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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, Oct 12 2018 03:42PM



A heartfelt welcome to our Sweetest Things Sampler Block of the Month, both myself (Dawn) and Michelle from CreativeBlonde are truly delighted to have you along. We've been taking turns designing the blocks, and this months' beautiful block and tutorial is by Michelle, inspired by a special birthday tea, to which you're invited too, we are in for a real treat :)


Block 9 - Birthday Treats by Michelle, is the prettiest block, a birthday cake filled with the loveliest little details - truly comfort sewing. So make yourself a cuppa, and enjoy a slice of Michelle's beautiful birthday cake. (Also," a very happy birthday to Michelle, from all of us busy little sewing bees xx!")


Enjoy x X



Block 9 - Birthday treat by Michelle of CreativeBlonde



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 [9 pages] - or Template only [2 pages]



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




Materials (available from Honeybee Cloths - www.honeybeecloths.co.uk)


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

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

Scraps of Caroline pink, green, floral, and brown

11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)

10” square of Vlieseline Bondaweb

Gutermann threads colours: 1001,336,650 and 624


Cutting – from the templates

1 Brown cupcake wrapper – Caroline 18652-16

3 pink hearts – Caroline 18654-14

1 small florals on cream for icing Caroline 18653-11

1 large floral – fussy cut for cup Caroline 18650-11

1 green for plate and saucer Caroline 18655 73


Haberdashery items

Template sheets - download here

16” pretty ribbon

Erasable marker pen

Iron

Basic sewing supplies

505 basting spray or pins

Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat



Assembly


Apart from the bunting triangle, trace all the templates, from both sheets onto Bondaweb (templates have been reversed already for you) using a pencil. Cut them out roughly, and fuse to the chosen fabrics, and cut out accurately.


Take your 11” Ivory fabric, and begin by fusing all the applique pieces in place. When you add the icing to the cupcake wrapper, overlap it slightly when fusing to the main block.




Using the erasable marker pen, draw on the cupcake wrapper details.



Use the brown thread to sew over the cupcake wrapper markings.


Add detail to the icing using the same method, use a metallic pink thread to sew over the icing marks and pink hearts.

Using a cream thread, sew around the outline of the icing (1/8” from raw edge), continue with cream thread to sew around the cup.





Cut a 5” piece from the ribbon, and pin in place in the cupcake wrapper, sew 1/8” all the way around, you could add a little bit of anti-fray glue to the ends of the ribbon at this point.


Create a small bow, and sew a few stitches in the centre to hold in place. Add to the centre of the piece of ribbon on the cupcake wrapper, and sew a few stitches in the centre to hold, this can be done by hand if you find it easier.


Sew a few small stitches on each of the four pieces of the bow to hold in place on your block.


Your block is now complete.


If you want to go ahead with the 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 information on QAYG methods, please see Quilt Construction notes.)


Cut out the triangle and draw around it, using your fabric marker to give the appearance of bunting, in the top right-hand corner, and underneath the cup and saucer – see photo below for placement. With the metallic pink thread, quilt the bunting. Remove all markings.


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 you’ve finished Block 9 – Birthday Treat

Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) and Dawn (Honeybee Cloths) 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 exciting quilt-a-long.


Happy sewing


x creativeblonde x









By Dawn, Feb 5 2018 08:21PM


January's just flown by hasn't it! It's been so lovely to see the gorgeous Irish Chain blocks in progress, and the very first Giveaway is heading to Caitlin in Canada.


Thank you so much for joining our Sampler quilt adventure. As part of getting underway, we’re just going to spend a moment, planning for the quilting part of our journey, as I know a couple of you have been thinking of Quilting As You Go, so this post is just for you :)


Click to open or download PDF, or read on....




Quilt Construction


Our completed quilts will measure 50” x 50” (127cm x 127cm), with the option of adding borders to make a 60” x 60” (approx. 150cm x 150cm) quilt. This size quilt can be quilted on a domestic home sewing machine, or hand-quilted.


Or if you prefer to quilt blocks as you go, then join them together at the end, it is up to you. Whichever method you choose, use the one that you feel happiest, and most comfortable using.


If you plan to quilt as a whole quilt-top, the very first Sampler block in our quilt will be along very soon, by the end of this week, so not to long to wait x X




If you plan to Quilt As You Go (QAYG)


For piecing and quilting as a whole quilt-top, batting and backing is only needed once your quilt top is completed.


But if you plan to Quilt As You Go (QAYG), then you’ll need these early on in the project, and depending on how you join up the quilted blocks at the end, determines the materials needed.


There are quite a few different variations when it comes to joining QAYG blocks, and some need more effort than others, and give a different finish, so it’s worth choosing the one you feel most comfortable with, and which gives you the finish you require.


The joining methods below, have been selected as they don’t require sashing on the front, allowing the Irish Chain pattern to connect from one block to the other.



Method 1: Quilt As You Go – two layer quilt sandwich


(Skill level: beginner)


Blocks are layered with just batting (no backing) and quilted individually. Once all 25 blocks are made, they are sewn together, into rows. Then sew rows together to form a 5 x 5 grid of blocks. Seams are pressed open, and only then is the backing applied. To hold the backing in place, quilt along the seams that join the blocks together.


Fit the walking foot to your sewing machine, ensuring even feed of multiple layers when joining blocks.


Need to bear in mind


• Quilting on the front won’t show through to the back.


The benefits of this approach


• Individual blocks are easy to manouvre if free motion quilting.


Photo credit: Michelle Roberts of Creative Blonde


For more information on this method, please refer to: “Quilt as You Go Vintage” by Jera Brandvig, 2017. Or Quilt As You Go Made Modern by Jera Brandvig. Both published by Stash Books.


Also, Leslie of the The Seasoned Homemaker covers this method of joining blocks in this post - The Quilt As You Go Method



Material required:


• (25) – 11 ½” squares 100% cotton needle-punched batting; or 80/20 batting. Pieces of batting left-over from previous projects are ideal.


*It’s important to use batting having high cotton content, as when seams are pressed, the batting comes into contact with a hot iron, and if the batting is polyester, it will melt!


• (12) – 11” cotton fabric squares (for Sampler blocks). Cutting these slightly bigger than the 10 ½” Trimmed size allows for any shrinkage when the block is quilted – it can be up to ¼” depending on the amount of quilting or stippling.


Once you’ve quilted the blocks they can be trimmed to 10 ½” the same as the Irish Chain blocks.


• 13 Irish Chain blocks, measuring 10 ½” square (made in previous post – Irish Chain Tutorial).


• The backing is only needed at the end, once the 12 Sampler + 13 Irish Chain blocks have been joined.)


60” x 90” extra wide backing (for 50” x 50” quilt)

Or 70” x 90” for (60” x 60” including borders)


Method 2: Quilt sandwich comprises of 3 layers – top, batting and backing.


(Skill level: Intermediate / experienced)


Blocks, batting and backing are layered to form a quilt sandwich, which is then quilted. Once the 25 blocks have been quilted, each layer of the quilt sandwich is joined together in turn.


Joining the three layer QAYG sandwich is more time consuming and involves a lot more hand-stitching, than method 1 - joining a 2 layer sandwich, but it means the quilting is visible on the back of the quilt as well as the front.


For this method, you’ll need some wiggle room to peel back the layers when joining blocks. So leave an ample margin un-quilted round the sides, so blocks can be joined together.


Quilt each block - the gold dotted lines suggest the area that can be quilted on the Irish Chain block – keeping the quilting away from where the blocks will be joined.

To join, take 2 blocks and peel back the top layer of each quilt sandwich along the edges to be joined.


(Photo is of a previous QAYG project, the Skinny Dippin’ Quilt-along 2015)




Pin top layers right sides together and sew.


TIP Use safety pins to keep the wadding / backing away from the edge being joined.




Now, the top layer of both blocks are joined, smooth the wadding over the seam. You'll find the wadding overlaps, so trim one edge of wadding so that when smoothed flat the edges of the wadding touch.

Overstitch the edges to hold in place.



Finally, smooth over the backing pieces, and fold under the backing edge of one block so that it overlaps . Press and then handstitch the backing in place.




Repeat for each of the blocks, to form 5 rows, of 5 blocks each.


Repeat to join the 5 rows together, to form a 5 x5 block quilt-top.


For more information on this method of joining QAYG blocks, and instances of it being used, please see:


Lily’s Quilts Blog – Quilt As You Go - joining blocks


Honeybee Cloths - Skinny Dippin’ Quiltalong 2015



Material required for 3 layer QAYG method:


• (25) – 11” squares 100% cotton needle-punched batting; or 80/20 batting. Pieces of batting left-over from previous projects are ideal.


It’s important to use batting having high cotton content, as when seams are pressed, the batting comes into contact with a hot iron, and if the batting is polyester, it will melt!


• (12) – 11” cotton fabric squares (for Sampler blocks). Cutting these slightly bigger than the 10 ½” Trimmed size allows for any shrinkage when the block is quilted – it can be up to ¼” depending on the amount of quilting or stippling. Once you’ve quilted the blocks they can be trimmed to 10 ½” the same as the Irish Chain blocks.


• (13) Irish Chain blocks measuring 10½” square (made in previous post – Irish Chain Tutorial).


• (25) – 11” cotton squares for quilt backing


If cutting from yardage, you’ll need 2 metres or 2¼ yards,

~ Cut into (7) – 11” x WOF strips,

~ Then sub- cut each strip into (4) – 11” squares.


Alternatively use left-overs from previous projects, for a lovely scrappy effect.


If you have your own preferred method or tips, please do share; and however you choose to quilt and construct your quilt, enjoy!


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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