Book Review // Sewing Tales … BLOG HOP

Several weeks ago, in the midst of my {4} day mountain getaway I was contacted by Kerry about being a part of a blog hop to promote her new book, Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love. Despite her catching me right in the middle of Quilt Market sewing and knowing the blog hop would be right in the middle of boutique/holiday sewing … I still jumped at the chance. I mean honestly, just reading Kerry’s e-mail, you could feel the passion and excitement behind this book. I couldn’t help but get excited too!

Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love is a book full of 18 different ‘softie’ patterns, each with a unique story from Kerry. The book really emphasizes the connection between a handmade object and the stories and adventures it can inspire, both in children and adults. It immediately took me back to my first real memory of sewing … me bouncing around my mom & her sewing machine as she stitched up new clothes for my Cabbage Patch baby doll. I was surprised at how interested my {9} year-old was in reading the book with me and requesting that I make one of the softies for him. Really, at {9} you still want a stuffed animal from your mama?

Be still my heart. Done. Morton the Turtle it would be …

Morton-the-Turtle-Kid-Giddy-Pin-It After we did the school drop off, Morton and I {along with his new friend Raggady Ann} had a little photo shoot for the blog.


Enjoying his freedom crawling along the rocks and long grasses.


Looking longingly at the water … wishing I would let him take a little dip {I convinced him it was much too cold}.


Being patient as I took close up’s of his cutest features.


He even let me flip him over {after I convinced him no one would see him in such a state} so you could see his adorable belly. I am a sucker for polka dots.


Raggedy Ann came along too, but decided she would just sit and watch Morton’s photo shoot from a safe distance.


Raggedy Ann is a bit older and wiser than Morton.


Raggedy Ann is a softie my mom stitched up for me over 36 years ago. I don’t tend to be sentimental when it comes to material things, but this is a treasure to me. I pray that Morton may be the same for my son and for my grandchildren. We sometimes get so caught up in the “making and just getting it done” part of handmade that we forget about the “heart and love” behind the handmade. Really, that’s the best part of handmade, that’s the part that tells the story and creates the memory.

Thank you Kerry for including me on this blog hop book tour. It was a delight, not just to me, but to my Little as well. Your excitement is infectious and I wish you an amazing adventure with this book!

Follow along on the blog hop::

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

Follow along on Instagram :: #sewingtalesbookbloghop

Silly me thought Kerry would be sending me “just” her book. Uhm-no … Kerry has a fabulous group of sponsors helping promote this blog hop and what arrived on my door step was a box full of happy. Filled to the brim with every tool necessary for creating the projects in Kerry’s book along with several extra goodies {uhm, Heather Bailey’s new Lottie Da line … for the win!}. I was not paid to write this post, but was given these sponsor items. All thoughts and opinions in the post are my own.

A huge shout out to these fabulous sponsors::



FairfieldDritz, Fiskars, Bosal, Free Spirit, and F+W Media


  1. Your Morton turned out darling! I love that your son was excited about him, even at 9 years old! And how sweet is your Raggedy Anne?! Now I’m going to go back and add some personalized embroidery to the doll I made for my baby girl! Very sweet.


  2. I have a Raggedy Ann just like that from my aunt with the same heart on the front and a date on the back! I treasure it too!

  3. It’s adorable…(.I am really enjoying following this blog hop) Your Raggedy Ann doll reminds me of one I made my sister many years ago. So wonderful your son was so enthused to get a stuffie from you!!! Thanx for sharing.

  4. Jessica says:

    Oh my so cute! I love this idea and being able to pass things down to kids, grandkids!! Such a fun idea this blog hop!

  5. Sandy says:

    Ohmygoodness, that Morton is so sweet! I love his previous details and the fabric is, as always, perfectly coordinated. The stitching on your Raggedy Ann brought a tear to my eye. I can just see your Mother’s tenderness and love for you in that doll. So precious…

  6. I love turtles and Morton is very cute! thank you!

  7. Morton is way too cute, no wonder your son wanted him. I love Raggedy Ann and Andy. I don’t think we ever outgrow stuffed animals or Raggedy Ann and Andy.

  8. Megan says:

    What a great blog post! I’m in love with Morton!

  9. Mhairi says:

    Love your raggedy anne – such a treasure and I am sure the turtle will become the same for your son. Thanks for sharing!


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