But big progress on small ones, like this. I have three quilts awaiting binding, and one to prepare for machine quilting. But since I was already in doll-making mode, I kept at it and stitched this Wacky critter. It's one variation among many in a McCall's Crafts pattern (M5826). I noticed the critters in a flyer from JoAnn's Fabrics a few weeks back. Apparently I was not the only one taken by them, because when I looked for it in the pattern drawer, the file was empty. So I had to wait to buy the pattern, not that it would be too difficult to design a similar one without a pattern. But often I tend to be a "recipe-cook" and a "pattern-stitcher", preferring to follow step-by-step directions.
This guy, Spotts, is made from soft fleece. I purchased a selection of half-yards in other colors because I'd like to make more. Spotts will accompany the small quilt I'll be sending my niece in Tulsa to give to her newly-adopted son when he arrives from Korea.
While I find his furry exterior huggable, and his lopsided smile engaging, what I really like about Spotts is the long arms that can be folded, like so. They give him such a playful attitude. He needs some friends. I'd better get sewing.