Thursday 4 June 2015

50 Fat Quarter Makes || Blog Hop || Featured!

50 Fat Quarter Makes: Fifty Sewing Projects Made Using Fat Quarters is a brand new sewing title by FW Media which I have been lucky enough to feature in!  It was definitely a *Pinch Me!* moment when I arrived back from my holiday a couple of weeks ago to find a copy on my doorstep - and seeing my name on Amazon! How crazy? Apparently it's entered the list of the 1,000 top selling of ALL books on Amazon, wowee. I've had to keep this veeery quiet for such a long time, so I'm really excited it's out in the world now...

I was contacted by Ame, the editor last September, I think? about contributing some fat quarter projects along with a host of some of my favourite sewers and bloggers. Of course I jumped at the chance, and quickly got to work. In total you can find six different projects from me, everything from kitchen linens, mouse pincushions (trust me - it's cute, not scary!), baby bibs and pillows, which are all 'FQ friendly'. And if you're anything like me, you're not short on them.

Last year I felt like I was turning into a bib-making factory around here because I had several friends baby showers to attend - and of course if you do anything sewing related, everyone wants a handmade gift, am I right? So in the book you will find the peter pan collared bib I often made for these baby showers, it's really simple to make and it's perfect for boys and girls alike.

I love the Country Contrast pilow! The publishers of the book also run a website Stitch, Craft, Create where they sell fabrics as well as books, so myself and the other contributors were offered fabrics from their site to choose from (how fun!?). I knew as soon as I saw those ditsy floral's and pretty plaid prints the muted colours would be perfect for my cosy living room, so a pillow it was.

Don't you just love the simple styling and photography used, it's what I love about a good sewing book. It just inspires you, not only the sewing projects but how to improve on my own photo's for my blog, website and Instagram etc.

This Denyse Schmit print is such a classic, it looks SO fresh here as part of the potholder and oven mitt set, I think good fabrics never get old - wouldn't you agree? I was inspired to make this set having worked for Anthropologie in the past (what seems like many moons ago now!) and coveted their amazingly gorgeous range of kitchen linens for as long as I can remember, so this was my simple DIY version. I can't wait to receive the samples back to showcase in my own kitchen now!

Of course, I'm not going to share all of my projects featured as I would want you to purchase the book ;-) and there are an array of brilliant patterns by other fantastic contributors who I'm privileged to be included with. One which caught my eye is the knitting project bag featured on the cover by Cynthia. It would be just as useful for fabric too, on the sewing list it goes.

I love a simple handmade bag, and this one is actually perfect. Definitely have plans to make one of these soon!

So as well as being jam-packed with 50 projects to make, you can also expect a ton of useful sewing information to get any beginner or more seasoned sewer's started.

Be sure to stop by the rest of the 50 Fat Quarter Makes blog-hop with prizes and giveaways going on!

Blog Hop Schedule!
Monday 1st June - Jo Avery -  myBearpaw 
Tuesday 2nd June - Liz Betts - BetsyBetts
Wednesday 3rd June - Ali Burdon - VeryBerryHandmade
Thursday 4th June - Jesse Fincham - MessyJesse
Friday 5th June - Louise Horler - SewScrumptious
Monday 8th June - Kevin Kosbab - Feeddog
Tuesday 9th June - Emily Levey - StrawberryPatchRamblings
Wednesday 10th June - Cynthia Shaffer
Thursday 11th June - Kaye Prince - MissPrint
Friday 12th June - Ame Verso - StitchCraftCreate


  1. Wow, lots of fun looking projects. The baby bib is adorable with it's 'collar'. It's wonderful to hear that lots of sewing tips are also in the book. Thanks.

  2. Anonymous04 June, 2015

    Thanks for sharing these neat projects from the giveaway book!
    Love your Blog! HAPPY SUMMER!

  3. I have this book and it has some fab projects in it. Congrats to you and the other contributors. Di x

  4. Hellooo MessyJesse:) It's nice to meet you...I'm sure you are perfectly organized! The Peter Pan collar bibs are too precious. Yep you are so right, once you gift a handmade item, your forever bound to do it again, again. Two baby showers coming up soon so that pattern would be ideal. Thank you for sharing.

  5. This book is already on my Wish List!! Soooo many Awesome projects! & thank you for a great review too! :)

  6. Yay congrats! It all looks so lovely and inspiring :) Love that baby bib especially!

  7. I just jumped over to Amazon to get one! Can't wait until it arrives.


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