This month's block in The Love of Home series is one that made my heart sing with every stitch.
Cross stitch, a HOME theme, fussy cutting applique and tiny 1/2" hexies...a recipe for warm and happy hearts, yes?
Those pretty fabrics I've used in the border and fussy cut for the applique heart and paper pieced hexagons are called "Bunnies & Cream" by Lauren Nash for Penny Rose Fabrics.
I've never been a bunny person, but...one day it happened. The fabric happened actually, and the bunny love came with it.
And cross stitch.
I adore the gentle homeliness of it stitched on linen...
In fact I'm so pleased with this design that it was difficult to choose how I'd display it in my home.
A door hanger came to mind initially, but over the weekend as I was sorting out my old recipes to share with you for our Living the Gentle Domestic Life Cookbook I realised it would be perfect as a binder cover for the recipes!
More pieces of that pretty fabric, a linen lining, some wadding, hand quilting and a few hours of sewing play...
I even used some lovely "home" cotton lace along the spine!
Isn't it perfect?
Inside there's a clear envelope to store new recipes I collect and if they are really good I'll make up a recipe sheet which will then be included in my cookbook binder.
It was at this stage I realised the recipe sheets I've shared with you so far weren't really the right colour or style for my pastel binder.
So I made some new ones in pinks and blues...
...and this time I made them smaller so that the recipe prints on one page instead of two.
There's even a new cover page.
I don't know how you'll display your sweet block when you stitch it, but I'm very happy with how my cookbook binder has turned out.
It also keeps me on track for making useful projects that serve a purpose.
Use the link below to download the new pastel cookbook cover page.
If you'd like to know more about the Living the Gentle Domestic Life Cookbook read this post.
It's Monday night as I write this and tomorrow Blossom and Cully May are coming for lunch and probably afternoon tea as well, so I have baking to do in the morning and toys to prepare for our almost 1 year old.
Last week I filled an old plastic vitamin jar with buttons and Cully May thought her new shaker was wonderful. My next idea is a jar of pretty ribbons which she can pull out and put back in again...simple things for motor skills really, but children do tend to enjoy the simple toys.
That's why I'll be sure to wrap her birthday present in layers of gift paper on Friday - scrunching and ripping the paper is always the best gift for toddlers.
May your week be blessed with goodness and grace, health and happiness, stitching and baking...
UPDATE 2023 - I still use this folder for my recipes, and love it more than ever!