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Sew Cute Quilts and Gifts Book Tour

January 10, 2020

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Hi! Welcome to my stop on the Sew Cute Quilts and Gifts Book Tour, I am excited to share what I’ve made from this beautiful new book from Atsuko Matsuyama and Zakka Workshop. If you are not familiar with Atsuko’s work, she is a fabulous fabric designer from Japan and has several books available in both English and Japanese.

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This book has many sweet projects that include machine and hand sewing and range in size from small pouches that can be finished in an afternoon to a beautiful hand sewn quilt that is truly a masterpiece.

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I decided to go with this Flat Zipper Pouch and used these cute fussy cut fabrics instead of the floral applique that the original pouch shows. It was a great way to showcase some favorite fabrics and also save on time.

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My favorite part is the zipper and binding which were surprisingly fun to work on!

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A little cherry print lining to add with the cherry theme on the outside. It was surprising how much fruit fabric I’ve collected over the years. The assembly was really fun and the directions in the book were clear and well laid out with plenty of illustrations for visual learners like myself.

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Hand quilting added to the front and back in a soft mint 40 weight thread that is a little thicker than basic 50 weight thread, Aurifil 2800.

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All of my fabrics used are from Sunny Day Supply and have been collected over the past couple years, most of these are still available in their shop I believe, along with SO many other beautiful fabrics. These are all Yuwa and I absolutely love the feel of this brand for small projects as well as quilting, you can see and feel the quality. Sunny Day Supply is also hosting a wonderful fabric giveaway for two which you can find HERE on Instagram and each of the makers this week have a book to giveaway as well from Zakka Workshop, so be sure to check them out for more chances to win!

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I will be holding my book giveaway over on Instagram, so check that out as well! Thank you for stopping by, I hope you leave here feeling inspired to try a bit of your own creativity.

 

Zakka Home Book Tour

November 8, 2018
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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Zakka Home Book Tour! I am sure you have already seen so many beautiful makes along the way so far. Sedef’s second book is a beauty, full of sweet patterns and new designs to brighten any home.
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With 19 projects to choose from, the Scallop Trivet seemed like a good place to start. I pulled some striking Liberty fabrics from Ava And Neve and added a pale gray floss stitching from Aurifil. The backing is a classic navy stripe ticking fabric which I think always pairs nicely with Liberty fabrics.
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This trivet came together in no time and was the perfect Saturday sewing project I had been hoping for.
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This pattern will be a fun one to make again and again. I saw this Christmas one and it is just the cutest!
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All set with my afternoon coffee and ready for some hand stitching and Zakka Home book browsing.
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For all the Zakka Home inspiration make sure to follow along for the whole tour and thank you for stopping by.
22 October – Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane
23 October – Jemima Flendt – Tied With A Ribbon – @tiedwitharibbon
24 October – Minki Kim – Minki’s Work Table – @zeriano
25 October – Jane Davidson – Quilt Jane – @quiltjane
26 October – Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box – @quilterscandybox
27 October – Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama – @mollyandmama
28 October – Sarah Scott – Piccolo Studio – @piccolostudio_sarah
29 October – Alyce Blyth – Blossom Heart Quilts – @blossomheartquilts
30 October – Emily Dennis – Quilty Love – @emily_dennis_
31 October – Sharon Burgess – Lilabelle Lane Creations – @lilabellelane
1 November – Wynn Tan – Zakka Art – @zakkaArt
2 November – Amanda Woodruff – A Crafty Fox – @a.crafty.fox
4 November – Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio – @aqua_paisley
5 November – Love Patchwork & Quilting – @lovequiltingmag
6 November – Kate May – The Homemakery – @thehomemakery
7 November – Ayda Algin – Cafe Nohut – @cafenohut
8 November  – Faith Essenburg – Sarana Ave – @faithessenburg
9 November – Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis & Higgs – @ellisandhiggs
10 November – Fat Quarter Shop – @fatquartershop
11 November – Laura Cunningham – @laura_zuckerkuss
12 November – Bev McCullough – Flamingo Toes – @flamingotoes
13 November – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter – @diaryofaquilter
14 November – Riley Blake Designs – @rileyblakedesigns
15 November – Michelle Hickson – @coleandtaffy
16 November – Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter – @the_tattooed_quilter
17 November – Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork – @alittlepatchwork
18 November – Sarah Ashford – Sarah Ashford Studio – @sarahashfordstudio
19 November –  Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane (ROUND UP)

Modern Quilts Block By Block Hop

October 17, 2018

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It’s here, it’s here! When I found out that Emily Dennis had a book coming out, I had high expectations for it being really good. Emily has a great eye for design, color combos, and simplicity. Not only is her book full of amazing, all new quilt designs, but it also has helpful diagrams for cutting based on your fabric size, and step by step picture instructions for making classics like flying geese and hourglass blocks. My favorite books are the ones I not only turn to for inspiration, but also for helpful tips and instructions, and this book is exactly that!

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Like a lot of you, I am a visual learner, and am forever needing a refresher on the basics like making half square triangles four at a time (don’t tell me you haven’t cut those blocks wrong once or twice too!), the diagrams in here are worth their weight in gold and for that reason alone, I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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Another thing that really stood out to me in this book is the color pallet, but it’s really more than that, it’s a seamless look the whole way through from cover to cover, without a doubt you can look at the beautiful pictures and know right away that it’s Emily’s work. As someone who is still finding my own creative “voice”, this is something I aspire to do in my own work.

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Emily asked me to make one block and choosing was really hard, there is a gorgeous sampler quilt at the end of the book if you can’t pick just one block! I went with this 12 inch Hourglass block using some favorite fabrics. My friend Jenni and I just started a friendship quilt where we each make the other person one block a month for a year, at the end we will both have a custom made quilt top ready to quilt and cherish from the other. Our only “rules” are to have fun and don’t stress which has made this the most fun sewing I’ve done in a long time. I especially love choosing from my hoarded fabrics, you know the ones we save for something really special, and since we have similar taste it’s made it all the more easy, just make what we love! Although I did warn her that I’m afraid each block will have some sort of green in it (I just can’t help myself!). The blocks in this book are a variety of sizes (including a rectangle one!) and I look forward to making a few more for this friendship quilt. For now, I’m keeping Modern Quilts Block By Block on hand for inspiration and reference.

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Be sure to follow along with the rest of the book hop on Instagram for more inspiration and order your own copy from Amazon!

Simply Stitched with Applique, Book Review and Giveaway!

October 30, 2017

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My friends over at Zakka Workshop sent me their beautiful new book Simply Stitched with Applique and they also sent one for me to share! Do you follow Yumiko Higuchi over on Instagram? If you don’t, you are missing out on some beautifully inspiring embroidery work!

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I always say a good sign of a great book is the one that has all the pages marked and papers sticking out everywhere. I had such a hard time choosing what to make first, so I just started putting papers in the ones I loved most (that cover motif is at the top of my list!).

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This Leaf Sampler is so striking in black with all the green shades. Each design comes with multiple options for colors or layouts, you could make these really modern or much more traditional, something for everyone!

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This one is up next on my to-sew list, in these purples and greens, maybe just a small pin cushion with a few leaves on it. Also what a beautiful way to bring nature into our homes for those of us who tend to kill actual nature, just whip one of these beautiful botanical scenes up! This design is also shown in rich Fall colors, perfect as Thanksgiving home decor!

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I fell in love with this tiny strawberry pin cushion and wanted to make one exactly like it to share with one of you. I remembered that my local antique store had some vintage linen towels with embroidery on them so I went in search of this minty green color and found one. Yay! And don’t worry, the original vintage embroidery will be going in a small hoop for my wall soon.

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Yumiko also has a wonderful embroidery guide in this book which I kept flipping back to. I don’t embroider often enough to have anything more than basic stitches memorized, so a picture guide is always a helpful tool.

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Something so sweet and little makes me happy, and what a joy to work on bits here and there while watching Wives and Daughters (it seemed very fitting to do a small embroidery to go with the time period of that show).

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I used a green wool thread from Aurifil for the leaves and other thread weights of Aurifil in yellow and red that I had on hand. The wool felt is from Benzie Design, they have a beautiful selection of quality felt at a very good price (just don’t get carried away with the felt balls for Christmas garland like I did! hehe!). And of course the linen is vintage which I think gives this whole project just a bit more charm.

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I just love giveaways and I am so happy to send this little pin cushion along with a copy of the beautiful Simply Stitched with Applique book from Zakka Workshop. This book is also available HERE on Amazon and would make a wonderful addition to your embroidery library. To enter the giveaway, find my post over on Instagram and enter for your chance to win. Giveaway will run from Monday October 30 till Friday November 3. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by!