Today is my day on the A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style blog tour and I'm very pleased to share my Retro Pillow - the project which I created from Lisa Cox's gorgeous new book. I used the Chatsworth range of fabric by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake Designs which is very sweet and feminine.
Lisa (along with her daughter) has blogged over at A Spoonful of Sugar for a number of years. She has just published her first (solo) book... and I'm sssssssssuper excited for my friend.
Lisa is super generous and shares tonnes of tips, tutorials and free patterns on her blog. I've been a long-time fan and follower of her work and am so pleased that she's taken this wonderful next step in her creative journey.
A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style is a beautiful book filled with projects to sweeten your home, zakka style. Each project has excellent colour diagrams and comprehensive step by step instructions. Projects are rated by their difficulty level, which makes this a great book for a newbie sewist. They can start with all of the simple projects and then move forward working on the trickier projects.
The projects included in this book range in skills. Patchwork, piecing, applique, embroidery, sashiko, crochet... Lisa has touched on a lot of skills and personally, I think it's a wonderful to try a lot of new things to see what you like best and practice the skills which you're not so familiar with (like crochet and y-seams).
|My first crocheted scallop edge (I'm a little bit pleased with myself over this edging)|
|My first ever machine pieced hexagons (Y-Seams... Yikes!!)|
Hand quilted with cotton Aurifil Mako 12 in colour # 2310
We're around the half way mark of the blog tour with many great crafty bloggers still to come. Below, you'll find the list of participants - why not go back and check out what everyone has made so far? So much gorgeousness!
April 26 Jodie Carlton Ric Rac
April 27 Minki Kim Minki’s Work Table
April 28 Melissa LeRay Oh How Sweet
April 29 Jemima Flendt Tied With a Ribbon
April 30 Beverley McCullough Flamingo Toes
May 2 Sedef Imer Down Grapevine Lane
May 3 Nadra Ridgeway Ellis and Higgs
May 4 Amy Morinaka Chick Chick Sewing
May 5 Caroline Critchfield Sew Can She
May 6 Kristyne Czepuryk Pretty By Hand
May 7 Bronwyn Hayes Red Brolly
May 9 Anorina Morris Samelia’s Mum
May 10 Peta Peace She Quilts A Lot
May 11 Faith Essenburg Sarana Ave
May 12 Angie Wilson Gnome Angel
May 13 Sharon Burgess Lilabelle Lane Creations
May 14 Stacy Olson Stacy Olson
May 16 Ayda Algin Cafenohut
May 17 Jennie Pickett Clover and Violet
May 18 Wynn Tan Zakka Art
May 19 Lisa Cox A Spoonful of Sugar
Do yourself a favour and order your copy of A Spoonful of Sugar: Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style and then you'll be ready to join us in the Instagram Sew Along from 1 June to 9 August 2016.
We will be making projects from the book. There will be five rounds, each lasting for two weeks which will give you plenty of time to complete a project or two from the book. Our good friend, Amy Sinibaldi from Nana Company is the Guest Judge, with fantastic prizes for the winner of each round, plus a Grand Prize Winner, generously sponsored by Alisha from Ministry of Fabric. We really hope you join in the fun! #ASPOONFULOFSUGARSAL