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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 19 2018 07:36PM


It’s lovely to hear the little bees humming, busily working together, nurturing the hive - it reminds me of the hum of the sewing machine, and how just like the busy little bees, so much can be achieved when we work together x X


From our little hive to yours x
From our little hive to yours x

This months block "From our little hive to yours" is mostly an EPP (English Paper Pieced) project which can be sewn in the sunshine, on the beach, or nestled up in a cosy spot.


Block 6 measures 10 1/2” square before joining to other blocks.



So lets get busy, to make the block you'll need....


Materials:


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

Fat Eighth - Ivory/Cream floral (Caroline no. 18650 11)

Fat Eighth - Aqua (e.g. Caroline no. 18652 12)

Fat Eighth - Green floral (e.g. Caroline no. 18653 14)

1" square - white or glittery fabric (for bees wings)


Gutermann Sulky Cotton (30 weight) col. 4001 - Parchment for hand-quilting

Embroidery floss in yellow and brown or black

Gutermann Sew-all thread in dark grey (col. 701) and taupe (col. 854)


Optional: Stabiliser or lightweight interfacing , silver thread for wings


Equipment: Sewing machine; Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth.


Notions: Clover water erasable pen (or similar), Small sharp scissors, thimble,

small fine quilting needle, embroidery needle.


Optional: safety pins or basting spray.


If you plan to Quilt As You Go*, you’ll need an 11” square of wadding, and if you're following the 3 layer QAYG method you'll need 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 hive template or


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


Cut out the template pieces, using a ruler, rotary cutter and mat.





Prepare the pieces

• Pin the paper hive pieces (1-5) number side up, onto the wrong side of the ivory fabric

• Cut out, leaving ¼” margin around each of the paper pieces.

• Turn over the ¼” allowance and tack.




• Pin the side pieces L1-3 and R1-3, to the blue fabric. Cut out, leaving ¼” margin around each piece.

• Turn over ¼” allowance on three sides of these pieces, leaving a raw outer edge.


• Pin pieces L4–5 and R4-5 to the green fabric. Cut out, leaving ¼” margin around each piece.

• Turn over ¼” allowance on three sides of these pieces, again leaving a raw outer edge.




Now you’re already to sew the pieces together.


Working on one row at a time, place side piece (L1) on top of hive piece (1), right sides together.

Using an over stitch, take a “tiny bite” out of the folded edge, and keeping stitches close together, sew along the straight edge.


Line up side piece (L2) on the other side of the hive piece (1), and sew in place.






Repeat for the remaining rows, till you have 5 rows of paper piecing, plus top and bottom.

For the top and bottom pieces fold over and tack just the edge next to the hive.



Place the rows in order, Sew row 1 to row 2, and so on until all the rows are sewn together.

Press and remove the papers.




To make the borders

From the Off-white or Low volume fabric cut:

• 2 – 6 5/8” x 2 ¼”strips (cm)

• 2 – 11” x 2 ¾” strips (cm)

Machine sew the 6 5/8” strips to the sides, then sew the 11”strips to the top and bottom. Press seams.




So now our hive is made, there’s just one more thing this hive needs, to make it a home ….



Embroidery - Using a water erasable pen and a lightbox (or tape to a brightly lit window) trace the little bees, so two of them hover close to the hive, and 2 on the border. Trace the word “Honey” onto the hive, or you could add a name.




• The stripy little bodies of the bees were embroidered using just 2 strands of Anchor Moulin in yellow and brown. Sew short lines of chain stitch across the bees body or use satin, or stem stitch.


• To make the little wings, fusible webbing or applique glue holds tiny fabric wings in place, before sewing a line of backstitch using silver thread to hold them firmly in place.


• Alternatively back stitch the wing outline using a dark grey or taupe thread.




• Two French knots form the antennae. While a curvy flight path is marked out in running stitch, using dark grey thread.


• Finally, the word Honey is sewn using tiny backstitches in taupe coloured thread.


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

• 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 more information on both QAYG methods, please see Quilt Construction notes.



Secure the layers using safety pins, or your preferred method of basting.Now you’re ready to quilt, thread a small fine quilting needle with Gutermann Sulky cotton 30wt. This is a thicker thread than used for piecing.



Quilt 1/8” inside the hive, closely following the outline of the hive


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 6 – From our little hive to yours 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, from our little hive to yours,


Happy sewing x X


Dawn - Honeybee Cloths
















By Dawn, Jun 15 2018 10:19PM



Thank you so much for popping by our Quiltalong, it's lovely to have you along. I can't believe it's June, and the fifth block, nearly half way through our Sampler adventure. I'm utterly thrilled by this month's block, which is designed and made by Michelle from Creativeblonde - it's so gorgeous, hope you love it too.


Michelle's block - "Basket of Strawberry Sweetness", includes a beautiful basket woven from Brenda Riddles' "Caroline" ticking fabric, scrumptious strawberries, and the sweetest little quilted butterflies.


From our little hive to yours, Happy sewing x X




Block 5 - Basket of Strawberry Sweetness


Tutorial by Michelle Roberts from Creativeblonde


Designed for the ‘sweetest things sampler’


- 10 ½” Finished appliqued block, before joining to other blocks.


- Downloadable PDF tutorial and templates.



Materials

11” square Ivory fabric

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

12” piece of brown fabric - Caroline Ticking

Scraps of Red, Green and Floral

11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)

10” square of H250 Vilene interfacing

Gutermann threads colours; 118 & 4048


Cutting – from the templates

3 large strawberries

7 small strawberries

1 flower

1 large green top

3 small green tops

1 large leaf

2 medium leaves

1 small leaf

1 basket handle


Haberdashery items

Template sheet - download here

1 small wooden button

Erasable marker pen

Basic sewing supplies; Temporary basting glue; Iron; 505 basting spray or pins; Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat.


Assembly

Draw out the templates shapes on to the paper side of the interfacing, using a pencil. (templates have been reversed already for you) Cut them out roughly, and fuse (without steam) to the chosen fabrics, cut out accurately.


To create the woven effect basket, cut the brown fabric into strips

Three 1 ½” x 6 ½” and Three 1 ½” x 10” strips.


Fold and press over ¼” along one long edge, and sew 1/8” to hold in place, repeat for the other side, and for the remaing 5 strips.

Weave the strips and pin to hold together, see photo for placement.

Sew from right to left, to hold the strips in place, using gutermann colour 4048.



Trim your block to measure 8 ½” along the top of the basket, and 6” along the base -


KEEP TRIMMED PIECES


Use the trimmed pieces to make up the left-hand corner of the basket, and stitch in place.



Take your basket and pin to the main block. Pin the handle in place, tucking the curve under the edge of the basket, needle turn ¼” along the three edges of the basket, and sew in place. Leave the top for now. Hand sew the wooden button in place.



Arrange the strawberries and leaves in the basket, tucking them into the basket slightly. I made the centre look fuller, then the outer edges. Place one large strawberry with green top along with the flower on the left side of the outer basket.


Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use temporary basting glue to hold, while you sew in place. Sew around the visible shapes and add details, including the handle, using free motion embroidery or handstitching.


Needle turn the top ¼” of your basket, and sew in place


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 Quilt As You Go - QAYG, please refer to the Quilt Construction Notes)


Use your erasable marker and draw a 10” centralised square onto your Ivory fabric, draw around the butterfly template, and using free motion quilting, sew over these markings.




Remove all markings.



Congratulations you’ve finished Block 5 – basket of strawberry sweetness




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 this exciting quilt-a-long.


Happy sewing


x creativeblonde x





By Dawn, Jul 24 2016 09:18PM



This months seen some lovely fresh sewing supplies breezing into store, including Sew and Sew....



Sew and Sew is Chloe's Closets newest line for Moda. It's full of fresh tutti frutti colours and bright pops of colour. Prints include retro florals, and the ditsy "Apron strings" prints each available as Fat Quarters, yardage or bundles....




Patchwork Fruity is a lovely versatile large scale print, which includes printed text and snippits of sewing speak. The pattern repeat is every 62cm, so as well as being available as Fat Quarters and yardage, it's also available as a panel measuring 62cm x 110cm, so you receive the entire pattern.




I can see legions of sewing machine covers being made from this print :)


While the "Measuring Tape" print virtually shouts out to be used for binding, every time I pass it on the shelf!


Also pre-cuts including Jelly rolls and Layer cakes so you can make a quilt in a jiffy.




To compliment these lovelies, orders over £15 receive a free Pinwheel kit (while stocks last) !


Happy sewing x X








By Dawn, Aug 1 2015 12:43PM



Hope you’re having a lovely summertime - It’s been quite a breezy one here, just the weather for spinning pinwheels! Our fourth block before piecing and quilting is one of my favourites, it reminds me of happy seaside holidays - pinwheels spinning in the sea breeze, bright and colourful in the sunshine.


In total 4 pinwheels are needed for our Skinny Dippin’ Quilt, each one is made up from 4 very easy to make “ flying geese” units and 4 plain rectangles.


Taking a little extra care early on to cut out pieces to precise measurements, and checking a ¼” seam allowance is used when joining pieces together, makes it easier to match the centre points of the pinwheel, when it comes to joining the units together.


In the completed quilt the pinwheels can be used in the side borders, or even an extra row if you'd like to make a longer Skinny Dippin' Quilt.


Full instructions for making Flying Pinwheels here.


Happy sewing x


ps. the little pinwheel pictured sunning itself in the title pic, is made from Fast2Fuse, using a super-duper tutorial by Destri which can be found here :)







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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