Callington Mill Collection by Penny Rose Fabrics

First of all, I would like to thank Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Fabrics for always sending beautiful fabrics to me even though they understand how slow handsewing takes. Callington Mill by Leonie Bateman is one of the fabric collections that I grew to fall in love with. And now, I am so much in love with this country style design.

After lying around for a couple of months, these amazingly wonderful fabrics were made into a few things I really like.

Rose Puffy Pouches

I had this idea after coming across a flat rose sling pouch in a local market. It was more of a tribal design but I thought Callington Mill will made a perfect country-style pouch too. I was so right this time.

 







A few pictures to show how I handsewn the pouches.







This is a smaller pouch. A pretty one too.











I added a little batting to make the rose "pop" so that it is puffy and more 3-D. It feels so good holding a "snuggly" pouch in your hand.


Tulip Zippy Pouch

This is a cute little pouch that I made from a patchwork tulip flower. It has a wide base great for lippy,  earphones, cards etc,











Isn't the this fabric collection stunning in a subtle quiet way?

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. Till next time!xx

{Book Review} Weekend Quilting

A couple of months back, Fons and Porter kindly sent me a few new wonderful books for book reviews. One of which is this beautiful book "Weekend Quilting' by Jemima Flendt. Jemima has a blog at Tiedwitharibbon where she shares her creativity in sewing and quilting. I am a big fan of her work so I was really excited when flipping through her amazingly written book for the very first time.



Fons and Porter never fails to impress me with their book and printing quality. I have nothing but positive comments. What I really like about "Weekend Quilting" book is that the instructions are very clear and straightforward. Not lengthy or in a nagging tone. You make what you see. Fuss free easy sewing.

"Weekend Quilting" is divided into different chapters to teach on different sewing techniques from flying geese to pinwheels to english paper piecing to foundation paper piecing. There is definitely a project for you to try out. This book is great for beginners to intermediates. There are plenty of pictures for step by step instructions and most importantly, not too lengthy words or paragraphs which I find it hard to understand sometimes.

I was completely smitten by the "Blooms Mini Quilt" project with so many pretty flowers and leaves. And also, I finally found the "Heat and Bond" interfacing for appliqué in my local shop. How would I miss the chance to try it out on this project's applique?



I made a cover for my yarn basket. Now my yarns are shaded from the sun and dust from lying in the recycled flower basket.




I bring the yarn basket whenever I take a rest for some quiet crochet time. It has moved from room to room in the house.







I like how well it fits the basket.




I took a week long to machine appliqué the flowers and leaves. Not too difficult with my new found favourite blanket stitch in the sewing machine. It just takes a bit of patience and effort.



I sew two lace on each side to tie to the basket handle.




When I started arranging the appliques on the background fabric, I felt like an artist trying to paint a beautiful picture of a garden. It was truly a enjoyable and happy time for me.



This "Blooms Mini Quilt" can also be used as a table mat. I used it once when my friends came over for tea. They were so impressed.




Machine quilting was done completely on the normal walking foot. Not free motion quilting.  I just went a little slower during quilting so I could move the needle through the spaces. It worked anyway and looks great anyway. I was lazy to fix the free motion foot.



I hope you enjoyed what I made for this book review. You can get the book from here, here and here. Grab one soon to make something for your house, yourself or your loved ones.

Fabrics used for this project is designed by The Cottage Mama (Lindsay Wilkes) from Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Designs. The pretty collection is called "Prim & Proper". I really really love the vintage inspired prints and colours. Thank you Kristl for sending them to me!

And Thank you very much Jodi for sending me this lovely book!xx

Pretty Handmades Book Showcase Blog Tour


I had never quite sewn with felt. Not that I didn't like felt but because there was not a chance to and my sewing skill with felt was unsatisfactory. Well, today is the day for me to scream out loud that

"Wow, sewing with felt is actually so fun and satisfying!"



If you have yet to follow Lauren (@mollyandmama) on her IG or blog, I urge you to quickly go and add her! Lauren is an expert with felt sewing. So I am not at all surprised that she wrote such a wonderfully amazing book "Pretty Handmades" with a very beautiful pink cover. The projects in the book are seriously way too adorable! My daughter and I had such a great time flipping through the pretty pictures and negotiating which project to make. Of course she was the decision maker and wanted me to make six things for her??

In the end, she made one of the projects by herself.



Her current favouritest floral headband that she's going to show to her girly classmates tomorrow.



The sweet flowers were a breeze to make (they were supposed for the "Busy Bee Pin Cushion" project). Well, I used invisible thread for them. For the leaves, just cut them out.



I cannot believe she determined the positions and glued all the felt pieces all by herself (using a Daiso craft glue), without letting me to do even one flower.



I think she did a good job. The head band turned out really pretty .



Thanks to Lauren's book for our mom and daughter craft time and inspiring this young girl to make something pretty enough to wear everyday. We had so much laughter making this headband together.

*Sidetrack*



You can find affordable felt pieces and embroidery thread from Daiso that are great for the projects in this book. However, the felt are not heat resistant. Remember not to iron on them.

And then, this crazy mom thought maybe a headband is not enough for a girl. So... she made another two hair accessories to complement. Yes,  I am the crazy mom.



How pretty! And so easy to make!



First, a felt flower hair tie perfect for little girls. I used the "Blossom Scissors Charm" floral template to make this.



I really enjoyed learning new techniques on felt sewing from this book. Especially the florals. I love the flower centre so much!



Next, it's a hair clip. My daughter wanted a smaller flower so I chose the peony template from the "Flower Friends Pin Cushion" project.



Here's the back with a recycled clip glued to the leave felt.



She couldn't wait to put on this clip right after the glue dried up. She loves it a lot.

I made something for my sister too!



Instead of a tea towel, I used the cupcake template to make a zipper pouch that is useful for her. There are many other sweet treats templates in the book.




Sewing the eyes, nose and smiling lips was my girl's idea. She's good at making things cuter.




The back of the pouch and inner lining. Very sweet fabrics.

Just yesterday, I decided to make one more project at the very last minute before uploading this blog post. Not sure what came to my mind but I had to make this one no matter what.



This "Lace Zipper Pouch" is a project in the book. It was love at first sight. But you guess as much that I did not plan to make another pouch...




Still... I did. I just could not resist.






Thank you Penny Rose Fabrics for sending these wonderful fabrics from Elea Lutz "Little Dolly" collection! In fact, all the projects I made for this blog tour is from the same "Little Dolly" collection.




The zipper was a beautiful gift from a very kind hearted friend.




I covered up the raw edges with bias binding instead of serging method as in the book.




Luckily it's not difficult to sew at all.





So in love with this boxy pouch!

This "Pretty Handmades" book is amazing in all ways. I especially like how versatile the templates are so I could use them to make other projects inspired by those in the book. The instructions are clear with step by step explanation. Most projects are simple and quick to make! There's a project for everyone. There are a few non-felt sewing projects too like the "Garden Path Mini Quilt" which is my next go-to sewing.

You can get the book here, here and here.

Here's the list of talented bloggers for this wonderful blog tour:


Thank you Lauren for asking me to join your book writing journey. Big congrats to such a wonderfully written book! And thank you Tuva Publishing for sending this book across the world to me!xx