little pieces of my heart


In cleaning up my sewing space, I discovered a number of partly finished projects. It was kind of funny to find that most of them really just required a little bit of work to finish them up, so I suppose it makes me wonder why they were set aside in the first place. The blocks for this little wall hanging just required a bit of trimming and then it was quite easy to sew them into a top.


The quilt design is one I’ve always liked by Umbrella Prints. It uses one of their large scale heart prints, which is then cut up, shuffled around and then sewn together again to create this fun mosaic look. (I cut up a piece I had, but they even sell a mosaic kit that includes their Broken Hearts pattern so that you can make your own.)


I thought it might be fun to replace one square with their same heart print in this fun orangey-red color. I love the little pop of color, and love that it gives a little look at what the original print looked like before it was cut into pieces and recombined!

(As an aside, I took these photos on the side of a building I’ve always liked – it happens to be at an intersection in the middle of a nearby town. As we drove by, it didn’t seem too busy. Of course, as soon as I taped the quilt top to the side of the building, traffic increased and the next thing I know, Morgan’s calling from the car to let me know that people are staring. It cut my photo shoot a bit short, so today you only get these three quickly-snapped photos!)

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Honey Be Good giveaway

Happy Friday, and a happy 4th to all of you in the US! The blog has been a bit quiet recently – mostly due to the summer and, um, those kids… they don’t seem to like me spending my time sewing (0r blogging about it!). Weird. We also unexpectedly decided to sell our home, which of course is stressful, and not so much fun. Sewing is taking a bit of a back seat, consequently.


But today? Today we have a fun giveaway from one of my sponsors, Honey Be Good. Karen sells all the best organic fabrics and supplies. New in the shop? This great organic line by Carolyn Gavin for Windham Fabrics, Petite Fleur.


I had a chance to make up a couple tops a few months back, and it’s really lovely. I made Hazel a cute little baby popover


and a coordinating adult popover for myself (the faces I make while wearing my popover are not as cute, so luckily you’re spared!).


I wear this one quite a bit – I think this print works well for a top – from afar it’s kind of just a navy/white graphic print, which I like. I’ve tried to move from quilting cotton for clothing for myself, but this organic cotton is quite nice, especially as a button down/popover (the Grainline Archer pattern would be a great one if you were looking for a similar button down look).


Today Karen is giving away a fat quarter bundle of the Petite Fleur line plus the included alphabet panel. This giveaway is open to US customers. Please leave a comment here (one per person, please!). If you want to let met know your usual 4th of July traditions, that’d be fun, or you could let me know what you imagine making from these fun organic fabrics.

The giveaway is open through Sunday night. I’ll select a winner on Sunday evening and will edit this post to announce the winner. Can’t wait? Karen is offering $10 off all orders of $50 or more from Thursday July 3 – Sunday July 6 with coupon code: FIREWORKS

Updated: I selected a backup winner, and that’s #12, Lauren! Congrats! (I’ve sent you an email!)

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A Make It Perfect pattern parade!


I was so happy when Toni asked me to be part of her pattern parade to show off some of the great patterns offered by her pattern company, Make It Perfect. I think that her Shearwater Kaftan was one of the first garments I ever made, way back in 2010! I was still new to sewing then, and clothing seemed way out of my league. I somehow stumbled upon Toni’s patterns and was immediately drawn to her Shearwater Kaftan – in fact, I liked it so much I made my version out of the very same Nani Iro shown on the pattern cover!


I remember exclaiming to anyone who would listen that I had made a shirt, and that it had sleeves! Since then I made several more, so when I was asked to select a pattern for the pattern parade, it was a no-brainer to ask for her mini Shearwater Kaftan which was recently released for kids.


Once again I reached for the Nani Iro and made up not one, but two (actually three! though the last wasn’t completed in time) cute new summery tops for Hazel.


I love that the mini version so closely resembles the ones I’ve made – cute little slit at the neck, side splits and even sleeve tabs (don’t look too closely at mine – while I did manage to get button holes made, I was unable to find my button stash in time!)


I love how they turned out and look forward to seeing Hazel in them this summer!

Be sure to check the Make It Perfect blog to see all the other participants!

*This pattern was provided to me for free as part of the pattern parade

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