Cat Plushies

My son Alex has a best friend called Tom who's just as much nuts about cats as he is, and it was Tom's 10th birthday last week. Alex asked me to make matching cat plushies for both of them. I love that they're still little enough that this is not 'uncool' (yet!).


The white spotty one is Tom's plushie (Alex chose the colours) and the pink is the matching one I made for Alice - of course she had to have one too. Hers is a girl so has eye lashes. I also made a light blue one for my son later that night but it was too dark by then to photograph.


You can get the kitty and fish patterns from Minki Kim's shop.


I've also finally added more sewing machine bookmarks to the shop - in all four colours! These keep selling out every time I restock and it took forever since the last restock to get supplies in to make more, with all the COVID 19 mail delays. Sorry for anyone who's had a long wait!

Till the next post dear friends, stay safe and keep sewing!

Chicks in Space

The other day I was tidying up my sewing room, and I temporarily put some black pin dot fabric on top of my Sweet Prairie bolts whilst moving some fabrics around. Then I noticed how lovely the black looked against the vibrant colours of that collection, and an idea was born.


You may have noticed that I never, ever, EVER sew with black or even dark backgrounds. I've always been a white background girl, and only very occasionally venture out into other pastels such as ivory or powder pink... So this was definitely pushing myself out of my comfort zone!


The pattern is my Backyard Chicks mini quilt.  I keep looking at it, and I like how modern it looks, and how the colours seem to pop against the black, but I don't know if I 'love' it... What I keep thinking is that the poor little chicks seem to be floating in space, rather than having a peaceful graze in the backyard :D What do you think though? I would love to hear your opinions. 


The Backyard Chicks Mini Pattern is my 'Pattern of the Day' in the shop today and is 25% off. This pattern is also available as a full size quilt. I've also put a bundle of 17 fat quarters from my Sweet Prairie collection in the shop - this fabric is several years old now and hard to find so don't miss it. I have very little left of it now, and have already run out of 4 prints.


In the evenings I'm continuing to make progress with my cross-stitch 'Storytime Sampler' - all 12 story frames are now complete and I've started filling in the blank squares in the backgrounds of the earlier frames. I feel like a rebel deviating from the pattern, but I think it looks better this way. I'll show you the whole thing next time hopefully.


Until next time dear friends (and I'm so proud to be blogging regularly again! I've missed hanging out here!) Stay safe and happy sewing,

Spool Key Fobs Tutorial

I'm back as a regular guest blogger on fellow Riley Blake fabric designer Amy Smart's blog Diary of A Quilter, where I'm sharing a tutorial to make these rather special spool shaped key fobs!


This is a great little project for your favorite fabric scraps, and they make lovely gifts too. I used Liberty tana lawn in my spools.


Please go to Amy's blog for the free picture tutorial and the templates. Enjoy!

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