Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love Blog Hop

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hot air balloon Kerry Goulder, author of Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love, asked me to be a part of her blog hop to promote her book and I couldn’t say no. She’s from Maine and we New England sewists need to stick together! Besides, Kerry’s book looked like a lot of fun. You can preorder the book right now on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Sewing Tales Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love contains 18 toy patterns along with a little story about each project. One is fully immersed in the world of make believe once you pick up this book. The projects range from those that would be doable for the beginner to those that challenge the advanced sewist. The book is beautifully presented. All the projects are made in modern quilting fabrics by designers such as Heather Bailey (who also wrote the introduction) and Amy Butler. The photography is so fun and actually prompted me to edit the hanger of my hot air balloon project to make it look like it was floating like the photo in the book!  I just couldn’t duplicate the jaunty angle.

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As you can see, the fussy cutting that Kerry did for the book really brings the hot air balloon project to another level. However, these Lottie Da prints by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit matched my daughter’s room where the hot air balloon will hang so I had to forgo the fussy cutting in favor of coordinating! I was really impressed by the way that the balloon is constructed. Kerry clearly has a great talent for three dimensional pattern design. It’s very cleverly made!  I hope to apply the things I learned in future projects.

This pattern calls for heavyweight stabilizer for the bottom of the balloon basket and the top of the balloon where it hangs. I wasn’t sure what to use but had some Stitch n Sew Non-Woven Craft Firm Sew In Interfacing in the house and tried that. It worked like a charm so I would recommend it for this pattern.

hot air balloon detail My daughter found the perfect little teddy from her toy box to put in the basket. He is now watching her as she sleeps from his perch above her bed in the hot air balloon.

I was tempted by a great number of projects in the book and will likely return to it for some holiday gift making.  There are projects that will appeal to both boys and girls and children of all ages.  My children ranging from age 4 to 10 and including both a boy and 2 girls, could all find multiple projects in the book that they think I should make for them.  I should really learn to hide such books on the top shelf!

To check out the other projects in the blog hop, click on the links below!

MONDAY: Nov 4th
Mollie Johanson – Wild Olive
Jessica Fediw – Happy Together
Abby Glassenberg – While She Naps
Jennet Jones-Rau – Feathered Nest Studio

TUESDAY: Nov 5th
Sabra Gubler – Sew a Straight Line
Amber Carillo – One Shabby Chick
Caroline Hulse – Sew Caroline
Amy Friend – During Quiet Time

Miranda Anderson – One Little Minute
Andrea Taddicken – Knitty Bitties Sews
Kristi McDonough – Schnitzel & Boo
Terri Harlan – Sew Fantastic

Shari Butler – Doo Hikey Designs
Jodie Carleton – RicRac
Jen Goode – 100 Directions
Justine Henshaw – Sew Justine Sew

FRIDAY: Nov 8th
Emily Levey – Strawberry Patch Ramblings
Nicke Cutler – Kiss Kiss Quilt
Cathe Holden – Just Something I Made
Kate Henderson – Two Little Banshees

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I’d just like to take a moment to thank the wonderful sponsors of this blog hop who provided us with some great tools for three dimensional crafting!  You’ll probably want to click through and “like” them on their various social media sites.

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