Last year I found a pattern on Spool Sewing that I had to try. I varied the pattern a little and made a plush animal out of it. Here's the original bird pattern (in the side bar of the page). This little beauty is going to be a gift for a special little baby. I bought the fabrics at a second-hand store.
I'm currently using an old Singer sewing machine that was handed down to my mother-in-law. It's a great machine that works better than a new machine. I love it!
Here are a couple variations of the end product. I was trying some different designs.