Island Batik April Challenge…

This month is all about the AccuQuilt cutting machine, this A-mazing piece of equipment was given to us by Accuquilt as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program 2019.

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AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Challenge Baby Quilt  – Make a 40″ to 48″ square baby quilt using AccuQuilt dies

Baby Quilt

So how long would it take you cut out 625 Half Square Triangles ? With the Accuquilt Go  Cube, you can Mix and Match to create over 72 block designs, I chose the following die cuts, and it took me under an hour to cut all my pieces out  – That’s Crazy right? and not a dog ear in sight!!! – Happy days!!

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I create my design on the EQ8 software.

This quilt was made using Island Batik fabrics given to me by Island Batik, as part of the Island Batik Ambassador Program

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The pile of HST looked so pretty all stacked up, don’t you think?

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It took me almost 7 hours to sew these 625 pieces together, but I love the end result…

Thanks for reading, be sure to head over to the Island Batik Facebook page to see what the other ambassadors are making this month, and throughout the year…

Follow me here on my blog, and you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle @creativeblonde66

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My First Video…

Hey,

Thanks for coming along with me on this journey… last year when i became an island batik Ambassador, I was asked to make an un-boxing video “WHAT?” I said, with my first initial thoughts being how do I get out of this…

Big confession alert!!!

I didn’t do one, instead I watched in ore at all the other ambassadors doing there un-boxing videos, they all did such a fabulous job.

This year when I received the news that I was a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador, my husband took control, he said there was no getting out of it this year, and he began coming up with ideas on how to edit my video, I will admit his ideas were a little crazy, and I was keen to shy away from making the video, but i DID it, and here it is…

Please note I’m extremely shy, and nervous in this video, my cat is there for moral support.

 

This AccuQuilt cutting machine is AMAZING, I’ve really enjoyed playing it so far. Follow me on my journey this year, to see what i create with it.

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Look at all this beautiful fabric…

And the most amazing batting from Hobbs, and threads from Aurifil

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

Island Batik Blog Hop…

Welcome to Day 2 of the Island batik Blog hop – Getaway (destination, travel themed).

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The new collection I’ve been very fortunate to of been given by island Batik, as part of the Ambassador program was called  ‘DITTY‘ – and I LOVE it!! what a stunning collection!!

I’m not going to lie, this quilt alone took me on a journey of its very own… With Christmas and New Year celebrations done and dusted, I knew i was one of the first on the blog hop list, so time wasn’t on my side… my thoughts immediately went to beach huts, but after much designing, i realized it was not going to work with no blue fabric in the collection… so i pulled out my laptop and loaded up EQ8…

Kaleidoscope Pattern… Ta Da!! ‘What?’ I hear you ask, ‘how does this fit the theme?’,

Well let me explain…  when looking through the patterns, I came across the Kaleidoscope Pattern, my 8 year old son said to me, whats a Kaleidoscope? so i asked my eldest son, who immediately reached for his Iphone to google it! he then replied with, ‘it must be one of those 80’s kids toys’…

Can you still buy them?

Anyway, as i tried to explain how it worked, i realized that when you look into a Kaleidoscope it takes you on a special journey all of it own, creating patterns and stories of what the patterns look like, its definitely part of my childhood journey, and one i was able to share with my children… I’m not sure it will ever beat an Iphone or Xbox, but I loved my Kaleidoscope

I wanted to keep the inner layer quite neutral, with the addition a few colours, so i could leave the outer edge for the oranges and yellows. ‘y’ seams are not my friend, but i was determined not to be beaten

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With the inner layer complete, I started to play around with the fabrics till I happy with the outer layer

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I’m so happy with the way this turned out, I definitely want to make another version in the near future, if only to concur my fear of ‘y’ seams…

I will be writing a tutorial for this quilt, so be sure to follow me here on my blog, so I can keep you updated.

Also I just recieved the most amazing news, Im going to be a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador, so I will be sharing lots more beautiful batik makes.

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You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram @creativeblonde66

I quilted it with stars and inside is Hobbs 100% wool batting – this was a dream to work with

Sewn together using Aurifil threads and strips of ‘Ditty’ fabric to bind

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to check out all the other amazing Island Batik Ambassadors show casing all the new collections

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

WEEK 1

Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

MaryEllen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

Sandra @ mmm! quilts

 

Tuesday, January 8  – Ditty

Stephanie @ Steph Jacobson Designs

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

 

Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie @ Free Motion by the River

Anna @ Ark Angel Creations

 

Thursday, January 10 – Feline Fine

Bea @ BeaQuilter

Sharon @ Yellow Cat Designs

 

Friday, January 11 – Flea Market

Geraldine @ Living Water Quilter

Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting

 

WEEK 2

Monday, January 14 – Fortune Teller

Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter

 

Tuesday, January 15  – Gypsy Rose

Jen @ Dizzy Quilter

Janet @ Whispers of Yore

 

Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley Park

Dione @ Clever Chameleon

Nancy @ Masterpiece Quilting

 

Thursday, January 17 – Soul Song

Carole @ Carol Lyles Shaw

Toby @ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

 

Friday, January 18 – Twilight Chic

Jackie @ If These Threads Could Talk

Tina @ Quilting Affection

 

WEEK 3

Monday, January 21 – Winter Park

Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations

Anita @ Quilt In a Not Shell

 

Tuesday, January 22  – Bazaar

Karen @ The Quilt Rambler

Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Turid @ Den syende himmel

 

Wednesday, January 23 – Blossom

Karen @ Sew Karen-ly Created

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

 

Thursday, January 24 – Boho

Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts

Suzy @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

 

Friday, January 25 – Brookview

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy

 

WEEK 4

Monday, January 28 – French Blue

Pamela @ PamelaQuilts

Joyce @ Hearts Creations

 

Tuesday, January 29  – Midsummer Night

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Connie @ Kauffman Designs

 

Wednesday, January 30 – Oh Deer

Jen @ Patterns by Jen

Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics

 

Thursday, January 31 – Snow Berry

Sally @ Sally Manke Fiber Artist

Joan @ Moosestash Quilting

 

Friday, February 1 –

Icicle

Terri @ Meanderings along Lizard Creek

Anne @ Sweetgrass Creative Designs


Candy Cane Lane

Mania @ Mania For Quilts

Barbara @ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Needle, Paper, Scissors

This month challenge was to complete a paper pieced project (Foundation or English) I knew straight away which project i wanted to try, its been on my ‘to-do’ list for a while…

The fabrics i chose to use in this project were given to me from island batik, as part of my island Batik Ambassador program. The threads are from Aurifil and the batting is from Hobbs.

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Meet Gidget, Cricket and Pepper, these beautiful paper piecing butterfly charm block patterns are by @lillyellasworld.  Here is my version, i love how the colours glow on the dark fabric.

 

I decided to mount the butterflies with a hand sewn quote i found, written by Helen Keller, using an embroidery Aurifil thread. To keep my fabric taught whilst sewing the words, i backed the fabric with Vlieseline Stitch ‘n’ tear – and it worked fab. I simply printed off the words, reversed them onto paper, using Sulky transfer pen, and then ironed this onto the chosen fabric. The great thing i found about stitch ‘n’ tear is that it doesn’t need bonding to the fabric, and simply tears away when you’re finished sewing.

 

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See my progress photos below…

***Top Tip***

Island Batik fabrics are great for paper piecing, not only because they are beautiful fabrics, but the fabrics are reversible, so you can never get them the wrong way up.

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Many thanks for reading, have a lovely week ahead, until next time… happy sewing

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde 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

A little piece of weekend loveliness… Island Batik box 2 – the grand opening

Well it might be Friday the 13th, but right now I’m feeling very fortunate, I’ve just opened  box 2 for being an Island batik Ambassador, and the fabrics are gorgeous, I just had to share the loveliness

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

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I’m so excited to be continuing on this very exciting journey as an Ambassador… and thrilled with the beautiful fabrics in box 2, I’m already getting excited about using these beauties

Along with these beautiful fabrics, Hobbs Batting and Aurifil and generously donated a variety of batting and threads.

My Lizard who traveled back from Oz with me wanted to make an appearance in box 1 photos, but i was worried about taking him off the wall, this time i let him join in the fun…

First up, are these Paisley Dot Brights, aren’t they stunning? 42 pieces of 10″ squares, in 21 fabric designs

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6 Half yard cuts from the ‘check it out’ collection, and 5, yes FIVE yards of neutral fabric – This one is called ‘milkshake’

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8 half yard bundle of Batik Foundations, i just love the names ‘bubbles – Custard’ and ‘cat scratch – watermelon’

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And the gorgeousness just keep coming… I love love love these Aqua and Bermuda basics, and they team up so well with this ‘Spirit Rhythm’ pack of 40 2 1/2″ strips

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Roar… wow!! What a stunning collection of prints ‘Wild Things’ . 42 10″ squares of 20 fabric designs, I think I will pair these up with the Grey, White and Black basics

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And the last bundle of fabrics, I sadly cant show you, its a SURPRISE !!! Keep following me, to what special new fabrics I received, trust me it will be worth the wait, I literally screamed with excitement when I opened the package

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Hobbs have generously given me three bundles of batting, a queen size cotton, and two throw sizes, from their Tuscany Collection, one is 100% wool and one is a cotton wool blend

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And last but by no mean least, some beautiful Aurifil threads and tote bag, celebrating Aurifil USA 10 years old, and a fab colour chart

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Follow me here on my blog, to see what I make with all this beautiful fabric, by hitting the ‘follow’ button.

You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook @creativeblonde66

Check out all the other Island Batik Ambassador blogs here:

Barbara at Bejeweled Quilts
Bea at BeaQuilter
Connie at Kauffman Designs
Geraldine at Living Water Quilter
Jeanette at Inchworm Fabrics
Jennifer at Curlicue Creations
Jennifer at Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Maryellen at Mary Mack Made Mine
Michelle at Creative Blonde  <— That’s me!
Pamela at PamelaQuilts
Sally at Sally Manke
Sandra at MMM Quilts
Stephanie at Steph Jacobson

 

Happy Sewing

x creativeblonde x

‘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

 

Inspired by my spring garden…

Spring is my favorite time of the year, although i think i say that about every season as it comes around. After living in Australia for 5 years, I seem to appreciate the seasons so much more, now i’m home

This month Island batik Challenge was to make a playful pillow

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I took my inspiration from my garden, I love to grow clematis, and year I’ve been fortunate enough to have two colours flowering. With the beautiful bold, bright colours of Island Batik fabrics, I knew this was going to work well to capture the colours from my garden

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I added batting under the flower, so i was able to do lots of quilting, i also added a few leaves, the greens from Island Batik are so vibrant

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, the threads i used were Aurifil threads

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Thank you so much for reading, what inspires you when making a quilt or cushion? i would love to hear, follow me here, and find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and Facebook @creativeblonde66

Happy Sewing

x creativeblonde x