Now all the Jubilee celebrations are over there’s time to start stitching again. We had a fantastic village party here on Monday, which was great, because on Tuesday the heavens opened and it hasn’t really stopped raining since – typical English summer weather!
Rosie isn’t bothered though because she’s off on holiday next week – which is why she’s working so hard on her recipes for her new feature coming in the July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine. She’s off to Turkey where the sunshine is guaranteed – in fact for me if anything it’s a little too hot at present – the forecast is 36 oC next week! (97 oF). We spent many happy family holidays in Turkey when she was younger – visiting Kalkan many times .. it’s a beautiful place and everyone was so friendly and welcoming.
One of the joys of holidaying there was being able to sit outside at one of the many pavement cafes enjoying a cool drink watching the sunset and moonrise. This picture was taken probably about 10 years ago and shows a beautiful full moon over Kalkan Harbour. It gave me the inspiration to re-interpret my Moon Bunny design. Previously you’ve seen him as an embroidered bunny..
Some time ago I added some beautiful Westfalenstoffe fabric from last year’s Kitzbuhel collection to my stash….
Beautiful soft blues and yellows – perfect for a cot quilt featuring my Moon Bunny as an applique block ….
In felt so he won’t fray, attached with Bondaweb and machine appliqued with a feather stitch and gold metallic thread (I hate using metallic thread, but sometimes there’s no alternative!). Look how good I am getting at making my seams line up. I can only see one wonky one in this photo, which means my accuracy is definitely improving. Here’s a close-up of the bunny …
I embroidered his features with stranded cotton floss. The stitching around his star is a little puckered, but I think it will be OK after I’ve washed the quilt as I’m using a cotton batting with 3% shrinkage.
If you’d like the little bunny pattern then please click here for the line drawing. If the quilt works out OK, then I’ll upload the full pattern when it’s finished.
I know that quite a few people who visit my blog are much more expert quilters than I am – and I wondered if anyone had any suggestions for quilting this project. I’m now a very confident free-motion stippler, and would like to try something new – ideas welcome please!