Pink Plush Bunny for a Baby

I fell for this pattern in a quilting magazine, and fortunately a friend of mine is have a baby girl this year.  So I got to make it.  The bunny ears are supposed to stand up, but I forgot the interfacing!  It was my first experience with sewing plush fabric – not my favourite; it moves when being pinned, and is impossible to undo stitches!

Christmas Knitted Wreath

Not quite finished for the start of 12 days of Christmas, but there’s still a few days left to enjoy it – although it was hung up unfinished.    This is one of Sue Stratford’s creations (https://www.suestratford.co.uk/), and is supposed to have 12 mini knitted ‘additions’.  Maybe it will for next year.

 

 

Christmas Decorations

I spent quite a lot of the summer making these variety of Christmas Decorations for hanging on the tree, now delivered and hanging (I hope).   I know some of these are not traditional Christmas themes, but I liked them.  I made many more stuffed Christmas these hangings but didn’t photograph them.

   

Apple Core Quilt

Finally a shape that is NOT square or rectangular!  I saw the Apple Core pattern in a magazine and my sewing tutor had a die so I thought I’d have a go.  The Cores are much smaller than the magazine pattern – approximately 6” by 7”.  I’m glad I ran out of fabric and couldn’t make the centre any bigger – approximately 35.5” by 27.5”.  While sewing the individual Apple Cores together was not ‘difficult’ is was time consuming – needing a lot of pins.

I have been on a ‘sewing curves’ course and used the tips – shorten your sewing stitch length, use lots of pins and sew slowly. Sewing the rows together needed lots and lots of pins (a whole box for each row) and took a while.  I appliqued the centre onto the side sashing to bring the finished quilt up to 39” by 42.5” and avoid needing bias cut binding.  Quilted each side of the curved seams – not very accurately in places!

Alphabet Baby Quilt

The second one I have made this year.  This time I made it as a ‘quilt as you go’ which made the quilting of the letters ‘in the ditch’ a lot easier.  Although sewing the blocks and rows together was more challenging due to the wider sashing – 2”.  The choice of pale grey for the sashing was by the requestor.  Thanks to a sewing friend each letter has different material.

 

 

Crafter’s Carry-All

My sewing tutor made one of these and I had a ‘I want one of those’ moments thinking that would work to hold my overlocker.  It took me quite a while to choose the fabrics all out of my stash, and hours to cut out the pieces with the wadding.  This is my first project using ‘Bosul’ a foam that acts as wadding and gives some stiffness – so the bag stands up on its own.  Typically my machine ( a Bernina) didn’t like sewing with it – skipping stitches, so I use the Janome purple tipped needles – I would be lost without these.   With all the pieces cut out, we did a workshop day at which I got the outer quilted  (not obvious) and put together.  The lining is separate, and when I’d put it together I decided it was too thin – being batik.  So I undid it , cut another set and made it double.  That worked.  I also hand stitched the lining to the outer in the corners and at points along the sides, so the lining will stay put.

Lurkey the Turkey

Yet again I fell for a feathered creature!  A year ago I couldn’t resist this pattern but it was forgotten until recently when my sewing tutor also bought it.  When I came across my copy I had to make him.  I bought nothing for this project – the rather odd mix of colours is because that’s what I had of the correct size;  some of the tail feathers and neck feathers are different on each side because there wasn’t enough material of the one pattern.  I even had enough stuffing and of course the eye beads.  He is a doorstop.

I made a few pattern adjustments – 2 dangly wattles not one, added the comb and a second layer of neck feathers.

Lurkey joins Gerald in my flock.

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