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Welcome

By Dawn, Mar 8 2019 05:30PM



It's very nearly complete, just quilting on the border, the binding and label to sew on :)  - I have really loved making this quilt, so many lovely stories bound up in it, both in terms of the things which inspired it, and the lovely friendships formed throughout the course of our year long quilt-along. I've especially loved seeing your Sweetest Things Sampler quilts grow  and how sweet this past year has been! So many stories come to mind - where to begin? 




Community


Key to this quilts story is the lovely sewing community which has grown round it, as without you, and you're being part of it, there would't be a quilt-along.


Over the past year my heart has skipped several beats seeing the stunning Sweetest Things Sampler blocks and quilts online friends have been making in places I can only dream of visiting one day - Australia to Alaska, and lots of places in between!


Our shared #SweetestThingsSampler page fetches together the beautiful quilts we've been busy making - it's a real pleasure to see your quilts growing, and friendships forming on the way - doesn't the internet make the whole wide world a much more reachable place! 


As well as our lovely online friends, four legged and feathered friends are very much part of our Samplers too. Block 4 - Nest  is inspired by our little feathered friends’ who put so much care and effort into nest building, weaving twigs, moss, and feathers together, just like the loving care which goes into making our quilts....


While the little hedgehog in Block 8 - Prairie Point Hedgehog is actually inspired by a lovely Instagram friends @JenthePiecemaker, and the beautiful photos of her visiting hedgehog. 



Helping, inspiring, encouraging


One of the most precious parts of the Samplers story is how much makers have helped, inspired and encouraged each other. It's been a very strong thread running throughout our year long quilt-along.


Both myself and Michelle at CreativeBlonde designed six Sampler blocks each, for the Sweetest Things Sampler. Having Michelle along to co-host, as well as design and prepare tutorials for six beautiful blocks made the world of difference to me, and our quilt-along - a huge, huge thanks to Michelle from CreativeBlonde blog  


I thoroughly enjoyed each of the blocks and Michelle's January block, the 12th Sampler in our sew-along with it's lovely little sewing machine, and cotton reels (that seem to me, to be doing a joyful jig) really is the essence of "sewing a little happiness." :)


Block 12 - Sew Happy





Little moments of wonder


Another theme which pops up time and time again throughout the Sampler blocks, is finding happiness in the simple things, those little moments of wonder, which happen when you're least expecting them. 


Like, in winter, when trees have shed their leaves, there’s something kind of wonderful in the big bunches of mistletoe, hugging the tree branches...



Block 10 - Mistletoe and Mittens


And how, even in the depths of winter, you can still find those little moments of wonder. It might be the bright winter sunshine, shimmering snow, the shy doe in the woods, or perhaps the little snow globe which shimmers when shaken....


Block 11 - Deer in the Snow




While Michelle's blocks "Basket of Strawberry Sweetness"  and "Quench your thirst" reminds me of the nice warm, sunny days to look forward to....


Basket of Strawberry sweetness, designed by Michelle. Made by Dawn



Busy little bees



Going back to the very beginning, when the quilt-along was just a twinkle in the eye - a certain day in the height of summer, sitting quietly and listening to the little bees busily buzzing and thinking how lovely it would be to make a quilt, have a quilt-along.


Block 6 - From our little hive to yours




It's over a year and a half since that light-bulb moment - seeing the quilts makers have made, is for me the sweetest thing, seeing them pop up online is an absolute joy, brightening up the days. Thank you so much for following, it's really truly lovely to have you along. 


Sending a quilted hug to each and everyone.


From our little hive to yours


Happy sewing


Dawn x X


Honeybee Cloths

Sweetest Things Sampler


ps. You can still find our free templates and tutorials for each block on the Sweetest Things Sampler page of Honeybee Cloths. 







By Dawn, Mar 1 2019 09:37AM


Our little hive has been buzzing, blocks are being joined and seams being sewn, as we complete our quilts for a very special date in our diaries...


The BIG reveal of Sweetest Things Samplers on Friday 8th March! 


Both myself, Dawn (Honeybee Cloths) and Michelle from CreativeBlonde blog are super excited to see the beautiful quilt's you've been making.


To join in simply post a photo of your quilt on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, using the hashtag #SweetestThingsSampler. You'll then be entered in the Sweetest Things Sampler Big Reveal Giveaway prize draw. One lucky winner will receive a super-sweet bundle of sewing pretties. Including two beautiful Brenda Riddle Charm packs, Fat Eighth bundle and gorgeous Gutermann Threads.



The draw will take place on 9th March, so let's hop to it, and sew those samplers....


If you're making the Quilt As You Go version of the Sampler, there are tips for completing your quilt in this blog post. 


We'll be posting a few sneek peeks of our quilts over the coming few days, so make sure to follow both myself dawn_HoneybeeCloths and Michelle @creativeblonde66


Till the next time, from our little hive to yours. 


Happy sewing x X 

  

Dawn


Honeybee Cloths






By Dawn, Jan 17 2019 10:45PM


Oh my, the past 12 months have flown by, haven't they? 12 months on and just one more Sampler Block to go in Sweetest Things Sampler Block of the Month, before joining the blocks together next month.


Hope you've enjoyed it as much as both myself and Michelle have, it's been so lovely to have you along too.


This month's block, could really only be about one thing, something which makes our lives a whole lot happier :)


So let's sew a little happiness together. Enjoy Michelle's gorgeous pattern :) x X



Block 12 - Sew Happy.... by Michelle of CreativeBlonde


Tutorial by Michelle Roberts from Creativeblonde


Designed for Honeybee Cloths - ‘Sweetest Things Sampler’


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


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



Materials (available from Honeybee Cloths)

11” square Ivory fabric

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

9” square of peachy pink fabric for the sewing machine applique

Scraps of pink and brown fabrics

4” square of pink fabric for the fabric applique piece

11” square of cotton wadding (if doing QAYG)

10” square of Vlieseline F220 interfacing (or Bondaweb)

Gutermann threads colours: grey, pink, brown, purple, green, dark pink and yellow

Pink Sulky Gutermann thread for quilting


Cutting – from the templates

1 Peach sewing machine

3 threads (centre of cotton reel) in pink

3 cotton reel tops in brown

3 cotton reel bases in brown


Haberdashery items

Template sheets

Erasable marker pen

Iron

Basic sewing supplies

505 basting spray or pins

Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat

Temporary fabric glue



So let’s begin:


Print out the Sew Happy templates [2 page PDF]


or the full Sew Happy tutorial and templates [9 page PDF]




Assembly


Trace all the templates onto the soft side of F220 interfacing (or paper side of Bondaweb). The templates have been reversed ready for you.


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


Take your 11” Ivory fabric, and begin placing the applique, using a small dab of glue or pins to hold all the applique pieces in place.


Using a light grey Gutermann thread, and your FMQ foot, sew around the sewing machine.


Repeat this process for the cotton reels, using pink for the centre part of the reel, stitching around the outside of the applique and then extra details across the reel and with some stitches on to the cream background, to give the impression of loose threads.



Use brown thread for thetop and bottom of the reels.



Using grey thread, sew on the details for the needle, and turning wheel.


Take the 4” piece of pink fabric, and fold in half with RST, sew 1/8” all the way around, leaving a small gap for turning. Turn and press. Fold over the corner which has been left un sewn and pin in place on sewing machine block, fold the loose fabric to make a crease, and sew in place 1/8” along edge. The bottom piece can be left loose to give a 3D effect.




Hand sewing


Using a circle with a 1 ½” diameter (I used a cotton reel) draw around it onto the sewing machine.


Using a green thread, sew a circle of leaves using a detached chain stitch.


The heart in the centre can be hand sewn using a pink/red thread and a satin stitch.




Add a purple flower to the top left and bottom right of your sewing machine, using satin stitch and a few French knots in the centre of each flower using yellow thread.


The flowers on the turning wheel, can be added using red thread and either a back stitch or detached chain stitch. Use yellow thread to add a few French knots to the centre of each flower. A simple green back stitch can be sewn to join the flowers together.




Congratulations block 12 is complete.


If you want to go ahead with the QAYG method....


Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding. If doing the 3 layer sandwich method, you’ll also need an 11” square of backing fabric, and remember to leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks together.


Spray baste the 11” backing fabric or use pins to hold the backing in place.


Using an erasable marker pen, write the words ‘sew’ in the space to the left and above the sewing machine, using a pink sulky Gutermann thread and your Free Motion Quilting foot to sew over these lines. This could be hand sewn if you prefer.




Congratulations you’ve finished Block 12 – Sew Happy


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



Don’t forget to keep sewing those Irish Chain blocks together, every time you get a few spare minutes…

















By Dawn, Dec 24 2018 09:35AM

Even in the middle of winter, you can still find little moments of wonder. It might be the bright winter sunshine, shimmering snow, the shy doe in the woods, or perhaps the little snow globe which shimmers when shaken, that comes out this time each year.


Hope this season is full of lovely little wonders that bring joy, and peace, and contentment x x




Sampler Block Eleven measures 10 1/2” square before joining to other blocks. Includes fusible machine applique, and heirloom stitching make a flurry of snowflakes.


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



Materials:

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

6” x 6” 15cm x 15cm) plain brown (e.g. Moda Bella Solids Taupe - 9900 310)

Fat Sixteenth Ivory buds (Caroline 18653 11)

Fat Sixteenth Snow flurry - Winterberry No. 13146 12 - Snow flurry (mint)

Small pieces of green material for trees (Caroline 18653 14 & Caroline 18654 15)

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


Optional: 5 inches of 1” wide white glittery voile ribbon.

Applique glue. Stabiliser.


Thread: Gutermann Sew-all thread in Dark grey (col. 701) and taupe (col. 854). Mettler Silk Finish cotton Green col. 1147 (for applique). Gutermann Sulky Metallic thread 7021 (Prism white) and Mettler metallic Silver (for the snowflakes)


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


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


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:


Print out the Deer in the Snow templates [2 page PDF] or


Print out the full Deer in the Snow tutorial and templates [9 page PDF]


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


Optional: If using the Quilt as You Go 2 Layer quilt sandwich method, you may want to layer the wadding at this point, and work the next steps using a 2 layer sandwich of top layer and wadding.



Trace the upper and lower halves of the background, deer and trees, with Bondaweb paper side up.

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



Pair up the bondaweb pieces with fabrics, as follows:


1. Upper background on the Snow Flurry fabric

2. Lower background on the Ivory print.

3. Deer on the Taupe Solid.

4. Trees on the green print.


• Place fusible side down on wrong side of fabric (with smooth paper side up). Press for a few seconds, using a medium heat, no steam.





• Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut out upper and lower circle, deer, and trees. Peel away the paper backing by making a fold near one edge, the paper backing should begin to separate.




Once the fusible pieces are cut….





• Place the upper circle first, fusible side down. Then the lower circle so it overlaps slightly. Forming a circle, centred in the middle of the block.


• Press for a few seconds, using a medium heat, no steam.




So let’s stitch….


• For the block shown in the photos, I used a walking foot, though a basic presser foot works equally well. Set stitch length to 2mm.


• Using metallic white thread stitch just inside the circle, then the snowy horizon.


• Sew a few contours on the snowy ground.





• Continue slowly building up the picture, adding the trees. Next place the deer just inside the circle,

with back legs just outside (as if they are stepping into the winter scene).


• Once you are happy with the placement of deer and trees. Press for a second, to bond to the background, taking care not to press for too long as metallic polyester thread does melt.


To machine applique the deer


If you prefer you can also use an open toe foot (feed dogs down), or darning foot, to outline the deer or stick with the basic presser foot, whichever you feel most comfortable with.






• To outline the deer, use taupe or dark grey thread. Stitch just inside the edge of the deer shape

(approx. 1/8”). Proceed slowly where you need to be precise - for the few stitches around the

head I took my foot of the pedal, and used just the hand control.


• To pivot at tight curves, check your needle is in the down position before lifting the foot to pivot.





Machine sew tree trunks, on zig-zag stitch setting (width 3, length 0.2) using taupe thread.

The eye of the deer is hand sewn using satin stitch and black thread.


Your snowy scene is nearly complete! Just one more thing to add…


A flurry of snowflakes….


• Position the hexagon template, on the background, mark a dot at each of the 6 corners.

Using a water erasable pen and ruler, draw a snowflake pattern centred on the hexagon, (3 lines connecting opposite corners of the hexagon) and a “v” on each of the 6 arms.


• Repeat till you have 6 or 7 snowflakes marked, making sure they fit inside the blocks 10” design window.



Optional - To give an iridescent effect to the snowflakes


• Trace 3 or 4 hexagons onto glittery voile ribbon.


• Cut out the voile hexagons, and use a dab of applique glue in the centre and corners to

secure the hexie to the block.


Using a water erasable pen and ruler, draw a snowflake pattern centred on the hexagon.



Stitch the snowflakes


• Machine or hand-sew using metallic thread. Stitching the 3 lines in turn. If you have embroidery stitches on your machine, you may want to try one of the fancier hemstitch or heirloom stitches. Make sure to practice first on a scrap, to find the stitch and settings that works best.


• The stitch used to sew snowflakes on the block pictured is one of a number of hemstitches (also known as heirloom stitch) – I chose no 21 on my Janome machine (please see pic 1 below) set the width to 2.5 and Length 2. (Ethel – my hardworking little Janome machine is over 20 years old. Nowadays many machines have dozens of decorative stitches, so it’s worth trying out the different stitches available).


• Before beginning each new line check the machine needle is centred. Stitch along the guidelines see pics 2-4. To complete the snowflake hand sew “v” onto each arm (pic 5.)




Preparing to quilt


Remove markings with a little water, and press using a pressing cloth, to avoid melting metallic threads.


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.


• 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.


Quilt around the deer and beginning from the leg of the deer, quilt all the way round the circle.

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 Block 11 - "Deer in the snow" is now complete !



We’d love to see the Sampler blocks you make, so please do post them on Instagram using the

hashtag – # SweetestThingsSampler.


Have a happy and peaceful season, and happy sewing


Dawn x X


Honeybee Cloths























By Dawn, Nov 18 2018 12:04PM


In winter, when trees have shed their leaves, there’s something kind of wonderful in the big bunches of mistletoe, hugging the tree branches. Mistletoe is fairly common in this corner of the U.K. It’s rich green leaves and bright little berries, welcome colour this time of year. So let’s put on our warm woolly mittens, and go find some mistletoe…



Feel free to use your preferred method of applique - the block pictured, is made using the starch/ freezer paper method of applique, perfect for hand sewing on winter evenings. It would also be equally lovely using a fusible applique method, if you need a faster finish.


Fussy cut the mitten or stitch an embroidered snowflake or two. A scattering of buttons for mistletoe berries, ties the quilt sandwich layers together.


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




To make block 10 you'll need:


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

5” square – blue fabric for the mitten (18652-12 Caroline)

Small pieces of green fabrics (Caroline no. 18653-14,

Caroline no. 18652-14, Caroline no. 18654-15)

10” (25cm) Gingham ribbon (East of India gingham warm grey)

12 small white shirt buttons (12mm)


Green and Grey thread for applique

(Mettler Col.1147 and Gutermann Col.700)


Embroidery thread – DMC Mouline Etoile (glittery white)


White cotton thread wt. 30 for sewing on buttons and hand-tied quilt

(Gutermann Sulky cotton Col. 1001 white)


Equipment: Sewing machine; Iron and ironing board; rotary cutter, mat and ruler.



Notions: Clover water erasable pen, Small sharp scissors, Applique pins, Embroidery needle.

For freezer paper & starch applique method: spray starch, freezer paper, small fine brush.

Alternatively, for fusible applique method: Bondaweb


Optional: Stabiliser or lightweight interfacing


If you plan to Quilt As You Go*, you’ll need an 11” square of wadding, and Quilting thread e.g. Gutermann Sulky Cotton (30 weight). Depending on which QAYG method you’ll also need an 11” square of backing fabric.


*For more information on the QAYG method, please see Quilt Construction notes




So let's begin....


Print out the Mistletoe and mittens template [2 page PDF] or


Print the full tutorial below including template [10 page PDF]


Fold the 11” background off-white square in half, then quarters, creasing lightly to mark the centre.




Prepare the background


Use the template to draw guidelines on the background fabric to form the shape of the wreath.


• Cut out the larger outer half circle template. Match centre of half circle to the centre of the fabric square. Using a water erasable pen (or similar erasable marker), draw round the outer half circle. Flip over to draw the other half of the large circle.


• Cut out the smaller circle, and matching centres, draw round.


The circles form a donut shape, into which the mittens and mistletoe design fits.



Prepare the mistletoe and mittens


Trace the mittens and 4 leaves onto the freezer paper (the leaf templates can be re-used to make all the leaves).


Cut out the freezer paper and place glossy side down on wrong side of fabric.


Press for a second or two, using a hot iron till the Freezer paper sticks to the fabric.


• Cut out, leaving 1/8” to ¼” margin right the way round the template, rounding the tips of the pointy bits (see pic. a below)


• Using a small brush apply a little starch to the ¼” margin around the template. Turn the edges over the freezer paper template and press using an iron (pic. b)


• Remove the paper template (c), and re-use to make the next leaf.


You'll need approximately 21 leaves in total, including 5 or 6 of each leaf type.





Prepare the mittens for either fusible machine applique (Bondaweb) or Starch method as above.


You might want to fussy cut the mittens, or leave them plain, and embroider a snowflake or two later on.


If using starch method, snip the “V” near the thumb to enable easy shaping.




Positioning mistletoe and mittens


• Place the mittens inside the inner circle, overlapping them slightly. Pin in place using small applique pins.


• Position the mistletoe leaves, placing them between the inner and outer circle guidelines. (Try a few different placements, until you find the one which is right for you - the photo below, was an option, before I ran with the placement shown in the completed block).


• Space the leaves evenly, placing some in pairs, drooping downwards.


• Leave a space at the top for the ribbon



Pin in place using small applique pins, (or a dab of applique glue).


Once everything is pinned, you're ready to sew in place.


• Green thread is used to sew the mistletoe leaves, using small slip stitches



• Using grey thread around the edge of the mittens, blanket stitch (Machine setting Width 2 Length 2.5)



Snowflake on mitten (optional)


Trace the snowflake onto freezer paper, marking each of the dots.


Make pin pricks in the dots, large enough for an erasable pen.


Position the freezer paper template in the centre of the mitten, press to hold in place.


Use an erasable pen, to mark the dots on the mittens.




Embroidering snowflakes


The snowflakes on the block were stitched using a really lovely glittery silvery white embroidery thread, it’s very pretty in real life, though doesn’t photograph well. Alternatively, use a more contrasting thread if you'd like you the snowflake to be more prominent.


Using 2 strands of embroidery thread, stitch the snowflake, using the following stitches:



Tie the gingham ribbon, into a bow. Sew in place at the top of the wreath.





A scattering of mistletoe berries….


Place the buttons evenly around the mistletoe wreath, towards the centre of the mistletoe sprigs, and not too near the outer edge of the wreath.


If using the Quilt As You Go* (QAYG) method, you may want to layer your quilt sandwich now, before sewing on the little white button mistletoe berries, which as well as being part of the wreath, also tie the quilt layers together.





Preparing to Quilt As You Go


Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding. If doing the 3 layer sandwich method, you’ll also need an 11” square of backing fabric, and remember to leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks together.


First, quilt around the outer edge of the mitten, either by hand using small running stiches, or machine.



To hand-tie the remainder of the block, you’ll need an embroidery needle, and white cotton thread.


• Working from the back of the block, sew through all layers, leaving a tail about 2” long at the back.


• Pull thread through the buttonholes, returning to the back of the quilt sandwich. Repeat to secure the button on the front.


• Tie using a double knot at the back of the block.


• Repeat, until all the mistletoe berry buttons are sewn in place.



Congratulations! Block 10 – “Mistletoe and mittens” is complete!


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.


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,


Stay cosy 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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