Hi there!

Today a new series will start here at Sugaridoo: ‘Fridays Favorite Five’. Every other Friday I’ll give you five of my favorite things like five favorite cupcakes, five pretty quilts, sewing patterns, lovely wedding cakes, fabric shops, sewing supplies, awesome amigurimi’s and many more favorite fives. I’m looking forward to sharing these with you!

I would like to start this series with something sweet. Long time ago this blog was set up to share my baking creations with my friends and family. So I thought it would be fun to start this series with some cookies. These are my five favorite cookies designers.

Cookies_Sweetopia

Sweetopia inspired me to start with cookie decoration, I just love what she makes! Such amazingly cute cookies. You can find a lot of tutorials and tips on her website Sweetopia.net.

Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle

Sweetsugarbelle is just the best in using cookie cutters in a creative way to make cookies. Look at these robot cookies. Not one of these cookies was made with a robot cookie cutter. (Just follow the link to see what cutters where used!) Pretty awesome right?

Cookies_dekoekenbakkers

These cookies are just so very adorable, I didn’t know I loved cacti so much. But hey, how cute are these? They are made by De Koekenbakkers, super talented cookie decorators from Holland. They make their own cookie cutters, you can find them at the 3DCookieCutterShop. You can also order cookie cards from their websites, such a creative idea. How lovely would it be to receive cookies as a postcard for you birthday!

Cookies_GloriousTreats

These 3D pumpkins where made by Glorious treats . As the name suggests, she make just the most glorious treats. Cupcakes, cookies and cakes, all of them totally pretty. These 3D cookies are so clever, with a little treat inside of them. Take a look at the tutorial to see how they were made.

Cookies_JuliaUsher

Julia Usher takes cookie decoration to a whole different level. I am amazed by her talent, baking 3D cookies, how awesome! She builds 3D cookies that are just stunning. In the image above you see a close up view of her mosaic box with appliquéd details. You can find tutorials and more inspirational projects on her blog and youtube channel.

 

I hope you enjoyed all these stunning and cute cookies. Have a lovely weekend!

Love,
Irene

A few months ago I joint the fun of a Instagram quilt swap for the second time. The theme of this swap was rainbow mini quilts. And rainbows just so happen to be my favorite. My slowly growing fabric stash mostly exists of happy rainbow colors, so I knew this was a swap for me. Kate Basti hosted the swap, everything was so perfectly organized! (If you happen to read this Kate, again thank you so much!)

I would love to show you the progress of the quilt I made for Becky and the super awesome quilt I received from Tina. All in Instagram photos of course, since it was a Insta swap.

Lets start with my  choice of fabric, this is actually the second pull. I had a hard time making my final decision before I started cutting. But it turned out to be a nice pull don’t you think?

Rainbow of fabrics

And then the design of the mini quilt. I had these paper pieced pencils in my mind for a while now. Since Becky is a teacher I thought it would be perfect to draw out a pattern for the pencils for this mini quilt.

Pencil pattern

Then cutting started, that went very organized. I ended up with 16 colorful packages of fabric with their patterns, ready to sew.

Cutting frabic

And sewing I did :) It worked like a breeze cause everything was already cut. So I just had to sit behind the machine and piece everything together.First pencils

Started sewing

After having pieced everything together and sandwiched the quilt it was time to do some quilting. I went for straight line quilting on this one, with help of the Minions in the background.

Quilting

A little close up of the quilting.

Quilted detail

After piecing a scrappy grey binding and sewing it on by hand it was finished! I’m still super excited with how it turned out to be. Planning to make another one just for myself because it was quite hard to part with it ;)

Finished Pencil quilt

After I send my package, I received a big envelope. Yay!! There was my own mini rainbow quilt.

Received Quilt

And this was what was inside, a gorgeous quilt with so much extras! A lovely card from Tina, with super cute fabrics, a ruler and mini ribbon. I love the mini chalkboards. The quilting was so beautifully done and the piecing was just perfect. Really love the fabrics she used with the happy rainbow colors. It is so special when someone designs and  makes something specially for you. Thank you so so much Tina!

received_swap

I had a blast with this swap. It was super fun to follow everybody and to see what is being made. I haven’t signed up for a next swap yet, but I’m sure this wasn’t my last.

Love,
Irene

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