Sweet Pouches & Amaretti Recipe

Are you getting into the Christmas spirit yet? We put up our tree this Sunday and decorated it with the kids whilst listening to jingles. It was such a lovely and relaxed family day. I managed to squeeze in quite a bit of quilting in too (quite a luxury at the weekends) and finally finished my Cozy Christmas quilt top. It's being quilted at the minute, I can't wait to share it with you. It should be finished just in time for Christmas!

Tomorrow is our son's last day of first year in primary school (called 'Reception' here in South Australia). How fast the year has flown by, it feels like only yesterday when it was his first day! For teacher gifts I decided to sew some sweet little pouches and fill them up with yummy treats for his hard-working and lovely teachers. For the fabrics I chose these new Atsuko Matsuyama fabrics I recently bought from Sew Stiching Happy on Etsy, one of my fave fabric shops. I adore these sweet colours!

I am very pleased with how the pouches turned out! For the decorations I got my inspiration from these sweet little pouches by Retro Mama, though I needed mine to be quite a bit bigger so I winged my own pattern for the construction. For the pouch 'filling' I made our fave festive treat: Amaretti. They are Italian almond macaroons that are crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. Gluten and dairy free, and oh so yummy!

When we used to live in London my hubby and I were addicted to amaretti from an Italian restaurant/deli chain there called Carluccio's. Alas when we moved to Australia we couldn't get them anymore so I had to learn how to make them. After lots of trial and error I perfected my recipe over the years, which I wrote up for you. If you like marzipan, you will love these sweet cookies! So easy to make too. Pin it, and enjoy!

Quilt Petite Blog Hop - Recap (part 1)

We are halfway through the blog hop for my first book Quilt Petite, and, oh my goodness, we have had such an amazing array of projects made by some incredibly talented blogger friends already! They are all so adorable and each and every one of the projects have made me feel so proud, and blessed to be supported by such awesome friends and designers. Extending all of them a big thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Without further ado, here's a quick recap of the projects from the blog hop to date. You can find more about each project and see more pics on the makers' own blogs.

Wynn from Zakka Art:

Sarah from A Little Happy Place:

Bridgette from The Family Hearth:

Heidi from Fabric Mutt:

Minki from Minki's Work Table:

Ange from A Little Patchwork:

Lauren from Molly & Mama:

Michelle from Cole & Taffy:

Nadra from Ellis & Higgs:

Amy from Nana Company:

Faith from Sarana Ave:

Debbie from Happy Little Cottage:

Erin from Why Not Sew:

Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl:

Melissa from Oh How Sweet:

Stacy from Stacy Olson Design:

Ayda from Cafe Nohut:

We have more to come from some more incredibly talented bloggers in the next two weeks so keep an eye on the hashtags #quiltpetitebloghop and #quiltpetite on Facebook and Instagram if you would like to follow along daily. I will post a recap of the rest of the projects at the end of the blog hop. Here's a schedule of the blog hop to remind you the full line up. 

November 6: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane
November 7: Wynn at Zakka Art
November 8: Sarah at A Little Happy Place
November 9: Bridgette at The Family Hearth
November 10: Heidi at Fabric Mutt
November 11: Minki at Minki's Work Table
November 12: Ange at A Little Patchwork
November 13: Lauren at Molly and Mama
November 14: Michelle at Cole & Taffy
November 15: Nadra at Ellis & Higgs
November 16: Amy at Nana Company
November 17: Faith at Sarana Ave
November 18: Debbie at Happy Little Cottage
November 19: Erin at Why Not Sew
November 20: Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl
November 21: Melissa at Oh How Sweet
November 22: Stacy at Stacy Olson Design
November 23: Ayda at Cafe Nohut
November 24: Peta at She Quilts A Lot
November 25: Amanda at A Crafty Fox
November 26: Keera at Live Love Sew
November 27: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane
November 28: Kate at The Homemakery
November 29: Jemima at Tied With A Ribbon
November 30: Jodie at Ric Rac
December 1: Anorina at Samelia's Mum
December 2: Alisha at Ministry of Fabric
December 3: Xanthe at Wife-made
December 4: Cheri at Tinker With This
December 5: Kristyne at Pretty By Hand
December 6: Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop
December 7: Veronica at Vivid Felicity
December 8: Shari at Doohikey Designs
December 9: Jina at Jina Barney Designz
December 10: Emma at Emma Jean Jansen
December 11: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane (wrap up + giveaway winner)

And don't forget - there is a giveaway on my previous blog post to win a copy of Quilt Petite as well as a parcel of fabric and Zakka goodies to accompany it! I will select and announce the winner on the last day of the blog hop - good luck!

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