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21 February 2017

Scrap-Busting Coasters

Got scraps from a “just finished” project? How about small pieces of batting that you trim for the edge of a quilt? Use them to create some scrappy coasters.




Honestly, these are the easiest little projects to make. I probably make these every few weeks and either use them at home, gift them in scrappy sets of 6 or just store them in lovely piles in my sewing room (for future re-gifting).




12 February 2017

Meow Door Stop

Chester, my cat, lives in my laundry. Well, in saying this, his litter tray and food bowls are in the laundry. He "lives" all over the house... and by "lives", I mean sleeps.

The laundry has another door which then leads out to the side garden and washing line. When I open this outside door, the inside door always blows closed.

Now that I’ve given you the back ground to the architecture of my laundry, I thought I’d share with you my Meow Doorstop. It will sit in front of the internal laundry door and hopefully stop the door from slamming shut… well, hopefully.




I made it using the ‘Bonjour Paris Doorstop’ pattern by Lisa Cox, from her book, A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style. The fabric I used is by Sarah Watts called “From Porto with Love” by Cotton & Steel (RJR Fabrics). These cat prints (on canvas) just spoke to me and since the door stop was for the cat room, well, it was a given.


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I used the selvedge to make the top handle. Seeing is my background is Portuguese, I thought it was quite fitting.




Playing along with Carla and the #2017SewingBookChallenge over on Instagram.

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06 February 2017

Sweetie Pie Table Runner

The other day, I shared my Strawberry Block as part of the Sweetie Pie Sew Along, hosted by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet and Riley Blake Designs.





Today, I thought I’d share what I made with my block… well… blocks. I made a couple of the other blocks and turned them into a really fun table runner - which I am completely in love with! It’s bright, bold and absolutely delicious.




Choosing the two other blocks for the runner was tricky. They’re all really cute. I decided on the cherry pie block and the pear block - all fruits which I love.






This table runner is very busy and includes a little bit of everything I love. Dots and spots. Gingham and little florals. Hand applique and hand embroidery. Ric Rac and machine quilting.

If you haven’t yet, visit Bee in my Bonnet to get your copy of the pattern and have some fruity fun :)


30 January 2017

Sweetie Pie Sew Along



Have you been following Lori Holt and her Sweetie Pie Sew Along? Lori’s Sweetie Pie quilt is just so cheery and will make any space in your home, that much more wonderful. The blocks are made up with Pie Blocks (traditional Dresden Plate blocks) and the centre of each block includes an applique fruit.

Download the free Sweetie Pie quilt pattern here.

Today is my day on the Sweetie Pie Sew Along and I’m super excited to finally share my block with you. I chose the Strawberry Block, well, because I just love them. The challenge was to create the block using a different fabric range to the one Lori used in her beautiful quilt (Sew Cherry 2).




The fabric which I used in this project is called Backyard Roses by Nadra Ridgeway for Riley Blake Designs. I’d been holding (hoarding) on to a FQ bundle of this fabric for ages, waiting for the perfect project.

The wedges are sewn up quickly but if you’ve never sewn one of these blocks before, Lori shares a great step by step video on how to create the Pie Block.





I used Lori’s method of appliqué using interfacing which makes the pieces easily to stitch down. Most of the blocks include some basic embroidery (stems or on the leaves). Initially I backstitched the yellow seeds on the strawberry, but after a couple, didn’t like to look. I started again, this time using the lazy daisy stitch which I thought was much more effective.




I couldn’t resist adding some ric rac to my appliqué centre. I have such a soft spot for ric rac in a project. There’s something to sweet and retro about it. I remember when I was young, my gran used to make my clothes and all of my favourite skirts or dresses had ric rac on them.




Keep an eye out at Bee in my Bonnet for some extra projects which Lori is creating with her new template sets and fabric range. Visit Lauren over at Transient Art for her block last week and then pop over to visit Heidi at Fabric Mutt next Monday.

Keep up with all of the latest Sweetie Pie Quilt progress over on Instagram with the tag #SweetiePieSewAlong


16 January 2017

PJ Name Pillows



This is the Leyla vs Layla edition. Considering it’s not the most common of names, I actually know four Leila’s… or variations on spelling of that name.

Two of these girls had birthdays in the last couple of weeks, so I made them each a pajama pillow with their names appliqued on the front. Why are they called PJ Pillows? Well because I make them with envelope style backs, deep enough to stow away their pajamas (or pyjamas?) during the day when they’re not wearing them. Well, that’s the hope anyways :-)



The first Leyla pillow was quite scrappy with patchwork consisting of some of my favourite prints and colours. It’s floral and sweet and perfect for the little girl who received it. It sits on her bed, nestled in with her pillows. This makes me happy, knowing that it’s being used and appreciated.



The second Layla turned 4 over the weekend. She is the cheekiest little girl and so funny! I used the cheater print from the Sweet Orchard range by my friend Sedef of the blog, Down Grapevine Lane. It’s perfect for a project which you need to sew together quickly (but to look like it’s had a lot of work involved). I quilted along the squares to imitate patchwork and then appliqued her name into the neutral central panel.

For both of these pillows, I used Aurifil 12WT to machine appliqué the names. At first I was a little concerned feeding this thread through the needle, but my machine coped with it quite well. This thicker thread meant that I only needed to sew around the letters once for a stunning (bold) result.



Lately all the kids have been receiving a PJ Name Pillow for their birthdays (including my nephew, Miles) so I’m going to have to come up with a new idea for handmade kids gifts for the next year of birthdays. Any ideas?