Monday, January 31, 2011

Newest additions

This is little Oscar...born 15th Dec. Olivier now has a little brother and we are proud grandparents once again.....beautiful boy!

My new Gypsy Bandana fabric by Michael Miller....the colours are magnificent. This, to me, was a standout at the Melbourne quilt market and I knew I just had to work with it. I have made bags and prepared kits from this fabric...just waiting on finishing the accompanying revised pattern.

Everyone is back at school and it's very hot...cyclones looming and all the other fun things that happen at this time of year. My friend Bohdana in Prague mentioned it's snowing there and they must wait 2 months for the sun.... what an amazing world. I must show you her beautiful award winning doll "Fire". She is a very talented doll maker indeed.

Another lovely friend, Angela from Brazil has sent images of dolls made from my patterns...they are always beautifully made and look fantastic. This doll is made from a Warm Hearts pattern.

Time for lunch.
Take care

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Crazy rabbit season

Today I had fun making this little rabbit. The fabric has been sitting patiently waiting for me to decide what to do with of my fat quarter buys + some absolutely gorgeous felt. If you would like to make one too I have included step by step instructions & printable pattern sheet.
I have weighted the body with a little sand but you could omit the sand and depending on fabric choice work cross stitches for the eyes and it would make a fun baby toy.

front & back view of crazy rabbit.

Okay...these are the supplies required -10 x 12 " piece of fabric, stuffing, sewing (doll needle optional) needle, embroidery thread to compliment fabric colours, 2 small buttons (if using), matching sewing thread, 1 cup clean dry sand (if using), a turning tool ( stuffing tool or chopstick etc), Fray stop & general sewing equipment.

To make...Cut out pattern & place on wrong side of folded fabric as shown step 1. Trace around pattern (this is your sewing line). Transfer marks for opening on body.

Step 1.

Using a small stitch length sew completely around rabbit - leaving side opening.

Step 2.
Apply some Fray Stop to the outside of seams and allow to dry.
Step 3.

Cut rabbit out with a 1/4" seam allowance and clip into seams around curves...especially between the ears (Step 5).
Step 4.
Step 5.

Fold base so that bottom seam and side seam are together - forming a triangle.
Step 6.

Mark 1 inch down from point and mark.....repeat for other side.
Step 7.

Sew across on line and cut away excess as shown.
Step 8.

Turn body right side out using a tool. Starting at an ear, rub fabric so that it separates and forms a pocket so that you can insert the tool. Roll the fabric over itself gently pushing the fabric inside the body. Repeat for other ear. Pull the ears out through side opening.
Step 9.
You can make a simple funnel from paper or cardboard. Use this to pour sand into base.
Step 10.

Place a layer of stuffing inside rabbit to cover loose sand.
Step 11.
Place stuffing towards ear and push into place with tool. Keep stuffing ears then body until firm.
Step 12.

Stuffing should look overfull. using matching thread neatly stitch opening closed.
Step 13.
From a scrap of wool felt - trace and cut one nose and one tail.
Position nose using image and pattern for a guide.
I used a small amount of glue to keep the nose in place while blanket stitching the shape using matching thread.

Step 14.

Step 15.

Mark mouth using a pencil. Using 6 strands of embroidery thread back stitch mouth.
Whiskers: Using a doll needle threaded with 6 strands of embroidery thread enter one side of nose and exit the other - leave approx 5 cm tails on either side before cutting thread. Separate each tail of thread into 2 groups of 3 strands and knot close to fabric.
Sew buttons or work a cross stitch for eyes as shown on pattern.
Step 16.

Place the felt circle (tail) in place on rabbit (see view of rabbits back). Using matching thread blanket stitch around circle. Leave approx 1-2 cms open and push a small amount of stuffing inside. Complete blanket stitching.
Step 17.

Another crazy rabbit....yeah!!
I'd love to see what you come up with. It would be kinda cute for Easter with a handmade choc egg...yum!
Take care

Saturday, January 15, 2011

A new day

I don't really know where to begin today. Home may never be the same for so many in Queensland after the devastating floods. It certainly is an amazing sight to see so many rallying to help others, it should make us all very proud to be Australians. The stories of survival warm our hearts as much as the stories of sacrifice and loss sadden them. Closer to home - Brisbane and Ipswich at least had warning, I can't even begin to understand the heartache of families in Toowoomba, Murphy's Creek and Grantham.

Even though we are told that it will take a long time to fully recover I believe the amount of work done already by voulnteers and authorities will surprise everyone in how quickly Queensland recovers.

It hardly seems significant in the scheme of things at the moment but hopefully it will brighten some ones day to know the latest Homespun magazine has some fun always.

I wanted to show you my least looking at the picture you can forget all the rain and imagine a normally bright sunny summer on an Australian beach.

Best wishes

Monday, January 10, 2011


Just a quick message. I'm unable to get back home from holiday due to the flooding in Queensland so please, if you have ordered and haven't heard from me....I'm stranded! Can't answer emails either...that's what you get for leaving technology behind. Hoping to get back by the end of the week....feeling really lost without my sewing machine. Til then...
take care


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