Kewpie Christmas by Kewpie for Riley Blake Fabrics

I am not going to kid you how much I love Kewpie doll and Kewpie Mayonnaise. First, the dolls are way too adorable with their innocent faces. And the latter, so very yummy on salad and sandwiches. These two things are what I can't live without.

But Kewpie fabrics??

They are the BEST.

If you are sewing for Christmas this year, you have to get Kewpie Christmas collection definitely. I promise you that you will fall in love with it as much as I did. Your kids will be over the moon too with those cutesy prints and colours. I cannot believe that Penny Rose Fabrics has gotten it as their licensed product so we can get them very easily!

Aren't the designs irresistible? I have already started my christmas sewing in this hot June summer because I can't wait any longer looking at the sweet Kewpie faces.

It took me quite a while to decide what to make. I didn't want to ruin the bundle kindly sent by Penny Rose. So the research went on for a few weeks until I decided to use a few block patterns from Sherri Falls new book "Winter Wonderland". It was the perfect choice.

So I made four blocks from the book using machine piecing. And crochet around the sides to make them into coasters for gifting. Then last minute I changed my mind and join three blocks together to make a wall hanging at the doorway for this coming christmas. It turned out really pretty and christmassy!

My crochet idea was hugely inspired by Tiffany Behmer from fannyludesigns. Since our squares are not of the same size and also using a different kind of yarn, I had to redesign the edgings to suit my blocks. The stitches and designs are not perfect but I like them anyway.

Christmas tree block with white crochet edging.

Sweet candy block with green crochet edging.

Happy present block with red crochet edging.

I used a disposable chopstick for hanging purpose. Looking country-style and sweet at the same time.

For the last pretty wreath block, I turned it into a drawstring bag for sweet christmas treats everyday! It wasn't hard to make the drawstring so i tried to make it a little different with the base.

Triangle corner at the base.

Details. Machine quilting around the wreath.

Lucky me to have this ribbon kept for more than ten years.

The red and green stripes make perfect binding fabric.

I love this drawstring bag so much that I'll make another few more as gifts! Of course using Kewpie Christmas fabrics too!

You can get Kewpie Christmas fabrics herehere and here.

Thank you Riley Blake Fabrics and remember to start sewing for christmas right away if you have time!xx

{Book Review} SEE KATE SEW: 24 Learn-to-Sew Projects You Can Make in an Hour (Fons and Porter)

If you have an hour to sew, what will you make? Coasters? Tissue Pouch? Simple skirt? An hour is usually too short to sew anything seriously. A patchwork block already takes me an hour to sew!

SEE KATE SEW: 24 Learn-to-Sew Projects You Can Make in an Hour looks like it's gonna prove us wrong. When Jodi (Content Editor) from Fons and Porter (F+W) asked if I would like to review this book, I was excited yet skeptical at the same time. I was eager to see the kind of one-hour sewing projects even a beginner can do.

So when the book arrived, it was quickly devoured at dinner time while the kids munched on their favourite mac and cheese. I was sitting at the table and couldn't wait to start sewing immediately. The sewing machine called for me and I began making one of the easiest projects, the coasters. True enough, two coasters were completed just within an hour.

No fuss patchwork with straight lined quilting.

Reversible too! They make fantastic housewarming gifts if you are rushing for time. You just need to choose pretty fabrics!

The step by step instructions in the book are written clearly enough to help me work fast. I love the beautiful pictures of the projects printed in vivid colours that make me want to sew more. And I did!

My next challenge was to make zipper pouches within an hour. For the first project, I managed to complete it within one and half hours. The edge serging was not what I do well in. It took me a while to figure it out on my sewing machine.

The way of fixing the zipper was another new technique I learnt from the book.

Machine embroidery is a really good way to add charm to a pouch. I randomly selected one and it looked way better than I expected.

Very spacious and useful for cosmetics or toiletries. I am using it as a travel pouch.

To practice better at serging the raw edges, I tried to make another pouch from the book. Well yes, another pouch. You know how much I love making pouches. This pouch took me exactly one hour! I am getting a hang of it!

I changed the zipper position to make the pouch look like a box for putting EPP pieces. I like it this way.

A little cute tag goes a long way for a simple pouch. And look at the pretty zipper (from daiso).

Zig zagged raw edgings that I'm still trying to get used to them. Not so bad after all.

If you are good at serging or zig zag stitches, this book is for you! Most projects in the book use raw edge serging. Saves plenty of time not making the bias binding.

For all the above projects, I used Lecien Memorie A Paris fabric collection. They are soft with really beautiful prints.

I strongly recommend this book SEE KATE SEW: 24 Learn-to-Sew Projects You Can Make in an Hour for last minute gifts or quick sewing projects that give instant gratification. You will also learn new skills like button holes, mitering corners and sewing zippers. Perfect for beginners and great for advanced sewists. Like what is written at Fons and Porter website: No more excuses; it's time to dive into sewing! 

Book is available for purchase here, herehere and here. Oh they have e-book as well!

Thank you Fons and Porter for the wonderful chance to review this amazing book!xx

Happy Flower Quilts QAL Round Up 1

We almost halfway through our Happy Flower Quilts QAL. 34 blocks so far for me! All done by handsewing or hand appliqué.

Here's a little round up for the blocks that I made so far:


































Still going on strong! I'm taking a short summer break this month July so I'll miss eight blocks. But I'll post them once I get back in August. Till then, look out for Kristyne's and Melissa's IG or blogs and keep on sewing!xx