Happy New Year…

Welcome to 2019! Isnt it exciting to think about what the year might have in store for us…

After having a full house for a couple of weeks, its going to feel awfully quiet when everyone returns to school and work next week, thankfully I have sooooo much to catch up with, and Im excited to get started – bring on 2019!

I got so wrapped up with Christmas I forgot to share my Christmas Hexi Tree cushion, so for anyone with some left over Christmas fabric, or you simply cant get enough of Christmas, you can download it here…

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Glitter Hexi christmas cushion cover

 

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On the 8th January, its my day for the Island batik Ambassador Blog hop, the blog hop begins 7th January through until the 1st February. Its a great blog hop because not only is if full of inspiration, but also showcases all the very new island batik fabrics, so be sure to stop by…

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If you’re looking for a new table runner for the new year, grab this months issue of quilt now magazine, where you can find my spring time floral table runner, with the cutest quilted bumble bees

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photo taken by Quilt Now Magazine

I love looking back through the year, seeing what was most popular… insights on Instagram tell me this was my most popular post of 2018.

Using beautiful fabrics from Dashwood Studio – flowerstalks and butterfly flower garden collection

My pattern is still available here…

www.overdalefabrics.com/make-sofa-sewing-caddy

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Thanks so much for all the lovely comments you’ve left me during 2018, Im so looking forward to 2019 – wishing you all a very happy new year

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

‘My Happy Place’ Row-along…

Welcome to ‘my happy place’ row along, hosted by the extremely talented Marian at Seams to be Sew. Today is the day i get to show you mine… the challenge was to create a row 12″ x 30″ vertical or horizontal to show my happy place…

So… where would i be if i could, where do i feel happy…

Somewhere warm, surrounded by candles and a cheeky glass of wine, but still be able to listen to the kids playing downstairs, yep its that one day a year i get to soak in the bath, full to the brim with bubbles and scented candles all around me – Mothers Day!!

My four boys love to spoil me with bubble bath, bath bombs and candles on mothers day.

These beautiful fabrics were very generously given to us by Northcott fabrics ‘cottons that feel like silk’, head over (after reading my blog of cause) to see all their amazing fabrics, i promise you, you’ll be blown away

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I wanted to set the scene to be winter – Christmas time to be precise (my other happy place to be), with snow falling outside the window, and this super soft fabric from ‘enchanted forest collection‘ from Northcott was perfect

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas, with a cheeky bottle of fizz, and i love the fabrics from Artisan Spirit Shimmer 2017 – Peacock By Deborah Edwards  which were perfect for creating my bottle of fizz

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I used Island batik fabrics from my stash, to add colour to my row, and a very useful pack of 10 coloured threads from Gutermann

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And one of my favourite Gutermann threads – metallic silver, for creating bubbles

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My candles are scented ‘gingerbread, fir tree, cranberry and cinnamon – can you smell them?

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You can download my pattern here

rowalong pdf

Now to introduce the giveaway,  here’s your chance to win Michael Miller Glam Girls Fat Eighth Bundle

Enter Here

Worldwide Shipping / Shipping paid by winner.
Value $40.00


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In addition, The Electric Quilt Company is sponsoring a giveaway for their EQ8 computer design program, valued at $239.95. There will be a coupon code via email to the winner of this prize!

Rafflecopter giveaway

Guidelines plus anything I’ve forgotten can be found here 

Huge thanks to Marian of Seams to be Sew for organizing this Row Along by getting together the designers, sponsors, and prizes!  Don’t forgot to visit all of the designers and enter in all of the giveaways

 

Here’s the rest of the hop schedule: Some of the earlier patterns and prizes have expired. But there are still loads of patterns/row to see and prizes to be won. The hop goes until October 9,  with a Show and Tell Day to round things up

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Quilt Rambler | Duck Creek Mountain Quilting | Cheryl LaPlante
Be A Quilter | Patti’s Patchwork

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pretty Piney | Ms P Designs USA | Creatin’ in the Sticks
Freemotion by the River | Any Pattern

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Barbara Dieges | Upstairs Hobby Room
Quilt Art | UlaSewing / SzycieUli

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Pumpkin Patch BC | Sew Incredibly Crazy
A Quilting Chick | Patchwork Breeze

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Just Let Me Quilt | Elizabeth Coughlin Designs | Quilt Fabrication
Renee’s Quilting Addiction | Made By Marney

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Clever Chameleon | Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Cynthia’s Creating Ark | Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – YOU ARE HERE!

Songbird Designs/Brenda’s Blog | Powered By Quilting | Kissed Quilts
Happy Sewing Room | Sew Joy Creations

Thursday, September 27, 2018

BobbininQuilts | Daydreams of Quilts | The Quilted Snail | Scrapdash

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Words & Stitches | True Blue Quilts | Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Meanderings Along Lizard Creek | Creativeblonde

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Quilt In Piece | Jaded Spade Creations | Mountain Meadow Designs
Masterpiece Quilting | Pamela Quilts

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

 

 

 

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

Where Flowers Bloom…

I was thrilled to be involved in this blog hop, as i love flowers, I’ve been spending a lot of time recently in my garden, and my efforts are beginning to pay off…

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I had some beautiful floral fabrics from Craftcotton, with the most perfect threads from Gutermann…

 

So i just needed to design my quilt, i knew i wanted a wall hanging, and i love a blanket stitch, so i set to work designing my block…

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I really enjoyed using these beautiful threads, with the floral fabrics, here is my ‘where the flowers bloom’ wall hanging…

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Thanks for reading, head over to my Instagram page to WIN Gutermann threads and fabrics, and follow me here on my blog for more info

x creativeblonde x

Here is a list of the other amazing bloggers involved in this blog hop…

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop Schedule

Wednesday, June 13th

Just Let Me Quilt
Hazel’s Daughter
Nettie Sews and Lucky Quilts
ShirleyC
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Songbird Designs
Creativeblonde
Patchouli Moon Studio

Wish Upon A Star Blog Hop…

Welcome to day two of this amazing eye candy blog hop, hosted by Carol @justletmequilt 

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So the challenge was to make something with a star on it, what could be prettier a quilt with stars

I had recently purchased the EQ8 software, and after playing around with it for a while, my first design incorporated a STAR… and so my ‘wish upon a star’ quilt was born 😉 I will be honest, i did ask google, how many points a star had, just to make sure, turns out, anything from 4 to infinity qualifies

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I chose some beautiful fabrics from Craftcotton, a new collection called ‘By The Pond’

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The swans were just so pretty, i had to make a feature of them

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The top quilt was complete, and with just a few days to complete, i was keen to get it quilting and bound

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I chose a bold Teal binding, to pull out the teal in the quilt. All sewn together using Gutermann threads

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Thanks for reading, be sure to hop on over to see all the other stars!

Follow me here, and you can find me on Instagram and Facebook as Creativeblonde66

 

Here is a list of the talented bloggers taking part

May 21 – Today

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Creative Blonde

May 23

May 24

May 25

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x creativeblonde x

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop…

This year I signed up for this new and exciting challenge – 2018 new quilt bloggers, in the hope it will help me improve my blogging skills,

And it starts today – 16th April – Introductory Post about myself and I’m one of the 8 bloggers to post during this first week…

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Do I know what I’m doing? not so much!… so please bare with me

I do know I’m with 8 other bloggers in a hive called ‘Quilt, Blog, Repeat’ Here is our button

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Here are the members of our hive:

Jen – dizzyquilter.com
Michelle (that’s me!) –  creativeblonde.co.uk
Roseanne – homesewnbyus.com
Jan – cocoaquilts.com
Tara – quiltdistrict.com
Nicole – handwroughtquilts.wordpress.com
Karen – thequiltrambler.com/blog/
Becca – prettypiney.com
Sarah – 9658textiles.blogspot.ca

So lets get to the introductory bit…

My name is Michelle AKA creative blonde, my name came from a my dads love of The Beatles. oh wait, you guys meant my blogger name, well… this was chosen by my husband, who decided this was ‘awesome and catchy’ after a lengthy chat with each other about how i though i was never really ‘clever’, i just loved creating things and i have also been know to have many ‘blonde’ moments… So along came creative blonde (my husband designed and created my logo too)

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I added a few of my favorite quilts/makes below, i love to work with blues, and my favourite stitch, is machine blanket stitch

I thoroughly enjoy taking photos, not just of the finished item, but the fabrics, and the process along the way. My Instagram page reflects this …

I got into quilting a few years ago, as my children (4 boys) started needing me less  – sob… I took a City & Guild Diploma in Quilting & Patchwork, I’ve always been a ‘stay at home’ mum, and wouldn’t have it any other way, i’m so very proud of my boys, even though everyday brings new challenges, and stresses, so this worked out perfectly. I can still be around for my boys, but focus on something to keep me sane. I guess quilting, sewing, embroidery, cross stitch and crocheting is my stress relief. I get a real buzz when i finish a project, and i’m always so excited to share my new pattern/ design here on my blog. I love to show photos on Instagram and Facebook of new fabrics, projects and challenges i’m involved in too

My best bit so far, is meeting all the lovely people on social media, everyday someone makes me smile or laugh, by a comment or photo

My Quilting Tip:

Accurate cutting is key…

And whenever you think ‘oh that will do, or as my husband says when doing DIY  – ‘get away with that’, always go back, unpick and re-do, because it will take a few minutes and look so much better, or you will be forever seeing the mistake in the finished item, and wish ‘why didn’t i go back and re-do that bit’

Whats your best Quilting Tip? i would love to hear from you…

Huge thanks for reading my post today, please hop around all the lovely bloggers in this blog hop, up this week with myself are and who knows you might pick up a tip or two

Gail      http://quiltinggail.wordpress.com

Rachel         http://rachelrossi.design/blog

Tracie H   http://www.ricefordstreams.com

Wendy T     http://www.piecefulthoughts.com

Jan                            http://cocoaquilts.com

Michelle (that’s me!) http://www.creativeblonde.co.uk

Terry   http://tlcquiltsblog.wordpress.com

April               http://jandabendquilts.com/blog

Happy Sewing

x creativeblonde x

 

 

Postcard Exchange…

I was thrilled to be involved in the postcard exchange, hosted by Elm Street Quilts, these are a must for anyone to have a go at, they are so very cute, and would put a smile on anyone face who received it…
We all got to choose a one word prompt, about what we would like our postcard to be about, and we received one in return…
The prompt I received was ‘CUTE’, I knew straight away what fabrics i wanted to use, these very cute bunny fabrics from Higgs&Higgs

 

 

 My one word prompt was ‘VINTAGE’, and here is the beautiful postcard i received from @sierralima14

 

 

 This was such a fun exchange, and I would love to make more, I think these would make lovely birthday cards for special friends, below is a list of all the other bloggers involved in this postcard exchange…
Denise @ DottieDoodle
Karen @ Run Sew Fun
*** Michelle @ Creative Blonde ***
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Many thanks for reading, check out  Elm Street Quilts blog for a tutorial on how to make your very own postcard, be sure to tag us all
x creativeblonde x
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Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop!

Today is the day, to finally be able to share with you my first ever blog hop piece, i ordered these beautiful fabrics a while ago from Sew Hot and this was the perfect project to use them for…

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These fat quarters were taken from the Peppered Cottons range .  “These are yarn-dyed shot cottons, meaning the weft and warp are two different colors, giving each color a unique look. These shot cottons are a heavier weight that others on the market and thus have earned their standing as a ‘favorite’.”

Really lovely to work with, I laid out my pattern and chose my favouite stitch  – blanket stitch.

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Each square got small, smaller, to the smallest, as they spread to the outer edge, and also  the over lap decreased on each square too.

The wording i wanted to use from the gorgeous fabric ‘sew it!, quilt it! love it! in purple by Amy Hamberlin of Kati Cupcake Pattern Co was slightly smaller then i needed to start off the big square, so i mounted this.

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cute hey!…

I blanket stitched this mini quilt using the gorgeous thread from Gutermann, colour number 662.

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For the backing i used a small piece of grey blender, and some floral fabric from craftcotton , that i had left over in my scraps, and after quilting the middle square, i bound the quilt with some baby pink binding.

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I’m so pleased with how this turned out…

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Cant wait to go blog hop and see everyone else’s creations, below is a list of all the bloggers taking part and the dates they are releasing their makes. But just before you begin scrolling, thanks for reading, and be sure to follow me here on my blog, by clicking on the ‘about’ page and over on my Instagram page

x creativeblonde x