Its a Happy Monday…

Hey, thanks for popping by 🙂

I usually dread Mondays, and this Monday was going to be especially sad, as my boys were heading back to school after half term, and I always miss their company, but this Monday i had some exciting news…

My name was mentioned in the latest Gutermann meeting – they loved my wash bags using the Gutermann Marrakesch fabric collection – Grab issue 59 of Quilt Now magazine to make yours. And they’ve asked me to make some more home projects things for them – i’m thrilled and my heading is buzzing with ideas 🙂

Then came along some more exciting news… I won the beautiful Pincushion Competition that I entered on Instagram. These gorgeous pincushions are made by Rosie Marshall www.instagram.com/rosiescraftcorner, I chose a blue and white one 🙂

Last Friday, Quilt Now issue 60 hit the shops, I’m thrilled to have two of my quilts featured in this months issue.

My ‘spring fling’ quilt, uses the beautiful new collection from @vickyyorkedesigns for @camelot_fabrics called ‘Village Life’.

The other quilt is featuring the new Island Batik fabrics from the gorgeous new collection ‘All a Flutter’ by @kathybrettengle

(photos curtesy of Quilt Now Magazine)

I’ve just about kept up with the ‘Flower Bouquet’ sew-along, hosted by Pat @quilterpatsloan, here are blocks 6,7 and 8

Last week brought with it the start of ‘Daisy Chain’ mystery quilt along, with my fabrics chosen, it was time to begin cutting…

I’m so excited to see what this mystery quilt will look like, head over to Amanda’ Instagram page to find all the details www.instagram.com/honeybunnyanddoll

One big finish this week, was the my Cosy Burgundy Quilt, using a new collection from  Stoffabrics – ‘autumn leaves’.

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***I quilted it using Vlieseline Cotton mix 80/20 and I’m IN LOVE!!***

Has anyone else used this? I would thoroughly recommend it – so cosy!

Lastly… its almost time for the final reveal of the #sweetestthingssampler, hosted by Dawn at Honeybee Cloths and Myself at CreativeBlonde.

Are you nearly finished?

I went with the QAYG method, and Sunday was spent quilting all my Irish chain blocks.  All the blocks in this quilt are available to download over on

‘Honeybee Cloths’ Blog

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

Show Your Wings Blog Hop, including a fabulous Giveaway…

Welcome to the first day of ‘show your wings’ Blog Hop hosted by Carol @justletmequilt. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like my idea, be sure to leave me a comment at the end, they make my day, and why not follow along if you like what you see 🙂

Show Your Wings Logo

I liked the idea of having a silhouette of something with wings, to give the impression of it showing off, as the sun goes down.

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I had a bunch of Island batik scraps, some of which were left over from the ‘all a flutter’ collection, which i knew would make a powerful sunset, so i began cutting out lots and lots and LOTS of squares, which is where my AccuQuilt cutting machine came in very handy. But what took longer then cutting out the squares??? my constant rearranging of the squares 😉

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I used Vlieseline Bondaweb to transfer my bats, I used three different sizes…

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I couldn’t resist using some Gutermann metallic thread to add some sparkle to my twilight quilt

 

 

I used Island batik fabric to bind the quilt, and added some quilted stars for some extra detail, using the metallic threads

 

 

and finally my bats were ready to fly and show their wings…

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**Giveaway Time**

 

 

How would you like to win a fantastic bundle of goodies? Simple click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter…

www.rafflecopter.com

This giveaway is now closed, huge thanks to everyone who entered and left me such beautiful comments. Congratulations to Carol Meech @mad_crafter_

Hop on over and see how all these amazing bloggers interpreted ‘Show your wings’ , from the list below – I’m so excited to see them all

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

 

Check out all the amazing bloggers who are participating here :

February 18

What About Rheema?

Hill Valley Quilter

Nutz For Redwork

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Melva Loves Scraps

Creative Blonde

Keepsake Moments

Whims And Fancies

Quilt n Party

Seams To Be Sew

February 19

Patchouli Moon Studio

Vroomans Quilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Songbird Designs

Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales

Kathleen McMusing

Life in the Scrapatch

DesertSky Quilting

Clever Chameleon Quilting

February 20

Creatin’ in the Sticks

MooseStashQuilting

The Joyful Quilter

Home Sewn By Us

Selina Quilts

Websterquilt

Beaquilter

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Ms P Designs USA

Bumbleberry Stitches

Mageez Room

February 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Sew Fresh Quilts

Quilt Fabrication

Words & Stitches

All Thingz Sewn

Kathy’s Quilts

For The Love Of Geese

Two Maker Chicks

madeNcorrea

thatfabricfeeling

And the winner is…

And the winner is …

‘Linda Cejnar’

Huge congratulations to you. Please email me your details and I will get your batik goodie bag sent out to you.

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Massive thank you to everyone who entered and left such beautiful comments, each and everyone made me smile 😊

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For more chances to see some more quilting eye candy and to win some fabulous prizes, head over to Facebook to take a look at the ‘my happy place’ row-along that started 4th September, please come back to see my row on the 2nd October 😊 Hosted my Marian at ‘seams to be sew’ IMG_20180905_074636_871

Happy sewing

x creative blonde x

All a Flutter, inc Giveaway…

Welcome to August Island Batik Ambassador challenge. This months challenge was for me to create a quilt showcasing the new fabric collection ‘All a Flutter’ and what a gorgeous collection it is. This months challenge is part of a 5 week blog hop… O M G that’s 5 weeks of Island Batik eye candy and 5 weeks of prizes up for grabs…

 

And the winner is …

‘Linda Cejnar’

Huge congratulations to you. Please email me your details and I will get your batik goodie bag sent out to you. Massive thank you to everyone who entered and left such beautiful comments, each one made me smile 😊

Great Outdoors Blog Hop

And the best part… YOU have the chance to win a bundle of this beautiful collection.

This collection is filled with flowers, dragonflies, bees and doves – everything i love to watch in my garden, and so that’s my inspiration came from to create this…. Ta Da

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The beautiful pinks, purples, teals, blues and green are simple gorgeous

My quilt began like this…

I fussy cut all the beautiful flowers, doves and dragonflies, and added them to my garden trellis, and after stitches the trellis, with the help of Vlieseline H250 Stabilizer fused to the reverse, I used FMQ to add the leaves

There was something quite pretty about the two doves sitting on the top, so i sewed them in place.

There are so many beautiful fabrics in this collection, i wanted to use some as a boarder. I couldn’t resist using the beautiful dragonflies in blue/purple for the backing, and the opposite colour combo for the binding

And my quilt was complete, i used a lovely lush wadding 295 from Vlieseline, as i have plans to leave this comfy quilt laying on my bed for my cats to sleep on, but something tells me my dog has plans of his own 😉

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Fabrics i used from the collection (just because i love their names):

Honeycomb – Cotton Candy

Floral Dot – Blush, Mixed Berry, and Raspberry

Dragonfly – Sea Mist, and Blueberry

Mixed Birds – Primrose

The 6th August is the start of the very excited Island batik Blog Hop, called ‘The Great Outdoors’ which will include a giveaways throughout the next 5 weeks, scroll down for the full list of each ambassador, to see the new island batik fabric collection, they are showcasing… But before you go, be sure to follow me here on my blog (remember to hit ‘subscribe’ to the confirmation email you will receive)

Who would like to win this beautiful bundle?

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Here’s how to win…

Just follow me here on my blog and on my Instagram page – see link below, leaving me a comment, telling me what you’d like to make with these beauties, on both this post and my IG post  – best of luck

“I love a giveaway”

To see more of my tutorials, you can follow me here on my blog www.creativeblonde.co.uk and/or Instagram page www.instagram.com/creativeblonde66 and www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

Stockist for the fabrics found in this tutorial

http://www.islandbatik.com

UK stockists

Fabritastic, Plush Addict, Sew Hot, The Sewing Studio and Cotton Patch

Extra lush wadding from Vlieseline, threads from Gutermann and Aurifil

Links to all the Island Batik Ambassadors and their fabric collections

Monday, August 6 – All A FlutterYellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 – Birds N’ BeesArk Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen

Wednesday, August 8 – Canterbury Manor Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting

Thursday, August 9 – Eclectic GardenDesert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 – Vintage MorrisMooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter

Monday, August 13 – SafariSew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs

Tuesday, August 14 – Spring BlossomsMary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk

Wednesday, August 15 – Victoria and Albert Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon

Thursday, August 16 – Wild ThingsFreemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs

Friday, August 17 – Petting ZooDen Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts

Monday, August 20 – Ocean OdysseyGateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler

Tuesday, August 21 – British RoseBusy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 – Dear WilliamThe Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly DreamsInchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter

Friday, August 24 – Fur-ocious FriendsQuilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter

Monday, August 27 – Globetrotter Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 – Jungle CruiseVicki’s Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 – LavendulaCarole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 – London CallingQuilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting

Friday, August 31 – Spirit Rhythm Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore

Monday, September 3 – Sweet Tweets Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot – heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts

‘Batik Jewels’ Quilt…

This months challenge was to create a Modern quilt, using anything from the box of gorgeous fabrics given to me by Island batik, I was super excited to use fabrics from my ‘surprise’ bundle of goodies, a new collection called ‘ all a flutter’,  I love blues, pinks and purples, the lovely Auriful threads went together so beautifully

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So what makes a quilt, Modern…

      • the use of bold colors and prints
      • high contrast and graphic areas of solid color
      • improvisational piecing
      • Minimalism
      • expansive negative space

Modern Batik Challeng

I chose the three most striking colours and used these to create the over-sized diamonds

 

I quilted over the diamonds to add a sparkle effect, to create jewels

 

Once the quilt was quilted using the beautifully soft batting from HOBBS (heirloom premium cotton batting) and binding was sewn on, I preferred the reverse of the quilt, somehow the striking colours are just stunning…

Which side is your favourite?

 

Thanks so much for reading, be sure to look out for issue 59 Of Quilt Now Magazine, due out 7th February 2019! (wow so far away i hear you say… it will be worth the wait 😉 ) for my full tutorial on how to make this quilt

Happy Sewing

x creative blonde x