its all up to you…

The months Island Batik Challenge, was left down to us as ambassadors to decide what to make. Head over to the Island Batik page to see all the amazing creations from this month

I’ve been busy over the last few months completing the first of three modules of a surface pattern design course, so I was keen to bring some of my designs to life…

I used Jewel Quest fabric collection, along with some bright green and purple threads from Aurifil to create my cushion covers

Jewel Quest fabric from Island Batik

I really love free motion quilting, its just like drawing but with your machine, and I get a real buzz from it, here are some close ups, each cover is quilted using Hobbs 80/20 cotton mix batting.

16″ x 16″ cushion covers

If you love these cushion covers, I have some exciting news… I’m currently taking orders, so please get in touch as I’d love to make something that fits your living room or bedroom decor. These cushions covers are made to order, which means they are available in all sizes and colours, prices start from just £20.

These two cushions are already looking stunning in their new home, and look brilliant on their new owners snuggle sofa

Thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog, happy Monday!

Michelle x

Free Pattern – Kyoto blush cushion covers…

Today I want to share with you a pattern I created using the new Kyoto fabric collection by Stuart Hillard for Craftcotton.

Cushion covers are a great way to add a splash of colour to your living room or bedroom.

Be sure to tag me with your finished cushion covers, I would love to see your cushions

Follow me here on my blog, and share with friends, you can also find/tag me on Instagram and Facebook.

Looking for more handmade Christmas items to buy?

Please check out the ‘pages’ listed on my home page (or click the link below), you will find all my quilts which are for sale, most of which have been published in UK, American and Australian quilting magazines, plus lots of other handmade items.

‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing


busy busy busy…

Wow, can you believe November is coming to an end, I’m feeling slightly uneasy about Christmas this year, not sure its going to be the same at all, but my kids are still very excited, so much so, we spent the weekend choosing our tree and decorating it.

The lounge is looking very festive, and smells amazing as this morning I made the Christmas cake – my favourite part of Christmas – so it is beginning to feel like Christmas.

This week I got to play with the new collection ‘Kyoto’ by Stuart Hillard for @craftcottonco, teamed with a gorgeous shimmering coral fabric.

Craftcotton also just released some new Christmas fabric, so I designed this cute Christmas present table runner. Both my patterns will be available soon on the Craftcotton blog

My cat who returned last week after being missing for 81 days, is super keen to be involved in all the photo shots

I’ve also been busy making luxury handmade ties, I’ve decided to personalize them, to make them extra special when giving them as a gift. I don’t know about you, but I find men really tricky to buy for, and I think these ties make a beautiful and thoughtful gift. A short message using a few words can be added to each tie.

Great for dads, grandads, uncles, nephews and friends, for lots of special occasions, whether it be a birthday, Christmas, new job, wedding or fathers day.


Order yours today from my here on my website, just head to the order form page, don’t forget to add details of your message (no more then 3 words)

Follow me here on my blog, and share with friends, you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Looking for more handmade Christmas items?

Please check out the ‘pages’ listed on my home page (or click the link below), you will find all my quilts which are for sale, most of which have been published in UK, American and Australian quilting magazines.

This weekend I’m including FREE UK delivery.

‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing


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…


Glitter Hexi christmas cushion cover




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…


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


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…


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


x creativeblonde x


Sashiko Kit…

Wow, what a super kit!

This kit is by Sew Easy.  It comes with absolutely everything you need, a large piece of deep blue fabric, needles, thread , fabric pen and lots of stencils, giving you so much versatility of being able to create your very own design


I decided to make a cushion cover, so after measuring and cutting the size i needed, i was keen to play around with the fabric pen and stencils (the fabric pen has the option of many colours which i loved)


The grooves in the stencils, also show you the length of each stitch, and as the Sashiko stitch can be done with four or five stitches at one time, it comes together quite quickly



I was super pleased with the results, and keen to finish my cushion…



These Sashiko kits are available at and

They would make such a lovely gift for anyone who loves needle craft at any level


To see more of my tutorials, you can follow my blog here at and/or Instagram page and

Happy Sewing

x creativeblonde x

Ocean Wave – Cathedral window cushion cover…

These beautiful blues are available from Craftcotton , they come as a lovely fat quarter bundle. As soon i saw this bundle, i knew i had to coordinate them with some snow white fabric to make a cathedral window cushion cover…

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Check out how to make your very own cushion cover, by following my free step-by-step tutorial, link below

ocean waves – cathedral windows cushion cover pdf

Head over to Craftcotton to see there full array of beautiful fabrics, and be sure to take a look at their blog for loads of free patterns and tutorials.

Follow me here on my blog, by pressing the ‘follow’ button – it pops out here on the right hand side, when you scroll up and down…

Come visit me on Instagram and Facebook @creativebonde66 for loads of sewing and quilting ideas, and loads of photos of new and gorgeous fabrics. For a closer look of my cushion, its heading for the NEC Birmingham and will be at Craftcotton Stand at CHSI stitches show.



Happy sewing

x creativeblonde x

‘Darling little’ cushion…

My full tutorial for this adorable cushion can be found at

DSC_0582.jpgThis beautiful cushion is made from the adorable fabrics in the ‘darling little dickens’ and ‘hushabye hollow’ collection. Both  collections are available from  Dawn @ honeybeecloth .


Thanks for reading this post, My full tutorial on how to make your very own ‘darling little’ cushion is available at honeybeecloth,

Cushion designed, created and tutorial written for Honeybeecloth by creativeblonde

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x creativeblonde x