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

Pretty Handmades Book Showcase

Wonderful Things Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Wonderful Things blog tour, a celebration of the latest fabric collection by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery fabrics.  And a big welcome if you’ve come over from Jo Marie Design’s blog (oh my gosh her basket and matching hexie coaster were so pretty especially her delicate hand stitching!)

When Bonnie posted on Instagram that she was looking for volunteers for the blog tour I jumped at the chance.  I had already purchased a few prints from the collection and was excited to have the opportunity to help celebrate with Bonnie.

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The collection is a wonderful assortment of colours and prints, including both small and large florals and I especially love the the Words to Live By print that features a range of inspiring quotes framed with florals including the beautiful saying “You are capable of wonderful things”.

For my projects I chose two different styles, while both machined pieced I was inspired to machine quilt one block and hand quilt the other.

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On the machine quilted block, I used a pattern developed by my friend Lisa of Lisa Anns Life blog.  I wanted to feature the Aquarelle Study Tint large florals and thought this pattern was the perfect way to showcase its super sized blooms.  The result ended up being my own personal ode to Summer and with the block measuring at over 16 inches I left the back open so I can use it as a cushion to relax on as I sip lemonade in the sun …just need to wait a few more months for the Australian summer to arrive!

 

 

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For the second block I used a pattern published by the Fat Quarter Shop a few years ago as part of their Snapshots Quilt Along.  I’ve actually had it sitting on my computer for a few years but was waiting for the perfect fabric collection.

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To me Wonderful Things was that collection, with its range of deep pinks featured in the Subtle Journey West print and the bright yet delicate yellow florals of Blooming Brook Sol, while the Words to Live By print was ideal for the cake stand.  I then hand quilted the entire cake using Aurifil 80wt, the thinnest thread I’ve ever seen and perfect for creating icing like ripples in my cake block.

This mini now hangs proudly in my lounge, as a reminder that if we look, we can always find wonderful things even if that thing is tiny wobbly but completely unique hand stitches.

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I absolutely adore all of Bonnie’s collections and in particular Ive been incredibly inspired by the Wonderful Things collection.  I have also loved seeing all the variations of projects being created as part of the blog tour.  Take a moment to pop over to see Bonnie’s blog for a full list of participants and I’m extremely excited to see the beautiful work of Judi from the Creative Women blog when she publishes her post tomorrow.

Below is Bonnie’s inspiration for the Wonderful Things fabric collection and I think its a perfect way to finish a post celebrating Bonnie and her latest release.  Happy stitching!

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Quilting on the Go Book Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Quilting on the Go book tour!

I was super excited when Sharon Burgess from Lilabelle Lane Creations announced on Instagram she was releasing an English Paper Piecing book with Tuva Publishing because her ability to fussy cut and paper piece is incredible.  So you can only imagine my excitement when she asked me to join the book tour celebrating her book, Quilting on the Go, English Paper Piecing!

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I have been practicing English Paper Piecing for the past two years, and I mean practicing.  There is still so much I have to learn but thanks to the fantastic step by step details written by Sharon I learnt quite a few more things within the first few pages.  I particularly liked the information on fussy cutting patterns to create your own new pattern.  I am now looking at fabric prints in a whole new fussy cut light.

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The hardest part of any blog tour is choosing which pattern to showcase.  Sharon’s book features so many gorgeous  blocks as well as projects to use them for.  I choose to make a mini quilt using the block from the Summer Star table runner.

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With a nod to Sharon’s ability to use and combine colours from all parts of the colour wheel, I decided to move away from my usual pink palette and instead used blues and greens as my main colours.

I hand stitched the paper pieces together using Aurifil thread in 80wt, it is such a fine thread your stitches practically disappear.  I then added hand quilting using various 12wt Aurifil threads including a Green Lana Wool.  It was the first time I had used the woollen Aurifil thread and I loved the texture it added to my block.

 

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I absolutely adore the final result and will definitely be making a few more Summer Star blocks to decorate my family room wall.

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Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and make sure you visit Sharon’s blog as she is doing a weekly recap of all the projects being completed.  Its a great way to see the various projects in the book while also having a look around Sharon’s inspiring blog.

Happy stitching
Ange

 

 

 

Weekend Quilting Book Tour

Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Jemima Flendt’s debut book with Fons and Porter – Weekend Quilting!

The sub title for Jemima’s book is Quilt and Unwind with Simple Designs to Sew in No Time and that is a perfect summary of the book. Jemima’s debut publication covers a range of techniques from english paper piecing to raw edge appliqué and if you haven’t tried one of those before, don’t worry because the book gives you step by step instructions and illustrations to create simple yet beautiful pieces. I also love that Jemima has used a variety of colours and prints for each of her projects, which really shows the impact these selections can have on your project.


The first project I made was the Avenues Mini Quilt project which uses foundation paper piecing. I have only paper pieced a few times before. However Jemima’s fantastic guidance filled me with confidence so I decided to make that particular mini to help Jera Brandvig’s showcase her latest collection with Lecien Fabrics La Conner at Spring Quilt Marker 2017.

 


For the blog tour I decided to make another foundation pieced quilt, this time one of the projects from the front cover. The sparkles mini quilt uses foundation paper piecing and is great way to use some of your favourite scrap pieces.  I decided to add a border to the mini as I made it for my soon to be here niece as a baby quilt. I selected the Teacup Pavillon Print from Amy Sinibaldi’s Charleston collection with Art Gallery fabrics. I tried to pick up the key colours in the print by using fabrics that featured red, green and blue as well as adding a few yellow tones.

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For my low volume background I used the text print from Amy’s collection Paperie andtried to match the tones with a few other prints I had in my collection. I hand quilted the quilt using Aurifil 12wt thread in 2026 (a pale cream thread). Finally I backed my mini with double gauze which is hands down my favourite backing to use as it seems to get softer and cosier with use. And I definitely make my quilts to be used.

 

 

 

 

I have already started on my next project. The raw edge appliqué project titled Blooms Mini Quilt. I got some of the acrylic templates for this project from Ministry of Project (being see through they are fantastic for fussy cutting) and my test piece turned out so well I can’t wait to make the mini with all its gorgeous blooms and pretty leaves.IMG_6964

Thank you so much for joining me on my stop for the Weekend Quilting blog tour and most importantly you can now buy Jemima’s book  direct from Jemima’s Tied With A Ribbon webpage or from most book stores including Amazon and Book Depository!

If you are on instagram make sure you check out the latest #weekendquiltingthebook, #weekendquiltingshowcase, #weekendquilting, #tiedwitharibbon, #tiedwitharibbonpatterns, #fonsandporter hashtags to see all the amazing projects that have been produced so far.

And then on Monday pop over Heather from the Quilt Story blog to see what project she has chosen to showcase.

Happy Sewing.

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Made for Baby Blog Tour

Ayda Algin recently sent me a copy of her brilliant new book Made for Baby, Cute Sewn Gifts which she has published with Tuva Publishing. For a long time I have been a huge fan of the projects that Ayda features on her Instagram account and blog so I was so excited when she mentioned she was releasing her first book!

Ayda’s book features 22 projects from pouches in all shapes and sizes, an adorable wall organiser to gorgeous appliqued quilts. And while the book is designed for those wanting to make baby gifts, so many of the projects work for all ages and stages.  In fact one of the first items I made was a pretty drawstring bag  I made as a birthday gift for a little girl.

 

 

One of the first things I noticed about the book is the strong influence Ayda’s background as an engineer has had on the way she has prepared the patterns. Each project is paired with an intricate amount of measurement details, which means that even if you have never sewn fabric boxes or a stuffed toy  you will feel very confident cutting your pieces (and if you need any extra assistance the first chapter also features instructions on how to do a range of sewing techniques).

I also really appreciated the way each project is photographed from a variety of angles, Ayda’s styling is beautiful and the gorgeous photos also mean you can see all the details and exactly how the project will turn out.

I was so  inspired by Ayda’s book with Tuva I actually made a range of projects for the blog tour!

 

I used a combination of Liberty of London fabric and Japanese chambray to make a travel bag. The pouch is perfectly sized for taking a few toiletries into hospital or even to store a few items in the diaper bag .  Of course this pouch would also work perfectly  not just for a new parent but also as a gift for a friend, teacher or loved one

 

 

The Made for Baby book  also features a super cute
bib project.  I was so inspired by Ayda’s bib project I made three bbs using some of my favourite fabrics (because I wanted the bibs to be as cute as the baby outfits its covering).

 

 

It was the first time I added an applique to a project. But thanks to Ayda’s fantastic instructions I had no problems and am definitely going to add more appliques to my projects in the future!

 

 

Finally I made the super quick and sweet little star teething toy with a few pretty scraps and a cute ribbon tag. In the book Ayda used a wooden teething hoop (ideal for a teething baby) however I was unable to find any locally so instead I used a specially designed plastic teething ring which you can also use to hoop on to the pram or crib.

Made for Baby, Cute Sewn Gifts is as versatile as it is inspiring and sweet.  It’s the kind of book you will always have on your sewing table because of the range of projects and inspiration. The book is available to buy right now or you could also pop over to Ayda’s blog site and enter to win a copy plus a few crafty extras!

Tomorrow Lauren from Molly and Mama will be creating another project from Ayda’s book and I can’t wait to see what she makes! You’ll be able to see it on Lauren’s pretty blog (and while you are there definitely have a look some of the things Lauren has made in the past – you won’t be disappointed).

 

Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop

Welcome to my turn on the Happy Flower Quilts blog hop!

Happy Flower Quilts was originally written in Japanese by Atsuko Matsuyama over 5 years ago, and like many people I owned a copy of the original book. Of course I couldn’t understand the instructions however the photos and projects are so beautiful they provided me with lots of inspiration.

You can imagine my delight when Zakka Workshop contact me to say they were releasing an english version of the book AND would I like to join the blog hop!

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The book has stayed true to its original release – it still features over 30 projects and contains such beautiful colourful photos, however I can now actually create the projects from the book just as Atsuko intended thanks to the english instructions!

img_3643The first project I made from the book was a super cute patchwork placemat for my 6 month old great niece for her first Christmas. I paired it with a feeding set, so when she started learning to eat it would be in cute patchwork style. Like most projects in the book it is all about the sweet details, and although I didn’t add lace I did added a hand stitched hexie in one of my favourite Atsuko Matsuyama strawberry prints.

 

For the blog hop I decided to make to make the lunch tote, however instead of filling it with snacks I’m going to fill it with sewing supplies!

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Lecien Fabrics were gracious enough to supply me with their gorgeous Antique Flower in Pastel collection along with their sweet and soon to be released strawberry handles.

Seriously have you ever seen prettier handles, can’t you just imagine them being featured on makes for family, for friends, for yourself!

 

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The tote turned out slightly smaller than I originally thought however it is perfectly sized to carry all my sewing essentials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I  paired the tote with the patchwork scissor caddy from the book. I used a img_4609combination of machine and hand stitching and made my own bias binding (making sure I cut it on the bias so it sat nicely on the curves). The caddy is ideal if like me you take your sewing on errands with you as it keeps your scissors safe and protected whilst in a pretty little package.

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The sewing tote is going to be perfect when I join along the Happy Flower Quilt Along (QAL) that commences on March 6. Keeping all my sewing supplies together along with the tiny pieces for the embroidery blocks.

 

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For further details about the QAL have a look at Kristyne from the Pretty By Hand website. Kristyne, aong with Melissa from Oh How Sweet Co, Wynn from Zakkaart and Zakka Workshop have got lots of super fun planned for the QAL.

And don’t forget to continue following along with the Happy Flower Quilts blog hop (details below)!  There are so many talented makers who will be making items featured in the book and quite a few that have already been featured.

January
25 Lisa from www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com
27 Sarah from www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
30 Minki from www.minkikim.com

February

1 Heidi from www.fabricmutt.blogspot.com
3 Clara @claralovestosew (Instagram Account Only)
8 Erin from www.whynotsew.blogspot.com
10 Lauren from www.transientart.com
13 Sedef from www.downgrapevinelane.com
15 Ayda from www.cafenohut.blogspot.com
17 Renee from www.sewnwithgrace.com
20 Heather from www.vintagegreyhandmade.blogspot.com
22 Melissa from www.ohhowsweet.com
24 Greg from www.greydogwoodstudio.com
27 Stacy from www.stacyolsondesign.com

March
1 Wynn from www.zakkaart.blogspot.com

Quilt Petite Blog Hop

Welcome to my turn on the Quilt Petite blog hop!

Quilt Petite is Sedef Imer’s from Down Grapevinelane first book which she has produced with the brilliant Tuva Publishers.

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The first thing I notice about Quilt Petite is what a true representation of Sedef’s beautiful style and creative process the book is. It features a wide range of sewing techniques from hand quilting, embroidery, english paper piecing and foundation paper piecing.

Sedef is a self taught quilter and the book reflects that, each technique features step by step instructions as well as extra tips to help you learn. I am a complete novice when it comes to embroidery and foundation paper piecing however this book is now my go to guide!

(Actually I go to it not just for the projects and the help but also for inspiration – even the introduction will want you to stop, drop and sew.)

Ok so the title might make you think that this is a book solely about mini quilts, however it features pretty quilts and so much much more! Quilt Petite has 18 projects (all as sweet and inspiring as each other) which will have you creating the cutest cushions, mug rugs and placemats. Each project has such detailed photos and instructions its ideal for both those new and old to sewing.

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So what project did I choose to create? Well for my turn on the blog hop I choose the Quilted Noticeboard. I used fabric from Sedef’s debut range Sweet Orchard, Strawberry Biscuit by Elea Lutz and The Simple Life by Tasha Noel .

 

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I thought the Noticeboard would be a perfect way to showcase some of my favourite designers. Tasha Noel’s prints have always featured heavily in my girls childhood from their nursery curtains, first party dresses and now her prints are being joined perfectly by Elea and Sedef (and I see this talented combination of designers featuring heavily as I renovate their room)

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img_3067The Noticeboard was a lot of fun to create, if you can cut and sew in a straight line then this is the project for you ( and my favourite type to make).

I added a few personal touches with a handmade tag from Cheri of Tinker With This and the pretty strawberry button from Alisha’s store Ministry of Fabric (its also where I bought the Pelon Flex Foam that used for the inside of the Noticeboard).

 

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Of course with a book as sweet as this I couldn’t just make one project. I made the Flower potholder which may or may not be too sweet to use……..

(ok its definitely too sweet to ever use 🙂

 

 

 

The blog hop has only just started and has already featured some amazing makes from some super talented ladies.  And I can’t wait to see what beautiful project my fellow Aussie Lauren from Molly and Mama posts tomorrow.

Sedef has the Quilt Petite blog hop schedule with the full list of bloggers being featured and if you pop over to her blog make sure you enter her Quilt Petite giveaway! You could win a bundle of sweet gifts like the book, hard to find sewing notions and a super cute tin to store it all in.

Happy Sewing
Ange

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Creating with Dreamscape Collection

Last week I was very excited to receive a gift from Dear Stella Design – a gorgeous bundle of Rae Ritche’s latest fabric collection Dreamscape!  Dreamscape was released in September and builds on Rae’s previous gorgeous collection Moon Garden. It features  soft tones of navy, purple and cream – making the collection perfect for so many projects (especially when you see that the collection features sweet mama elephants and their babies, galloping horses and an elegant floral design).
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I think the collection would be especially perfect for a handmade gift for expectant parents!

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I decided to make her a few cushions for the nursery.  I used the pattern from Kerri Horsely’s book Lovely Little Patchwork. I have made this pattern before and knew it would work perfectly as I really wanted to showcase the elephant print (and the 5 inch square centre would be ideal).
I separated the bundle into the light and dark tones and was amazed at how different the two cushions looked. It was a real lesson in the impact colour and print placement can have on your project!
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Hopefully I have inspired you to create and if you adore Dreamscape as much as I do ask for it at your local or online fabric store.

Happy creating!

Ange

Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Tour

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Hi! Welcome to my stop on the Lovely Little Patchwork blog tour!

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Lovely Little Patchwork is the brilliant first book published by Kerri Horsley of Lovely Little Handmades for Tuva Publishing. When Kerri  and Tuva Publishing sent me a copy of her book a few months ago I was so excited that within a few hours I had sewn up a cute heart pot holder (you can read all about it in my previous blog post).

 

Since that time I have made quite a few items from the book including these sweet Back to School Pencil IMG_9194pouches.  If you are nervous about creating with zippers you will love IMG_9526Kerri’s pattern. It is so easy to follow and you can easily hand stitch the zipper in place if you are concerned about using your machine to sew on a zipper. I also know a lot of people who love the look of lace zippers but struggle to find a pattern to use them with, so this is a perfect way to finally experiment with them.

To celebrate my turn on the Lovely Little Patchwork blog tour I made a new project from the book – the Ice Skating Girl cushion. I love making cushions, if you have seen my Instagram account this won’t come as any surprise. Because if like me you are new to sewing quilt blocks, a cushion is a happy medium between a small project like a pot holder and a large project like a quilt.

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This is the first time I made half square triangles and quarter square triangles but thanks to the books glossy pictures and comprehensive IMG_1981instructions the only reason I needed to do any unpicking was when I changed my mind about a fabric choice. And the fact that the triangles are made from pieces no larger than a 5 1/2 inch square means its also a perfect project for using up your scraps.

I used fabric from a range of collections and love how the block can look so different depending on where you place your stronger colours and prints. In the book Kerri gives you details and a pattern for embroidering an image in the centre (hence the name Ice Skating Girl). However I had a small piece of  Hawthorne Threads fawn fabric that I wanted to use for a special project like this and it worked perfectly with my recent fabric purchase of Amy Sinibaldi’s  Playground collection. I also used my favourite blender from Dear Stella Tiny Hearts in Petal and an older collection by Bonnie Christine FireFly Whisper to complete the look. I quilted the block using a 1/4 inch seam around each triangle and as result I have a soft squishy pillow large enough for two family members to snuggle against.

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If you are looking for a book that teaches you a range of techniques to make both pretty and useful items for all ages then this book is ideal!  And the best part is the blog tour allows you to see lots of the items featured in Lovely Little Patchwork, so make sure you pop over to the other blogs to be inspired!

There is a fantastic table of all those featured in the blog tour but unfortunately I can’t publish tables, instead you can view the complete list of all the wonderful makers on the first blog featured – Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl.  You can also use the hashtag #lovelylittlepatchworkblogtour on Instagram to view the beautiful photos.

And tomorrow is Sedef’s from Down Grapevine Lane turn on the tour, and you can guarantee her make is going to be truly inspiring.  I can’t wait to see it!

Happy creating!

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High Tea Blog Hop

Welcome to my turn on the lovely High Tea blog hop! High tea for Lecien is Jera Brandvig’s debut collection and oh my goodness its a truly sweet collection. Even the print names are yummy, with colourways like Fig Red, Butter Cream and Brown Sugar two name a few.

I wanted to use the fabrics in a way that would showcase the divine soft colours and pretty high tea inspired prints.  I knew what ever I created it definitely needed to feature fussy cutting.  I actually made this little dresden before I had a plan on what to use it for.

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After much consideration I decided to make a treat for myself, by making a sweet tea cosy featuring Jera’s prints and linen. Growing up my Grandma always crocheted tea cosies for the family however since her passing and my inability to crochet that tradition kind of stopped. And when you realise how cute they can be with fabric like High Tea and how easy they are I’m pretty sure a tea cosy will be added to your handmade Christmas gift repertoire.

 

I followed the fantastic free tutorial by Jesse at the IMG_1352Messy Jesse blog. I did waver slightly after step four.  I skipped step 5  and instead separately sewed bias binding to the bottom edges of the two sides of the tea cosy.  Then I placed the tea cosy sides wrong sides together and sewed around the curved edge with a 1/4 inch seam.   You should now have a tea cosy (albeit with a messy edge).  However by adding the bias binding to this curved edge you will conceal those messy edges.

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Of course if I am going to have a tea cosy it only seams fitting to have matching coasters. So I used Cheri’s from the blog Tinker With This free hexie coaster pattern to make two perfectly sweet and matching High Tea coasters.

 

 

I think this tea cosy and coaster set would make a perfect gift (especially in High Tea fabrics) when combined with your favourite tea and handmade biscuits. (or shop bought biscuits – if like me you are a maker not a baker 🙂

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Thank you for taking the time to read my post! And great news the blog hop continues tomorrow with the very talented quilter Peta from She Quilts A Lot working with this pretty collection.