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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


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







By Dawn, Feb 21 2019 08:26PM

It's growing - in quiet moments I've been piecing Irish Chain and Sampler blocks for the Sweetest Things Sampler, which we begun a year ago.



I'm especially loving the little beehive peeking out there, and Michelle's strawberry basket - reminding me of warm, sunny days :)


Both myself and Michelle at CreativeBlonde have designed 6 Sampler blocks each, for the Sweetest Things Sampler. You can find our free templates and tutorials for each block on the Sweetest Things Sampler page of Honeybee Cloths. Including the twelfth block - "Sew happy" by Michelle, which is especially sweet.


I've thoroughly enjoyed each of the blocks and Michelle's block, 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." :)




Now all 12 Sampler blocks and 13 Irish Chain blocks are complete, it's time to join them together.


In preparation, lay the Sampler blocks out in order you’d like them, interspersing them with Irish Chain blocks.




Next, working from the top row down, sew the 10.5" blocks in each of the rows together, using a 1/4" seam allowance.


If you're using the Quilt As You Go technique using a 3 Layer Quilt sandwich, (Method 2 in the Quilt Construction notes PDF). Then blocks are joined in 3 steps....


Step. 1 Peel back the top layer of each quilt sandwich along the edges to be joined. Pin top layers right sides together and sew.


(I used a couple of safety pins, to keep the wadding / backing away from the edge being joined.)


Now, the top layers of both blocks are joined, press the seam.



Step 2. Next, 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.



Step 3. Finally, smooth over the backing pieces, folding under the backing edge of one block so that it overlaps the backing of the neighbouring block. Pin, then hand-stitch the backing in place.



Join the 2nd row, and subsequent rows in turn, till you have 5 rows, each measuring approx. 10.5" x 50.5"



Using the same technique (Steps 1 to 3) sew the rows together, to form a quilt top, measuring approx. 50.5" x 50.5"



If you choose, you can add borders to make a 60" x 60" quilt, cut:


Border fabric

(4) 5.5 ” x 62” strips

(4) 5.5 x 52" strips

Cotton wadding

(2) 6" x 62" strips

(2) 6" x 52" strips


To sew the borders on the quilt, I used the following shortcut, for each of the 4 border sections, attaching the shorter side border sections, to either side of the quilt first:


Pin both front and back borders along the edge of the quilt sandwich, both front and back, making sure border pieces and quilt sandwich are right sides together.


Next machine through all layers (borders and quilt sandwich in one go.)


Sew the wadding onto the seam allowance, then fold top and lower border over the  wadding.


You're nearly there. Just the binding to do, which is for next time :)


From our little hive to yours, happy sewing


Dawn x 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









By Dawn, Jan 2 2018 11:22AM



A very happy New Year to you and yours - hope it is is filled with sunshine, smiles and sweet moments x x


New year really is a time of fresh possibilities and I'm so happy and excited to be sharing this - It's been over 4 months in the making, a really long time when you've been itching to stitch :)


Beginning mid-January, and running over 12 months, our new Quilt-along - the Sweetest things Sampler celebrates the little things which make our lives sweeter.



I'm so thrilled that my lovely friend and fellow quilter Michelle of CreativeBlonde is returning to our blog, to co-host our quilt-along. Appropriately, the very first block relates to something which makes life a whole lot sweeter - Friendship and cherishing every moment.


Every month from February onwards a new Sampler block will be posted on the blog, (or if you prefer you can subscribe to receive the PDF document emailed direct to your Inbox - simply type Sweetest Thing Sampler into the subject line of the Contact form, together with your email.)



Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde
Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde


To complete the quilt , the Sampler blocks will be combined with Irish Chain blocks to make a quilt top approx 50" x 50" without borders (or 60" x 60" with borders.)


We would love to see the blocks you make, and hear about the things which make your lives sweeter too.Throughout the Quiltalong there will be Giveaways of sewing Goodies, to enter simply follow our Instagrams Honeybee Cloths and CreativeBlonde, and post a photo of your block on Instagram, using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler.


The materials we'll be using for our Sweetest Things Sampler are from Brenda Riddle collections for Moda Fabrics, including Brenda's newest collection Caroline, due in Honeybee Cloths store in two weeks time.



Brenda Riddle's collections are some of the prettiest cottons we've seen, and were the inspiration for our Sweetest Things Sampler Quilt. The Sampler blocks themselves make use of small quantities e.g. Fat Eighths - so if you have a stashful of pretty quitling cottons in need of a good home, this Sampler is for them too.


Our next post in mid January focuses a bit more on fabric requirements for background and Irish Chain blocks.


Till then wishing you lots of sweet cosy moments.


Dawn x X







By Dawn, Sep 22 2015 09:00PM

Earlier in the month a huge delivery of Moda made our day. It included Kindred Spirits - a very special collection of quilting cottons and sewing patterns, by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs.



Kindred Spirits is especially close to our hearts, with proceeds from this collection being donated by Moda to Cancer Care charities, and by Honeybee Cloths to Macmillan Cancer Support.


Anne of Bunny Hill Designs tells of how "the Kindred Spirit fabric was a joy to design. It’s a celebration of life and a testament to women who have fought Breast Cancer. It’s dedicated to my daughter-in-law Diana, my mother, my sister and to all women who have taken this journey.


As well as lovely Layer cakes, jelly rolls, charms and yardage, it includes petite patterns, which can be made quickly ....



(a whole batch of these gorgeous little pooches, can be made in an afternoon, perfect for making to sell for fundraising.)


and bigger projects too, including this stunning quilt....


(The original quilt, Merci La Vie (French for Thank you for Life) was lovingly hand appliquéed by a special group of women who have had breast cancer, and will be donated to the American Cancer Society. - Anne Sutton)


The pattern for Merci La Vie includes all the applique templates shown - a really lovely project for the winter months.


Incidentally, this Friday 25th September happens to be the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, it's an opportunity to get together over a cuppa and a cake to help raise funds for cancer support.


You can find where your nearest Coffee Morning is being held here


Have a lovely weekend 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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