Hey everyone. Welcome to my stop on Lauren Wright’s Pretty Handmades Book Showcase. I hope you’ve been following, or at least peeking in behind the scenes at all the gorgeous projects. Aren’t they absolutely stunning? Completely feel out of my league here, but when a sweet friend asks you to join in and making something pretty from her new first release.. you can’t turn it away. Lauren is an amazing talent. By now I’m sure you’ve all seen, or have a copy in hand of Lauren’s Pretty Handmades for Tuva Publishing. Oh. My Gosh. The cover draws you in, the pages are chalk full of adorable projects, and if you’ve already delved into it you know how easy the instructions are to follow. So well written. If that’s not enough, there are plenty of beautiful photos to flip through, as well as help you with your project. It’s amazing…
I mean, those few photos alone are enough to make you want to turn the page. She did such a wonderful job, it was hard choosing which project I really wanted to pursue. There’s that cute Honey Hive Stitchy Book above. Then there was the Busy Bee Pincushion I had started out with. You can never have too many pincushions laying around your work area. Then there’s that really adorable Lullaby Kitty Felt Doll …with her Sweet Dreams Sleeping Bag? So Cute! But I had one tugging at me the entire time. Ready? Here we go..
Yess, the Bloom Cushion Cover. This cutie was begging to be made. I never seem to have enough pillows to go around anyway, this was perfect. Now, I hadn’t hand-stitched in what felt like months, but this one just wouldn’t let go. So after I scrapped the first project, it happened. My fingers were already sore, and my time was running short. So what’s a girl to do? ping! I know this is an English paper pieced project, but I bet I can do this using my machine. Pff, easy! I’m a professional, I got this! I had convinced myself this was the best course of action. Can we all just pause for a second? First, I can epp with the best of them, so I should have stuck to it. Second, I’ve actually never, I mean NEVER, machine sewn Y-seams successfully. And Third, my time frame was already running short with at least two other projects I needed to finish within the week. However, I threw all caution to the wind, and dove right in… Go ahead. Just laugh out loud, because ..come on. Is this really the time you want to start experimenting with methods you have no real experience in? Think about it. What in the world was going through my head?!?? Geez.. Long story short. A week and half into it, gobbs & gobbs of threads and fabric pieces piled around my machine, and about a zillion pin-pricks later.. Success. Good Grief, I should have just hand sewn the pattern. So easy! But I’m never one to back down from a challenge you guys. Oh brother. Now that you have my little back story, let’s just sit back and admire this little miracle. Yes??..
..and a little detail work..
..to remind myself to stick to what I know best when I have lingering deadlines! ..I’m still chuckling. 😉 I used Elea Lutz Little Dolly fabric for the pieced floral medallion, backing, and binding. A beautiful ribbon tie from Daily Like Canada. As well as Lecien’s Cosmo Floss for the skipped stitched embroidery work.
The projects are so easy to follow, and beautiful makes! Just make sure you setup your challenges when your not on an important schedule. goodness.
Okay, thanks so much for stopping in, and sharing this experience with me. Don’t forget to click on the link for tomorrow’s project by my very sweet and amazingly talented friend, Minki Kim. She will not disappoint! If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, I have the lineup down at the bottom for you. Make sure you follow through because Lauren is going to be holding a wonderful giveaway on the 30th. Be sure to check it out! I hope I’ve inspired you to snag a copy for your very own! A huge Thank You to Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama for reaching out! Also to Tuva Publishing for make this opportunity possible!
1 Sept 2017 Lauren Wright http://www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
2 Sept 2017 Jemima Flendt http://www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
3 Sept 2017 Sharon Burgess http://www.lilabellelanecreations.com @lilabellelane
4 Sept 2017 Lauren Nash http://www.transientart.com@transientart
5 Sept 2017 Sarah Edgar http://www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
6 Sept 2017 Ange Hamilton http://www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com @alittlepatchwork
7 Sept 2017 Elea Lutz http://www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
8 Sept 2017 Sarah Scott http://www.piccolostudio.com.au @piccolostudio_sarah
9 Sept 2017 Martina Bahre http://www.avaandneve.com.au @ava_and_neve
10 Sept 2017 Heather Andrus http://www.quiltstory.blogspot.com @quiltstory
11 Sept 2017 Faith Essenburg http://www.saranaave.wordpress.com @faithessenburg
12 Sept 2017 Alisha Orlando http://www.ministryoffabric.com.au @ministryoffabric
13 Sept 2017 Bev McCullough http://www.flamingotoes.com @flamingotoes
14 Sept 2017 Stacy Olson http://www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
15 Sept 2017 Ali Phillips http://www.arabesque-scissors.com @arabesquescissors
16 Sept 2017 Mollie Johanson http://www.wildolive.blogspot.com @molliejohanson
17 Sept 2017 Kristyne Czepuryk http://www.prettybyhand.com @prettybyhand
18 Sept 2017 Xanthe Grundy http://www.wife-made.com @wifemade
19 Sept 2017 Anne Oliver http://www.lolliandgrace.com @lolliandgrace
20 Sept 2017 Larisa Shurupov http://www.stitchingnotes.com @stitchingnotes
21 Sept 2017 Sedef Imer http://www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
22 Sept 2017 Wynn Tan http://www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
24 Sept 2017 Minki Kim http://www.minkikim.com @zeriano
25 Sept 2017 Elise Baek http://www.eliseandemelie.com @eliseandemelie
26 Sept 2017 Megan Price http://www.dollyhenry.com.au @dollyhenryau
27 Sept 2017 Nadra Ridgeway http://www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
28 Sept 2017 Ayda Algin http://www.cafenohut.com @cafenohut
29 Sept 2017 Jodi Godfrey http://www.talesofcloth.com @talesofcloth
30 Sept 2017 Lauren Wright http://www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama