Read all about how I came to love quilting, in this month BP&Q mag…

I was so excited when Helen from the British Patchwork and Quilting magazine approached me about writing an article for one of their regular features in the magazine called ‘First and Last’. The Issue is out today, the article tells you a little about me and how I came to find quilting and fell in love with it…

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Also inside is my mini valentine wall hanging quilt pattern, made using some beautiful Batik fabrics

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The quilt I talk about as being my last (not my last ever, just the last one I was working on at the time) is a free pattern which you can download here

My Retro Flowers Quilt

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I really hope you enjoy making this, its a beautiful finished size, approximately 40″ x 48″, so its perfect for that ‘go-to’ blanket on the sofa on those chilly nights.

 Have a lovely weekend, until next time… happy sewing

 I would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

My Mystery Retro Flowers Quilt…

Mystery quilt along hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetsday.

Im so excited to reveal my Mystery make with you guys today.  The mystery fabric this quarter was chosen by Tracy @itsatsweetsday. Tracy has chosen some beautiful fabric called ‘Pom Pom flowers in marigold’ by Dear Stella, and I’ve chosen the others to bring my mystery item together…

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So much bolder then my usual palette, so i decided to try them out together when making one of the challenges from #sew6organizers, and I loved the combination…

So it was on wards and upwards to start designing my quilt, i had some beautiful Gutermann fabric from their blooms collection, which i was really excited about adding to the quilt somehow…

The Gutermann threads matched so well, i had trouble choosing which ones i wanted to use, i think i ended up using all of them, with all the pieces cut out, it was time for the fun to begin…

I used the Gutermann green blooms fabric to back my quilt, and i added 24 fussy cut diamonds to the front, which i sewed on by hand, i quilted this but using decorative stitches around the diamonds, and adding hearts to the center of the pom pom flower squares, with Hobbs batting inside

I couldn’t decide on the binding colour, so i went with two, a forest green and an autumn brown, and ta da it was finished…

I love the retro feel this quilt has with the pattern design and fabrics, its a fab choice of fabrics Tracy.

Thanks Tracy for organizing such a fabulous Mystery Quilt along, I’ve really enjoyed myself making this one

Many thanks for reading, have a lovely week ahead, be sure to come back tmro, for my Row-along reveal and for a chance to win some fantastic prizes, until next time… happy sewing

Please leave me a comment, they make my day 🙂

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~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

Here’s a list of all the bloggers sewing with this quarters mystery fabric

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Moira @ Quilted Snail

Karla @mysewfulretirement

Connie @ Connie’s Creations 

 

Have you seen…

Hello, thanks for stopping by, for us mum’s in the UK, we are almost ready to celebrate making it through the 6 weeks of school summer holidays – we did it !! cheers to you!

I’ve been trying to keep up with a few things that i’m involved in, in the sewing/quilting community but the ‘muuuuuum’ voice beside me does make it a little difficult to concentrate sometimes, don’t get me wrong i love them being at home, but i am secretly also looking forward to some peace and quiet 🙂

I did make a bundle of ‘milk and cookies’ mats, especially for the kids, when they get in from school, I’ve just got to work on making the cookies now …

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I just love the cute fabrics available from Craft Cotton – ‘little forest’.

You can download my free pattern with tutorial here…

milk and cookies mat

I’ve also managed to keep up to date with the #sweetestthingssampler I am co hosting along with Dawn from Honeybee Cloths, i had to complete Dawn block  – number 6, i really enjoyed making this, and it was mostly hand sewing, which i could do whilst watching a movie with the kids, talking of movies have you seen ‘Peter Rabbit’ or ‘The Greatest Showman’ – both movies we’ve all enjoyed this summer.

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I was also able to try out the new metallic effect threads from Gutermann, to add detail to the block, I love these threads

And the last on this months list was number 3 of the #sew6organizers, these are taken from a book by Aneela Hoey – Stitched sewing organizers. this month i chose to make the ‘storage boxes’ – and i can already see myself making more of these for every room in the house – just too cute!

If you’re looking for a bit of sewing inspiration, this months issue of ‘British Patchwork and Quilting’ Magazine is out now. Inside there are loads of great projects including my ‘clamshell’ tote bag

Bring on September, I have lots going on, and I’m super excited to share all with you soon, happy sewing…

_20180817_145955Don’t forget there is still time to enter the beautiful batik giveaway, just tap on my link below

https://creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/all-a-flutter-inc-giveaway/

Thanks for reading, would love to hear from you, if you have a few minutes to leave me a comment ♥ check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

Happy sewing

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

Mystery Quilt-Along…

Ive signed up, come join in too

The next mystery qal hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetsday, has just begun, the mystery fabric has been released…

Its stunning… Pom Pom flowers in Marigold by Dear Stella

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I’ve pulled my fabrics to bring my mystery item together. It bolder and brighter then my usual colour palette, and part of me is already feeling slightly anxious… but i will go with it… for now, anyway 😉

Watch this space, the final reveal is Saturday 29th September

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Head over to Tracy blog https://itsatsweetsday.blog to find all the details for this QAL.

What will you make? Don’t forget to follow and tag your makes #mystery_qal on Instagram

 

To see more of my tutorials, you can follow my blog here at

 www.creativeblonde.co.uk

and/or Instagram page www.instagram.com/creativeblonde66 and www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

Happy Sewing

x creativeblonde x

 

Christmas place-mats for your pets

When i was asked to make something chrismassy using the fabulous new range of Christmas fabrics available from Olive and Flo, I couldn’t resist on making something pet related. When you see the fabrics you’ll know why… after all, the pets in our lives are special, and deserve a special place to have their Christmas dinner 🙂

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Check out the adorable fabric here:

Dear Stella – Christmas Darlings – Christmas Dachshunds

Dear Stella – Christmas Darlings – Meowy Christmas

Dear Stella – Christmas Darlings – Kittens in Stockings

Dear Stella – Intermix – Hearts Tomato

With the love i have for applique, and blanket stitch, this project was really exciting…

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Check out my placemats at the following links below, they are a Free print friendly pdf pattern.

Christmas Cat Mat Tutorial

Christmas dinner dog Mat Tutorial

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Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy making these as much as i did.

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x creativeblonde x