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Little Red Riding Hood Needlebook

I have wanted to make a little needlebook ever since I discovered Amy Sinibaldi’s blog Nana Company. I loved her blog so much I even blogged about it myself, you can see the post here.

Her little needlebooks are so adorable and I swiftly put it on my to make list. That was a few years ago now and I’ve only just got round to making one now!

 

I’ve had this cute Kokka fabric in my stash for a few years now, I think I probably had a fussy cut needlebook in mind when I bought it, but like most fabrics I own, I was too fearful to cut into it. I’m glad I finally plucked up the courage to use it, it really is very cute.

This wasn’t the first idea for the front cover, initially I made it into a patch and appliqued it onto some felt and then fabric, but I just wasn’t happy with it, not only that it didn’t leave much room for a button.

I realise this won’t make sound very ‘professional’ but I kind of made it up as I went along. I just picked some fabric and played with it until it looked right. Sometimes I spend soooo much time looking at and deciding on the fabric, even longer than the project at times! I know I wanted to use the Little Red Riding Hood as the centerpiece for the front, but I just couldn’t decide on how to focus it. There was only one of these pictures left on the fabric, so the pressure was on to get it right! It’s then I saw some lovely Lecien floral and thought the two fabrics worked quite well together.

I love this fabric! It’s so cute, I’m really wishing I’d bought more than just a fat quarter! I thought it be nice to handquilt around the pictures, so they were highlighted rather than hidden by the stitches.

 

Couldn’t resist adding a little embellishment to the inside too! Including a handy ruler fabric tape. It is slightly smaller than I had intended, but it is handy being pocket sized, will fit nicely in my bag if I need to take a little project with me.

I’ll let you into a little secret, I’m not sure I’m that happy with it. I’m too much of a perfectionist for my own good, and I can see far too many imperfections for my liking, but it was a fun little project and have already planned to make another for my mum. I think I will make the next one a little bigger and plan it out a bit more too!

 

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Rainbow Dresden Pouch

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m fed up of cloudy days! I’m so impatient for sunny weather and it just seems at the moment the sun rarely wants to show its face.

Do you remember the pouch I made for my mum’s birthday? I really enjoyed the process of making it that I decided to make one for myself, and being inspired by the grey dreary weather I thought I’d go for bright rainbow colours to cheer things up a bit!

It didn’t take me too long (for once) to decide which fabrics to use, I went straight for my trusty Lecien stash.

Initially I was going to do the Dresden as two halves because when its whole it does make making the pouch a little awkward and you can’t top stitch the zip which I do like to do, I think it looks neater. Despite that I went with how I did it before and made the full plate.

I went with a crisp white as the backing fabric to really make the rainbow colours ‘pop’. Then onto my favourite bit the hand quilting.

Most of what I get to do is in nap time, it’s an hour or so just for me, hot tea, cake and sewing, just perfect! I started with one line of quilting but then just kept going! I debated on doing a 4th line but decided to leave it.

 

I have already put this purse to good use, it’s holding all my little hexies that I’ve not had a chance to do anything with yet.

Including these little lovlies from a piece of Cloud 9 fabric that I discovered in my stash.

I had to include my Momiji unicorn doll because all unicorns love a rainbow!

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Happily Ever After SAL – Around the World in 80 Days

I didn’t expect to finish this one so soon, especially as I started the month behind, but here it is… April’s block – Around the World in 80 Days!

This was a nice quick and easy little stitch. I love the rainbow coloured hot air balloon! The great thing about being finished so early is I now have the rest of the month to work on other projects! Including something that I hope to be announcing very soon, it’s super exciting!

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Easter Ruffle Bib

Easter is just a few days away now and it seemed only right that I made Mabel an Easter themed ruffle bib like I did at Christmas which you can see here.

As soon as I saw the new Bunnies and Cream Fabric range from Penny Rose fabrics I knew instantly they would be the perfect choice for the bib.

Seriously how delightful is this fabric!? I also see some fussy cut hexies in their future and think I will have to purchase some more as I have so many lovely ideas for it. There is just far too many nice fabrics in the world that my wallet will not allow me to get.

Anyway it was just a case of choosing just 3 of those fabrics, which is easier said than done!

I whittled it down to these 3. The main fabric HAD to pink! At the last minute I changed the stripey fabric for a pink polka dot from Dashwood Studios, it just seemed a shame to use it as no one would see it.

I find these very satisfying to make, although a little fiddly they look so pretty when they’re finished. It’s almost too cute to use, and I know nothing tomato or chocolate based will be eaten whilst wearing it! lol.  I can’t imagine it’ll be easy getting stains out of the ruffle!

 

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Happily Ever After – The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Once upon a time there were three Billy Goats Gruff; Little Billy Goat, Middle Sized Billy Goat and Great Big Billy Goat…

Block 3 of the Happily Ever After Sampler complete. This one took a little longer than planned and I was still stitching it when April’s pattern came out. Hopefully it’ll not take me too long to catch up. I thought this was a sweet little block to stitch. April’s block is Around the World in 80 Days and features a rainbow coloured hot air balloon!

I’m so pleased the weather is warming up and there’s plenty of sunshine! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get away with a bit of sewing in the garden whilst Mabel plays!

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Pretty Dresden Purse

It’s been such a long time since I completed a project! I think it was Christmas!!

I actually finished this little Dresden about a year ago! It was the first bit of sewing I was able to do after having Mabel. I mentioned here before that I had terrible carpal tunnel syndrome during the last few months of my pregnancy which made it almost impossible to hold a needle. The sensation lasted for a while after she was born too. Not that I had time to sew when she first arrived!

I remember feeling so pleased with myself when I finished it, I was getting ‘me’ back a little. Unfortunately it sat sadly in my wip pile all this time. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it, and thought maybe a pot holder. It was only a couple of weeks ago and I thought how it would make a lovely little purse! It is my mum’s birthday today and so I decided it would make a nice little gift for her.

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my progress. I appliqued it onto some beautiful Japanese linen and then added some hand quilting.

Then it was just a case of turning it into a little purse. It has been over 2 years since I last made a purse, I couldn’t believe it when I realised that, especially considering I used to have a shop selling them! It’s quite sad really, I would love to reopen my shop but Mabel keeps me so busy, there isn’t much time for that, but then I know other mum’s manage it so…

Anyway I am pleased with the final result, if I’m allowed to say so it’s so pretty. I may have to make one for myself! I’m looking forward to giving it her, I hope she likes it! She’s a fellow EPP (English paper piecing) addict so I’m wondering if it will hold some of her hexies when she has to go to the hospital for her treatments. I also got her a lovely pair of Zakka style scissors like the ones in the picture above. Look how they were packaged when they arrived! I don’t need to wrap them, just perfect!

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Life lately…

Just like that we hurtling towards mid march! How did that happen? I had lots of things planned for the blog in February including a couple of Valentines themed posts and a Pancake day post. Unfortunately life and responsibilities have a habit of getting in the way! I’ve not had a lot of time to much other than be a mummy and that’s ok, but it does get a little frustrating at times not having any time for myself or being able to sit down and do some sewing.

All is not lost though, I have managed some stitching, including February’s Happily Ever After block. The story was Heidi and a real joy to stitch. It was just shortly after finishing that, that some personal things came up and got in the way of doing anything else.

Now that I’m starting to adjust to my new current circumstances, I’ve managed to squeeze in a bit more sewing, which has been a welcome relief! I think my love of hexies is well documented on the blog and yet it has been quite a while since I last did any.

I’m not sure what they will become yet, I am just enjoying the process, it will probably be something for Mabel though!