Sew Cute Tuesday – Summer Programming

Sew Cute Tuesday

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 taken up with our Sunday School camp which, despite at least 100 mosquito bites between us 4 alone, was so much fun! Even my language barrier of limited Japanese wasn’t really an issue (we go to a Japanese Lutheran church). The rest of Monday was then busy sleeping it all off! And applying Stop Itch cream…

Help me!

The rest of our summer holidays are already shaping up to be pretty busy, with other mini trips and play dates and special preschool holiday pool days filling up the calendar quickly. Plus I still unfortunately have my English teaching work for most of the time! So, who would like to help me?

I am looking for 6 fabulous people to guest host Sew Cute Tuesday here over the next 6 weeks! You will need to choose 3 projects from the previous week to feature, and of course you are also very welcome to share a bit about yourself and your blog, including what you’re currently working on or recently finished! And you will need to email this to me by the Friday before your Tuesday slot so I can schedule it in. I will do the linky itself, so you don’t need to worry about setting that up.

If this is something you’re interested in doing, please let me know in the comments! I will email those I’ve selected by Thursday, and next week’s guest host will have until Sunday (Japan time!) to email me the post.

Link up

And after all that, please link up your latest sewing or stitching post! Don’t forget you can link up from Instagram, plus use #sewcutetuesday so we can find everyone there too.

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Simply Helixed 2.0

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 longer to collect a little bit more of her collections! So instead, I cut into my Sunnyside layer cake and some fussy cut Honey Honey to make up my Simply Helixed table runner. That tutorial is specifically for doing a rainbow one, should you want to just use any charms, you only need 9 print charms!


I then used some Honey Honey yardage for the backing and Cuzco for the binding. I almost used a navy Tsuru print but decided to keep it all Kate. I certainly don’t regret it! I quilted just the background in a mid-grey Aurifil 2610, in what seems to be becoming my favourite swirly designs. I tried for a more pointed swirl this time, to emulate the wind and swirls in the Sunnyside prints. I am definitely a fan of free motion quilting minis – so much more manageable! I need to do it more often to practice.


For once, this is mine! We have a low side table in our bedroom that needs a bit of a tidy up, and due to our temporary status in this country and thus not really decorating at all, our room could also do with some colour. Some subtle blues should do the trick! It’s also a place that gets a bit dusty, so the light grey background should hopefully help disguise that a bit.

Linking up to TGIFF!


Big Blog Bash winners


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

Sew Cute Tuesday

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


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


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


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


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]

Big Blog Bash


It has been a big couple of months online for me!! It started with hitting the 1000 follower milestone on Instagram around the same time as this blog's second anniversary. And then last month as the blog reached the first year mark of being here on WordPress, I also hit the 1000 followers on Bloglovin. I love sewing, and I love blogging. I love the actual blogging and social media and growing and developing and improving. I love blogging about my sewing and getting to meet all the other cool … [Continue reading]

Sew Cute Tuesday: College Days blog hop

Elementary ABC Quilt Block

It's a very special Sew Cute Tuesday this week! One of our loyal Sew Cute party members, Soma from Whims And Fancies (home of the Doctor Who paper pieced blocks!), is hosting a College Days blog hop full of 10" blocks perfect for the graduates in our midst. She asked if I would like to join in to design and share a quilt block tutorial. I love designing, and I had the perfect idea in mind, so I said yes! A lot of the blocks on the hop are paper pieced, but this one isn't, so if you're not scared … [Continue reading]