19 January 2009

Sam's cool project

So the big project that Sam started on Thanksgiving is finally finished. It's actually been done for a while and I didn't get around to posting the pictures. It's really remarkable!



She found a really neat pattern for a cat bed and decided to make it for her ferret, Paisley (good name, right?) It was quite an adventure, starting with an egregious error on the supply list. It called for 12 feet of 24" wide by 1" thick upholstery foam. There are places in the construction where you would be sewing five layers of this foam together. Wasn't gonna happen. Of course we didn't discover this until we had spent nearly $80 on the foam and she cut out all the pieces. Headliner fabric worked perfectly though. Anyone want a whole bunch of weird shapes cut out of 1" foam? We can hook you up...

She picked fabric from my stash and made hers a Rainbow Trout. I think it looks amazing. The mouth is the opening to the bed, the whole inside of the fish is hollow (and lined), the fins are quilted and the eyes are styrofoam balls cut in half with pupils painted on.



It's huge - nearly 30" from pouty lips to flirty tail. And Paisley loves it.

17 comments:

Kristin L said...

That is totally awesome!

Terry said...

Exceptionally cool! Your daughter has inherited her artistic parents' genes.

quiltcat said...

wow that's magnificent! beautifully constructed and lovely choice of colors. The little apple definitely fell close to the family tree! would like to see a picture with the ferret in residence *g*.

Gerrie said...

I love this. I want a cat just so I can make the bed!! the fabrics are perfect.

Jackie K. said...

That came out great! I know that pattern - got caught with the same expensive dilemma and ultra thick seams to battle through. Hello hand sewing....

norma said...

It's so cute and I love the colors. Lucky ferret!

suequilts said...

That is adorable!! The colors and fabrics are terrific. Kudos to Sam! Care to share the name of the pattern?

Plain Jane said...

LOVE IT! congratulations to a job well done, Sam!

Natalya said...

very cool!

my croft said...

it's just gorgeous.
are there enough weird pieces to make another one? there could be a market in this.

on a side note, I've been to Paisley (the city), reknowned for shawls.

sion said...

I was going to say "that's totally awesome" but Kristin beat me to it. It really is excellently cool, well done Sam.

Vivien said...

wow!

Carol Sloan said...

Awesome job to Sam! I know that you must love that she is doing some of the same things that you love to do. Very cool...and ditto on the whole "apple didn't fall too far" thing.

Karen L R said...

Tell Sam it's wicked cool! Don't you just love the mother daughter fabric/ sewing connection? It's genetic, you know, passed down from one to another? Our family's goes back at least 5 generations. If it's such a blessing why do we call it an addiction at our house?

Phyllis said...

OMGosh - this fish is adorable! :)

Bethel of Bethania said...

Love Paisley's new bed - Sam did a great job of it & the colours are divine ... OOroo ... Bethel

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