{Happy Home – the blog tour!!}


Ohhhhh I'm sooooo excited to be a part of Jenny's Happy Home Blog Tour which features Jennifer Paganelli's fun book, Happy Home!

I first met Jennifer on Twitter when we were watching the Decorah Eaglets hatch together. She was so genuine and sweet on Twitter, and I found out a little later at Quilt Market in SLC spring 2011 that she was just as adorable in person!!


Not only is Jennifer a sweetheart, she is a wonderful designer as you can see in this fabulous second book of hers! And I'm excited to share what I've created from this book!!

I started with a fun hexagon pillow also known as the Playful Patterned Pillow (pg 42). One of the things I want to stress with this pattern is to follow it to the letter! She does a great job of explaining how to piece the hexagons in a fabulous, easy manner. I will say that I'm not a precision seamstress, and I conquered this pattern! yay!!


Here is my Playful Patterned Pillow amidst my other SisBoom projects!

When I decided to create this pillow, I found I only had half of a charm pack of  Honey Child to use. I have some West Indies fat quarters that I'm saving for a very cool project (think Anthropologie!!), so I decided to make a mini-version of the Playful Pillow!



I love how crafters take patterns and make them their own. And I am no different! To make this pillow my own, I cut another hexagon out of muslin, stamped a sketch, and using an alphabet I stamped the words "happy home". I then took acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium and painted my image! Love!!


The other thing I did with this pattern was I added a zipper. Because my pillow was a different size from the original  pattern, I made a little pillow to go inside (muslin + stuffing), and the zipper was the perfect way to make the cover easy to wash if it needs to be washed!

After making this pillow, I had a little pillow cover that I had made in the wrong size! (lemon!) So I created a complimentary pillow to go with my Playful Patterned Pillow. (lemonade!) Using my newfound love for painting on fabric, I created this fun pillow…


The flower on this pillow is a play on a flower pattern from Jennifer's Girl's World. Love!!! Everything else is stamped and painted. Love!!


The whole ensemble…


{the other pillow on the right is described HERE}

I'm still embroidering the quilt…but it is bound and quilted…here's what it looks like up close:



Love the swirly quilting! 

You will love the finished project! I promise!!

But wait!! There's more!!

I got some gorgeous Crazy Love fabric and decided to make the Mother/Daughter Prettiest Aprons for me and my darling 10yo, Lillian!


To make it my own, I added a ruffle on the bottom! I can't have an apron without the ruffle! (Can you say "addiction"???)

I adore matching aprons…




The pattern for this (pg 122) was delightful, easy, and very satisfying! I really, really love the way these came out!! Aren't we wonderful??? (thanks, Nathan, for taking these on the fly!!)

Thanks again to Jenny for adding me on to the fun blog hop! And thanks to Jennifer Paganelli for such a fun book chock full of awesome projects! 

Here is the entire blog tour to hop around:


June 11 Jenny Fish  www.sewprettydresses.blogspot.com

June 12 Cathy Caprio Peckiconis http://sewingstoryproject.blogspot.com/

June 13 Judy Buchanan  www.hickity-pickity.blogspot.com/ 

 June 14 Guest on Sew Pretty Dresses: Shannon Branscom Winters www.sewprettydresses.blogspot.com

June 15 Leah Kinghorn http://makinglifewonderful.blogspot.com   

June 16 Monique Reynolds  sewfunbymonique.blogspot.com/

June 17 Melissa Peda  100billionstars.com/

June 18 Jamie Harned http://theinsecurequilter.blogspot.com/

June 19 Courtney Watford Davis www.sweeterthancupcakes.blogspot.com/

June 20 Kristi Pernell Elston  burlapbutton.blogspot.com

June 21 Kathy Hennessey  http://handmadedresshaven.blogspot.com/

June 22 Stephanie Messer Danko www.tabbodesign.blogspot.com/
June 23  Guest on Sew Pretty Dresses: Jade Nocella Jenny Fish  www.sewprettydresses.blogspot.com

June 24 Sally Keller http://sallysangelworks.typepad.com


June 26 Tour Wrap Up www.sewprettydresses.blogspot.com  


Be sure to hop to all of these blogs to see all of the different projects! Amazing!!!

And stay tuned! I have my summer projects in line cranking them out while I have a moment to focus on sewing!! 🙂




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