Sew Cute Tuesday – Whims And Fancies

Sew Cute Tuesday

Today’s guest host is an amazing paper piecer who designs the most intricately accurate patterns! I am always in awe of what she creates and every time I wish I had the patience to make each and every one!

Hi Everyone!! This is Soma, proxying for Alyce today at Sew Cute Tuesday. I do a myriad of artsy activities – playing music, painting, baking, knitting, soap-making, etc., and of course sewing. The fact is that I get bored very easily, and I let my inner artist take charge quite often. I write about my creative adventures at Whims And Fancies. The blog name is just perfect for someone like me, don’t you think? I am also an optics junkie. I travel a lot and never without my trusty camera and its paraphernalia. I also travel the night skies with my telescopes to study the stars. All of these provide me with non-stop inspiration.

I came into the sewing scene because of paper piecing, I love designing patterns. I love it so much that I recently created a Facebook group called Pictures With Paper Piecing for other paper piecers to hang out with me.

Music Instruments Quilt

Playing music is one of my favourite activities. I don’t think I could pick between classical and rock music. I had made a classical music wall hanging called Piano Sonata before, so naturally I had to make a rock music wall hanging as well. This is one of my few WIPs that I am hoping to quilt very soon.

Fair Isle Basket

In my attempt to create finished projects using orphan blocks, I made this fabric basket to store my knitting. I was so excited about the perfect corners that I had to write a tutorial hoping that others might find my process helpful as well.

Thanks for having me here today! I love the Sew Cute Tuesday community. There are always such fabulous entries every week and it was no different this week. After repeatedly staring at them, walking away and coming back, I finally picked three from last week’s entries for very different reasons!

I just adore this little Star Wars Baby Book by A Stitch In Between! Cuteness galore! Yes, I read it, laughed out loud and wished I had one!

My Undies On Public Display by Gnome Angel!! This is so bold and humorous at the same time!! It made me chuckle, I just love it! Ideas will be popping into my head when I go shopping for undies next time!

Swoon Quilt

This Swoon quilt by My Creative Side is really eye-catching. Perfect piecing in those bright bold colours – striking against the light background. Gorgeous!!

Let’s link up those fabulous projects I know you have been working on. If you are on Instagram, you can share by using the hashtag #sewcutetuesday.

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Bits and Pieces and a Suzuko Koseki giveaway

Messy sewing space

Just over an hour ago, I dropped my kids off for their final day of summer vacation care at their preschool, and my list to do is a lot longer than the time I have! First off is to make some kinda of headway in clearing this space up a little. Yes yes, I know, it’s definitely not the worst messy sewing space you’ve ever seen, but for me, all those piles just stress me out and clutter my mind up. As I mentioned on Instagram yesterday, it’s the current trend to embrace the mess because it’s a sign of just how creative you are due to the utilisation of such a creative “organisation” system. Well, while some people said this must mean I’m not that creative then (not messy enough, ha!), it’s all relative. For me, this is too much. Just look at the threatening avalanche to the right of my machine!

HST scraps

And then I have to do a whole bunch of cutting to continue making some large flying geese that will be leaving me with a large pile of HSTs like these. I’m predicting an increase of three- or maybe four-fold in the size of this pile.

Also, the super lovely Adrianne at On The Windy Side is currently hosting a giveaway for a bundle of Suzuko Koseki fabrics from Polka Dot Tea fabrics. I feel too weird entering, considering the fabrics are from here in Japan, so instead I shall tell you all to go enter instead! And check out her awesome profile pic with the rhino dress!

Did you know there’s an Australian WIP Wednesday now? Oh yes, Aussie Aussie Aussie!

Sew Cute Tuesday – Quiltineering

Sew Cute Tuesday

Today's guest host is a very special lady - you shall soon be able to see why I've made a connection with Rachel... Hello! I'm Rachel (blogging at Quiltineering) and I'm so thrilled that Alyce has allowed me to guest host this week, giving me a chance to meet all you lovelies! In case you've never stepped clicked over to my blog, I'll give you the run down on all things Rachel. I'm an Air Force spouse traveling around the US as my husband is training to be a Viper pilot. In the next few months … [Continue reading]

Sunday Stash: Gettin’ a Little iTechy

I am currently typing this on my brand new iPad mini in its fancy case including a fancy bluetooth keyboard! It's a little odd being so little, but it'll just be a case of getting used to it. I can't wait to try it out at Starbucks to do some blogging work, or to help report live from QuiltCon next year! Much more portable than my laptop, even considering it's a small one itself. … [Continue reading]

Introducing Shabby Fabrics + Fabric Giveaway


  Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Youtube | Instagram | Pinterest I'm so excited to introduce Shabby Fabrics as my newest sponsor! Based in Idaho, Shabby Fabrics pride themselves on stocking beautiful fabrics.  They have a huge range of fabrics, notions, BOMs and kits on offer to suit all fabric tastes and needs. Pearl Bracelets | Flower Sugar | Remix I'm particularly impressed by the range of manufacturers they carry! From Andover to Lecien to Robert Kaufman - there really is something for … [Continue reading]

Prints Charming for Prince Charming

Prints Charming bibs

Last week I whipped up these bibs using some Prints Charming fabric - perfect for my friend's handsome little baby boy! I used the template from Clover & Violet, which is perfect for newborns. I tried to use it for my nephew a couple of months ago, but he has the most adorable chubby rolls so it was a little too small for his neck and I had to make up my own! So I'd say the template is good for up until 6 months or so. I just use a fun print and back it with some flannel (sew right sides … [Continue reading]

Sew Cute Tuesday – A Stitch In Between

Sew Cute Tuesday

During the summer holidays, I have some friends helping out with Sew Cute Tuesday so that I can keep featuring your awesome projects and so we can meet some regular Sew Cute friends! Today is a fellow ex-pat, except she's from Russia and lives in Taiwan. Together we understand ex-pat life, she was a Bright Sky pattern tester, and I am a proud owner of the most adorable envelope zippered pouch made by her! I use it to store souvenirs and such to use in my Project Life album! Hello everybody! … [Continue reading]

Super Sales!

Riley Blake sale

It's a huge time for summer sales right now! Here's what my sponsors are up to these days, with plenty of fabric, floss and classes up for sale. The Fat Quarter Shop has 20% off all Riley Blake fabrics with the coupon code: RILEY! The sale is on until Thursday, August 14th at 11:59 PM CST while stocks last, so you had better get in quick! We used the medium red chevron in my son's pillow we're currently working on - I showed him a few different reds to choose and he declared that he loves … [Continue reading]

Sewing With Kids: The Pillow Progesses

Pillow progress

This week has seen side 2 of my son's pillow cover sewn up, using the same prints as the first side, but very neatly arranged! Once again, he was in charge of the layout, lifting/lowering the presser foot and occasionally deciding to help with backstitching too. Now we need to cut and add the Kokka scientist fabric borders and then I'll be adding a zipper closure along the bottom. And buy an insert! He's rather concerned about the fact we haven't bought one yet, because when you're 4, ALL THE … [Continue reading]

Swirly Stars and Cursive Free Motion Quilting

Free motion quilting writing

This week makes it twice now that I've used free motion quilting to write a name on a quilt, and I am in love! The first was for a baby clothes quilt commission earlier this year, and the second was to write my daughter's name on her new nail polish mini quilt. I just love the look the personal touch it adds to a project! I have a secret birthday project I'm working on for a friend, and I will be adding some more cursive to that one too. I like the idea of one day doing free motion quilting … [Continue reading]