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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, Oct 1 2017 08:51PM


It's so lovely to welcome back to our blog CreativeBlonde, whose "Darling Little Cushion" is a "go to" pattern for baby showers and little ones.


"Darling Little Cushion" is designed and created by CreativeBlonde who has very kindly written the super tutorial below. Enjoy x X




This beautiful cushion is made from the adorable fabrics in the ‘Darling Little Dickens’ and ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection. Both collections are available from Honeybee Cloths



Supplies needed:

Cushion 18” x 18”

1 - Mini Charm park from the ‘Darling Little Dickens’collection

40" x 20” piece of the ladybug fabric from ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection

5” square of natural linen

Small piece of interfacing (for the two small hearts)

‘Handmade’ button and small ribbon bow (optional)


The following paper templates can be downloaded from the Printed resources page:

- Paper hexagons 1" sides (2" across widest part) for paper piecing (28 in total)

- Heart templates; measuring 11” , 3 ¼” and 2 ½” at their widest point


Basic sewing supplies.




Let’ s begin:


Look through the mini charm pack, choose 28 pieces that you love, because these are randomly cut, some work better than others, when you fussy cut your 2” hexagon from them. I tried to not be fussy with the way I joined mine, but my ‘OCD’ took over, and I found myself rearranging the order for several hours, until I was happy…



Take your large heart template, and draw an outline using a removable fabric marker pen, and check all point are within your template, you will notice in the photo below, I added two half hexagons to each side.


Once your hexagons are all sewn together, remove the papers, I find a seam ripper is handy for helping with this process. (My Paper piecing tutorial can be found on my blog at creativeblonde)



Take your piece of ladybug fabric, and cut in half, to create 2 pieces measuring 20” x 20”. Draw round the large heart template, in the middle of one piece. Mark ¼” inside this area, and cut along this inside edge, using a small pair of sharp scissors. Make small snips in the curves of the fabric, this will help obtain a neater result.


This is what you should have so far…



Carefully pin your hexagon heart in place, and using a binding stitch and a cream thread (I use Superior King Tut hand sewing quilting thread) fold the seam allowance under.

Your finished hexagon heart…


The Reverse… because the ladybug fabric is pale, trim the excess fabric of the hexagons from the reverse, so this doesn’t show through to the front of the cushion.


Draw round the small and medium hearts onto the interfacing, trim away the excess. Fuse the small heart onto the left-over ladybug fabric removed from the centre of the cushion, and the medium heart to the 5” piece of natural linen.


Blanket stitch using a cream thread, the smaller heart onto the linen heart. Position onto the cushion and blanket stitch this is place.


With right sides together, sew along 3 and ¼ sides of your cushion cover, using ½” seam allowance. Leaving ¾ of one side open, to pop your cushion in. Trim away the excess fabric on the corners, to obtain a neater finish when turned right side out.


Press your cushion cover and insert your cushion. Using a ladder stitch, sew up the gap, press your cushion again carefully with the cushion inside.




Optional extras… I couldn’t resist adding a cute little ‘homemade’ button to the small heart, and a small ribbon bow to the hexagon heart…



Thanks, for reading this tutorial, for more tutorials head over to my blog at www.creativeblonde.co.uk.


You can also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66


and Instagram at www.instagram.com/creativeblonde66


x creativeblonde x







By Dawn, Sep 23 2017 03:43PM


From our first sight of these sweet, dreamy prints, earlier this year, I've been counting down the months, till September ....

It was certainly worth the wait !


Hushabye Hollow, Lydia Nelson's (Dreamy Quilts) second collection for Moda, and just like the first, it's simply gorgeous!


This sweet collection rendered in pretty neutrals and soft colours is perfect for cot quilts. Prints include the sweetest little woodland friends, vines and soft florals, ditsy ladybirds, pin-dots and vintage ticking.


In Hushabye Hollow, Lydia Nelson's sweet prints, tell of woodlands friends settling down to sleep....


A glass of milk "night-cap" for a sleepy owl, a beaver brushing his teeth after a long day of chomping and a skunk taking a bath with a bucket in the woods. There’s also a fox strumming a lullaby on the lute for a curious mouse and the man on the moon reading himself to sleep.


The collection includes some lovely low volume neutrals too...



Aren't those little ladybirds lovely!


Hushabye Hollow is now available to order in store, including pre-cuts - jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs and yardage.


Plus there's 5% off till noon on Monday 25th September, simply quote code "HARVEST" at checkout :)


Happy sewing,

Dawn x x









Thank you for popping by our little hive of sewing. Enjoy your visit :)

 

ps. Honeybee Cloths blog is moving over to WordPress, please pop over and follow us "From our little hive to yours" -

We very much look forward to seeing you there, and sewing a little happiness together, Dawn  xx                    

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