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 (, 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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