ask him about the infamous “sea bass at the opera incident of 1994”. Wow…
Anyhoo… I digress!
Part of the reason I love making these Patchwork Pets so much is that it’s an easy win for me as a mom. I make so many quilts that the kids can’t have, it’s nice to be able to make something to give straight away to them. I get a hug, they tell me I’m the best! It’s beautiful!
In addition to the mompliments (mom compliments) I get from my kids. It’s magical to see their imaginations run wild with these critters! My kiddos have a game them play, and it’s called…. wait for it… Patchwork Pets. Ha! But truly, they grab their patchwork pet (they each have one, soon to be a thousand) and run to the playroom and play patchwork pets. My son likes to turn his into a gun… naturally. Haha!
Isn’t he cute? I have so much fun making these creatures. Here’s the prototype I made using Mammoth Flannel by Robert Kaufman. (If you use flannel I recommend lining it with stabilizer first!) Oh my gosh! That mustache! That monocle! Ack! I can’t stand the cuteness! Can’t you just hear him remarking on the tastiness of that caviar? Ha!
These adorably ridiculous creatures are part of my Patchwork Menagerie collection I have planned for 2018. I can’t wait for you to meet the rest of the Patchwork Menagerie line up! I’ve had so much fun designing each and hearing their stories.