Zakka Home Book Tour!

Hello and welcome to the Homemakery and my spot on the Zakka Home Book Tour!

Zakka Home is the long awaited second book from Sedef Imer and the follow up to her first book Quilt Petite. Lets be honest there are a lot of craft books out there (I mean a lot) but when my copy of Zakka Home arrived I was blown away by the stunning photography (its a gorgeous book to flick through, coffee table gorgeous) but also the projects are pretty and practical and as someone who loves making things for my home I was smitten on my first flick through!

Having just had a baby I was a little nervous about committing to a new project not knowing whether I would be able to find the time to complete it, but once I started flicking through Sedef’s stunning book I wanted to make ALL the projects, they are all so gorgeous!

I eventually narrowed it down to the Bouquet Embroidery on page 28 knowing I could easily pick it up when I got a couple of spare minutes. I photocopied the pattern from the back of the book and using a Frixion pen traced it onto some plain Lecien embroidery fabric. I selected my own colour palette of embroidery threads (3813, 989, 561, 815, 224, 962, 3809) and got stitching.

All the embroidery stitches you use for this pattern are illustrated in the book so if you are a beginner or need a quick reminder of how to do a stitch they are all there to hand.

I really enjoyed stitching this project in the evenings when the baby was tucked up in bed, it was lovely to get some well deserved me time!

When I had finished my embroidery I gently ironed the back to get rid of any remaining frixion pen marks and then wrapped bias binding around the hoop to finish it off. It now hangs proudly in my guest room, my first post baby project!

It certainly won’t be my last as Sedefs book is filled with adorable projects for the home in mouthwatering pretty fabrics. Do check out Zakka Home on Amazon as they have the look inside feature so you can take a peek for yourself at the projects and the stunning photography inside.

Hop along with the rest of the Zakka Home Book Tour!

The book tour started with Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane and circles back to her on 19th November, 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:

22 October – Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane
23 October – Jemima Flendt – Tied With A Ribbon – @tiedwitharibbon
24 October – Minki Kim – Minki’s Work Table – @zeriano
25 October – Jane Davidson – Quilt Jane – @quiltjane
26 October – Elizabeth Chappell – Quilters Candy Box – @quilterscandybox
27 October – Lauren Wright – Molly and Mama – @mollyandmama
28 October – Sarah Scott – Piccolo Studio – @piccolostudio_sarah
29 October – Alyce Blyth – Blossom Heart Quilts – @blossomheartquilts
30 October – Emily Dennis – Quilty Love – @emily_dennis_
31 October – Sharon Burgess – Lilabelle Lane Creations – @lilabellelane
1 November – Wynn Tan – Zakka Art – @zakkaArt
2 November – Amanda Woodruff – A Crafty Fox –
4 November – Samantha Dorn – Aqua Paisley Studio – @aqua_paisley
5 November – Love Patchwork & Quilting – @lovequiltingmag
6 November – Kate May – The Homemakery – @thehomemakery
7 November – Ayda Algin – Cafe Nohut – @cafenohut
8 November  – Faith Essenburg – Sarana Ave – @faithessenburg
9 November – Nadra Ridgeway – Ellis & Higgs – @ellisandhiggs
10 November – Fat Quarter Shop – @fatquartershop
11 November – Laura Cunningham – @laura_zuckerkuss
12 November – Bev McCullough – Flamingo Toes – @flamingotoes
13 November – Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter – @diaryofaquilter
14 November – Riley Blake Designs – @rileyblakedesigns
15 November – Michelle Hickson – @coleandtaffy
16 November – Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter – @the_tattooed_quilter
17 November – Ange Hamilton – A Little Patchwork – @alittlepatchwork
18 November – Sarah Ashford – Sarah Ashford Studio – @sarahashfordstudio
19 November –  Sedef Imer – Down Grapevine Lane – @downgrapevinelane (ROUND UP)

Tomorrow is the turn of Ayda Algin and her gorgeous blog  Cafe Nohut so be sure to check out her Zakka Home project. You can also follow the Book Tour on Instagram by searching the following hashtags: #zakkahome  #zakkahomebooktour

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

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Win: Liberty London Cottage Garden Fabric Bundle

We do love a new fabric arrival and the brand new Liberty London Cottage Garden collection is perfect for a spot of spring sewing.

Inspiration for the Liberty Cottage Garden collection comes from the beautiful villages of Buckinghamshire. This area of English countryside is where Arthur Liberty escaped from his London city life. The thatched cottage gardens burst with colourful floral displays filling the winding roads with charm and delight.

Flowers featured in the prints include forget-me-nots, bluebells and anemones. The colour palettes include warm dusty pinks, coral tones mixed with denim and cornflower blues. The warmer, neutral tones are inspired by the stone paths on local walking trails.

You can find the full Liberty Cottage Garden bundle with 15% off here and to celebrate the collections release we are giving away a bundle of 12 of the blue toned fabrics from the Cottage Garden collection worth £42.

To be in with a chance of winning simply enter using the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.

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The draw closes on Monday 2nd April and the winner will be contacted shortly afterwards

Good luck!

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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
29.08.2016 Heidi Staples @fabricmutt
30.08.2016 Megan Jimenez @QuiltStoryMeg
02.09.2016 Cheri Lehnow @tinkerellen
03.09.2016 Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchwork
04.09.2016 Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane
05.09.2016 Kimberly Jolly @fatquartershop
06.09.2016 Samantha Dorn @aqua_paisley
07.09.2016 Ayda Algın @cafenohut
08.09.2016 LeAnne Ballard @everydaycelebrations
09.09.2016 Sharon Burgess @lilabellelane
10.09.2016 Lauren Wright @mollyandmama
11.09.2016 Kate May @thehomemakery
12.09.2016 Debbie Homick @happylittlecottage1
13.09.2016 Wynn Tan @zakkaart
14.09.2016 Kim Kruzich @retro_mama
15.09.2016 Jennie Pickett @cloverandviolet
16.09.2016 Veronica AM @VividFelicity
17.09.2016 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs
18.09.2016 Amanda Woodruff @acraftyfox_amanda
19.09.2016 Minki Kim @zeriano
20.09.2016 Sharon Yeager @daisycottagequilting Instagram
21.09.2016 Peta Peace @shequiltsalot
22.09.2016 Sarah Scott @piccolostudio_sarah
23.09.2016 Kristin Cobb @goobadesigns Instagram
24.09.2016 Erin Cox @whynotsewquilts
25.09.2016 Kerri Horsley @sewdeerlyloved

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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