Quilt Petite Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Homemakery and my spot on the Quilt Petite Blog Hop!

Quilt Petite Blog Hop Square

I have long been a fan of Sedefs blog, Down Grapevine Lane, along with her recent fabric collection Sweet Orchard for Riley Blake.  I was delighted to learn she was turning her talents to a book and was thrilled to get my hot little hands on a copy. If you are familiar with Sedefs blog you will know she has such an incredible eye when it comes to pretty fabrics and unique patchwork projects, you won’t be disappointed with Quilt Petite which is packed full of gorgeous projects, extremely thorough instructions and stunning photography.

Quilt Petite

With sweet projects a plenty in Quilt Petite for my turn on the blog hop I settled on making a Pretty On Point Placemat from Page 77 of the book. I followed Sedefs lead and picked some pretty florals from the Lecien Hight Tea collection which I paired alongside subtle low volume prints in a soft dove grey.


This project will have you whipping up half square triangles to create a gorgeous on point patchwork pattern, a nice twist on traditional half square triangle placements.


I was thrilled to find the placemat was a perfect fit for my tray!




This was a really quick project to whip up and I have a batch of Christmas on Point Placemats next up on my “to sew” list!

Pretty On Point Placemat Ingredients:

Fabrics from Lecien High Tea

Binding –  Lecien Yarn Dyed Gingham

Wadding –  Warm & White Wadding

Hop along with the rest of the Quilt Petite Blog Hop!

The Blog Hop started with Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane and circles back to her on 11th December, there is a very lovely giveaway over on Sedefs blog, so make sure you hop over and enter!

To catch up from the start you can find the full schedule here:

November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (intro + giveaway)

November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art

November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place

November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth

November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt

November 11: Minki at Minki’s Work Table

November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork

November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama

November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy

November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs

November 16: Amy at Nana Company

November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave

November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage

November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew

November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl

November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet

November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design

November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut

November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot

November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox

November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew

November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane

November 28: Kate at The Homemakery

November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon

November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac

December 1: Anorina at Samelia’s Mum

December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric

December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made

December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This

December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand

December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop

December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs

December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz

December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen

December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)

Tomorrow is the turn of Jemima and her gorgeous blog  Tied With A Ribbon so be sure to check out her Quilt Petite project. You can also follow the Blog Tour on Instagram by searching the following hashtags: #quiltpetite  #quiltpetitebloghop

Thanks so much for popping by and as always Happy Sewing!

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Lovely Little Patchwork – Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Homemakery and my spot on the Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Hop!

Kerri Horsley Blog Hop Cover

I was delighted to be asked to join in Kerri Horselys blog hop for her book Lovely Little Patchwork. The book was released back in the spring and is packed full of adorable sewing projects.


When I saw Kerri’s book I fell in love with the cover for her cross stitch rose sewing book,


a cross stitch rose on gingham….incorporated into a spot of patchwork….. all my favourite things in one!

Rather than making the sewing book I decided to turn pretty rose cross stitch piece into a cushion cover, so say hello to my cross stitch rose cushion cover!


The book has the chart for the Cross Stitch Rose and it’s a really quick pattern to stitch up once you get going. I stitched it on a Raw Sugar Mini Gingham (see below for links to supplies used).


For the patchwork I picked some of my favourite fabrics from the Tilda Memory Lane and Cabbage Rose fabric collections and I very carefully fussy cut my pieces so the rabbits from the  Tilda Memory Lane Rabbit & Roses Teal would be front and centre in the corner pieces.


The finished patchwork cover measures 9″ by 9″ so to increase the piece to a more cushion friendly 12 x 12 size I added two rounds of plain borders using 2 inch pieces of fabric (including seam allowances). Kerri’s book is packed full of projects including a patchwork cushion so once my patchwork piece was complete I followed her instructions to assemble the cushion cover which included quilting the patchwork to some wadding (I just stitched in the ditch), making the backing panel (I added a zip for ease of access) and then finally sewing the binding onto the cover and hand stitching it to the back panel.


It was such a lovely project to stitch up and combining my three loves of cross stitch, patchwork and homemakeries I was one happy girl making it!

Cross Stitch Rose Cushion Cover Ingredients:


Lovely Little Patchwork Book

DMC threads – I used colours 3363, 989, 498, 603, 224

Mini Gingham – you will need a small scale gingham for the cross stitch I used Mini Gingham in Raw Sugar

Patterned Fabrics – I used the following Tilda fabrics: Tilda Memory Lane Rabbit & Roses Teal,  Tilda Cabbage Rose Libby Pink and  Tilda Cabbage Rose Tilly Red

Plain Fabrics – For the borders I used Tilda Cabbage Rose Plain Teal & Tilda Memory Lane Plain Pink

Binding – For the binding I used Tilda Cabbage Rose Tilly Red

Wadding – I used Warm Company Warm & White Wadding

Zip – 30cm standard zip

Hop along with the rest of the Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Tour

The Blog Tour started at the end of August with Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl and continues until 25th September, to catch up from the start you can find the full schedule here:
Date Participant Instagram Blog
27.08.2016     28.08.2016 Amanda Niederhauser   Sarah Edgar @jedicraftgirl @sarahedgarprettyfabrics jedicrafgirl.com alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
29.08.2016 Heidi Staples @fabricmutt fabricmutt.blogspot.com
30.08.2016 Megan Jimenez @QuiltStoryMeg quiltstory.blogspot.com
02.09.2016 Cheri Lehnow @tinkerellen tinkerwiththis.blogspot.com
03.09.2016 Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchwork alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
04.09.2016 Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane downgrapevinelane.com
05.09.2016 Kimberly Jolly @fatquartershop fatquartershop.blogspot.com
06.09.2016 Samantha Dorn @aqua_paisley aquapaisleystudio.com
07.09.2016 Ayda Algın @cafenohut cafenohut.blogspot.com
08.09.2016 LeAnne Ballard @everydaycelebrations everydaycelebrate.blogspot.com
09.09.2016 Sharon Burgess @lilabellelane lilabellelane.blogspot.com
10.09.2016 Lauren Wright @mollyandmama mollyandmama.com.au
11.09.2016 Kate May @thehomemakery thehomemakery.co.uk/blog/
12.09.2016 Debbie Homick @happylittlecottage1 happylittlecottage.blogspot.com
13.09.2016 Wynn Tan @zakkaart zakkaart.blogspot.com
14.09.2016 Kim Kruzich @retro_mama retro-mama.blogspot.com
15.09.2016 Jennie Pickett @cloverandviolet cloverandviolet.com
16.09.2016 Veronica AM @VividFelicity vividfelicity.wordpress.com
17.09.2016 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs ellisandhiggs.com
18.09.2016 Amanda Woodruff @acraftyfox_amanda acraftyfox.net
19.09.2016 Minki Kim @zeriano minkikim.com
20.09.2016 Sharon Yeager @daisycottagequilting Instagram
21.09.2016 Peta Peace @shequiltsalot shequiltsalot.com
22.09.2016 Sarah Scott @piccolostudio_sarah piccolostudio.com.au
23.09.2016 Kristin Cobb @goobadesigns Instagram
24.09.2016 Erin Cox @whynotsewquilts whynotsew.blogspot.com
25.09.2016 Kerri Horsley @sewdeerlyloved lovelylittlehandmades.blogspot.com

Tomorrow is the turn of Debbie Homick and her sweet blog A Happy Little Cottage so be sure to check out her Lovely Little Patchwork project. You can also follow the Blog Tour on Instagram by searching the following hashtags: #lovelylittlepatchwork  #lovelylittlepacthworkblogtour

Thanks so much for popping by and as always Happy Sewing!

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Pre Order: 2016 Carpe Diem Planners


We are so so excited, Simple Stories have just revealed their brand new Carpe Diem Planners and accessories for Summer 2016 and they are now available for pre-order here

Carpe Diem sneak peeks 2016

I’m an enormous fan of Carpe Diem planners and use mine daily, so I am thrilled to see their amazing new planners and accessories for 2016! So quickly onto the good stuff, lets have a look at what’s new for 2016???


New collections and collaborations

Firstly Simple Stories are back with not one but two planner collections! Choose from…..

The Reset Girl: A gorgeous vintage inspired collection designed by one of my favourite planner gurus, The Reset Girl. The Reset Girl collection includes planners in Pink and Orange aka Ballerina and Persimmon along with a whole host of truly stunning vintage style planner accessories.


Posh: Posh is the second collection from the designers at Simple Stories. Its a fun preppy collection featuring classic stripes, spots and gorgeous floral. In terms of new planner colours, Ivory and Marigold make their debut along with the returning colours of Aqua, Robin’s Egg, Coral and Platinum.


Planner Upgrades

This year Simple Stories have taken on all the feedback from the more discerning planner girl and the 2016 release includes a number of upgrades to your planner including:

  • All leather exterior AND interior!
  • Thicker paper – the paper inserts have been upgraded from 100gsm to 140gsm
  • The A5 Rings have been upgraded to an all new, high quality 6 ring binding mechanism
  • Ring hardware is now available in gold and silver. For gold hardware take a look at the Ballerina, Persimmon, Ivory & Robins Egg planners. For Silver hardware check out the Aqua, Coral, Platinum & Marigold
  • Monthly spreads are now on their own inserts (previously they were on the back of the monthly dividers)
  • Boxed set or A La Carte, now you can either buy a complete box set or completely customise your planner using the A La Carte planners and accessories.

New planner accessories

I love to decorate my planner so I am thrilled to see that there are a whole host of new accessories for our planners including:

  • Washi tapes
  • Metal Clips
  • Decorative Clips
  • Roller Stamps
  • Page Flags
  • Sticky Notes
  • Pocket Cards
  • Doc it Journals
  • Mini Monthly Calendar Stickers

Posh accessoriesReset Girl accessories

New inserts

A planner would be nothing without its inserts and Simple Stories now have a weekly insert for everyone, choose from Horizontal, Vertical, Hourly or Daily.


I’m a vertical girl, so I am thrilled to have these inserts available in an A5 size!

Box Set vs Build your own planner

This year you can either buy a box set containing everything you need to get planning straight away, or, you can pick and mix your planner and accessories to create a planner completely unique to you! All the planners are available on their own with no inserts, or in a box set complete with dividers and inserts.


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FYI The Reset Girl planner box sets come with Vertical inserts and the Posh Planner box sets come with Horizontal inserts.


Last year we received an incredible number of pre-orders for the Carpe Diem planners and we are delighted to be taking pre-orders for all the new 2016 Carpe Diem Planner box sets and A La Carte Carpe Diem Planners.

Why pre-order?

  • Secure your planner so you will receive it as soon as it arrives in the UK
  • Get exclusive access to the new Carpe Diem planner accessories before they go on general sale
  • Get 10% off all your new Carpe Diem planner accessories during the exclusive access period
  • Get free P&P on your order (UK only)
  • Win your planner back!

 Win your planner!

This year if you pre-order your planner with us you will be entered into a draw to win your planner! We will hold a draw 2 weeks after the planners arrive in the UK and one lucky person will be refunded for the cost of their planner!

So what are you waiting for? To pre-order your planner head over to the website now! Now which one will it be…..Ballerina? … Persimmon? …. Marigold? …!

Happy Planning!

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T&Cs: You must pre-order your planner and pay the final balance in full within 2 weeks of the planners arrival in the UK to be eligible to win your planner back. Planner pre-order deposits are non-refundable and will be deducted from the final cost of your planner.

Free Tilda Quilt Patterns for Pardon My Garden & Spring Diaries

Earlier this year Tilda released their gorgeous new Spring collections Pardon My Garden & Spring Diaries. Lots of customers have emailed to ask whether Tilda would be releasing the patterns to go with the collections and I’m delighted to report they are now available over on the Tildas World Blog.

These quilt patterns were definitely worth the wait as the format has been completely overhauled and the quilt patterns are now available in a very detailed PDF download.

Tilda Spring Diaries

The Spring Diaries quilt features this stunning retro half circle quilt pattern:


You can find the Spring Diaries fabrics here and a link to the PDF Spring Diaries Quilt Pattern is here

Pardon My Garden

The Pardon My Garden quilt features gorgeous rows of diamonds using a neutral sashing: Pardon-My-Garden-Quilt

You can find the Pardon My Garden fabrics here and a link to the PDF Pardon My Garden Quilt Pattern is here

If you are looking for a neutral fabric to go with your Tilda fabrics Kona cotton in Snow is a great option and for a neutral with a bit of flecking Kona Cotton in Natural is another great match.

Happy Quilting

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