After much deliberation, I plumped for the Cross Stitch Sewing Book, which I'll use for my ' a hexie a day project '. Don't be fooled in to thinking this is just another needle book (not that one can ever have to many needle books!)...this really is book size and has so many pockets to keep all your notions in when you're sewing on the go!
First of I pulled some pretty fabrics. I knew as a starting point, I wanted to incorporate one of the bow prints and the polka dot little ladies from the Old New 30's collection plus those super sweet labels from Merry Bon Bon both by Lecien. I then added in one of our new pretty Sevenberry florals, a sewing related text print by Moda and a host of blender prints to co-ordinate.......this was my initial fabric pull, which did evolve and change slightly as I was making the sewing book.....
The rest of construction passed without any further hitches, both Kerri's instructions and the pretty diagrams and photographs are very easy to follow. My only slight deviations from these was the addition of extra low loft wadding to the pockets and sewing the felt down in its entirety, rather than a line of stitching down the centre seam.
I love all the little details Kerri added to the design which is makes it just that extra bit special, such as the binding on the pockets and the 1/2" hexie flower. Inspired by these I added the hand quilting in 12 wt Aurifil.......
and on the back cover, I made a pretty fabric label, which again I enhanced with some contrast hand stitches and a vintage button from my button tin.
I finished making the sewing book just in time to take on holiday with me. Mum (Penny) has been home alone in the shop holding the fort and we've just had the most terrific week in Norfolk... no surprise there, you know it's our favourite place to go! The weather has been absolutely brilliant which made up for a not quite so brilliant holiday cottage, but never mind our spirits can never be dashed when there are glorious beaches and the sun is shining!
One of my favourite quotes by William Morris 'Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful ' matches both this sewing book and so many of the projects in Lovely Little Patchwork perfectly and I can highly recommend it!
The Blog Tour started yesterday with Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl and continues until the 25th September, with a whole host of talented bloggers, designers and Kerri herself.
Here's the schedule
I can not wait to see what is made each day!
You can also follow the Blog Tour on Instagram by searching the following hashtags
Finally, here's a list of the Scrummy Supplies I used:
Lovely Little Patchwork by Kerri Horsley can be found HERE
Lecien Fabrics can be found HERE, I used fabrics from Merry Bon Bon, Old New 30's & pin dots from the Basics collection
Moda Fabrics can be found HERE, I used the diagonal stripes from First Crush, text print from Volume 2 and a pretty floral from Strawberry Fields Revisited
Sevenberry Fabrics can be found HERE, I used Roses Pink.
The linen on the spine of the book is Essex Linen in Flax which can be found HERE.
Riley Blake 1/8" Gingham in Aqua can be found HERE.
Wool Felt in Straw can be found HERE.
Aurifloss embroidery threads can be found HERE, I used 2250, 2410, 2882, 2425 & 2887
Aurifil 12wt can be found HERE, I used 2021 & 2692.
See you again soon...my pile of 'A Hexie A Day' flowers has been growing nicely and I can not wait to share my progress!