"Faites que le reve devore votre vie afin que la vie ne devore pas votre reve"
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Saturday, July 2, 2016

easy summer pie: tarte aux prunes

Happy 4th of July!

We are busy celebrating and relaxing,
enjoying the relative heat of the summer.

No real desire to cook complicated desserts,
so here a super easy, fast and delicious pie:

1 sheet of thawed puff pastry
1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar
2-3 tbsp of corn starch
a little cinnamon
fruits of your choice , here I used plums,
but works great with peach, apricot...

grease the pan, and cover with the puff pastry.
cut the fruits into small pieces,
mix the dry ingredients and coat the fruits,
fill the pie pan
bake 20-30 minutes at 375-400F.

Enjoy warm or cold with friends and family!

Monday, June 13, 2016

a simple wedding pillow

A couple of weeks ago, my sister got married in Paris,
I totally missed it as travelling over there was not an option,
but I made her a silk-linen pillow to commemorate the event.

It is a very simple, tone on tone pillow, made of off-white raw silk
natural color linen, and natural cotton hand embroidery.

I followed this tutorial from Samelia's mum as I previously did

This time I rounded the edges of the L and E,
not straight line here!

Before appliqueing the love linen heart,
I quilted the silk in a diamond pattern to 2 layers of batting (no backing)
I wanted extra puffy without using synthetic batting.

Then I hand embroidered the date using a back stitch,
going over multiple times (like I did with the Teddy Taggie toy)
to give it a calligraphy look.

The back is linen with a zipper.
I decided the front needed more linen,
so I did a linen bidding like a quilt, instead a traditional pillow.
It was my first time doing this way,
I like it, it adds a nice frame,
I am going to have to try it again on another pillow.

It turned out really nice,
traditional without being cheesy,
a little heirloom but not lacy.

Modern and cool 
like the happy couple!

Congratulations, sis!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Teddy taggie toy

While the pretty pink bib was a perfect baby present,
I wanted to make something else, but not another bib.
I make this sweet teddy taggie toy, with ribbons
and a little embroidery.

I followed this tutorial by down grapevine lane, it makes noise, super fun!

The embroidery turned out really cute, I did by hand after tracing Bebe from 
a computer printout, then I appliqued it to the same pink felt from the bib.
Personalisation would have been even better, but I did not know the young lady's name,
French is always a nice touch,  American babies like it too! 

The back is just a soft fleece, in pink of course...

The little teddy taggie toy looks perfect with the new bib.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

a new baby bib

We just welcomed a new baby in our circle of friends,
so of course I had to make something.
My favorite for new babies: a bib of course.

And since it is a precious little girl,
it is very pink!

I have made quite a few of those bibs as you can see below,
it is easy, fun and parents seem always pleased.

It works well for boys and girls:
the first 2 (K and bears) were for baby girls,

the last 2 (crocodile and forest) were for baby boys.

I used this pattern from Nested, which is the one I use most.
And as usual I lined the bib with an off-white chenille, very absorbing
and soft on baby skin.

I played with some ribbon, some felt and of course a little Paris shopping girl
from a Japanese print.
Simple and cute

Happy sewing!

Friday, May 27, 2016

super cute sewing mat

Remember my paper pieced butterfly?
I used it to make a sewing machine mat for my mom for Mother's day.
(it is this week end in France)

It looks really good in my sewing room,
may be I should make one for myself too!

I have made so many sewing related presents for my mom,
it becomes challenging to find something new.

I followed this tutorial from Lillyella to make the pockets 
with the paper pieced butterfly, cool fabric and
the raw edges, and the thread catcher.

I followed this tutorial by the Sewing Loft to finish the mat.
Since I used a heavier fabric for the base
(I made a laptop cover out of that fabric)
I did not use any batting.
Instead of a regular fabric for the backing, I used shelf liner.
The trick in being able to stitch it is to use tissue paper on the bottom
so it is smooth on the sewing,
it just needs to be torn off at the end.
It makes the mat sticky to the surface you work on,
it protects that surface,
and it should absorb some of the vibrations from the machine.

I also made a cute little pin cushion that matches the mat and thread catcher
for a perfect ensemble.

It is not long enough to fully cover the machine in the back,
but it still looks really cute that way too!

Happy sewing!

Monday, May 23, 2016

paper pieced butterfly

Now that I am done with the calendar kids quilt,
I do not want to start a large project,
just small scale quilting!
It had been quite a while since I had done any paper piecing,
so when I saw these cute (and free!) paper pieced butterfly pattern by Lillyella
I jumped to the opportunity to sew one: 

I truly enjoy the accuracy and precision of this technique.
I played with a Liberty of London print to make beautiful wings on my butterfly,
with a mixture of pink/purple.

It turned out pretty good,
and I know exactly where this cutie is going to go...

Happy sewing!

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