Stuffed Love!

Ok…I know….What happened to Mondays? Doesn’t it seem like all my posts start this way? To be fair though, I do have another good excuse! Spencer stripped and rebuilt my computer (at least that’s my understanding of whatever he did). Also…I got a job! It is wonderful! Honey Bee Quilt Shop needed another girl to help out and I needed to get out more, so I started working there part time and I love it!

This last weekend was the Blue Bonnet Shop Hop and Grandma came up to go with me. If you’ve never been on a shop hop (and you love fabric), I highly recommend it. Basically, a group of shops sets aside a special week or weekend to stay open late and offer special prizes and snacks and people come from all over to go from one shop to the next. You get special prizes for making it to all the shops and they have challenges for designing quilt blocks. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I absolutely loved it! I got to finish collecting fabric lines that were hard to find and I learned a lot more about the fabric stores available in my area. Now I know where to go for a certain style of fabric if I’m having a hard time finding it!

At the last shop I found this adorable stuffed owl pattern and decided that it needed to come home with me. There is just something extra special about homemade stuffed animals. The designer is Jennifer Jangles and he is the Okey Dokey Owl (but I call him Hooty). Normally patterns and I don’t get along because I change them too much, but this guy was pretty close to perfect and the pattern was VERY easy to follow (photos and diagrams for every step)!

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This next creature was commissioned by a friend at church to be a door prize for family movie night. They were watching the Princess Bride and wanted an ROUS. This ROUS isn’t quite as terrifying as the real deal, but he does look like one of the Muppets from the season when budget cuts forced them to give up their dental plans (hahaha…bad joke).

I used this pattern http://sewingstars.com/mousepattern.htm blown up in photoshop about 10,000 X and added a mouth (you can’t have a blood thirsty rat without teeth).

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Hand embroidery is something new I picked up to occupy my hands during long holiday car rides. This is my first project, a Christmas gift for Spencer’s grandmother. Hand sewing felt like it allowed for more freedom and creativity than traditional sewing. This was probably because of how easy it was to adjust as I went along.

The book I got from JoAnn’s had an arsenal of stitches and patterns to start with. First, I had to trace the pattern onto the fabric using one of several methods. Then, the fabric went in the hoop. From there it was like a paint by numbers. Fairly simple and very therapeutic. I’m excited to try more complicated patterns.

If anyone wants to know what book I used, just ask!

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