Two years ago, my mother asked me if I would make something with a Pukeko on it for a friend of hers.
I started it with great enthusiasm and decided to do needle turn appliqué. It took me a year to complete the pukeko in needle turn appliqué and then put the project aside as I couldn't bear the thought of doing the reeds the same way.
Nearly 2 years later I decided to tackle the project and I did the reeds using fusible web and sewed them with buttonhole stitch on my sewing machine. I lightly coloured the bottom with a blue colouring pencil and drew in the stalks with a brown felt pen. As Mum's friend lives in Australia, I haven't put the cushion inner in it to save on postage. I free motioned quilted the top and again wanted to keep it for myself.