Monday, April 13, 2015

Stash Busting Blog Hop - Retro Mama!

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I am SOOOO excited for my turn on the blog hop!  Like, giddy, hopping up and down, rainbows and unicorns flying all around me excited!  Can you even stand it?  I can't!

So, in case you haven't heard, Retro Mama wrote a super cute and WAY inspirational book.  I was so excited to be asked to be part of it, but when I sat down to decide what I wanted to make, I honestly wanted to make ALL of it.  I ended up making 5 items and still didn't get to what all I wanted to make!  So, I will be making more! 

Kim's (Retro Mama) instructions are SO easy to understand. The pictures are uber helpful and well done.  I have a really hard time reading/understanding patterns, so for me to say this book is super easy to follow, it's 100% true and you've gotta believe me.

Here are my projects I made.

Kim's book has a darling pattern to make hoop art,  Isn't that cloud so sweet?

I really wanted to make this, but I decided to put it in a mini quilt version.  Here is mine:

It was so much fun to make and incredibly easy.  I made this yesterday....I know, waiting till the last minute!  Oldest Robot Child tried to get dibs on this. Nope!  This is mine!  A black and white stripey binding is my favorite and will be the perfect addition to my sewing room.  ♥

Next up was the pleated pincushion.  NOW....let me tell you,  I sucked at making this. Not because the directions weren't clear or it is super hard, but because personally I suck at pleats and circles.  I acknowledge this and own it.  Why I tackled this I don't know (overachiever?) but I love the look of it and wanted to use my Milk, Sugar and Flower fabric for it.   It's beyond perfect, but I love it still. And I might try to tackle it again after I practice on pleats more. ;)  For now, it's holding my yummy donut pins that make me want a donut every time I look at them.  Mmmmm donuts.

Next up, I made two versions of the Simply Strippy Sewing Kit.  I LOVE how you can totally make this your own, be creative and put all your flair and trims inside!   I am a little obsessed with trims. So this was right up my alley. ;)

You all know my adoration and love with Cotton + Steel.  SO - I decided to make a selvage version and a B&W (with a hot pink kitty thrown in) version.

It's hard to pick a favorite. I love selvages, but I love that hot pink kitty.   ♥  I will probably make more of these. They are just too fun.

Okay, my last project was the Bright as a Button makeup pouch.  In octopus of course. ;) Again, more C+S.  I didn't want to put buttons on mine, so I just stitched some "X's" instead.  This pouch comes in 3 sizes!  I love that you can make your own size.  I don't like itty bitty pouches and love that this version is pretty roomy, no matter what size you pick.

I highly recommend this book.  I honestly love everything in it and I think you will too.  ♥

Stitch Craft Create is hosting a giveaway too!  Enter to win a copy of Scrap Happy Sewing AND 50 Fat Quarter Makes along with some fabric too!  

books and fabric giveaway

Don't forget to check out what these other awesome bloggers have made!


Thu 2nd  - Retro Mama
Tue 7th  - SCC
Wed 8th  - S.O.T.A.K Handmade
Thu 9th  - Fabricworm
Fri 10th  - Clover & Violet
Mon 13th  - Robot Mom Sews
Tue 14th  - Vivid Felicity
Wed 15th  - Cut To Pieces
Thu 16th  - Straight Grain
Fri 17th  - Sew Take A Hike
Mon 20th  - Vintage Grey
Tue 21st  - Miss Print
Wed 22nd  - Pink Penguin
Thu 23rd  - Sew Creative Blog
Fri 24th  - Follow the White Bunny
Mon 27th  - A Bright Corner
Tue 28th  - Sew Justine Sew
Wed 29th  - LRstitched
Thu 30th  - Pieced Brain


  1. You made some lovely things. I really like your pincushion, I cant see the imperfections! Those donut pins are just amazing! Did you make those yourself?

  2. Those are great projects. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your cloud mini quilt clouis so pretty! What a lovely idea!

  4. The pincushion and the little sewing kit are my favs! Looks like a great book!

  5. I love your pincushion and sewing kit!!

  6. Loving your Simply Strippy Sewing Kits in Cotton and Steel , esp black and white , might come from your love of old movies:) Like you I suck at sewing circles but I'd give the pincushion a few tries:)
    It's wonderful to meet you. My quilts have names too like "Tangerine Insanity", Sally, Forrest.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win some awesome patterns, my scraps are awaiting.

  7. All your projects look great. I especially love the needle books.

  8. Oh you did such a good work! I am inspired by your use of the measuring thingy fabric in the kit!

  9. THEN...I went to your shop and liked so much I "favorited" it and the little duck needle minder was a double love so I bought one! Thank you for happiness!

  10. Oh, and THEN, I started following your blog so that I know when you are showing something beautiful!

  11. OMG, those turned out sooo cute! You were busy. I love your mini quilt!!!


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