Recent Bits

I mentioned a recent streak of creativity yesterday. Yesterday’s post was going to be much fatter, in fact, and show you all these goodies. But then I went and did some fancy cutting and pasting and accidentally lost a whole slab of bloggity-goodness. Swear words were muttered, and the ‘executive decision’ was made to split the post in two.

So yes, I have been making a few bits and pieces. Several weeks back I went along to Nikki’s sew-along for the Rainbow Comfort Pack effort (goodies for kids affected by the recent bushfires). I spent the afternoon cutting out pieces for bags, but not sewing. It was enough to get the bug again anyway, and in the next week I made up 5 of these cutie pie recycled-woollen-jumper bunnies:

Bunny & Ball

The pattern is a freebie from Betz White, find it here. Four of these went off for the Comfort Packs, but the one above is staying here with us, for the Wee Bairn, whenever he should make his appearance. I think I had a little bit of guilt creeping in, because up until the bunny, there had been no crafting whatsoever for the new addition.

Next up was this lovely Puzzle Ball, which I’ve been wanting to make for a while now. It wasn’t quite as difficult as I had imagined. Tricky, yes, and I wish I’d worn a thimble for those last connecting stitches, but not super difficult. This pattern comes from Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. There is a similar free pattern here, which Christie has made to great success, but I think I prefer this more ‘solid’ version.

Puzzle Ball

Tunic Top

I also succumbed to a pattern in the latest issue of Ottobre magazine, and made up this tunic top for Niamh. It should fit her in… um… about 2011 or so. Whoops! I did measure her, I swear. I decided to make the next size up, since I didn’t want her to grow out of this the moment I made it. Unfortunately, Ottobre kids’ patterns are graded by height, and since Niamh is fairly slight in build, I would have been better to go with the smaller size but increase the overall length. Ah well. Eventually she’ll fill this one out. Meanwhile it’s still hanging on the wall where I took the photograph – it’s an interesting artwork 🙂 And just how adorable is that ric-rac trimmed heart pocket?

Tunic Top - Pocket Detail

Finally, finally, something for me, me, meeee. This Wildflower Pincushion has been calling my name for a while. It’s a pattern by Anna Maria Horner, and can be found on the Better Homes and Gardens (US) website, here, should you wish to make your very own. Again, fiddly, but not too bad. I probably made it a little bit trickier for myself by reducing the size by about 25%, since I didn’t want a whomping great pincushion. This is just the right size. Love it – it looks like some freaky spore-flower from outer space.

Wildflower Pincushion

10 responses to “Recent Bits

  1. Wow Melanie, you HAVE been busy! You’ve finished that pincushion and ball already – it was worth taking them along to Brown Owls the other night. They look really lovely. The tunic top is gorgeous too, and the bunnies – you’ve excelled yourself. I “popped” over to Amitie yesterday too – it was very busy. More fabric to make my mod sampler quilt!

  2. Great projects as usual, Melanie!! That puzzle ball is amazing, I love it!

  3. Debbie has the fabric that you have made the tunic and pin cushion with, to make herself a skirt.

    I love the puzzle ball. I have made one of these in Christmas colours as a christmas ornament, I love the colours you have chosen, very fresh!

    The bunny is lovley – I have some old tops I really should felt!

  4. I love that puzzle ball! Put a bell in it, and you have a high-end baby toy. Or leave the bell out and it’s not as annoying.

  5. You do such beautiful work. I love the outfit for Niamh.

  6. SO glad I could help get the creative flow happening again!! You’ve been a busy girl. Love the bunny….. it looks very cuddly.

  7. Your grab ball looks fabulous – as do all your other recent craftings.

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