Wednesday, 2 August 2017

How lucky am I?

This fabulous Kim Diehl complete quilt kit arrived today, costing me not a penny! A lady (a lovely generous lady) who I follow on Instagram last week decided she really needed a clear out of her fabric stash (it was very big!). She had offered the kit to somebody else who was after reproduction fabrics; and I asked that if the other person didn't want the kit, would she tell me how much she wanted for it, as I was interested. Well, how surprised was I when she got back to me saying she would send it to me (at no charge). I can't tell you how grateful I am; but of course now I need to do justice to such a fabulous addition to my fabric stash!! That'll be in between working full-time, making teddy bears etc. etc...............

I won't give the lady's name on here, as I don't know whether that's okay, but isn't she super kind?

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

A pressie for me!!

Just a quikkie before I head off to bed!

Simone over at Linden Grove didn't waste any time in getting these lovely paper craft gifts off to me! Aren't they lovely? Three lovely gift tags and a very amusing frog bookmark. The cat and owl tags have some really nice detail on them such as the stamps and the butterfly. I can see what will happen of course ...... I won't use them, because I'll consider them too nice to give away LOL. This was a little 'thank you' from Simone having reached her 1000th blog post and I, together with a couple of other blog friends have followed her blog almost from the outset in 2008 - 9 years as 'bloggie' friends!!

Thanks again Simone!

I also thought you might like to see two more of the sally Shopper bags I made - my sister-in-law asked me to make four for her to give as Christmas presents to friends. The other two are the same as the original one I made for myself - do you remember it in the lovely marina fabric?

Here's the original 'marina' one again - which one do you like best?

Sunday, 23 July 2017


Here’s a cute little girl – Delia! She’s a bit larger than my usual bears standing top to toe at 13¼inches / 34cms and 9¼inches / 23cms sitting.

Delia has been made from the most beautifully soft curly Steiff Schulte Mohair fabric, with faux nubuck fabric for the paw pads. Her dungarees are made from a vintage shade of pink 100% cotton fabric. They have old gold style buckles and a front pocket. The bottom of the dungaree legs are trimmed with pink flower lace and around her pretty head is a deep wine colour raw silk ribbon and she is finished with a bottle of pink pearls around her neck. I’ve also added the fabric ‘Handmade at Bilberry Lane’ label and the metal ‘BL’ pin to her dungarees.

Delia is filled with the usual firm fibre fill and steel shot for a good bit of weight. She has black glass eyes, with white felt behind them. Lastly, she is slightly aged a little with oil pastel.

Delia can be purchased for £70, plus shipping and packing:

UK - £8 Special Delivery
Europe - £15, tracked and signed for
Worldwide - £20, tracked and signed

If you would like any further information, please email me at:- 

Thanks for looking

Monday, 17 July 2017

Summertime Delight - month 6

I was getting on so well with my Summertime Delight BOM ………. and then they (they being ‘Totally Patched’) sneakily snook in some EPP (English Paper Piecing) – 88 1½inch hexxies! 

Thank you very much!! First I had to cut out 88 cardboard templates; then tack 88 pieces of fabric on to the 88 pieces of cardboard (at least the fabric was pre-cut!) and then 22 darling little hexxies stitched together into heart shapes x 4 …….. AND then the 4 hearts appliquéd on to background fabrics. Okay, normally I love hand-stitching and appliqué, but part of the joy of this BOM quilt was that I could crack on with it quickly each month as it popped through the letterbox with my sewing machine ..... not with my hands!! Still, here it is; all done and back on track. 

There’s not too much more to go now. Four more log cabins, four plain corners and two fancier blocks, plus the borders. It’s looking good!!!!

And just in case you’re thinking I’ve gone of bear making, here’s a sneaky peak at my current creation – approximately half done. Still loving my bears - absolutely!!

I hope to have it completed by the end of the week because (joy of joys) I have a week off work!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

A nearly finished quilt!

Well, I've been a bit slow on the bears lately you may or may not have noticed. That's because 11 weeks ago I set myself the task of completing a quilt for my dear sister-in-law's birthday, which was today. Ruth was celebrating her 60th birthday, which I have had great pleasure in teasing her about, seeing she is 3 years older than me LOL ......... although I know full well she'll get me back when I reach the same age!! Anyway, I amazed myself at how well I've done, even though it's not quite finished. Bear in mind the applique (and there's quite a lot of it) and the quilting is all done by hand - yes, I'm a glutton for punishment!!

Anyway, even though not finished, I handed it over to Ruth; and after much admiration of it by everyone, I took it back from her so that I can finish the quilting. It was a secret up until today, but now that she's seen it, I can 'show & tell'!!

The sunflowers are in memory of my wonderful brother who we tragically lost 6 years ago, because those were his favourite flower; and the inclusion of them meant a lot to Ruth.

And labelled of course!

And to finish off, a few 'birthday tea' photos, including Charlie (Ruth's pup) who just couldn't get close enough to that beautiful cake - isn't he sooooo cute? I'm not going to put a picture of Ruth on, as I don't have her permission and she may not wish to appear on my blog, but Charlie won't mind!!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Archie is made entirely by me from a beautifully soft Steiff Schulte viscose fabric, which is lovely caramel kind of colour. He is 5-way cotter jointed, with a wobble neck joint and is filled as usual with firm fibre-fill and steel shot for a good bit of weight. I’ve then aged him around the edges with oil pastels and added faux mending stitches here and there to add to the vintage look. He has black glass eyes and a prim stitched nose. I’ve made Archie a pair of prim style dungarees, made from homespun fabric, with a red hankie poking out of one of the pockets and a camera charm stitched on the other pocket – he also has 2 small bells around his neck.

From top to toe, Archie measures 10 inches (approx 25cms): sitting height he is 8 inches (approx. 19cms).

On his back you can see a fabric ‘Handmade at Bilberry Lane’ label and his unique antique style metal ‘BL’ pin.

Archie can be purchased for £50, plus shipping and packing:

UK - £8 Special Delivery
Europe - £15, tracked and signed for
Worldwide - £20, tracked and signed

If you would like any further information, please email me at:- 

EDIT - 17 July 2017: I'm happy to say that Archie has been adopted and is now happy in his new home!

Thanks for looking

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Summertime Delight - Log Cabin blocks

I love, love 'log cabin' blocks, don't you? These four are the next instalment in my BOM quilt from Totally Patched, called 'Summertime Delight'. I couldn't wait for these to arrive and got on to them straight away.

I hope you like them too!

This is a picture again of the finished quilt - unfortunately, it's a poor photo (not taken by me!) and doesn't show the real beauty of it!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Fluffy bunny!

Well, here's a change to my usual style! I've just come home from completing another teddy bear workshop run by Lynn Bowie of Madaboutbears. This is her style and, although very different to mine, I couldn't resist how cute her bears are - added to which, the workshop was in Birmingham, so even better - I didn't even need to travel very far.

So far my bunny doesn't have a name ........ so any suggestions will be welcomed! Naming my bears is always a chore; and I'm so tired right now, my brain isn't in gear!

This was a sort of 'birthday present to self' as it was my birthday yesterday; and because of that, I was also presented with a bottle of Prosecco - thank you very much!!

I haven't measured her yet, but I'd say she's about 8 inches top to toe and made from a faux fur. Isn't she a little cutie!!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter pretties!

Pretty colour boxes made by me (with a die-cutting machine!) ......... mini eggs inside made by Cadburys! Some little Easter treats for the family yesterday, although it was a bit of a struggle to give away the eggs LOL

Sunday, 9 April 2017


Lily; my third bunny, just in time for Easter, is made from Schulte viscose fabric in a gorgeous vintage shade of dusky pink, with a pretty floral cotton fabric for the inner ears. Around her neck, I’ve tied silk ribbons in matching pink and lilac.

Lily is 8¾ inches/22cms top to toe and 6½ inches/16cms sitting. She is 5-way cotter jointed, with a wobble neck joint and filled with firm fibre filling and steel shot for weight. She has black glass eyes and has been slightly aged around the edges with oil pastels to add to the vintage look.

Although I forgot to photograph them, on her back are a fabric ‘Handmade at Bilberry Lane’ label and her unique antique style ‘BL’ pin.

Lily’s finishing touches are a bunny/egg antique style brass charm with matching cotton fabric around her neck and on her head is a beret made from cotton velvet (hand-dyed by me) in a plum colour decorated with a silk flower and a bell on top.

The next photograph is done for and at the suggestion of Simone of Linden Grove blog, who wanted to see a better idea of scale, so here is Lily sitting in my hand – thanks very much for that idea Simone.

Lily can be purchased for £50, plus shipping and packing:

UK - £8 Special Delivery
Europe - £15, tracked and signed for
Worldwide - £20, tracked and signed

If you would like any further information, please email me at:-

Thanks for looking

Monday, 20 March 2017

Sally Shopper

This is a bit of a show off post really!! I knocked this bag up this evening in about 2½ hours; and that includes cutting out the pattern. It's called a 'Sally Shopper' and I bought it as a kit from Create & Craft a week ago (the Freeview TV Shopping Channel Craft show) from a company called 'The Owl and the Sewing Cat'. I liked it so much, I ordered the kit and it had arrived when I got home from work this evening - I even surprised myself when I decided to set about making it this evening.

It was quite easy to be fair, but all the same, I have been at work all day, so not bad eh! The little gold tag thing on the handle is my own addition and I shall make a little pretty something or other with beads and charms to hang on it when I have a bit more time - time really didn't allow for that as well tonight!!