Thursday, 20 June 2013

A Shirley Saga!

You may remember my previous angst over Shirley the Cow!

Well I took the wise advise of my readers and turned both Shirleys into presents for my bovine-loving daughter!

Shirley 1:

Shirley the Cow Cushion

'Shirley the Cow' Cushion is approx. 18" x 15".  She is paper pieced & I ditch quilted the face and did a few rows of echo quilting in the background.

'Shirley the Cow' Cushion

Doesn't she look like she's smiling!!!

Shirley 2:

Bethany's Messenger Bag 009

'Shirley the Cow' Messenger Bag is approx. 14" x 13.5" x 4".  The cow panel was also paper pieced, but a few mistakes made this Shirley look like she'd had a stroke!

Bethany's Messenger bag

I used a stiff denim for the bag, layering it with wadding and muslin.  I also used sew in Vilene with the duvet cover lining. To give the bag even more structure, I've put handbag mesh & feet into the base. 

Only 1 needle was harmed in the making of this sturdy bag!!

So the Shirley saga is complete!  I'm confident my daughter will enjoy these makes, but I won't find out for sure until next Wednesday! I'll keep you posted!



  1. These are so fun, especially the messenger bag! I am sure she will love them.

  2. What a beautiful couple of cows. Loving that bag! Happy Birthday for your daughter, next Wednesday. Di x

  3. Great use for both Shirleys, Judith! I think n:o is grinning wisly! x Teje

  4. Shirley is going to be a hit! They're both wonderful.

  5. Your herd has been put to excellent use :-)

  6. Great cows. I love the cow-ordinating fabrics used (sorry!)

  7. Shirley and Shirley look moovellous! She will love them!

  8. Hey chick! Those Shirley cows are great! They should be called Sheila, and live in the outback of Australia. They'd give all the other Shirley's a run for their money! :) x

  9. They are lovely cows! I am sure your daughter will love them.

  10. these are great! Shirley 1 really does look like she's smiling - very clever fabric choices too.

  11. Ooh dotty Shirley is soo pretty! Cows are so cute :)

  12. Absolutely love this! What fabulous pressie...........they look amazing. Marie xxx

  13. Lol, glad they both came to good use :o)


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