Finally it feels as though spring is here to stay. After two days of rain the skies are a beautiful clear-washed blue, the birds are cheeping madly and the daffodils are opening their tight green buds at last. So, after hanging out the washing (it seems to smell so much nicer when it’s dried outside) I decided to photograph my lovebirds bag – after all there’s a lot of billing and cooing going on in the woods and hedgerows surrounding our village.
This time I took an irresistible vintage embroidery pattern, but instead of working it in outline stitch which I think was the original intention, I decided to give it a new twist with applique and buttons.
I’m rather pleased with how it turned out .. the birds’ bodies are vintage blanket scraps, as is the nest. The blossoms and leaves are a mixture of Cath Kidston and vintage scraps and I raided my button tin for the buds. In the end though I haven’t listed the bag as there’s a tiny hole in the linen where I’ve embroidered the two hearts, so I’m not quite sure what to do about it. Anyway, if you would like the pattern, just click on the black and white image above and you should get the large version ready to download.
Now, to return to my so-called Bunny Obsession (thank you daughter!). OK, I do like bunnies, and yes, I have just finished a new product for the shop … just in time for anyone who’s expecting an Easter baby perhaps? I’m delighted with my White Bunny quilt, (that’s it above). I chose a mixture of Kidston and Globaltex fabrics for the patches, the wadding is a piece of vintage woollen blanket and it’s backed with crisp white cotton sheeting. I’ve even bound it with nice cream silky binding – babies seem to love silky edges.
And for those who’d like to make their own, I’ve also listed the nine bunnies as a set of quilt blocks printed onto lovely cotton sheeting .. Bunny obsession? What bunny obsession?!
Finally, thank you to all the lovely people who’ve entered my Easter draw. It closes at midnight tonight so Benjamin can travel to his new home in time for his Easter eggs. There’s still time to enter (just)!