It’s the third day of fall and oooh how I am loving the cooler weather already! Chilly, (well, California chilly that is) mornings and evenings have me all giddy here! Welcome to my turn on the Pretty Handmades Book Showcase! I’ve been following Lauren @mollyandmama on Instagram for a while now, and if you haven’t had a chance to scroll through her feed, you’ve been missing out! I seriously don’t know how she kept her book secret for so long, so when she asked me to participate in her book showcase I was super excited! I am so happy for Lauren and her first book with Tuva Publishing because it’s a gem that you’ll want to add to your book collection as well! I think Tuva Publishing is taking over my craft book shelf space! They have been coming out with some fabulous books that you can find not only online but at Joann Fabrics as well! Say what???? Yup!

Once I received my book I had to just take some time and look through it cover to cover! It’s packed full of pretty projects and deciding which one to make for the showcase was hard! Ultimately though, I ended up making two projects. The first one was just perfect as I had been making hexies for the #100hexies100days2017 project on Instagram. My strawberry hexies had to be made into a pretty project!

I started sewing them together according to the instructions in the book for the Garden Path Mini Quilt. And as I was working on these hexies, it just made me happy that I was actually putting them to use into something fun and cute, and before I knew it the panel was done! BUT, it was soooooo hard to pick a background fabric! I had to ask for some help from my sewing friends on Instagram…..

And it was super helpful as you all said to go with the lighter pink! Yaaaaaaaaaas!!! When in doubt, ask your friends! Once the lighter pink background was decided upon, I went ahead and pieced together the rest of my mini and got the basting and quilting done in a jiffy! Wooohooo! My pink, pink, and pink Garden Path Mini Quilt!! How many strawberries can you find here?

I have to confess that I was very against pink growing up. It was all about blue for me because I didn’t want to be like the other girls. My best friend was all about yellow. Yeah, we were such rebels! Nowadays however, I’m loving pink more and more, and pink with red, uh, yes please! So fabulously cute together! I remember that wearing red and pink together was considered such a faux pas back in the days and I can’t remember why that was or who decided that. Anybody else remember that? Well, so since we’re officially celebrating fall/autumn, I had to bust out my crochet pumpkins and yes, pink pumpkins rule!

A closer look at my hexies…..and still practicing my big stitches, with DMC Perle cotton size 8 in juicy red for contrast (red 321 for anybody that is curious)……have I mentioned how much I love hexies? Such a versatile shape and with endless possibilities! All the heart eyes for hexies my friends, and combine that with strawberries by Atsuko Matsuyama and Sevenberry…and an odd cherry one, I’m just loving this project to bits!

Just so that my odd little cherry hexie wouldn’t feel lonely, I had to add a “Handmade” tag with cherries I’d received last year (yikes, it’s been year already?) from Lisa @aspoonfulsugar. I’d been saving it for a special project and how perfect is it to use a gift from one talented Australian author on a project from a book written by another talented Australian author? I think they were meant to be!

Ok, so I couldn’t stop at just one project and had to make another one. It just so happened that I had the right size paper templates for making the Sweet Dreams Sleeping Bag. I wanted to make it into a pot holder at first with this beautiful Woodlands Fusion collection by Art Gallery Fabrics, but look who decided that she needed a fall themed sleeping bag…..

Little Wynne decided it was for her and has now taken off hiking in the woods with her sleeping bag….rabbits I tell you…… at least she let me take a few photos before she took off for the weekend…..

It really is a perfect fit so I couldn’t really say no and she loves my mustard pumpkin so I had to let her pose with it….

And of course she wanted a matching outfit! Stripes everywhere! You can get the pattern to make your own demanding Wynne bunny from Ali @arabesquescissors. 

I tucked the top loop away here that I’d added on to make it into a potholder.

And here you can see my top loop that I added to the pattern.

A final close up of the beautiful prints. It’s a perfect fall collection that can be used year round really, but I thought it was perfect for a more sophisticated version of Halloween colors and prints.

It’s been a blast making these sweet projects and I hope you get a chance to add this wonderful book to your own collection! Here’s a roundup of all the makers participating in this book showcase so you can go and have a look at all the other wonderful makes!

PS, don’t forget to subscribe below if you’d like to keep in touch!

xx, elise

1 Sept 2017 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama
2 Sept 2017 Jemima Flendt www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com @tiedwitharibbon
3 Sept 2017 Sharon Burgess www.lilabellelanecreations.com @lilabellelane
4 Sept 2017 Lauren Nash www.transientart.com @transientart
5 Sept 2017 Sarah Edgar www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
6 Sept 2017 Ange Hamilton www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com @alittlepatchwork
7 Sept 2017 Elea Lutz www.elealutzdesign.com @elealutz
8 Sept 2017 Sarah Scott www.piccolostudio.com.au @piccolostudio_sarah
9 Sept 2017 Martina Bahre www.avaandneve.com.au @ava_and_neve
10 Sept 2017 Heather Andrus www.quiltstory.blogspot.com @quiltstory
11 Sept 2017 Faith Essenburg www.saranaave.wordpress.com @faithessenburg
12 Sept 2017 Alisha Orlando www.ministryoffabric.com.au @ministryoffabric
13 Sept 2017 Bev McCullough www.flamingotoes.com @flamingotoes
14 Sept 2017 Stacy Olson www.stacyolsondesign.com @stacyolsondesign
15 Sept 2017 Ali Phillips www.arabesque-scissors.com @arabesquescissors
16 Sept 2017 Mollie Johanson www.wildolive.blogspot.com @molliejohanson
17 Sept 2017 Kristyne Czepuryk www.prettybyhand.com @prettybyhand
18 Sept 2017 Xanthe Grundy www.wife-made.com @wifemade
19 Sept 2017 Anne Oliver www.lolliandgrace.com @lolliandgrace
20 Sept 2017 Larisa Shurupov www.stitchingnotes.com @stitchingnotes
21 Sept 2017 Sedef Imer www.downgrapevinelane.com @downgrapevinelane
22 Sept 2017 Wynn Tan www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com @zakkaArt
23 Sept 2017 Veronica AM www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com @vividfelicity
24 Sept 2017 Minki Kim www.minkikim.com @zeriano
25 Sept 2017 Elise Baek www.eliseandemelie.com @eliseandemelie
26 Sept 2017 Megan Price www.dollyhenry.com.au @dollyhenryau
27 Sept 2017 Nadra Ridgeway www.ellisandhiggs.com @ellisandhiggs
28 Sept 2017 Ayda Algin www.cafenohut.com @cafenohut
29 Sept 2017 Jodi Godfrey www.talesofcloth.com @talesofcloth
30 Sept 2017 Lauren Wright www.mollyandmama.com.au @mollyandmama

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September 25, 2017
Your makes are all totally stunning! And Wynne looks every bit the sophisticated bunny in those new threads! Thankyou for including her in your makes xAli
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Vickie
September 28, 2017
Love your projects! They are gorgeous! And I love your pink pumpkin!!!
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September 30, 2017
Elise, thank you for being a part of the Pretty Handmades Book Showcase and for creating not one, but two stunning projects. I love the story behind your strawberry mini! It's truly beautiful. I can't believe you haven't always liked pink though? And converting the Sweet Dreams Sleeping Bag into a pot holder was a genius idea. Thank you for showing the versatility of the projects too. I am so honoured to have you join my little tour! xx
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