Mon Beau Jardin Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the latest collection from Nadra, the very talented designer, quilter, teacher from the blog Ellis & Higgs.

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The Mon Beau Jardin collection is Nadra’s fourth with Penny Rose Fabrics and my first opportunity to work with one of her collections. Nadra use of colour with her beautiful floral designs has been a huge inspiration to me in the past and even more so with her latest collection.  You can see all the sweet details of each and every print on Nadra’s blog here.

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The collection was inspired by Nadra’s new found love of gardening and I adore the way Nadra has combined candy colour hues with pretty floral prints and classic stripes.

I choose to create with the pink prints from the collection and wanted to showcase the pretty designs (especially those sweet butterflies) as much as possible.   I used hexagon papers from Tales of Cloth and created a supersized hexie flower cushion.  (Nadra’s designs are the perfect size for fussy cutting 1 inch hexies!)

This project was insipired by youngest daughter learning to read and needing a special little reading spot just for her.

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The sweet butterflies, candy coloured hues paired perfectly with a red dotted cot sheet which I wanted to incorporate – a little reminder of when we used to read to her when she was a baby.  I then hand quilted the cushion using Aurifil thread in 12 weight.

 

 

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With the leftover fabric I couldn’t help but make one of See Kate Sew’s pencil pouch with a bow. It’s a free pattern on her blog and is as fun to make as it looks.  It was the perfect way to use the last pieces of prints because not only is my youngest learning to read she’s also learning to write!

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I feel very honoured to help celebrate Nadra’s collection Mon Beau Jardin and can’t wait to see how it inspires Jennie next at week on her blog Clover and Violet.  It’s also definitely worth having at the previous bloggers projects.  They include Amber from the Gigi’s Thimble Blog sweet baby quilt and Jemima from the Tied with A Ribbon blog’s adorable unicorn cushion and bag.  All super sweet but super different ways of using the collection!

Happy sewing

Ange

 

 

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English Paper Piecing Basting

Kingfisher Stitch Along

I am so excited to be a guest poster for Kingfisher Stitch-Along!  The stitch along is a wonderful initiative by Rachel of Stitched in Color and Jodi of Tales Of Cloth that combines english paper piecing, appliqué and traditional piecing.  For more details about the stitch along have a look at their Kingfisher HQ page.

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Glue or Thread – that is the question

So lets talk English Paper Piecing (EPP) Basting! There are two options when it comes to basting – glue or thread.  Recently I ran a quick survey via Instagram asking people what technique they typically used and of the over 700 respondents 47% thread basted and 53% glue basted.  So it seems both options are popular.  I actually use either technique depending on the shape (smaller than 1 inch hexies I tend to glue baste) and my time (slow stitching equals thread basting).

Before you start basting you will need to cut out your fabric.  I find using a plastic template is ideal because it allows me to fussy cut and ensures I don’t waste too much fabric by cutting a wider then needed seam allowance.  Once you have your fabric cut out, centre your hexie paper on the wrong side of the fabric and now you can either glue baste or thread baste

Glue Basting

  1. Run a thin line of glue a
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    long one edge of the paper – the thinner the better so you don’t end up with too much glue to stitch through nor are you papers hard to remove. (Figure 1)

  2. Fold the fabric against the glue and press down
  3. Repeat along each side making sure your fabric is laying flat against the edge of the paper to give you a nice sharp fabric edge. (Figure 2)
  4. To assist with the glue and sharp edge weigh down you hexie with a book or something heavy until the glue dries.
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Thread Basting

  1. Thread your needle (I use either a size 10 or 11 needle) with your cotton.  I prefer to thread baste with Aurifil 50wt thread as it has a good weight and glides through the tiny eye of the needles without bending or fraying.
  2. Fold over one side of your fabric over the edge of the paper piece, then fold the fabric on the next side also over the edge of the a paper (the direction doesn’t matter but I do find my shapes nest better when they are all stitched in the same direction). Hold in place with 2 clips.
  3. Fold over the fabric on the next side and stitch through the folded edge ensuring you go through both side of fabric. (You can also stitch directly down through the fabric and through the paper however I find this method blunts my needle faster and also makes holes through my papers making wear a bit quicker – I try and get at least two projects out of a set of hexie papers)
  4. Go back through the fabric again (making sure you don’t pull your thread completely through) and this should hold the fabric and thread in place. (Figure 3)

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  5. Fold over the fabric over the next side and hold in place with you finger.  Stitch through the folded fabric stitching towards your original entry spot.  Your thread should now be laying flat against the fabric, holding the fabric in place.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the remaining edges
  7. Finish the final side by stitching through the fabric directly next to the original looped knot on step 4.  (Figure 4)

 

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The method you choose is purely up to you, as you stitch up your flowers you won’t notice which technique you used and in fact many of my flowers have used hexies that have been glue and thread basted.

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While thread basting does take extra time, it protects your papers more, its makes removing papers easier and you don’t end up with sticky fingers.  However the speed you can make glued basted hexies is also perfect if you are time poor and want to spend more time stitching your hexies together- which incidentally Jodi has written a brilliant blog all about.  Who knew thread was directional!

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I am loving seeing all the variations of hexie flowers already being created under the #kingfisherstitchalong and #kingfisherquilt hashtags.  And can’t wait to see all the EPP creativity over the coming 8 weeks.

Happy Basting!

Ange

Fat Quarter Shop Cubes Quilt Along

Today is the launch of the latest Fat Quarter Shop quilt along, this time it features their free Cubes Quilt pattern and I was lucky enough to be asked to make a version of it.

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I adore the Cubes quilt pattern because it features my favourite quilty things – big blocks, very little cutting and doesn’t leave me with lots of fabric leftover. It uses a fat quarter bundle (18 fat quarters in total) and a few yards of background fabric, so it’s perfect for any of those bundles you have been hoarding for years.  Especially as the size of the blocks means you can really showcase your favourite prints.

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I used Welsummer the latest collection by Kim Kight for Cotton and Steel which features tiny chickens and has a vintage kitchen print feel to it.  And I paired it with Kona fabric in Snow so I could frame the gorgeous Cubes blocks.

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The quilt comes together so quickly (easily made in a day) that I spent a few evenings hand quilting it in 12wt Aurifil thread in Black (number 2692).

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If you would like to join along with the Fat Quarter Shop quilt along then make sure you pop over to their blog to get all the details.  And don’t forget to look at all the different versions of the quilt, its always a great way to see the impact print and colour has  on a quilt pattern.

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Happy sewing

Ange

 

A Little Patchwork Table Tutorial

Most nights I stitch whilst sitting on the couch and most nights I end up dropping a needle, losing a paper piece section or having neck pain from hunching over.  However thanks to my husband and his creativity I now have a little patchwork table – a perfectly compact and portable sewing table which thanks to an adjustable board also means no more hunching over.

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I posted a photo on Instagram of the table he built and received lots of requests for a tutorial so here goes.

Materials and Tools Needed

For the little patchwork table, you’ll need some basic tools and materials, but it can vary depending on how you decide to make it. We kept it simple by using a couple of pre-made homeware items from ikea.  You can  make the table without using Ikea items, it might just take a little longer to make.

Materials:

40 x 12mm, ~1500mm x Pine strip (This gets cut up to 2x200mm, 2x530mm, so any similar sized scraps of wood lying around will work, particularly for the longer pieces which are used to stabilise the bed tray)

75 x 35mm, 200mm Pine 

2x bolts, 7mm x 70mm

2x Wing nuts, 7mm

4x Steel washer, 7mm

2x Spring washers, 7mm

4 x 60mm screws

From Ikea:

APTITLIG Chopping board, bamboo (approx $4.99 AUD) – This is the ‘top board’

DJURA Bed tray, rubberwood (approx $14.99 AUD) – this is the ‘base’

DRAGAN 4-piece bathroom set, bamboo (approx $14.99 AUD) – these are the little wooden boxes attached on the base which I store my thread, paper pieces etc in

Tools used:

  • Carpenter’s square (for a 45 degree cut)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood saw
  • Drill Bits
  • Drill
  • Pencil for marking
  • wood glue (PVA or similar)
  • clamps or vice

Putting it all together:

Strengthening the bed tray:

The base of the Ikea bed tray is pretty light, so use 2x ~530mm pine strip and glue* them underneath to provide some additional strength and stability. For a neat fit, cut the edges at ~ 15-20 degree angle so they fit into the edges underneath the tray nicely. Prior to gluing, line up one of these strips with the where the base of the adjustable arm will be fixed.

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Adjustable arm:

Cut the 40 x 12mm pine strips into two pieces, each 200mm long.

Sand the edges and corners smooth.

The length of the strips  can be varied according to how high you want the top board to be. Note that if you make the strips too long and the base too short, it will cause stability problems with the top board.

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Cut the 75 x 35mm pine on a 45 degree angle starting at 100mm.

Sand the edges and corners smooth.

Due to the angle cut you’ll end up with one larger piece (this will become the ‘top’ piece of pine and attach to the top board) and one smaller piece (this will be the ‘bottom’ piece of pine and attach to the base). The 45 degree angle cut simply allows the pieces to sit together when the top deck is in the lowest position.

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Clamp the two 200mm strips to the two pieces of two larger pieces of pine (one strip either side about half way up the sides). You can adjust these a bit and see how the arm will raise and lower.

 

Drill two holes, one at each end, through all pieces of wood. Fit the bolts washers and wing nuts. Use a spring washer one each bolt. This assists with tensioning of the adjustable arms. 

Drill 2x small pilot holes for the bed tray and bottom piece of pine half way along the edge of the tray and close to the front edge. One of these holes should go through a pine strip previously placed underneath the bed tray.

Glue and screw the bottom piece of pine, half way along the edge of the tray and touching the front edge. Make sure you check that the pieces are the right way up!

Mark a centre line on the top deck and balance the top board onto the adjustable arm and move  to an appropriate position (generally the edge will be close to directly above the front edge of the base). 

Drill 2x small pilot holes nearer to the back and centre of the top board and top piece of pine (make sure the screws won’t be too close to the bottom piece of pine). You can use a larger drill bit to make sure the screws are counter sunk into the top deck. Glue and screw the top deck to the longer piece. 

Glue two of the smaller the storage boxes in an appropriate position. The smaller two fit perfectly at the front.

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When not in use you can fold down the base legs and the adjustable top board so it will store easily away while still keeping the wooden boxes secure.

If you end up making a little patchwork table and post a picture on Instagram make sure you use the hashtag #alittlepatchworktable so I can see your version.

Happy building and sewing!

Ange

Bush Gum Blossom Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the fabulous Bush Gum Blossom blog hop for Amanda Brandl’s debut collection with Kennard and Kennard, Bush Gum Blossom  I adore the modern aesthetic of Amanda’s collection, its unlike any other Australian themed collection I’ve seen before.  It features pretty pinks, yellows and greens and on top of that is printed on extremely soft fabric with a high thread count (my favourite type of fabric to create with).  Processed with MOLDIV

As soon as I saw the collection I knew it was the perfect fabric to make a few patchwork accessories for my friends beautiful children’s vintage outdoor setting.  It was her setting when she was little and she had recently refurbished it for her own daughter.  The bright cheery colours of Bush Gum Blossom is perfect for a little girls tea party, the perfect backdrop to making childhood moments.

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So I got to work making a two little chair pads and a matching cushion (I also used a few fussy cut magpies from Amanda’s other debut collection Taking Flight!).   I made an improv log cabin and then added hand stitching. And of course I also made bunting, because what’s a garden tea party without pretty floral bunting!

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Amanda’s collection paired perfectly with the vibrant colours of Aurifil thread in 12wt (my favourite weight to hand quilt in).  In particular I used 2530 (dark pink) and 6720 (light blue).

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Kennard and Kennard also sent me a few pieces of  Amanda’s other gorgeous collection Taking Flight.  I love the deep vibrant tones of the magpie prints from Taking Flight and paired them with some equally strong toned solids.   The cute prints were a perfect size for a Wee Braw drawstring pouch (a super cute and simple pattern by Laura Zuckerkuss).

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I’m so excited to be part of this blog hop to not only celebrate Amanda and her beautiful designs but to join along with so many talented Australian makers.  Definitely pop over to Amanda’s blog where she has a link to all the blogs featuring in this hop, the range of makes is a broad as they are inspiring! And if you are wondering where you can buy Amanda’s two new collections wonder no more – you can find all the stockists details here 🙂

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Happy sewing

Ange

Spool Souffle Quilt Along

Earlier in the year the Fat Quarter Shop advertised on Instagram the opportunity for bloggers to work with them on their upcoming sew alongs.  I  jumped at the chance and had the opportunity to preview the quilt along commencing today.  The Spool Souffle quilt is part of their shortcut series and features 8 by 10 inch sized blocks.

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I made my quilt using a layer cake from Cotton and Steel featuring the Print Shop collection by Alexia Abegg.  My background print is a Kona Solid in PFD Bleach White which I quilted with Aurifil 50 weight thread in 8021.

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This is the biggest quilt I have ever made and it all came together in one weekend, guess that is why its part of their shortcut series!  Further details about the quilt along is on the Fat Quarter Shop blog Jolly Jabber.

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Happy sewing!

Ange

 

 

Dolly Book Tour

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Today is my stop on Elea Lutz’s Dolly Book Tour and I’m feeling very honoured to be included in helping Elea celebrate her second book.  Elea was the inspiration behind me becoming a blogger (when she reached out for me to join her blog tour to celebrate her Strawberry Biscuit collection a few years ago).  And I am so glad Elea encouraged me to blog because I have had so many wonderful creative opportunities including sewing for this blog tour!

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Dolly BookElea’s first publication with Riley Blake Designs, is perfect if like me you want to recreate those memories of your childhood. Like Elea I had a rag doll that I absolutely loved growing up, and now thanks to her book, my 7 week old niece has one just like the one I had.

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This was actually only second time I had made a soft toy and it is definitely very beginner friendly thanks to Elea’s well written and simple instructions.   PS if you are concerned about stitching the dolly’s face Elea and Penny Rose have got you covered – with fusible felt eyelashes!! In fact you can also buy a Dolly Making Kit which would be the perfect Christmas gift for someone wanting to try doll making!

 

 

I am also incredibly blessed to have my niece due with her second baby so the second
project I choose is Dolly’s Own Mini Quilt.  However as I wanted to make a baby quilt and not a mini quilt I enlarged the measurements slightly.  I made 16 blocks, (increasing from the original 9) and then added a white solid border of 3 1/2 inches wide and then a second floral border also of 3 1/2 inches wide.

 

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I used Elea’s latest collection with Penny Rose Little Dolly for my fabric and hand quilted around each flower and block using Aurifil thread in 12 weight.  I absolutely adore the result and most importantly so does my niece!

 

 

 

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I love and admire Elea and her designs so much and I really encourage you to pop over to her blog to read the inspiration behind her book Dolly.  You can also see the full list of bloggers who have created gorgeous items from the book and although I will be sad to see this tour come to an end, I can not wait to see Nadra’s project!  Nadra will be closing the blog tour this Friday so make sure you visit her blog Ellis and Higgs to see what she has made!

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Happy Dolly Sewing!

Ange

 

La Conner Blog Tour

I am so excited to launch the blog tour for Jera from Quilting in the Rain latest collection with Lecien Fabric, La Conner.  The 36 print collection was inspired by Jera’s visits to La Conner, Washington, a pretty little town known for its flowers and strawberry farms.

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I adore any opportunity to work with both Jera and Lecien as not only do they create super pretty collections together, they have both been so very supportive of me – including giving me the opportunity to make a La Conner mini quilt for Fall Market!

For the La Conner blog tour I made a strip quilt from a fat quarter bundle.  The pretty country colours and sweet flecks of gold inspired me to make a super soft vintage looking quilt, the kind that is used every day by my girls as they snuggle on the couch.

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To create a similar quilt, cut strips from your La Conner fabric bundle of varying lengths and all 4.5 inches wide. Take two pieces and sew them  wrong side together along the 4.5 inch width and using a 1/4 seam allowance.  Continue adding pieces until you have a strip that is at least 48 inches long and 4.5 inch wide.  Continue making 48 inch length strips until you have the length of the quilt you want (I made 16 x 48 inch length strips).

 

Sew your strips together by laying two strips wrong side together and using a 1/4 seam allowance sew along the 48 inch length.  Continue adding strips until you have sewn all the pieces together.  Straighten the edges of your quilt so it is 45 inches wide and the length you wanted (mine ended up being 60 inches)  Quilt as desired (I quilted using a straight lines using 50 wt Aurifil thread in 2410 along the length of the quilt) add your backing and then bind (I used the red colour way from Lecien Basic Color collection for my binding).  If you are unsure how to bind, Jera has lots of brilliant free tutorials on her blog all about binding.

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Thank you so much for stopping by on the blog tour.  For the next 6 weeks every Monday and Thursday a new project is going to be featured showcasing the versatility of the La Conner collection.  Drop by Jera’s blog to find out more and be inspired by all her beautiful photos and tutorials.

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Happy Stitching!

Ange

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Fat Quarter Shop Lady of the Lake Quilt Along

Today is the launch of the Fat Quarter Shop Lady of Lake Quilt Along!  The pattern is a part of the Classic and Vintage quilt series.

This quilt pattern is ideal if you want a quick finish featuring classic blocks, as each block finishes at 12 1/2 inches.  And if like me you tend to makes smaller quilts you’ll be happy to know the pattern even comes in Lap size (as well as all the way up to a King size).

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For my first block I have used a combination of Tasha Noel Pixie Noel prints and Kona solids from my stash.  Fat Quarter shop are giving the opportunity to try before you buy as you can download the block pattern for free from their website here.  Then if you want, for only a few dollars more you can purchase the downloadable quilt pattern directly from the Fat Quarter shop.

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If you haven’t participated in a quilt along before I highly recommend it!  You essentially follow a schedule of when to complete your blocks and you can choose to post your pictures on social media so the Fat Quarter Shop and other participants can see all your wonderful work (the Instagram hashtags are #ladyofthelakequilt and #fqsquiltalong.

I find quilt alongs help me stay motivated to finish a project and whether you follow along via Instagram or Facebook you’ll love seeing how different all the blocks can look depending on the fabric that is used.

If you want even more information and/or see exactly how the block is pieced together pop over to the Fat Quarter Shop You Tube Channel!

Happy stitching!

 

 

 

Pretty Handmades Blog Tour

I am so excited to help celebrate the launch of the  Pretty Handmades a new Tuva Publishing release by Lauren from the studio for pretty stitches Molly and Mama.

Lauren and I have become good friends over the past year or year and I’m continually inspired by her perfect tiny hand stitches and the way she expertly combines felt with fabric.
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Lauren’s book Pretty Handmades is as pretty as it is inspirational especially as Lauren has a way of adding the perfect amount of detail to truly make a handmade project unique and precious.

I decided to make two projects from the book for the tour (and look forward to making my way through the entire book especially as Christmas is only a few months away).

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The first project I made was the Garden Path mini quilt. In the book Lauren has made a gorgeous version using linen and Liberty print fabric. I decided to make the mini for my brand new baby niece so chose to use Little Dolly fabric from Elea Lutz for Penny Rose. I hand stitched the hexies together using 80wt Aurifil thread (which remains my favourite thread for hand piecing). I then hand stitched around each individual hexie with 12wt Aurifil thread. I find this thread has a nice thickness that doesn’t disappear nor overwhelm the print.

 

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Lauren embellished her version with the sweetest embroidered ribbon however Idecided to try my hand using felt for the first time. I cut out a felt circle using pinking shears and then cut a slightly smaller fabric piece that I had backed with thermoweb. Applying thermoweb to the wrong side of the fabric meant it becomes like a sticker (when you remove the backing paper) and I ironed the piece to the felt. I then stitched the button to the mini quilt using the 12 wt Aurifil thread and added an extra row of stitches to the entire project.

 

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For my second project I made the Posie Patchwork Pouch. I had never made a box pouch before and Lauren’s instructions are so well written I’m confident even someone new to sewing could make this project. I used a combination of linen, sweet orchard stripes from Riley Blake and prints from the latest Tilda release Cottage.

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I love how Lauren also used a lace zipper for the project. I often buy these pretty lace zippers without a project in mind (and I know from Instagram a lot of other crafters do the same). And now thanks to Lauren’s wonderful book we have the perfect project to get the lace zippers out from our stash and used in a pretty AND useful project.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you so much for stopping by on my stop of the blog tour. Yesterday’s make by Sarah of A Little Happy Place blog has showed how different the Posie Patchwork Pouch can look based on your fabric choice. And I can not wait to see how Lauren’s book has inspired one of my favourite designers Elea Lutz when she features tomorrow. Make sure you also take a moment to stop by Lauren’s blog as she has a full list of blog tour participants and you can also enter to win a signed copy of her book!

Happy stitching

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