October’s endangered animal awareness challenge…

The 2021 Aurifil Color Builders are a capsule of 12 mini-collections dedicated to an incredibly worthy cause that falls in line with Aurifil’s goal to increase sustainability and positive environmental impact — Endangered Species. Each collection contains three large spools of their supple and strong 40wt thread — a warm, a medium, and a dark.

For the October challenge, Aurifil asked the Island Batik Ambassadors to create a piece inspired by the endangered animal featured on their assigned Color Builder box.

I received the Sumatran Elephant…

The Sumatran elephant is native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and are one of the smallest of the Asian elephants, and known for their bright skin. Sadly there are are only between 2400 and 2800 Sumatran elephants left in the world, which puts them on the critically endangered list.

There has been a huge decline recently, largely due to habitat loss and illegal killing of the elephants for their ivory.

WWF Indonesia aims to protect the sustainability of the Sumatran elephants through collaborations with the government and other organizations. They have established elephant patrols, that serves to prevent hunting and dismantling of traps that can endanger the elephants.

Auriful thread have drawn their color inspiration from 12 magnificent animals, currently in dire need of attention, advocacy, and compassion. They are dedicated to highlighting their stories, helping to educate on their struggles, and working to create valuable change via awareness and fundraising. To help achieve these goals, Aurifil are collaborating with Earth League International and are looking forward to a strong and effective partnership, to read more about their work, head to

https://www.aurifil.com/2021-color-builders

I’ve created a wall hanging, using some gorgeous Island Batik fabrics, and the 3 Aurifil threads from my pack

I love the effect of the Island Batik blue fabrics

The light thread added a lovely shimmer to my project

Using the other two thread colours, I added some thread painting details to add depth and shading

Be sure to check out all the other Ambassadors projects, by heading over to the Island Batik Page

This wall hanging was quilted with Hobbs cotton batting and I added some hanging hoops to complete my project

I’ve really enjoyed reading about these elephants along with all the other Ambassadors projects, I hope you have too.

Michelle x

September challenge…

Ever had a challenge put to you, that you were unsure you could manage, one of those that plays on your mind, that you should crack on with, but you keep putting it off… well I have to admit the Island Batik September challenge was one of those moments!

I have made a few bags, but not one so advanced as this…

ByAnnie has generously provide all the Island Batik Ambassadors with a pattern and all the necessary hardware to make a bag of my choice!

There were so many to choose from, and all really practical and useful, I finally decided on the Round Trip Duffle Bag… thinking next time I go away for the weekend, Il be prepared 🙂

I chose the stunning Spiral Surf, Feather in Mauve, and Peacock Waterfall from the Fancy Feathers collection, and Branch in Blue from the Blenders collection

With all the pieces laid out in front of me and 10 pages of instructions, I was ready to begin make a cup of tea…

Supplies

I began working my way through the step by step instructions, which are really clearly written, even a bag novice like myself could get my head around them

I cut and quilted all the pieces, and was loving the fabrics combo I had chosen. (blues and purples are my favourite). The pattern also comes with REALLY handy printable labels for each piece, which I strongly recommend using, this keeps everything in order.

SOOOOOOOO many pieces right?!!! and they just keep coming!

Lots of straps are needed for this bag, so I would recommend an ‘Easy loop turner’ makes this process a breeze. I love adding the metal catches, I think it starts to make the bag feel like its coming together

Pockets were up next, I love a bag with lots of pockets, and this one has 9 (Cool huh!) and a really useful trolley sleeve which slips over the handles on your suitcase/trolley

The front and back were created next, along with the centre panel.

I was getting excited by this point, and all my worries of not being able to do it, were disappearing – I almost had a bag in front of me! Your patterns are genius ByAnnie.

I used Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles to create this bag, and they were amazing considering the layers I was sewing through.

Joining the final pieces of the bag and binding the inside, was made so much easier with the help of my Hemline Gold quilting clips

And with that my bag was complete… here is the inside

Drum roll…

Here is my finished weekend bag, I’m really pleased with out it turned out, and I can seriously recommend ByAnnie patterns

Huge thanks to Island batik, ByAnnie, Aurifil, Schmetz for supplying me with the accessories to create my bag for the September challenge, and my amazing Brother sewing machine – we did it!!

A few more photos, just in case you just cant get enough of this super gorgeous bag 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, please hit the follow button if you haven’t already, and find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Have a lovely weekend

Michelle x

Look what just arrived…

Two new collections from Island Batik, aren’t they stunning

Passion Petals paired with the gorgeous ‘pool’ from tantalising teals and ‘tanzanite’ from marvelous multis.

Floral wonders paired with ‘parakeet’ from tantalising teals and ‘icicle’ also from tantalising teals.

Head over to your local island batik stockist for this gorgeous fabrics

Till next time

Michelle x

Island batik August blog hop…

What do you get if you mix a gorgeous new collection of Island Batik ‘proud peacock’ with some Auriful thread, a Deb Tucker Studio 180 Tucker Trimmer ruler and a sewing machine?

Need a clue?

Still need more clues? This super handy ruler is great for your HST projects…

Yes you guess it… a super adorable quilt

This quilt is made up of over 725 hand cut pieces, and uses every fabric from the Proud Peacock collection (plus a few duplicates), sewn together using Auriful Thread.

After putting my quilt top design together, I had 5 blocks left over… the perfect amount to make a gorgeous table runner

Head over to the Island batik page to see all the amazing new fabric collections, along with all the very talented Island Batik ambassadors who have created some stunning quilts this month (and every month).

Proud Peacock collection has been designed by Kathy Engle for Island Batik and is in shops from September 2021

Fancy being in with a chance of winning the Island Batik ‘Sticks and Stones fabric collection shown below????

Enter here

Best of luck

Michelle x

Looking for a super cute project to get stuck into this autumn?

Check out these two magazines – OUT NOW

British Patchwork & Quilting

Inside you’ll find lots of beautiful quilt patterns, including my ‘Summer Watermelon’ Quilt,  featuring tonal prints with delicate oriental floral from Makower fabrics.

Love Sewing

Inside you will find my weekend wash bag project, perfect if you’re planning a weekend away

Happy sewing

Michelle x

Looking to add some summer sunshine to your table?

Inside this months issue of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, you will find my Summer Flowers Table Runner, using the beautiful and vibrant Sunny Bee fabrics from Makower.

Summer Flowers Table

This runner is a perfect match with my gorgeous summer bouquet

I would love to see your summer table settings, tag me in your photos on Instagram @michelle_creativeblonde and Facebook @creativeblonde66

Enjoy the sunshine

Michelle x

new and exciting listings…

Hey, thanks for stopping by… I wanted to share a couple of new listings I have added to my Etsy store

First up is a gorgeous Daisy chain wall kite hanging, this was made for a customer, but I loved it so much I’ve added the listing to my Etsy store

Daisy Chain Wall Kite Hanging

My kite wall hangings come in so many different colours and fabric prints,and can include a beautiful decorative stitch on the kite. Please get in touch with a request, each kite can be personalised with a name or short message.

Head to my Etsy store for more details www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts

Next up… I’m so excited to of collaborated with BIBS, leading manufacturer in Dummies and Teethers, I’ve chosen some gorgeous colours to be added to my baby gift sets

BIBS Muslin gift set

The BIBS dummies are available in Pink, Blue, Ivory and Sage. The BIBS baby bities are available in Ivory star and Sage heart. Head to my Etsy store for more details

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts

Enjoy your week

Michelle

its a winning friday…

Looking to add some style to your sewing area, or have a friend who loves to sew? well I have a beautiful giveaway happening this weekend…

Grovesltd have just released the new Gold range from Hemline, and its gorgeous

“Hemline Gold is an exclusive range of high quality sewing products inspired by the rich history of the haberdashery industry, fused with sleek and modern finishes. Drawing inspiration from traditional Victorian heritage and craftsmanship the Hemline Gold range has been designed and manufactured with performance, conscience and style in mind.

The collection features rich brushed gold, matt black and modern clear acrylic finishes across popular sewing essentials such as scissors, pins, tape measures, hand sewing needles and more.

The environmentally conscious packaging has been developed specifically to be easy to recycle, with no plastic waste, wrapped within brown Kraft paper and printed with a delicate Matt black design”

To be in with a chance of winning a packet of stunning fabric quilting clips and a super cute glass jar of gold assorted sized pins, simply…


1) Follow my blog —> by clicking the follow button

2) Leave me a comment so I know you’ve entered

OPEN TO UK ENTRIES ONLY
(winner chosen at random on Sunday 9th May – Best of luck

Michelle x