Sew Cute Tuesday – Little White Dove

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After having had 3 months of preschool days to myself, it is now summer holidays and both kids at home for 6 weeks! Between day trips and pool dates and trips away, it was easier to just get 6 fabulous Sew Cute-rs to pitch in and help guest host this summer to make sure things run smoothly and consistently. Today we have my friend Rachel – a fellow contributor at And Sew We Craft and host of the Aussie WIP Wednesday! Don’t forget there’s only a few more days left to pick up your favourite Japanese fabrics from my Etsy store before I close down – use SUMMER20 to get 20% off everything.

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Hello! I’m Rachel, and I blog as Little White Dove about all manner of crafty things, as well as blogging for And Sew We Craft. I love social media – you can find me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. I’m a bit unfocused in my crafting, so my blog is an eclectic mix of sewing, art, crochet, creative writing and baking. If you can create it, I’ll have a go at making it! I’m excited to be guesting posting here for Alyce today, and sharing a super cute little project I’ve been working on with my little girl lately.

This project has been in the works since before the holidays. Every week at dance class, Butterfly gets a sticker at the end of the lesson, and every week after dance class, we have tears when she climbs in the car and promptly loses it. Both the sticker, and her ability to form a rational repsonse to it. So I decided we needed to do something about it, and suggested we make her a sticker book, thinking I could find some cute paper in my stash and have something bound that afternoon. “I want a mermaid book please mummy!” was what I got instead. Of course you do, dearest Butterfly of mine. So as the baby slept, we sat together, pencil in hand, and she hovered over my shoulder as I sketched out a little mermaid. With the tiny art director’s approval, we traced it onto some vliesofix, and scrambled through my fancy fabric stash to find the peices to put her together – quilting cotton for skin, satin for her tank top, organza for the skirt, taffeta for the tail, and some shot silk for the background.

mermaid book cover

The pieces were all machine appliqued in place, before gathering some organza and using a wider stitch to attach it and form her waistband in one go. I then used some yellow thread to free-hand machine embroider her hair on, free-handed in her eyes and mouth and the background details, and used a scallop style stitch on my machine to add “scales” to her tail. The necklace was made by hand stitching beads (as selected by Butterfly) into place. Once I was happy with the detail, it was just a matter of fixing it to a scrap bit of book board, ready to use as a cover for a ridiculously flash dance class sticker book.

It was a hard job looking through last week’s project to pick just three to feature – you are all far too clever, and my mind is overflowing with inspiration!

Janet at Simply Pieced shared this gorgeous colourful quilt she’s finished.


Do I need to explain why I chose this one? WOW.


And this little card wallet that Kelly shared is so sweet:

What have you been sewing this week? Be sure to link back here and visit some other linker-uppers, and if you share on Instagram, use #sewcutetuesday to help us find you!

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Final Week Of Etsy Shop

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A huge thanks to those who have helped clear out stock in my Etsy shop! There’s still a few goodies left who are looking for a loving home and use the code SUMMER20 to get 20% off all items. I will be closing the shop at the end of next week, so if you’ve been eying something off, you’d better get in quick!

Sew Cute Tuesday – Summer Programming

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For regular Sew Cute visitors, you will notice this is a little late going up today. The past few days have been pretty busy with the start of summer holidays here in Japan! On Saturday, we had our preschool's matsuri aka summer festival. Imagine around 400 little kids aged 3-5 years old running around doing traditional matsuri activities like carrying homemade floats and dancing all while wearing traditional-ish clothing like these guys! Oh yes, ah-DOR-able! Sunday and Monday were then … [Continue reading]

Simply Helixed 2.0

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I recently took part in the Aussie Kate Spain Charm Swap. My love for Kate's fabric has long been widely professed, so my participation was a given! I have also long-harboured a desire for a purely Kate Spain patchwork quilt, and have been collecting her fabrics to do just so. This swap has saved me a lot of cutting of fat quarters and layer cakes!! Melissa, the host, is now holding a Kate Spain Charm Along. I don't have time now to make my patchwork quilt, indeed I want to wait a little bit … [Continue reading]

Big Blog Bash winners

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Thanks to everyone who entered the Big Blog Bash giveaways!! Congratulations to the winners: Fat Quarter Shop $50 gift certificate - Carol Japanese Fat Quarter Bundle - Kara Southern Fabric $50 gift certificate - Whitney Sew Seasonal Pattern and Joy charm pack - Taryn Emails have been sent to the lucky ladies! … [Continue reading]

Sew Cute Tuesday

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I've been back at the sewing machine this week, and it feels great! I've just got binding left on a table runner, which, being my least favourite part of a project, has been sitting around waiting for a few days. I also have a mug rug to make and a quilt block, so I will be at the machine again this week! Just in time for the summer holidays to start around here. Katelyn has been working at the Octagonal Orb for the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I've had to make this block before, and … [Continue reading]

Big Blog Bash – Quiet Play and I

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My friendship with Kristy from Quiet Play is one that I can barely remember the beginnings of, but I believe it was when she shared one of her very first paper piecing patterns - a fire truck - and I boldly put myself out there to pattern-test for her. In fact, yes, it was! And that pattern turned into a set of transport vehicles which became a cushion for my son. We collaborated in 2012 to create a bundle of Christmas patterns called Sew Seasonal. My contribution was Ornamental - 12 machine … [Continue reading]

Big Blog Bash – Southern Fabric Giveaway

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Aubrey and the girls at Southern Fabric have always entranced me with their beautiful range of fabrics, enhanced by their gorgeous photography! It really helps you feel like you're in store in person, rather than just online! For instance, I would really love to be able to stroke Social Club - I love the circle feature print! It would make a great backing. Their Daily Deals are a great bargain, and for those of us overseas, their international shipping is tiered by weight. Gotta love that! … [Continue reading]

Big Blog Bash – Japanese Fabrics

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Today's giveaway is one from my own stash of Japanese fabrics - what would be a Blossom Heart Quilts giveaway without some of this deliciousness?! Before we moved here, I had always heard rumours of this magical material known as Japanese fabrics, but I had yet to experience them for myself. And it didn't take me very long to realise what the fuss was about! What exactly is the fuss about? Well, it's hard to put into words, but let me try! For starters, it's really good quality. I mean, … [Continue reading]

Big Blog Bash – Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway

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The Fat Quarter Shop has been a longtime supporter of Blossom Heart Quilts, and I've had a lot of fun collaborating with them over the past couple of years! Together, we've done the Having a Starry Time blog hop featuring a range of different star quilt blocks using Triangle Papers to make the HSTs, and we also ran the Sweet Treats blog hop sharing different project ideas to use Moda's mini charms when they first came out. I've also joined in on their fun and games when I made their free … [Continue reading]