Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Well I got my Christmas Present early.....Harper Layla came into the world last Wednesday morning.

As you can imagine, we are all thrilled and both my daughter and Harper are doing wonderfully.  They only stayed in hospital overnight (not like my day when we had a whole week in there!) so let the celebrations begin.

We tend to forget just how small babies are, even though they are perfect in every detail.

I felt that Harper needed a special toy for Christmas and I went searching for a pattern.  I found a lovely bright Fox in a Homespun Magazine.  So for my first attempt at a softy, I fell in love with it

The button eyes were just pinned on in this picture, but I have since changed them to felt eyes so there's no danger of small parts coming off.

Jake loved Mr Fox and was very proud to put it in Harpers room, so now I'm making another one for him to match (in boys colours of course).

Having grandchildren brings so many joys and so much more sewing to do.....I think I need to retire now (hint hint)

I sincerely hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and I look forward to blogging with you in 2016


Thursday, December 10, 2015


Been busy lately (as has everyone else) and I havent been posting much...sorry (I still read all of yours though)

With my second grandchild due any day now, my very pregnant daughter asked for a cushion for the baby girls room.  She asked for a H on the cushion (wonder what the name will be??)

I found a wonderful tutorial on Pinterest (dont you just love that site) from Quilted Hugs and Other Nonsense.

It was extremely easy to do, I simply cut out the shapes and using Steam-A-Seam, ironed them onto the spotted square.  Then with a layer of batting behind, I raw edged all the shapes.  I then cut away all the loose batting.  This left just the shapes in batting.

Another full layer of batting behind, and I sewed around the outside of the shapes.  This made them stand out but then I stippled all the cushion front.  This REALLY made my applique POP right out.

A ruffle around the edge and a zippered backing and its finished.

Now all we need is the baby....

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