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Welcome

By Dawn, Aug 15 2018 09:30AM



A heartfelt welcome to our Block of the Month, if you're joining us for the first time you can find all the patterns for earlier blocks on the Sweetest Things Sampler page. (Plus Kits containing the materials used throughout the tutorials also available in store.)


Both myself and Michelle from CreativeBlonde are delighted to have you along. We've been taking turns designing the blocks, and this months' beautiful block and tutorial is by Michelle, it's absolutely gorgeous!


Michelle's beautiful block features lovely cool refreshing drinks, an icecream, and the prettiest finishing touches, just the thing on a hot summer's day.


Enjoy x X




Block 7 - Quench your thirst


Tutorial and templates by Michelle Roberts from CreativeBlonde


Designed for the Sweetest Things Sampler


10 ½” Finished appliqued block, before joining to other blocks


Downloadable PDF including templates [8 pages] - or Template only [1 page]


Please read through all the instructions, before starting on your block x



Materials – Scrap buster

11” square Ivory fabric

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

Scraps of pink, green, blue, floral, red and brown (Caroline fabric from Honeybee Cloths)

11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)

10 ½” piece of Vlieseline H250 stabilizer

10” square of Vlieseline Bondaweb

Gutermann threads colours: 1295 and 7009


Cutting – from the templates

1 Brown Ice cream cone and wafer curl

2 cherries

1 floral long glass juice

1 small green juice

1 small lime

1 blue umbrella

2 pink straws


Haberdashery items

Template sheet

Friction erasable marker pen

Washable marker pencil

Iron

Basic sewing supplies: 505 basting spray or pins; Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat


Assembly

Trace the ‘templates for fabric’ shapes onto the Bondaweb, using a pencil. (templates have been reversed already for you).

Cut them out roughly, and fuse to the chosen fabrics, cut out accurately.


Take your 11” Ivory fabric, and pin the main template underneath, use a light box or hold up to a window, use a Friction erasable pen to transfer the design onto the fabric.



Once your happy with your design, go over it with a washable fabric marker pen, and fuse fabric applique pieces in place, using the template as a positioning guide. Fuse the Vlieseline H250 stabilizer to the reverse of the block.



Using the Friction erasable marker pen, add back in the details, this will help when you begin the free motion embroidery.

Using a grey thread, sew around each applique, using your free motion foot (don’t forget to drop the feed dogs on your machine) and add the details to the lime, ice cream cone, umbrella and straws



Gentle wash to remove the marks, dry and press.


Your block is now complete.


If you want to go ahead with the QAYG* method, place wadding on the reverse of your block. For the 3 layer QAYG method, spray baste the 11” backing fabric and place on top of wadding, or use pins to hold the backing in place.

( *For more information on QAYG, please refer to the Quilt Construction section, and layer your quilt as required.)


Using a metallic thread, free motion quilt around the ice cubes, add details to the ice-cream whip and add a sparkler to the centre cocktail. Press to remove all markings.




Congratulations you’ve finished Block 7 – quench your thirst



Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) and Dawn are so excited to see your blocks.


You can find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and on Facebook @creativeblonde66.


Come on over and visit my blog for more sewing tutorials at www.creativeblonde.co.uk


Thanks for joining in with this exciting quilt-a-long


Happy sewing

x creativeblonde x









By Dawn, Jul 19 2018 07:36PM


It’s lovely to hear the little bees humming, busily working together, nurturing the hive - it reminds me of the hum of the sewing machine, and how just like the busy little bees, so much can be achieved when we work together x X


From our little hive to yours x
From our little hive to yours x

This months block "From our little hive to yours" is mostly an EPP (English Paper Pieced) project which can be sewn in the sunshine, on the beach, or nestled up in a cosy spot.


Block 6 measures 10 1/2” square before joining to other blocks.



So lets get busy, to make the block you'll need....


Materials:


11” square Off-white or Low volume fabric (e.g. Moda Bella Solids 9900 200)

Fat Eighth - Ivory/Cream floral (Caroline no. 18650 11)

Fat Eighth - Aqua (e.g. Caroline no. 18652 12)

Fat Eighth - Green floral (e.g. Caroline no. 18653 14)

1" square - white or glittery fabric (for bees wings)


Gutermann Sulky Cotton (30 weight) col. 4001 - Parchment for hand-quilting

Embroidery floss in yellow and brown or black

Gutermann Sew-all thread in dark grey (col. 701) and taupe (col. 854)


Optional: Stabiliser or lightweight interfacing , silver thread for wings


Equipment: Sewing machine; Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth.


Notions: Clover water erasable pen (or similar), Small sharp scissors, thimble,

small fine quilting needle, embroidery needle.


Optional: safety pins or basting spray.


If you plan to Quilt As You Go*, you’ll need an 11” square of wadding, and if you're following the 3 layer QAYG method you'll need an 11” square of backing fabric.


(*For more information on the QAYG method, please read through Quilt Construction notes)



So let’s begin:

Print out the hive template or


Print the full tutorial below including template [8 page PDF]


Cut out the template pieces, using a ruler, rotary cutter and mat.





Prepare the pieces

• Pin the paper hive pieces (1-5) number side up, onto the wrong side of the ivory fabric

• Cut out, leaving ¼” margin around each of the paper pieces.

• Turn over the ¼” allowance and tack.




• Pin the side pieces L1-3 and R1-3, to the blue fabric. Cut out, leaving ¼” margin around each piece.

• Turn over ¼” allowance on three sides of these pieces, leaving a raw outer edge.


• Pin pieces L4–5 and R4-5 to the green fabric. Cut out, leaving ¼” margin around each piece.

• Turn over ¼” allowance on three sides of these pieces, again leaving a raw outer edge.




Now you’re already to sew the pieces together.


Working on one row at a time, place side piece (L1) on top of hive piece (1), right sides together.

Using an over stitch, take a “tiny bite” out of the folded edge, and keeping stitches close together, sew along the straight edge.


Line up side piece (L2) on the other side of the hive piece (1), and sew in place.






Repeat for the remaining rows, till you have 5 rows of paper piecing, plus top and bottom.

For the top and bottom pieces fold over and tack just the edge next to the hive.



Place the rows in order, Sew row 1 to row 2, and so on until all the rows are sewn together.

Press and remove the papers.




To make the borders

From the Off-white or Low volume fabric cut:

• 2 – 6 5/8” x 2 ¼”strips (cm)

• 2 – 11” x 2 ¾” strips (cm)

Machine sew the 6 5/8” strips to the sides, then sew the 11”strips to the top and bottom. Press seams.




So now our hive is made, there’s just one more thing this hive needs, to make it a home ….



Embroidery - Using a water erasable pen and a lightbox (or tape to a brightly lit window) trace the little bees, so two of them hover close to the hive, and 2 on the border. Trace the word “Honey” onto the hive, or you could add a name.




• The stripy little bodies of the bees were embroidered using just 2 strands of Anchor Moulin in yellow and brown. Sew short lines of chain stitch across the bees body or use satin, or stem stitch.


• To make the little wings, fusible webbing or applique glue holds tiny fabric wings in place, before sewing a line of backstitch using silver thread to hold them firmly in place.


• Alternatively back stitch the wing outline using a dark grey or taupe thread.




• Two French knots form the antennae. While a curvy flight path is marked out in running stitch, using dark grey thread.


• Finally, the word Honey is sewn using tiny backstitches in taupe coloured thread.


Well done! Your block is now complete!



If you choose you can continue and Quilt your block as you go, follow steps below.



Quilting options


If using the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) method

• Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding and an 11” square of backing fabric, if following the 3 layer sandwich method 2.

• For the 3 layer sandwich, also leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks.

• For more information on both QAYG methods, please see Quilt Construction notes.



Secure the layers using safety pins, or your preferred method of basting.Now you’re ready to quilt, thread a small fine quilting needle with Gutermann Sulky cotton 30wt. This is a thicker thread than used for piecing.



Quilt 1/8” inside the hive, closely following the outline of the hive


In preparation for joining Sampler block to Irish Chain blocks, trim a sliver of each side of the Sampler square, till it measures 10.5” square, to match the other blocks.


Congratulations! Block 6 – From our little hive to yours is complete!


We’d love to see the beautiful Sampler blocks you make, so please do post them on Instagram using the hashtag – #SweetestThingsSampler.


Till next time, from our little hive to yours,


Happy sewing x X


Dawn - Honeybee Cloths
















By Dawn, Jul 6 2018 08:18PM


Sometimes don't you just want to snuggle up in a quilt someone else made, or spend time admiring it. When I seen this genius playmat designed and made by Michelle from CreativeBlonde with the little vehicles ready to roll on the linen trackways, I would just loved to have played with it there and then :)


Michelle's gorgeous "Are we there yet" Quilt and Playmat is made with a Honeybee Cloths "Slice of Layer Cake - Mighty Machines bundle" - providing twelve co-ordinating 10" squares, at a fraction of the price of a whole Layer cake. It's a perfect make for the little ones in your life, children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.


Enjoy this super tutorial x X





Are we there yet?…


Designed and pieced by Michelle Roberts at creativeblonde - www.creativeblonde.co.uk


The perfect quilt for any young person, who love cars and trucks. This quilt fits a first bed, so its great for that transition from cot to bed. Doubles as a playmat, so they can take it everywhere.


I used a beautiful new collection called ‘Mighty Machines’ by Lydia Nelson of Dreamy Quilts. This collection is available as prints from Honeybee Cloths


Materials

• Twelve 10” squares from the Mighty Machines collection

• 38” x 47” Tilda Stars for the backing

• 38” x 47” wadding

• 1 metre of grey linen, for border and roads

• 180” cream linen bias binding

• White and grey thread



Haberdashery items

• Iron-away marker pen

• Quilters ruler, rotary cutter/scissors

• Iron, pins, 505 basting spray


Downloadable tutorial PDF



Finished size: 36” x 45”


Making the quilt


1.Take three 10” squares and sew together RST to create a row, using ¼” seam allowance. Press seams towards the centre.




Repeat this process with three more squares, only this time press seams towards the outer edges.


2. Sew these two rows together, places them RST, and nesting the seams (note the seams will lay in opposite directions). Press seams.




Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining 10” squares, see photo below for placement (this is optional, as the squares can be placed in any order).



To create the border, cut two strips from the grey linen, measuring 29” x 4” and sew with RST to the top and bottom of the quilt. Cut two more strips measuring 45” x 4” and sew with RST to each side.




Cut 2 ¼” strips from the grey linen, fold and press ½” along each edge to create strips measuring 1 ¼” (approximately 170” in length). Top stitch to hold in place.


Pin in place to the top of the quilt, use a long quilters ruler to help pin the strips in straight lines, see photo below for placement… (note: leave 2” spare at the start and end of the road).




When you get to a turn, cut and overlap the joining piece by ½”, this allows enough to needle-turn when hand sewing the road in place.



Hand sew using a grey thread, as you would if you were hand sewing the reverse of the bias binding in place. When you have finished, use a seam ripper to remove a few stitches from the border, and thread the road through. Re-sew this seam using your machine, making sure to overlap a few of the original stitches.


Baste or pin your wadding between the top quilt and the Tilda stars (backing), and quilt just off centre on the road, using white thread and length 4.0.


Sew another row 1/8” next the previous row of stitches. Add this double white quilting to the surround of the quilt (1/2” from the inside edge of border) see photo below…




Trim the quilt to measure 36” x 45” and add the bias binding, I prefer to machine it to the front, and hand sew on the reverse.


Your quilt and playmat are complete…




The perfect playmat for taking anywhere

Happy sewing


x CreativeBlonde x









By Dawn, Jun 15 2018 10:19PM



Thank you so much for popping by our Quiltalong, it's lovely to have you along. I can't believe it's June, and the fifth block, nearly half way through our Sampler adventure. I'm utterly thrilled by this month's block, which is designed and made by Michelle from Creativeblonde - it's so gorgeous, hope you love it too.


Michelle's block - "Basket of Strawberry Sweetness", includes a beautiful basket woven from Brenda Riddles' "Caroline" ticking fabric, scrumptious strawberries, and the sweetest little quilted butterflies.


From our little hive to yours, Happy sewing x X




Block 5 - Basket of Strawberry Sweetness


Tutorial by Michelle Roberts from Creativeblonde


Designed for the ‘sweetest things sampler’


- 10 ½” Finished appliqued block, before joining to other blocks.


- Downloadable PDF tutorial and templates.



Materials

11” square Ivory fabric

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

12” piece of brown fabric - Caroline Ticking

Scraps of Red, Green and Floral

11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)

10” square of H250 Vilene interfacing

Gutermann threads colours; 118 & 4048


Cutting – from the templates

3 large strawberries

7 small strawberries

1 flower

1 large green top

3 small green tops

1 large leaf

2 medium leaves

1 small leaf

1 basket handle


Haberdashery items

Template sheet - download here

1 small wooden button

Erasable marker pen

Basic sewing supplies; Temporary basting glue; Iron; 505 basting spray or pins; Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat.


Assembly

Draw out the templates shapes on to the paper side of the interfacing, using a pencil. (templates have been reversed already for you) Cut them out roughly, and fuse (without steam) to the chosen fabrics, cut out accurately.


To create the woven effect basket, cut the brown fabric into strips

Three 1 ½” x 6 ½” and Three 1 ½” x 10” strips.


Fold and press over ¼” along one long edge, and sew 1/8” to hold in place, repeat for the other side, and for the remaing 5 strips.

Weave the strips and pin to hold together, see photo for placement.

Sew from right to left, to hold the strips in place, using gutermann colour 4048.



Trim your block to measure 8 ½” along the top of the basket, and 6” along the base -


KEEP TRIMMED PIECES


Use the trimmed pieces to make up the left-hand corner of the basket, and stitch in place.



Take your basket and pin to the main block. Pin the handle in place, tucking the curve under the edge of the basket, needle turn ¼” along the three edges of the basket, and sew in place. Leave the top for now. Hand sew the wooden button in place.



Arrange the strawberries and leaves in the basket, tucking them into the basket slightly. I made the centre look fuller, then the outer edges. Place one large strawberry with green top along with the flower on the left side of the outer basket.


Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use temporary basting glue to hold, while you sew in place. Sew around the visible shapes and add details, including the handle, using free motion embroidery or handstitching.


Needle turn the top ¼” of your basket, and sew in place


Your block is now complete.


If you want to go ahead with the QAYG* method, place wadding on the reverse of your block. For the 3 layer QAYG method, spray baste the 11” backing fabric and place on top of wadding, or use pins to hold the backing in place.


(For more information on Quilt As You Go - QAYG, please refer to the Quilt Construction Notes)


Use your erasable marker and draw a 10” centralised square onto your Ivory fabric, draw around the butterfly template, and using free motion quilting, sew over these markings.




Remove all markings.



Congratulations you’ve finished Block 5 – basket of strawberry sweetness




Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) and Dawn are so excited to see your blocks.


You can find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and on Facebook @creativeblonde66.

Come on over and visit my blog for more sewing tutorials at www.creativeblonde.co.uk


Thanks for joining in this exciting quilt-a-long.


Happy sewing


x creativeblonde x





By Dawn, May 11 2018 09:02PM



Hope you're having a lovely springtime (or splendid autumn to friends on the other side of the world.) It is so lovely to have you along, and share this months block with you.


Inspired by our little feathered friends’ who put so much care and effort into nest building, weaving twigs, moss, and feathers together - it reminds me of the loving care which goes into making our quilts.


Sampler Block Four - "Nest" can be made using a quick and easy fusible machine applique technique (shown in the tutorial)


Or if you prefer to sit in the sunshine and handsew, the block can be made using the needle-turn applique technique. Templates for both methods provided.


So let's begin making our nests....



Block 4 measures 10 1/2” square before joining to other blocks.


Materials:

11” square Off-white or Low volume fabric Moda Bella Solids 9900 200

8” x 6” (20cm x 15cm) plain brown Moda Bella Solids Taupe - 9900 310

2 or 3 Fat Sixteenths in blue and brown Caroline prints

5” x 5” pieces in pinks, peaches, green, blue for the buds, blossom, eggs

Gutermann Sulky Cotton (30 weight) col. 4001 - Parchment for hand-quilting


For fusible applique

8” x 12” (20cm x 30cm) Paper backed fusible webbing (Bondaweb or similar)

Thread: Gutermann Sew-all thread in Dark grey (col. 701) and Taupe (col. 854).


For needle-turn applique

Gutermann Cotton (50 weight) col. 919


Equipment: Sewing machine; Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth.


Notions: Clover water erasable pen (or similar), Small sharp scissors, thimble, small fine quilting needle, safety pins.

Optional: Stabiliser - If using a lightweight fabric for the background, for instance Pima cotton, use a stabiliser on the wrong side of the background fabric, to prevent puckering when machine appliqued.


If you plan to Quilt As You Go*, you’ll need an 11” square of wadding, and depending on which QAYG method you use, an 11” square of backing fabric. (*For more information on the QAYG method, please read through Quilt Construction notes)


So let’s begin:


Depending on the applique method you’re using print out one of the following templates:


Fusible machine applique template [2 page PDF]

Shapes have already been reversed, ready for tracing onto fusible webbing.


Needle-turn applique template [2 page PDF]

You can find tips on the needle-turn technique over on Block 2 tutorial – a spring basket for you x


If you prefer print the full tutorial below including Fusible applique template [9 page PDF], or read on....




Prepare the background


Using the Fusible applique template (the shapes have already been reversed – ready for tracing onto fusible webbing.)


Cut out the circle template, fold in half then quarters. Next, fold the 11” background off-white square in half, then quarters, creasing lightly to mark the centre. Match the centres of paper circle and fabric square.


Draw round the circle template, using a water erasable pen or similar – to make a guideline for placing the nest design and feather.



Prepare the fusible applique….


• Place the paper backed Bondaweb on the PDF template, paper side up. Trace twigs, buds, blossom and eggs.


• Cut out, leaving approx. ¼” margin around each of the traced shapes.


• Place each twig, fusible side down (with smooth paper side up) on wrong side of the taupe fabric.


• To bond the fusible webbing to the fabric, place a pressing cloth on top, and press for a few seconds, using a medium heat, no steam.


• Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut out the twigs.


Then peel away the paper backing, by making a fold near one edge, the paper backing should begin to separate.

• Repeat for the birds - tracing the birds, their wings and the chest patch separately.


• Fuse the baby birds body and wing, and the chest patch to the blue fabric.


• Fuse the bigger birds body and wing to the brown fabric – each time checking the rough side of the webbing is placed on the wrong side of the fabric, before pressing.


TIP: When peeling the paper backing from the birds, peel from the tail end, so the beak stays sharp and doesn’t fray. Keep the paper bird shapes, as these can be used to mark position to sew the eye (page 5.)


Repeat for the remaining shapes - buds, blossom, leaves and eggs.


Once the fusible pieces are cut, position them on the background, using the circle as a guide.


• Place the twigs in the lower half of the circle, roughly matching the curves of the twigs to the outline.


• Next place the birds bodies, adding the chest patch to the big bird, and the wing to the little bird. (The wing on the big bird is added after the body and chest have been machine appliqued.)


• Using an erasable marker trace the position of the legs.


• Continue slowly building up the picture, adding the buds, blossom and little eggs. Check the design elements of the block fit inside a 10” window, so when blocks are sewn together, the design isn’t affected.


• Once you are happy with the placement. Press, to bond the shapes to the background.


• Avoid pressing the circle guideline drawn on the background, as heat makes some erasable pens permanent.



Now you’re ready to machine applique….


For the block shown in the photos, I used a basic machine presser foot (the same one I use when doing any straight line sewing, piecing or general sewing) Set stitch length to 2mm. To pivot at corners and tight curves, check your needle is in the down position before lifting the foot to pivot.


If you prefer you can also use an open toe foot (feed dogs down), or darning foot, whichever you feel most comfortable with.


So lets’ stitch…


• Stitch just inside the edge of each shape (approx. 1/8”). Proceed slowly where you need to be precise - for the few stitches around the beak I took my foot of the pedal, and used just the hand control.


• Stitch the legs, going down to the foot, then doubling back again to the body.


• Machine around the body shape twice or more, don’t worry if the line of stitching is wobbly it will give a sketchy feel to your design.


• Position the big birds wing, press to fuse and hold in place. Stitch as above.


• Pull loose threads through to the back - knot and weave into the line of stitches, so the dark grey thread ends don’t show through to the front of the block.


• Use the paper backing from the birds to help when marking the position of the eye. Then using dark grey thread and a satin stitch, hand-sew the eyes onto both birds.


• Remove the erasable guideline from lower part of block and press.


Your nest is now complete, just one more thing to add…



Preparing to quilt


• First trace the feather motif, using a water erasable pen - Place page 2 of the template on a lightbox, or tape to a brightly lit window.

Position the block on top of the template, so the feather is in the upper half of the block.(see photo)


• Use tape to hold the block in place while tracing.



If using the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) method

• Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding, and an 11” square of backing fabric, if following the 3 layer sandwich method. (For more information on QAYG, please see Quilt Construction notes.)


• Secure layers using safety pins, or preferred method of basting.



Hand-quilting


If using Quilt As You Go method 2, leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks.


Thread a small fine quilting needle with Gutermann Sulky cotton 30wt. This is a thicker thread than used for applique or piecing. The ecru colour is not too dark, and doesn’t show through the light coloured background.


• Beginning at the bottom of the feather sew a line of evenly sized running stitches up and down the shaft (marked yellow in the diagram).


• Then beginning at point A continue the evenly size running stitches to point B.


• Now insert the needle at point B into the quilt sandwich and push through beneath the surface till it reaches point C.


Repeat for each plume - burying the thread (marked green below) to move from the end of one plume, to the next, so avoiding lots of knots.




Once hand-quilted remove markings with a little water, you’re nearly there. Finally in preparation for joining Sampler block to Irish Chain blocks, trim a sliver of each side of the Sampler square, till it measures 10.5” square, to match the other blocks.


Congratulations your Nest block is now complete !


We’d love to see the Sampler blocks you make, so please do post them on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag – # SweetestThingsSampler.


Have a lovely springtime, and happy sewing x x

Dawn (Honeybee Cloths)
























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We very much look forward to sewing a little happiness together, Dawn xx

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