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By Dawn, Jun 9 2019 08:07AM



On the packing table, a few days ago ...




One of the first Day in Paris pre-orders heading to it's new home.  


This gorgeous collection by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic has been longed for, and dreamt of, for such a while, and to have them in store now, is so lovely! 


From the moment the Moda rep shown me these gorgeous prints by Zen Chic I loved the pops of fresh colour and little touches of metallic so much - they spoke to me of things which shimmer and shine. I just knew there and then they were meant for something special. 


Day in Paris is made up of 32 prints in total (the pre-cuts -Layer cakes, jelly rolls, charm packs and mini-charms contain the entire collection!)


From fresh pretty teals, soft pink and chalk, to lime, charcoal and deep inky blues. 



So to the "something special" which I've been bursting to share..... a year of quilting and inspiration begins today. Inspired by little things which fetch a little bit of sparkle to our everyday lives. Whether it's the twinkly morning dew, sunshine glinting through the trees, moonlight, or the steady beam of a lighthouse guiding us home. 


Sunrise, candles on cake, lighthouse, snow, morning dew, light through tree
Sunrise, candles on cake, lighthouse, snow, morning dew, light through tree


When I showed the Day in Paris fabrics to Michelle from CreativeBlonde blog, and chatted over the theme of things which shine, she loved it as much as I. So I'm utterly thrilled that Michelle's tutorials at CreativeBlonde will take us through this coming year, using the Day in Paris collection from Honeybee Cloths.


If you joined in our Sweetest Things Sampler quilt-along, then you'll already have met Michelle my co-host on the 2018 quilt-along. Michelle's blocks were a real joy to make, using her step by step, easy to follow tutorials - it's very exciting to be teaming up again.


There will be Giveaways, and several blocks and tutorials from myself (at Honeybee Cloths), and lots of inspiration on the way. We are bursting to begin - it's going to be a really gorgeous project, and we'd really love to have you along too.



Image: Honeybee Cloths for the Quilt and Shine quilt-along with CreativeBlonde




To join in follow Michelle's CreativeBlonde blog and our Honeybee Cloths Blog.


Preparations are just getting underway on Michelle's blog, so hop over to CreativeBlonde for more information.


Materials used in our Quilt and Shine quilts are available in the Zen Chic section of Honeybee Cloths. There's 5% off these and everything else in Honeybee Cloths till Sun 16th June, when you quote discount code SHINE at checkout x


The first of Michelle's tutorial is on the 15th June - and having seen a peek of the first block I can't wait - it's really gorgeous, there is lots to look forward to! 


Hope you have a bright and happy weekend. 


Dawn x X


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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, Sep 16 2018 05:04PM



Spending time in the outdoors, among the little wonders of nature is lovely any time of year, but a fine autumn day, when the fruits are ripening, the leaves turning colour and the possums making themselves a cosy spot to overwinter, is especially sweet.



Prairie points give the hedgehog a 3D-effect, which is lovely to touch. While an applique pear or two, and quilted oak leaves and acorns provide food and shelter.


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



To make the block you'll need:


Materials:


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

Fat Eighth (10"x 22") - Brown fine stripes (Caroline no. 18652 16 )

4” x 4” – Moda Bella Solids Taupe (MBS 9900 310 )

Small pieces of green fabrics (Caroline no. 18653-14, Caroline no. 18652-14, Caroline no.18654-15)


Green, dark grey, and taupe thread for applique, stems and hedgehogs face.


4” x 6“ wadding or padding (for the pears)


Optional: Stabiliser or lightweight interfacing



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


Notions: Clover water erasable pen (or similar), Small sharp scissors, Applique pins.

Spray starch, freezer paper, small fine brush (needed for the spray starch method of applique).


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 Hedgehog and Pear template [1 page PDF] or


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

• Fuse the stabiliser or lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the 11” square of off-white fabric.


• Draw a 10” square in the centre of the 11” square, into which the design fits.


• Use this window to position and the hedgehog outline, approx 2” inch from the right hand side, and 1” from the bottom of the square.


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



Prepare the prairie points


From the Brown stripy Fat Eighth Cut – (25) - 2” squares; and (7) - 1 5/8” squares (4 cm)


• Fold in half along the diagonal, press. Fold in half again along the diagonal.


• Position the smaller prairie points along the top edge of the hedgehog. If using a stripy print place stripes in the same direction, so they point outwards from the centre of the hedgehog.


• Slot one prairie point inside the opening of the next. (see pic)


• Line up the trough between the prairie points so you can just see the outline of the hedgehog. Hold in place with pins and tack along the lower edge.


Now you’re ready to machine sew the prairie points in place.




• Using blanket stitch, sew along the lower edge of the prairie points.


TIP: Fitting a Walking foot to the machine, makes it easier to sew through multiple layers of fabric.



• Working from the rear end of the hedgehog, position the next three prairie points, slotting them one inside the other. Place, so they overlap the previous points, and curve slightly.


TIP: Use an ironing board to pin and hold the points, while positioning the row of prairie points.

• Baste, then machine sew along the raw edge using blanket stitch to secure.


• Next slot four prairie points together, as before overlapping the previous row, curving slightly. Machine sew to secure.



Repeat for the remaining prairie points, positioning 3, 4 or 5 points in a row. Slowly building up the body of the hedgehog. Blanket stitch each row in place as you go. You may need to add a little hand-stitch here and there to hold in place.




Making the Snout


Now the body of the hedgehog has taken shape, it’s time to make the head and snout. In this tutorial the starch method of applique, using Freezer Paper and starch is used. This gives a firm crisp edge and well-defined shape that is already to applique to the hedgehog block. (Or use your preferred method of applique).


• Trace the snout onto the shiny side of freezer paper, cut out.

• Place Freezer paper template shiny side down on wrong side of fabric. Press using a hot iron till the Freezer paper sticks to the fabric.

• Cut out, leaving ¼” margin right the way round, cutting the tips off the pointy bits, and clipping curves every 1cm (½”)

• 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.

• Remove the paper template.




• Position the snout so it covers the raw edge of the prairie points.


Pin and sew snout in place.

• Draw an eye, nose and a smile, using a water erasable pen.

• Satin stitch the eye and nose in dark grey or black thread.

• Use back-stitch to sew the hedgehogs smile.


NB. It is possible to make the applique shapes without freezer paper using ordinary paper, place several pins in place to hold the paper in place, and take care when ironing to avoid the pins.



Pear applique


Using the pear and leaf templates, prepare the applique pieces for applique using your preferred method. The tutorial below shows the starch method of applique.


• For the block shown you’ll need 1 large and 1 small pear; and 2 pear leaves.


• Use the pear templates to cut wadding for each pear. Slip the wadding inside the starched and folded edge of the pears, ready for applique to the block.




• Position and pin the pears and leaves, inside the 10” design window. Sew in place using small close together slip-stitches.


• Using a water-erasable pen, draw stalks from each of the pears Machine stitch the stems.



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.

(For information on QAYG methods, please see Quilt Construction notes.)


• 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.


Secure the layers using safety pins. Transfer the oak leaf and acorns outlines onto your block, using your preferred method of marking, and quilt either by machine or hand.



Quilt around oak leaves and acorns.


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 8 – “Prairie point Hedgehog” 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, enjoy the little wonders of nature


From our little hive to yours,


Happy sewing x X

Dawn - Honeybee Cloths














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 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









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