The Next Generation:Miss Emily Raye 2.0

I love to see the art of sewing returning to our younger generation. Back in June 2013 I wrote about my niece, Miss Emily and her quilting while a student at university. I taught her to sew back in 1996. She is a natural. She seamed ;) to sew with ease through her high school classes.  She has made several quilts over the last few years and now has turned to sewing memory bears. These bears are made from dress shirts.






Funky Friends Factory is a pretty fun website and blog. “Hi, I’m Pauline McArthur, the Australian soft toy designer behind the Funky Friends Factory. When people ask me HOW the Funky Friends Factory got started…I say that it all began with a BUNNY! Pauline has a blog that has amazing tutorials. There is a tutorial on how to make the above bears, Melody Memory Bear, using baby clothes or like Emily’s bears, shirts will do too. Of course you have to purchase the pattern first! I signed up for a newsletter and now have a free pattern to make “Honey Teddy Bear.”

So now with each baby quilt I just may have to sew this cute little bear.

It’s sew much fun to have this next generation join us for sew days each month and to hear that they have space set aside at home to keep on sewing. Next blog post is about “thirty somethings” making a quilt for for their “thirty something” friend.

Happy quilting…Valerie Raye

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