Hi, and thanks for stopping by.
Have you seen the fun array of animals that the Island Batik Ambassadors have been making this month? We were asked to choose a Funky Friends Factory pattern and make a stuffed animal. Or many, as some of the Ambassadors have done. Multiple moose and many manatees! I am only making one butterfly, but I've made others in the past. I actually made the squirrel and the hedgehog in the blog button, for Quilt Market displays in the past. I've also done bunnies.
The Funky Friends Factory animals are so cute! The patterns are well written, and there are extra photos or videos on the website to go with many of the patterns. You can download and print them out, so you can start right away. Some use scraps, and others use larger pieces, but if you have buttons or craft eyes, and stuffing, you can get them done for gifts or just because. I love using Island Batik fabric for them, as the thread count of the base fabrics is perfect for the durability, and many of the colors can be so much fun to use.
Belinda the Butterfly has quilted wings, and a cute, easy to stuff body, with little antenna and arms. The pattern suggests the size for the fabrics, but you sew the strips of upper body and bottom together before you cut out the pieces, so that makes it much easier. The wings are layered with batting, and sewn around the edge, and turned, then some fun stitching is added. For my wings I used the triple stitch and 40wt Aurifil thread to make the stitching have more of an accent.
I didn't have the right size eyes, so had to run to Michael's to get them, but think the craft eyes are really cute. I could have used buttons. When I'm doing the eyes, I add a layer of fusible interfacing or fuse some fabric using paper backed fusible web, to make the area for the eyes be extra stable. You have to poke a hole to get the eye shaft through, so the fusible helps prevent fraying and possible loss of an eye.
Megan Best @ Best Quilter
Jennifer Fulton @ Inquiring Quilter
Connie Kauffman @ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman @ Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney @ For the Love of Geese
Claudia Porter @ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna @ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts @ Sew Cute and Quirky
Andi Stanfield @ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley @ Textle Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas @ Curlicue Creations
Gail Sheppard @ Quilting Gail
Preeti Harris @ Sew Preeti Quilts
Jane Hauprich @ Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson @ Blue Bear Quilts
Leah Malasky @ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe @ Mary Mack Made Mine
Lisa Pickering @ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Pamela Boatright @ PamelaQuilts
Suzy Webster @ Webster Quilt
Elizabeth DeCroos @ Epida Studio
Mania Hatziioannidi @ Mania for Quilts
Anorina Morris @ Samelia’s Mum
Michelle Roberts @ Creative Blonde
Brenda @ Songbirddesigns
See you soon!
Heather and Belinda are adorable together. I agree though, Belinda wouldn't last very long with Heather teething. They are both sew stinkin' cute!!!
Belinda is so sweet! I enjoyed reading your blog post about her. She looks right at home with the Iris. And the embroidery on her face is adorable! Have a great day.
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