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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, 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, 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, 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


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

 

To follow our blog posts, please pop over and follow "From our little hive to yours" our blog on Wordpress.

 

We very much look forward to sewing a little happiness together, Dawn xx

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