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La Conner Blog Tour

October 26, 2017

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Hi friends! Welcome to my stop on the La Conner Blog Tour, I am so excited to share what I’ve made with Jera’s beautiful new line for Lecien Fabrics. Last year I had the honor of making a quilt for Jera’s new book Quilt As You Go Made Vintage, I learned so much from her first book Quilt As You Go Made Modern, I love how she combines the traditional with the modern to make such lovely work, it’s a book I go to often for tips and inspiration. Do you see that stack up there in the pretty pink basket? This line is full of color and endless options, how beautiful would a Christmas quilt be in the reds and greens? Or a spring quilt in teals and pinks? OK, you get the point! Right? It’s a beautiful line with endless possibilities, a perfect addition to any fabric stash.

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I wanted to make a classic quilt pattern that would show off the colors in the La Conner fabric line, I was inspired by Heidi Staples’ Big Bear Cabin Quilt and she was so kind to let me work from her design, with a few changes to accommodate for sizing. I am really loving how this turned out! I was able to use most of the colors along with a few added in from Jera’s first line, High Tea which go together beautifully.

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I just love the strawberries, flowers, and gingham prints. This was my very first time trying out Free Motion Quilting and it was a lot of fun. Just simple loops quilted in Aurifil 2324. I am currently testing out the brand new Janome Memory Craft 6700P and it really took all the guess work out of something so overwhelming as FMQ. Smooth sailing and pretty even stitches considering my beginner status.

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I used some High Tea fabrics to back this quilt and you can see more of my imperfect quilting up close here. But really I couldn’t be happier with this quilt! I cant wait to wash it and see all the wonderful crinklyness. I think I’ve caught the FMQ bug and I’ll be doing more of it in the future, maybe some to go along with the patterns in Quilt As You Go Made Vintage!

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Several of the fabrics in this line have a beautiful gold metallic shimmer to them, which give this line a little something extra. And really those greens are just begging to become something for Christmas!

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I just love it! I really should keep it hung on the wall but I think it will end up being a lap quilt instead.

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This next quilt is one I made earlier this year for Spring Quilt Market, using the Cozy Cabin pattern by Jera. It is a bit wrinkly from its long travels to Huston and then all the way to Japan and back home again to West Chicago.

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Here you can see the bits of gold on the strawberry print and I added some Lecien lace trim to the binding and made a little tutorial for adding it which you can find HERE.

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It is always a treat to make for Market and always a treat to work with Lecien Fabrics. Jera’s new line is in shops now and is just waiting to be made into all kinds of goodness! She has many free patterns on her blog if you need any inspiration and make sure to check out the full line up of makers for the LA Conner Blog Tour over at Jera’s blog.

Thank you for stopping by today, as always I hope you leave here inspired to try something fun for yourself.

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Blue Carolina: An Unconventional Mini

September 29, 2017

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Welcome to Sarana Ave, my name is Faith Essenburg, I am a stay at home mama to three boys, making pretty things every chance I get. Today I am excited to share with you my Unconventional Mini Quilt for the Blue Carolina Tour. I’m sure by now you have all been ooohing and aaahing over Christopher Thompson’s, (aka The Tattooed Quilter) first fabric line for Riley Blake Designs. I love Christopher’s fresh designs and his fabric is no exception.

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These are some of my favorite prints from the line, I can imagine everything from quilts to dresses in these lovely prints, and don’t you just love those tiny pups on the salvage? I was so excited to work on this blog tour and a little bit stumped when it came to the “unconventional” part, because lets face it; it’s sometimes comfortable to work inside the quilting “box”. Our mission was to make a mini that was a shape other than a square, so I of course let loose and went wild with a CIRCLE! Crazy, I know!

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This design is one of my favorites from the book Sweetly Stitched Handmades by Amy Sinibaldi, I just left out the pillow instructions and went with a hand quilted wall hanging instead. It’s a really fun pattern to work on and I just love how it turned out in these beautiful blues.

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As I was working on this project my husband said he really liked it, he usually likes the things I make but I believe this was the first time he “really” liked something I made. I’m guessing it has something to do with the amount of pink and frills that usually go into my projects. I’ve made a mental note to make more blue things 😉

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I added a boarder of hand stitching using wool variegated thread from Aurifil, I had planned on using pink and blue but at the last minute decided to go with yellow to play off the bits of sunny yellow in the fabric. I’m so happy with how it turned out, sometimes the little last second tweaks are the icing on the cake.

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Pins and puppy dogs, what’s not to love!?!

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I cant decide if I’ll keep this on my wall or use it as a table topper or even hanging half way over the side of an end table, the possibilities are endless with a mini quilt. Each print from Blue Carolina is in this Starburst Dresden and I can’t settle on a favorite, the minute I pick one I change my mind.

 

Make sure to check out all the unconventional mini quilts by these amazing makers!

Monday 9/25 Kate of Quilt with Kate
Tuesday 9/26 Kerry of Kid Giddy
Wednesday 9/27 Cristy of Purple Daisies Quilting
Wednesday 9/27 Nicole of Modern Handcraft
Thursday 9/28 Sarah of Sariditty
Thursday 9/28 Veronica of Vivid Felicity
Friday 9/29 Faith of Sarana Ave.
Thank you for stopping by, feel free to look around and come back again soon. As always I hope you leave here inspired.
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-Faith

Dolly Book Tour

September 18, 2017

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Hello friends! Welcome to the Dolly Book Tour! I am so excited to be kicking things off here on Sarana Avenue for Elea Lutz’s new book Dolly for Riley Blake Designs. I have been a fan of Elea’s work ever since I started sewing, I remember looking at her first fabric line Milk, Sugar & Flower seeing all the pretty things being made with her sweet designs and thinking to myself that maybe one day I would be able to make sweet things just like those. Elea’s work just keeps getting sweeter and it’s a true honor to be a part of this wonderful book tour.

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Dolly has everything I look for in a good maker book; beautiful pictures, sweet projects in a variety of sizes and skill levels, clear and easy to follow directions, and plenty of room to make things your own style. I had the hardest time choosing what project to make so I decided to start with two (which was still a struggle! They are ALL so cute!). First up, let me introduce you to my very own Dolly:

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When my husband came home and saw her sitting on my desk, he asked if I had made myself into a doll, I told him yes I had, because who doesn’t want to be an adorable doll?! Dark hair with natural highlights? Check! Messy bun? Check! Dark eyes? Check! Although I maybe should have dressed her in leggings and t shirt but I think we can all agree her little skirt and top are much cuter!

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I didn’t have matching dark brown thread so I decided to add “highlights” to her hair and no “Faith” doll would be complete without curly wisps of hair on her face. Aurifil 12 weight thread was perfect for her eyes and lips. The touch of lace was an afterthought to fancy her up a bit, it’s all in the details, right?

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When my sister and I were little we loved wearing socks with lace trim, we called them party socks and wore them every chance we could, so I thought it only right to give Dolly her very own “party socks” with lace peaking out from her boots.

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This little yellow floral print is my absolute favorite from Elea’s Little Dolly Fabric line for Penny Rose Fabrics, it reminds me of the little flowers on a favorite blanket I had growing up that my baby now snuggles with. I love her little messy bun, my hair too is ALWAYS in a bun.

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Dolly was SO much fun to make and I love how Elea included so many different ways to make her your very own, from hair styles to socks and sleeve options and even fancy eyelashes! The little skirt was so quick and fun, I think she will need some more wardrobe options. As soon as I finished making her I wanted to start all over again and make another! Aren’t those the best kind of projects? The ones you want to make over and over. Good thing I have plenty of little nieces in my life who clearly need their very own Dolly too.

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This adorable dollhouse quilt was shown at Spring Market and I absolutely fell in love with the sweet design, when I saw it up close in the book I knew I wanted to make one myself. It’s a pretty big play quilt measuring 37×58 inches and there are details galore! I had so much fun making each little room to my liking, adding and changing bits here and there. This was one of those projects that held my interest from beginning to end with all the steps it included, from each tiny fabric choice, the tracing, cutting, ironing, cutting again, ironing again, and finally sewing; it reminded me of the crafting I did as a child and the simple joys it brought.

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Welcome to Little Dolly’s home, make yourself comfortable while we take you on a little tour.

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Here we have a sweet little kitchen with pink gingham curtains, a puppy along with his bone and dish, and a fresh pot of applesauce simmering on the stove.

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Upstairs we have a beautiful bathroom with a claw foot tub, perfect for bathing Puppy or Little Dolly. I added the ribbons of water and made the tub into a little pocket and no bath is complete without a yellow rubber ducky!

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Next we have a perfectly cozy living room where Little Dolly can snuggle up in her big chair to read a good book after a long day of sewing and puppy care.

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At the top of the house I added a sewing room complete with sewing machine, iron and Little Dolly’s very own Elea Lutz fabric stash, sure to be the envy of her Little Dolly friends! The sewing machine is a design by Minki Kim that just happened to be the perfect size for our little house.

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Here we leave Little Dolly tucked into her bed to snuggle with her favorite Bunny, night, night Little Dolly.

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And lastly, we have a tiny little mouse living way up in the attic, because no doll story would be complete without a sweet mouse family scampering around the attic after the house is fast asleep.

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Have you fallen in love with this sweet play quilt like I have? Are you thinking of the ways you could make this project your own and of all the fun little details you could add here and there? Perhaps colors and fabric prints are coming to mind as well. This my friend is inspiration and Elea’s book is FULL of it. Full of sweet projects just waiting to be made and treasured for years to come.

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Looks like Puppy is getting into the apples! The fabrics for my projects are Little Dolly by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics and Riley Blake solids. Threads are a variety of colors and weights from Arifiul. I used Clover Wonder Fuse to back each of my applique templates. Notions and trims are from my personal collection.

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This little heap of Dolly mess just brings a smile to my face. For now they are sitting in my room looking cute. Scratch that, this morning I found my two little boys playing trucks and planes on the house lines, haha, boys!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my makes today, this has honestly been the most fun sewing that I have done in a long time and I truly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Thank you Elea for making such a wonderfully sweet book, I can’t wait to make more of your projects!

This is just the beginning of the Dolly Book Tour and I for one can not wait to see what the rest of my friends have made! Make sure to follow along for all the fun and inspiration!

Monday 9/18 Faith Essenburg @faithessenburg https://saranaave.wordpress.com
Friday 9/22 Melissa Mortenson @polkadotchair http://www.polkadotchair.com
Monday 9/25 Lauren Nash @transientart  http://transientart.com/
Friday 9/29 Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane http://www.downgrapevinelane.com/
Monday 10/2 Jemima Flendt @tiedwitharibbon http://www.tiedwitharibbon.com/
Friday 10/6 Jina Barney @jinabarney http://jinabarneydesignz.blogspot.com/
Monday 10/9 Ayda Algin @cafenohut http://cafenohut.blogspot.com/
Friday 10/13 Veronica Marroquin @vividfelicity https://vividfelicity.wordpress.com/
Monday 10/16 Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchwork https://alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com/
Friday 10/20 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs https://www.ellisandhiggs.com/
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Have a wonderfully creative week and come back to Sarana Avenue again soon!
-Faith

 

 

 

 

Pretty Handmades Book Showcase

September 11, 2017

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Hi Friends! Welcome to my stop along the Pretty Handmades Book Showcase! Have you met Lauren Wright? She is maker of all things sweet, cute and pink (or at least that’s how I think of her). I am so excited to be a part of this showcase and to help Lauren celebrate her first book.

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First off, let me just say that I love Tuva Publishing books. They have published some of my favorite makers and therefore have some of my favorite books. The patterns are always sweet and the pictures are so beautiful and inspiring. This book was a bit of a surprise as I was expecting the more traditional smaller size Tuva book. It is big, has more craft paper feel to it and is full of the sweetest drawings to go along with the patterns.

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Just look at the pictures! It definitely adds another layer of charm to this book. With so many sweet makes to chose from, Lauren’s book is great to have on hand for small gifts and those enjoyable slow Saturday sewing projects. This cushion is just one of the items on my list to make from the book! There was however, one project that called out to me right away, I just had to make it!

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This gorgeous Garden Path Mini Quilt was so enjoyable to work on, I don’t always take time to slow down and hand sew but when I do I am reminded of how good it feels to just slow down and enjoy the simple work of something like joining hexagons or adding hand stitching to a project.

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All of the Hexies I used were gifts from friends, over the past few years I’ve grown a little collection of mostly Liberty hexagons sent to me in swaps from around the world. I couldn’t have planned a better project to join them all together and I love how the green and pinks came together. The two Liberty tea cups are extra special from my friend Lisa Ann and were the perfect center to this table topper/ tea mat. I also spy a little Hello Kitty, which reminds me, I need to find more of those cuties!

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I finally had a chance to try the 80 weight thread from Aurifil that I had heard so much about. In the past I had used another very fine thread and had to use a double strand just so it wouldn’t break. I am pleased to say I found the 80 weight great for EPP (English Paper Piecing) and was able to use just one strand.

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I skipped the binding that was called for in the book and went with a simple color faded hand stitched double boarder instead. I love how this wool Aurifil added another texture to the Linen and Liberty.

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Do you ever just look over each hexie for the little details? So fun! Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you leave here inspired to try something new. Feel free to poke around and check out my simple tutorials and follow along for more excitement coming this month.

Lauren will be giving away a signed copy of her book so be sure to check out the rest of the Pretty Handmades Book Showcase

1 Sept 2017 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
2 Sept 2017 Jemima Flendt www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
3 Sept 2017 Sharon Burgess www.lilabellelanecreations.com @lilabellelane
4 Sept 2017 Lauren Nash www.transientart.com @transientart
5 Sept 2017 Sarah Edgar www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
6 Sept 2017 Ange Hamilton www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com @alittlepatchwork
7 Sept 2017 Elea Lutz www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
8 Sept 2017 Sarah Scott www.piccolostudio.com.au @piccolostudio_sarah
9 Sept 2017 Martina Bahre www.avaandneve.com.au @ava_and_neve
10 Sept 2017 Heather Andrus www.quiltstory.blogspot.com @quiltstory
11 Sept 2017 Faith Essenburg www.saranaave.wordpress.com @faithessenburg
12 Sept 2017 Alisha Orlando www.ministryoffabric.com.au @ministryoffabric
13 Sept 2017 Bev McCullough www.flamingotoes.com @flamingotoes
14 Sept 2017 Stacy Olson www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
15 Sept 2017 Ali Phillips www.arabesque-scissors.com @arabesquescissors
16 Sept 2017 Mollie Johanson www.wildolive.blogspot.com @molliejohanson
17 Sept 2017 Kristyne Czepuryk www.prettybyhand.com @prettybyhand
18 Sept 2017 Xanthe Grundy www.wife-made.com @wifemade
19 Sept 2017 Anne Oliver www.lolliandgrace.com @lolliandgrace
20 Sept 2017 Larisa Shurupov www.stitchingnotes.com @stitchingnotes
21 Sept 2017 Sedef Imer www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
22 Sept 2017 Wynn Tan www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
23 Sept 2017 Veronica AM www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com @vividfelicity
24 Sept 2017 Minki Kim www.minkikim.com @zeriano
25 Sept 2017 Elise Baek www.eliseandemelie.com @eliseandemelie
26 Sept 2017 Megan Price www.dollyhenry.com.au @dollyhenryau
27 Sept 2017 Nadra Ridgeway www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
28 Sept 2017 Ayda Algin www.cafenohut.com @cafenohut
29 Sept 2017 Jodi Godfrey www.talesofcloth.com @talesofcloth
30 Sept 2017 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama

Forget-Me-Not Blog Tour

August 28, 2017

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Hello! Welcome to the Forget-Me-Not Blog Tour! I am so excited to kick this week off and show you what I made. Forget-Me-Not is a beautifully bright and fun fabric line designed by Tammie Green for Riley Blake Designs. Tammie said her inspiration for this line was her little girls and I think that comes across so well in the floral designs and heart motif. The color range with its pops of red and dusky blue makes this line perfect for any girl, whether young or all grown up. And to be fair, my boys didn’t want to part with this quilt either, so I guess that makes this line little boy approved as well 😉

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As soon as I saw the Forget-Me-Not fabric line I drew up a simple baby quilt to make for our newest niece. It is a simple 40×40 inch square and I imagine will be used as a play mat and take along quilt on road trips. The design is perfect for a charm pack and a great way to play with solid color as well.

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Each block is made up of four 2 inch squares finishing at 4 inches each, just add rows of 2 inch sashing and you have yourself a quick quilt that shows off the sweet prints in a fun way. This would be so pretty using white for the background as well, but this time I thought I would play with color a little more than I usually do, and I really like the results.

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For the backing I chose this beautiful main print in teal green. I just love those flowery hearts! For the quilting I used my trusty Aurifil thread 50 weight in a creamy color (2000) that blended in nicely and lets the fabrics stand out. Thanks to my sweet quilty friends for their machine quilting tips, (walking foot, longer stitch length, take it slow, and drink wine, lots of wine!) I am very pleased with my quilting results (which doesn’t happen often).

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Riley Blake has beautiful solid fabrics to coordinate with their lines, I used Sea Glass for the background and Coral on the four inch boarder. I love this tiny Petal print for the binding, so perfectly sweet and it comes in three colorways.

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This Forget-Me-Not quilt is all ready and waiting for a new baby girl to snuggle. I just keep looking at it, loving it more and more.

Be sure to follow the rest of the tour with Sedef Imer on Wednesday August 30th and Veronica AM on Friday September 1st, and while you are at it check out Tammie Green  and her beautiful designs as well.

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Thank you for stopping by, for now this little cutie is helping take care of the quilt and hoping it will stay at our home. Maybe the next one will my boy 😉

Wonderful Things Blog Tour

August 23, 2017

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Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday and welcome to my stop on the Wonderful Things Blog Tour. By now I’m sure you’ve seen the Wonderful Things fabric by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics in all its wonder 😉

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This Aquarelle Study Tint print jumped out at me right away and I picked the other fabrics to compliment the colors. There is also a pastel colorway which is so soft and beautiful, but for this project I liked the striking blacks and bright pinks with pops of yellow.

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My first project is a set of simple zipper pouches that snap together and come apart so you can take one or both of them along with you. Right now I am using them for my makeup, the smaller one holds my on the go makeup, you know; just the essentials. The larger one has my more detailed makeup that I don’t use every day, this way I can take the smaller one and pop it off and into my purse or snap them back together for when I travel.

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The gold snaps I ordered HERE ,they were easy to use and I really like the look of them along with the gold zippers. Kinda gives them a bit of a fancy look, don’t ya think?

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Here they are snapped together, I love how slim and sleek they are. I used Pellon Flex Foam which gives them a bit more stability and durability than just cotton batting. I’m thinking these could even be used for a fancy date night, and how perfect for sneaking lady products to the bathroom in the smaller one! I’m totally going to do that!

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Next up I made a Ruffle Zipper Pouch using my simple tutorial (which you can find HERE). I wanted to add some quilting and I may or may not have gotten a little carried away with it. I used a pink Aurifil (2479) thread and just kept quilting, it was really fun which is why I couldn’t stop!

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I just love the flowers that Bonnie makes, so pretty whether they are softly colored or bright and bold; all so pretty. If you haven’t tried making the Ruffle Zipper Pouch, give it a try! It’s easy and quick and really makes a statement.

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See how fancy that looks? I love the lining so much too, such a great print! How perfect would that be for binding on a quilt!? So this one ended up with makeup in it too which is funny since I only wear it a couple times a week. I actually think I will send this little set off to a friend. Isn’t it great to have some ready made gifts, especially with the holidays right around the corner (I can’t believe I just said that!).

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Simple gifts that are handmade with beautiful fabrics are my favorite. Find Bonnie’s Wonderful Things fabric for sale HERE and see the full blog tour lineup HERE.

Be sure to stop by Katharina Pferdmenge’s blog tomorrow and you can see yesterday’s post HERE.

 

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Thank you for stopping by, feel free to look around, get inspired to try something of your own and come back again soon.

Made for Baby Blog Tour

May 13, 2017

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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop along the Made for Baby Blog Tour! I am so excited to be a part of this incredible line up of talented makers. I met Ayda not that long ago through Instagram and let me just say, it was love at first sight! Her makes are so fresh and her posts are beautifully designed, I look forward to them each week. They are my go to “happy place” for when I need inspiration, and to top it off she is just the sweetest!

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With a beautiful blog and Instagram feed, I had very high hopes for her first book, especially with Tuva Publishing and their track record of gorgeous sewing books. I was absolutely thrilled when I opened Made for Baby Cute Sewn Gifts and saw such beautiful pages! So many fresh new ideas and sweet little makes, perfect for quick baby gifts.

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Not only are the sweetest patterns in here, but it’s also the perfect book to pour over with a cup of tea and just look at all the beautiful pictures and tiny design details. Inspiration for any maker. I have looked through this book several times already and have read over the instructions of most the patterns. Do you do that too? Like a cook reading over a cookbook (which I’ve also been known to do). A good book is a good book and can be read over and over again.

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My first project was the adorable Peter Pan Collar. It only took me 30 minutes from start to finish and, I believe would steal the show at any baby shower (which let’s face it, is what we all secretly want to do!). It is reversible and can be gently tied on to dress up any casual baby clothing.

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No newborn ensemble would be complete without a pair of mittens! These Liberty of London ones in soft gray Capel and coral lining are the perfect balance of girly yet classic.

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Crochet ribbon bows and tiny hand stitching accents are enough to make me want another baby! Well, ALMOST enough 😉

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Once again, the mittens took me less than an hour to make and I think it’s safe to say they would be an instant keepsake for any new baby. Wouldn’t a pale blue version be sweet for a baby boy too? As mom of three boys I’m always thinking of boy versions. Can’t let all the pretty thing go to the girls 😉

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Ayda has very detailed instructions for each step of her patterns along with pictures and drawings making this book a perfect choice for newer makers as well as more experienced ones. And let’s be honest, it’s just plain eye candy too!

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Since there are so many sweet makes in this book, I had to try another. Seriously, this is a book I could easily make everything in it! I’ve done it before with another wonderful Tuva book (which you can see the results of here) and I might not be able to stop myself this time either! I may have a problem, a very fun problem!

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The Cute Fabric Boxes made for a wonderful weekend sewing project. I chose to go with the ever classic Liberty and Linen fabric combo bring a bit of sophistication to these little organizer boxes.

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It’s all in the details and this soft pink Aurifil thread on the corners of the tray is the icing on top of an already beautifully sweet cake.

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And since I have no baby girls in my house, I’ve decided these boxes are just right for my sewing space! I didn’t think I needed any more organization for sewing supplies, but this was super handy having next to my sewing machine yesterday. There are many projects in Made for Baby that can also be Made for Mama, or Grandma or Sewing Friend. Ayda’s book is available from Amazon and I believe is worth its weight in gold. A wonderful resource for sweet sewn gifts as well as to go along with your Saturday morning cup of tea or coffee or whatever you fancy drinking while you look at pretty pages.

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Be sure to follow along on all the tour stops listed below and enter for your chance to win a copy of Made for Baby Cute Sewn Gifts over at Cafenohut.

I am so glad you stopped by today, make yourself at home and feel free to look around.

As always, I hope you leave here feeling inspired to make something yourself.

May.03 Ayda ALGIN www.cafenohut.blogspot.com @cafenohut
May.04 Jemima Flendt www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
May.05 Sarah Edgar www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
May.08 Lisa Cox www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com @aspoonfulsugar
May.09 Ange Hamilton www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com @alittlepatchwork
May.10 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
May.11 Melissa LeRay www.ohhowsweet.com @ohhowsweetco
May.12 Minki Kim www.minkikim.com @zeriano
May.15 Faith Essenburg www.SaranaAve.wordpress.com @faithessenburg
May.16 Kristin Esser www.kristinesser.com/ @kristin_esser
May.17 Lauren Guthrie www.guthrie-ghani.co.uk/blog @guthrieghani
May.18 Bridgette McNay www.thefamilyhearth.com @thefamilyhearth
May.19 Torie Jayne www.toriejayne.com @toriejayne
May.22 Constanca Cabral www.constancacabral.com/blog @constancacabral
May.23 Stacy Olson www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
May.24 Caroline Husle www.SewCaroline.com @SewCaroline
May.29 Nadra Ridgeway www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
May.30 Wynn Tan www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
May.31 Sedef Imer www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
JUNE 01 Lauren Nash www.transientart.com @transientart
JUNE 02 Jennie Pickett www.cloverandviolet.com @cloverandviolet
JUNE 05 Amy Sinibaldi www.nanaCompany.typepad.com @amysinibaldi
JUNE 07 Kim Kruzich www.retro-mama.blotspot.com @retro_mama
JUNE 08 Elea Lutz www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
JUNE 09 Samantha Dorn www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog @aqua_paisley
JUNE 12 Ayda ALGIN www.cafenohut.blogspot.com @cafenohut

 

Bunnies and Cream Blog Tour

March 6, 2017

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Hi friends! Welcome to the Bunnies and Cream Blog Tour! I am so glad you stopped by!

My name Is Faith Essenburg, I am a stay at home mom of three boys and most days you can find me over on Instagram sharing the little bits of sewing I am able to squeeze in (you know, in all that spare time!). Instagram is also where I met Lauren Nash, designer of Penny Rose Fabrics newest line Bunnies and Cream. I have been a fan of Lauren’s for a couple years now, and was so excited when I heard she had her very own fabric line coming out. I knew it would be incredible because all of Lauren’s work is just so beautiful. I am sure you can guess at my excitement when she asked me to be a part of her blog tour!

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Bunnies and Cream is even sweeter in person! My oldest and I spent a good hour pouring over each print when they first arrived. It’s as if Lauren took all the sweetest things and rolled them into the perfect fabric line! Bunnies? Check! Strawberries? Check! Sweet treats? Check! Tiny bows, flowers and gingham? You got it!

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I haven’t been able to nail down a favorite print yet either! Did you spy that bit of bunnies selvage at the top there? Too cute!! With fabric this sweet, I knew I wanted to keep things simple on my design, so I went with the classic Nine Patch block. You can see more of my “in progress” pictures HERE.

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I went with a big lap quilt measuring roughly 55 x 65 inches, that shows off the small scale prints and also some of the bigger scale blocks. The boarder fabric is a gorgeous embroidery style print that reminds me of those floral ribbons you sometimes find in sewing shops and I just had to make it a big part of my project.

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In keeping with the classic feel of the fabrics and simplicity of my blocks, I went with hand quilting. The many hours spent working so closely hand sewing each print was a real treat!  Like savoring a sweet dessert. Time to slow down, take it easy and just enjoy the slow motion of hand work.

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No fancy quilting here, just simple pale green stitches in 28 weight Aurifil thread, my favorite hand stitching weight. Those bunnies get me every time! Too cute!

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The recipe prints in this line are just so sweet. My boys decided that they are the three little bunnies and I am the mommy bunny, which pretty much melted my heart. They also wanted to make sure this quilt was going to be staying with us and not heading off to another home, I assured them it was a keeper.

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I am always drawn to green, but this blue gingham called to me and made for the perfect pop of color on the binding. How sweet would a little girls dress be made up in the blue color ways? (Note to self, learn garment sewing ASAP!).

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I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to hand quilt this but I ended up with time to spare, so I added a double row of pink stitching on the yellow boarder. Those bows and tiny flowers are just perfect!

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Just look how snuggly and inviting that looks! And it hasn’t even been through the wash yet, which we all know only adds to the goodness of a handmade quilt 😉 Reminds me of a baby blanket, perfect for Spring. I used a sheet top I had been saving for something special as the backing and it just makes the whole quilt that much softer and sweeter.

And of course I couldn’t stop at just one project! I’m still not tired of all these bunnies! Next I made a mini quilt to show off the tiny prints, perfect for fussy cutting!

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In my opinion, there isn’t anything sweeter than simple 2 x 2 inch squares with straight line quilting! Perfect simplicity!

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These little stinker bunnies sneaking cookies are just the cutest thing ever! With Bunnies and Cream, each and every detail is cuter than the last (if that’s even possible!).

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I added more girly touches to this mini, along with a single pink hand stitched boarder and even lace trim to the binding. It will make a perfect little snuggle quilt for a sweet little girl I know 😉

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See? All the cuteness rolled into one sweet, sweet, fabric line! This makes for a perfect little “eye spy” quilt too! The options are endless with this adorable fabric!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have been inspired to try some Bunnies and Cream for yourself. Make sure to follow along all this week with the rest of the tour listed below!

March 6 Faith Essenburg  www.SaranaAve.wordpress.com

March 7 Bridgette McNay  www.TheFamilyHearth.com

March 8 Elea Lutz  www.EleaLutzDesign.com

March 9 Taunja Kelvington  www.CarriedAwayQuilting.com

March 10 Veronica Am  www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com

March 11 Lauren Nash  www.TransientArt.com

 

 

Quilt Petite Blog Hop

November 17, 2016

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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Quilt Petite Blog Hop! I have been looking forward to Sedef’s book ever since she announced it. I just love her style and sweet makes and let me just say, her book does not disappoint.

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Filled with gorgeous pictures and projects, it’s a book I find myself coming back to for ideas, inspiration and let’s be honest here; just to look at. So much pretty. It was hard to chose a project, but I kept coming back to the beautiful Nine Patch.

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And of course, I went with all Liberty Of London prints which was a little tricky because of their high volume but also a fun challenge.

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I think this project was originally meant to be a wall hanging but I pictured it as a table topper. The directions and steps in Quilt Petite are very easy to follow with lots of illustrations for anything that needs further explaining.

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How sweet would a whole baby quilt be in this design? Or placing your Nine Patches in color order would give this project a whole different feel.

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I also made little coasters to go along with the “table topper”, perfect for finishing off a pretty little party. I love the versatility of these projects and the interpretation we have seen so far along the blog hop.

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This project was a pretty quick make after fabrics were selected and the cutting was done. The little blocks come together quickly and it made for very enjoyable sewing time. I already have more projects mentally lined up to make from this beautiful book.

Make sure to check out the other stops on this hop!

November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (intro + giveaway)

November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art

November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place

November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth

November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt

November 11: Minki at Minki’s Work Table

November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork

November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama

November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy

November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs

November 16: Amy at Nana Company

November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave

November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage

November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew

November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl

November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet

November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design

November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut

November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot

November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox

November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew

November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane

November 28: Kate at The Homemakery

November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon

November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac

December 1: Anorina at Samelia’s Mum

December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric

December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made

December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This

December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand

December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop

December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs

December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz

December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen

December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)

Thank you for stopping by!

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Sew Illustrated Blog Tour and Giveaway

August 24, 2016

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Hi friends! I am back with another blog tour and this one is very near and dear to my heart. Minki Kim was one of the first people to follow me when I started on Instagram last year; not only follow, but comment and encourage me as a very new maker. I remember the first time I saw her sewing illustrations I could not believe they were done by machine. To me they looked like ink drawings with very tiny, precise hand stitching over them. It boggled my mind to think that these beautiful works of art were done on a home sewing machine. I had the pleasure of trying some of Minki’s patterns earlier this year which you can see HERE and HERE. I have been looking forward to the release of this book all year and to be a part of the blog tour (not to mention along with ALL the super star makers!) is such an honor for me. Ok, enough babbling; lets get to the good stuff!

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This beautiful Vignette pattern caught my eye right away, but in more of a “I’ll try that one some day” kind of way. Then after giving it some time and thought, I decided to just go for it. After all, the instructions and writing in this book are amazing! I am convinced Minki and Kristin (Minki’s partner in writing and equal in sweetness) could teach anyone to sew illustrations like a pro.

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I pulled my stack (tower?) of Liberty fabrics and used my newest favorites form DuckaDilly Fabrics. It was so fun holding up the templates I had printed onto my Pellon Stick-N-Washaway and choosing just the right colors for each tiny piece. Even my boys got in on the fun of color selections and placements. If you ever enjoyed tracing, drawing, cutting out paper dolls or any other craft as a child, the art of sewing illustration will bring you back to those days. I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to spend a Saturday.

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I’ll admit, I did not read ALL of Sew Illustrated, YET. I read just enough for making my pattern and I am saving the rest to read over our Labor Day weekend. This is a very well written book and has a wealth of information, step by step pictures, tips, tricks and ideas for multiple ways to try your own illustrations.

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I wanted to make this beautiful design with my own spin on it and what better way than to add my signature Heartstrings! This is pretty much what my work desk looks like most of the time, Liberty mug with coffee, fabrics and threads all over with Liberty Hearts strewn about. Ok, so my actual sewing machine is boring white and I currently have seven stacks of sewing goodness instead of two. So let’s just say this is my sewing desk in an alternate, Liberty of London filled universe!

IMG_0775I used Aurifil 50 weight thread in a deep Navy shade #2745 which I think gives the “picture” an inky look to it. For a bigger piece like this, I started with the larger sections to sew it down, then moved on to the smaller bits. Taking it one small section at a time can take the “overwhelming”feeling you may have out of it.

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I love, love, love this tiny “wire basket”! Note to self: buy wire basket to keep Liberty fabrics in… Also, MUST make  Capel pin cushion!

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As you can see, stitches are not perfect. But they also don’t need to be. This is a super close up picture, the scissors is only about 4 inches and from where I’m sitting looking at it on my wall, it looks pretty perfect. So don’t stress the little imperfections, or mistakes; no one will ever know.

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For the miniature Heartstrings I used 12 weight thread to give the “string” a bold look. Minki and Kristin have a section all about stitch length for sewing. I find I work best at a 1.o and 1.5 that way my mistakes are so tiny you can hardly see them anyway!

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I turned my Vignette into a mini wall hanging with raw edge Liberty binding, keeping with the whole raw edge theme and saving on precious fabric which for me is a win win!

I also had the thought that any of the pieces from Minki’s designs could be framed in a hoop for a bit of wall art. But…

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Perhaps I should have stuck to the patterns a bit more because now I have this girl head button smiling at me from in a “jar”! (Insert horror emoji here and read the whole story of the “girl in the jar” HERE).

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So here we have it in my sewing space just above my rather messy desk. See the jam jar pin cushion hanging up there? That is a special giveaway I won last year and it is made by Minki herself!. And yes, the little doll head in the jar is there as well, what can I say; it gives me a good chuckle every time I see it.

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I have a whole pile of ideas floating around in my head of sewing illustrations to be made! This book is just full of inspiration and I am happy to say that C T Publishing has offered to give a copy to one of you! Just leave a comment on this post and I will chose a winner on August 31st.

Thank you all for stopping by! Feel free to snoop around and follow along for more fun.

Edit:

Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Mary S.