Happily Ever After SAL Completed!

Hello there! I know it’s been a while! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year! I must apologise for my lack of blogging of late, my little monkey Mabel decided that naps are no longer for her and is literally on the go from the minute she gets up till the moment she goes to bed. So unfortunately that doesn’t leave much time for anything, I have been busy sewing and creating when I can, but run out of time to blog about it!

If you follow me on Instagram then you will see up to the minute posts on what I’m up to, with a promise of no toddler spam at all!

Anyway you may remember I was taking part in The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – Happily Ever After sew along and although I’ve not been blogging my progress I have been busy stitching in the background and I am pleased to announce that not only have I finished it but have framed it too!!

Happily Ever After SAL Completed

It is now in pride of place of Mabel’s room and I can’t wait for when she’s a bit older and I can read the stories too her!

Seeing as I missed sharing the last few blocks with you, I’d thought I’d share them with you now.

Happily Ever After SAL - Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows, these little animals are sooooo cute!!

Happily Ever After SAL - Alladian


Happily Ever After SAL - The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

Happily Ever After SAL - The Sword in the Stone

The Sword in the Stone

Happily Ever After SAL - Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Happily Ever After SAL Completed

I am currently writing up a tutorial on how to frame your cross stitch project so watch this space!

I’ve signed up to the Pumpkins 2018 sal, I wasn’t going to but then saw that it was animal themed and includes a sloth! Well as soon as I saw that I had to sign up!


Pinnie Parade – Final Week!

Pinnie parade - Final week!

So can you believe it, I managed to post a pincushion a day for the whole month!

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 22 – This is a teeny tiny one! Only 2.5inches square. I added some sweet embroidery embellishments, I think the elephant looks very regal with her floral crown!

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 23 – Such sweet Elea Lutz fabric! She really does the sweetest fabric! Again I added some sweet embellishments just to make the little bunny pop!

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 24 – Normally green and orange are my least favourite colours but it seems to work here so I went with it!

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 25 – This one made with some lovely Tilda fabric scraps, some lace and a little zakka tape. I really like this one!

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 26 –   I’m not sure how I feel about this one. It just doesn’t look quite right in my mind. The pink spots I’m not sure about, but I am pleased with the fussy cut Tilda flowers!

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 27 – It may not be the most complex but it was a bank holiday and the sun was shining, so not much time to get on the machine. A sweet Lecien deer appliqued onto Japanese linen.

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 28 – Some sweet scraps to remind me of spring rather than the fact that autumn is fast approaching!

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 29 – I felt the need to go rainbow! Inspired by the rainbow dresden pouch from a couple of months ago

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 30 – Dedicating this one to my beautiful granddad who died on this day too many years ago, I was only 9 but he took a piece of my heart and I miss him everyday.

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Day 31 – I’m really getting into sewing illustration, it really adds a new dimension to a sewing project!

And just like that it’s a wrap! 31 pincushions posted and 24 made in the month of August! Now the question is – what will I do with them all!?

Pinnie Parade - Final week

Here they (almost) all are! I have to say it was a fun challenge, but certainly a challenge! It was a great way to use up lots of scraps but also a good excuse to cut into some fabrics I hadn’t yet touched.


Happily Ever After SAL – Little House on the Prairie 

With all my other sewing projects going on I’ve fallen a little behind on my Happily Ever After SAL. It has been nice to pick it up again in the evenings and slow down for a bit. Here is June’s block – The Little House on the Prairie. I’ve not actually read this story so will have to add it to my reading list. Although I’ve not read a book since I was pregnant so it may be a while before I do, but it is always something Mabel and I could read together, that would be nice! 


Pinnie Parade – Week 3

Pinnie Parade

Day 15 – I think this is my favourite pinnie so far! Such cute fabric, all I did was add a little embroidery embellishment and a little bit of zakka tape.

Day 16 – Onto a super simple one! This is a cheater print that I’ve just quilted. Simple but effective I think!

Day 17 – My followers will recognise the little needlebook here, you may also remember that it had a cast off attempt! Well when I discovered it again, I thought it would make a perfect little pinnie and so it didn’t go to waste after all!

Pinnie parade

Day 18 – Another simple one, I feel like maybe I should have added some little embroidery or something, but being short on time, it had to do. I think it still looks cute though!

Pinnie Parade

Day 19 – My first attempt at sewing illustration Inspired by @zeriano. Don’t look too closely!  I may invest in a free motion embroidery foot. Definitely going to try some more of this style of work it was lots of fun!

Pinnie Parade

Day 20 – A simple 9 patch made with beautiful Pam Kitty and Lecien fabrics, I love the combination of that blue with the white!

Pinnie Parade

Day 21 – Who doesn’t love Miffy! I’ve had this sweet fabric in my stash for ages and hardly used it! I think I may have to make something else too. Especially as little Mabel really took an interest in this pinnie!

So just over a week to go and I have a whole lot of pinnies! Set for life I reckon, I think there may have to be a giveaway soon!



Pinnie Parade – Week 2

My round-up of week 2 of the Pinnie Parade! So far I’m still managing to post a pinnie a day even while being away! I’m actually really enjoying this. It’s a great way to use up all those little scraps and revisit fabrics you forgot you had because they have been retired to the scrap box.

Pinnie Parade - Week 2

Day 8- I think this one may be too cute to stick pins in though!

Pinnie Parade - Week 2

Day 9 –  A pinnie to represent being home again. We had a lovely time away with my family, and I’m missing them already, but it is good to be home again. The pattern for this is by Retro Mama.

Pinnie Parade - Week 2

Day 10 – This one is entirely pieced by hand. The squares were put together using English Paper Piecing and I hand quilted it on the long journey home. It’s a little scruffier than I like, but I love the colour combo!

Pinnie Parade - Week 2

Day 11 – Buried in my scrap box was two little bits of embroidery I had completely forgotten about! Here is the first one, a little fairy that I probably had in mind for a Christmas decoration or something. In fact since posting it on Instagram someone had the great idea of turning it into a tooth fairy pillow for Mabel! I think that’s a lovely idea and will be doing that! I can’t remember where I got the embroidery pattern from, but more than likely it was Pinterest!

Pinnie Parade - Week 2

Day 12 – Another hexie flower! Because you can never have too many hexie pincushions!!

Pinnie Parade - Week 2

Day 13 – This is a teeny tiny 2 inch square! I completely improvised with this one, and that was quite fun to do. I didn’t plan for it to be quite so small but I kind of like that it is small, it’s perfect for my tiny applique pins!

Pinnie Parade - Week 2

Day 14 – Probably my favourite of the week. I had to make a big brother for the little duck! I’d not used of any of this fabric before, so it was nice to cut into it with a project in mind.


Pinnie Parade – Week 1

Over on Instagram we’re having a pin cushion sew-along. A pinnie a day for a month.

It has been lots of fun joining in but also seeing everybody else’s creations.

I thought I’d share with you my pincushions from the first 7 days.

Day 1 – This is actually one from a couple of years ago. Some of you may even recognise it. Made with beautiful Tilda fabrics.

Day 2 – This is a super teeny one made from little Moda scraps. The plan is to make most of these using scraps from my ever growing scrap box.

Day 3 – I love this sweet November books fabric I’ll be so sad once it’s all used up, but at least I’ll have some cute things to look at!

Day 4 – Another one made entirely from my scrappy collection. I think it reminds me of the American flag a little.

Day 5 – This is the one I use everyday and the one I love most.

Day 6 – Not technically designed in my mind as a pincushion but it certainly makes a super sweet one! We’re away at the moment so I am having to dig from the archives for some of these. You remember my blog post about this one!

Day 7 –  This one is in my disaster pile,certainly not one I’m proud of. It turned out a very funny shape! But I think the cute hedgehogs make up for it!

That’s it! I hope I can carry on for the whole month. It’s certainly a fun challenge. Follow me on Instagram  @what_saysie_makes to see my daily updates.


Maker’s Tote

Following on from June’s sew along (SAL) The Sew Together Bag  was an even more fabulous SAL the Maker’s Tote by Noodlehead. A perfect bag to hold a ton of crafty and sewing bits and pieces. As soon as I saw the pattern I knew I had to join in.

It took me ages to decide on which fabric I wanted to use, I was determined that I wouldn’t buy more fabric and had to raid my stash. I knew it had to be cute fabrics rather than my florals.

Makers tote fabric pull

Do I go with the pigs, the hippos or the dogs?? In the end combined with the red polka dots the piggies won it for me!

I really enjoyed this pattern. I must admit I was a little intimidated at first, but working through it step by step I realised it actually wasn’t that bad or that hard.

makers tote wip

I had been putting off cutting this out for so long, favouring smaller quicker projects and now I can’t wake to make another! The tote comes in two sizes and I went with the smaller size, but am wishing I had made the bigger one now and have added it to my ‘to make asap’ list! Although even though it is the ‘smaller’ tote, it has the capacity to fit so much in there.

Maker's tote

Makers Tote

Makers Tote Makers Tote

Makers Tote Makers Tote

I am happy with the end result, it’s by no means perfect and I know of a few flaws with it, but I did it and that feels really good!

I must apologise for the pictures like my quilt, bag making photo taking skills need much improvement, although I must admit some of it was to do with my excitement of finishing and sharing it with you.

If you are debating about whether to do this pattern or not or are worried it is too hard, my advice would be go for it!! Take each stage slowly, read each instruction and if in doubt ask questions.

So many times I’ve put off doing things because I’ve been worried that something is too hard or something I can’t do and I’ve decided to (try) and stop thinking like that and going for it. It’s how we learn. I’m beginning to believe the saying you can do anything you set your mind too, and I’m not just talking about this bag now. If you write something off straight away you won’t achieve it, but if you think to yourself I’m going to give this a try you’ve already taken the first step of reaching your goal, and even if you can’t get it right the first time at least you will have learnt a few things in the process!


Now I feel I will need to bookmark this post myself in my (MANY) times of doubt but for now I’m going to stay positive that I can achieve my goals and go for it! Next on the list a Unicorn quilt and a blouse for Mabel! I can’t wait to share them with you.