I feel a huge sense of relief today because I have managed to finish the two orders that HAD to be done this week and although I wasn't delighted with the horse picture I am really pleased with this bunny.
The bunny body is sort of my own design in that I drew the pattern pieces free-hand and tried to make her different to other designs I've seen but it is very difficult to know where/when something becomes your own. And there are only a certain number of different ways to do a bunny's ears or arms or feet - at some point they will overlap with someone elses ears, arms or feet!
The dress is definitely not my design - I used the pattern from Rosalie Quinlan's My Dolly Bekkie because it is the most successful doll's dress pattern I have found. I changed it slightly because I was using this little newborn baby dress for the material
and I am really pleased because I have been able to re-use the hem and ruffle,
the pin-tuck bodice, the ribbon, bow and the sleeves.
I even managed to use the back pieces with the button and button-hole and all the interfaced fabric - so it really uses as many of the original features as possible.
The dress fabric is the most adorably soft baby needlecord - it almost feels like velvet and was lovely to work with. The little jacket is made with some Tilda wool felt.
When Daisy found this new bunny she decided she was her Betty Bunny's younger sister so I had lots of plaintive role play along the lines of "don't sell me! I want to stay with my sister!" so here they are together for one last photo-shoot - I know, I'm cruel to separate them but TOUGH!!!!
Isn't it amazing how much better you can feel about things when you make something you are proud of?
Now that the two urgent orders are out of the way I can concentrate on making some of Daisy's birthday presents - but unfortunately I won't be able to show you them until after the date - just wish me luck with getting them done!
The deadline for posting out your mini-quilts is this Saturday (24th May) so please let your swap partner and me know if there will be any delay. I need to make a little confession here, although I hope to get at least 3 of my quilts posted by Saturday, the one for my official swap partner Leanne is not going to be among them as I am trying to do my own design for this one which makes it more tricky - I have told Leanne and she says she doesn't mind - I just hope it will be worth waiting for!!!
I had some very, very exciting post yesterday but unfortunately can't show you the contents because it is a very secret something for Fred's birthday in a couple of weeks so you'll need to be patient (and so will I which is much, much harder!) This envelope may give you a clue as to who it was from