Once the embroidery was completed, pressed and trimmed to size, I picked out some scraps of fabric for the patchwork pieces. I've used fabrics from the Little Sweetheart collection by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts, that were left over from other projects - my plan is to have a pile of pretty cushions using these fabrics on the bed in my spare room, along with the matching quilt. This cushion top just needs to be layered ready for quilting, which I plan to do by hand, using variegated Valdani perle threads.
Early morning when everyone else is asleep is the perfect time for some slow stitching. I'd prepared this several months ago, so I just needed to thread a needle and sit down with a cuppa and stitch away. I'm using Cosmo stranded embroidery thread shade 506 along with my favourite Hiroshima Tulip embroidery needle for the embroidery and as you can see I like to work with a wooden hoop. This particular pattern is called Cosy Home Cushion by Gail Pan Designs.
After their mischievious antics in the garden over the Easter weekend, Bertie and his sisters - Betsy, Bella, Bessie and Bunty have been carefully wrapped in tissue paper and packed away ready for next year. These were a real pleasure to make and I shall definitely make more next year as gifts. The pattern for the Easter Bunnies was a free PDF download from the Tildas World website.
Down amongst the hyacinths in my garden is a bucketful of bunnies, all dressed up in their Easter finery. The pattern is called Easter Bunnies and it is available as a free PDF download from Tildas World website. All of these pretty frocks have been made with scraps of fabrics, trimmed with an assortment of vintage buttons, lace and ric-rac and all with matching pantaloons! Betsy, Bella, Bessie and Bunty all have a riibbon around their ears and Bertie has a cute bee button along with a bunny toy on a stick...
...after an Easter egg hunt in the garden, those NAUGHTY bunnies decided to play hide and seek. They didn't think I'd be able to see them hiding in the hyscinths, but they were spotted! Thank goodness these mischievious miscreants were all wearing their pantaloons otherwise there would be lots of bare bottoms on show!
Homemade hot cross buns are definitely the best! I baked these yesterday morning and they were absolutely delicioius eating them when they were still warm from the oven. I didn't have any apricot jam in my pantry, so heated some lemon curd to use for the glaze instead, which worked really well as it added a tangy twist. They were also delicious toasted for breakfast today. If there are still any left over I'll use them for a bread and butter pudding on Sunday as an Easter treat.
I've been putting my ancient O-level dressmaking skills to good use and I've been making dresses and bunny sized pantaloons - with lace trimming obviously! Some are trimmed with ric-rac, to match their outfits. These bunnies just need to have their faces embroidered then they'll be ready for a photoshoot on Easter Sunday.
As cute as a button? Ohhhh the treasures I've found in my collection of buttons, haberdashery and vintage bits and bobs. This button was an absolute must for adorning a cute yellow spotted frock - goodness only knows how old it is, but it so lovely to finally have a project for it. Making these frocks was so much simpler than making the bunnies - those limbs are very narrow and stuffing them hasn't been without a few difficulties - and my swear jar is now full of I.O.U's!! I have a few more bunnies to make (I couldn't resist making more pretty frocks) so once I've stocked up with toy stuffing, watch this space for a bucketful of bunnies!
I've been playing around with some fabric scraps, vintage lace trimming and teeny tiny buttons, as I'm making a new frock for this naked Easter bunny! She might even aquire some more companions too as I have an idea for a bucketful of bunnies for a display on my sideboard. The pattern for this small bunny and a dress is available as a free download on the Tilda website.
I'm determined to use up my "special" fabrics that have been languishing in my sewing studio for a very long time. These Tilda fabrics were perfect for the project I had in mind, for a very special person who has been incredibly kind and supportive to me over the past few months. I pulled out a piece of vintage pink lace, a zipper, a reel of variegated pink King Tut quilting thread and I was ready to start sewing...
...I have lots of tips for stitching in zippers - the biggest tip is to remember to breathe while you're sewing so you don't get any wobbles! This was machine quilted very simply, the zipper was inserted (I prefer to use a walking foot rather than a zipper foot for this method of zipper insertion) and the lace trimming was also machined into place.
...and here is the finished project - a gorgeous cosmetic bag - this pattern is Anna's Sminkepung by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa. I popped a few of my Tilda fabrics and posted it off to my friend - she certainly had a huge surprise when this arrived!
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