Pinwheel Pincushions, plus a chance to win one…

Today is the day to show you my pinwheel pincushions – its all part of the ‘Blog Remix Season 2’ hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop.

There is so much eye candy, here is a list of the events:

I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful charm pack from @honeybeecloths.

A collection called SunnySide Up by Corey Yoder for Moda

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These are the perfect little scrap busting project and so useful, you can never have enough pincushions – they make lovely gifts too

 

 

 

***I got slightly carried away making these, as they are so adorable, so I’m giving one away to a lucky winner, plus some Sunnyside Up fabric, so you can have a go making one yourself ***

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To enter simple leave me a comment, telling me which one you would like; See photo below

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Top Left, Top Right,

Bottom Left or Bottom Right,

 I will choose a winner at random on Sunday 26th May

***Best Of Luck***

 

The winner is… @lindabick who entered on my Instagram page @creativeblonde66 ❤️

Head over to the Fat Quarter Shop page to follow the beautiful video tutorial to make your own https://blog.fatquartershop.com/new-video-how-to-pinwheel-pincushion/

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

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

Starling Quilt plus WIN a color master bundle/box…

I was so excited to be chosen to take part in making the new Starling Quilt – isnt it a beauty? Its part of the AGF Stitched Series projects.

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AGF Stitched quilts use Art Gallery Fabrics and are mid-level in complexity. Starling measures 52.5” squared – so its a lovely finished quilt size

I’ve used ‘teal thoughts’ from the color master collection.

Prisma elements pearl & silver, and Prisma elements sapphire sparkle metallic.

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This is the top quilt finished, i decided to alternate the slightly plainer fabrics with the more patterned fabrics as they rotated around the star

I love brown and teals together, so i wanted to grab a photo with my boots (slightly bizarre i know) but then my cat wanted a piece of the action

Color Master Giveaway

Fat Quarter Shop and Art gallery Fabrics are giving you the chance to win an Art Gallery Color Master Fat Quarter Bundle or Box, to be in with a chance of winning, simple make this quilt – pattern avalible NOW, and use the hashtags #starlingquilt and #AGFColorMaster on Instagram.

Then 2 participants at random will be chosen from the hashtags On Friday, February 8, 2019 to win an Art Gallery Color Master Fat Quarter Bundle or Box.

The deadline to enter is Thursday, Feb 7 at 11:59PM CST. They will announce the winner on their Instagram Story, (so make sure you’re a follower of theirs) on the 8th

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, wishing you luck for the giveaway, head on over to The Fat Quarter shop to see all the quilts us bloggers created using a different color master fat quarter box https://blog.fatquartershop.com/agf-stitched-starling-quilt/

 Have a lovely week ahead, 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

 

 

 

Fruitcake… and i’m not talking Christmas cake ;)

I was thrilled to be able to participate in another Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along. For this Quilt Along, I made the Fat Eighth Fruitcake Quilt, which is  part of their shortcut quilt series

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Finished size: 64” x 75.5”, Collection: Harriet’s Handwork by Betsy Chutchian

To complete my quilt, I chose  ‘love you’ by Moda, pure snow solids and cutest fabric for the backing ‘grey polar bears’ from the Minny Muu Spring 2016 collection by Lecien Fabrics

 

Once all the pieces were cut, this quilt came together surprisingly quickly

 

And I just love the backing and binding

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Head over to ‘The Fat Quarter Shop’ to purchase your pattern, please tag me in your makes, I would love to see which fabrics you choose

 

Creative Blonde weekly round up

Hello, thanks for stopping by

This week i promise, no more Christmas related items, its Valentines this week hahahaha !!  🙂

As the night are drawing in, and the evenings are getting colder, what better idea is there, then to make a Valentines quilt for a loved one…

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I’ve started with some ideas, using this amazingly soft fabric from Higgs & Higgs, called  Double gauze its two layers of fine gauze that are tacked together at regular intervals with little stab stitches which are undetectable from the right side of the fabric and it comes in the most beautiful grey, pinks and white

 

The next block in the ‘sweetest things sampler’ has been released, this month it was my turn to design it, head over to Honeybee Cloths to grab your FREE pattern. this months block inspiration came from October being my birthday month, and so i just had to invite you all for tea and cake 🙂

Last months block was an amazing hedgehog designed by Dawn at Honeybee cloths, using prairie points to create his spikes – genius 🙂 I’m a big fan of hedgehogs, so i was super excited to make this block, I love the acorn quilting details. Grab your free pattern 

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This month was also the last month in the #sew6organizers challenge, to see everyone’s completed challenge, head over to Instagram  page #sew6organizersgiveaway to see everyone’s collaborations, deadline is the end of October, all the projects are available in this fab book by Aneela Hoey – Stitched Sewing Organizers

If your looking for a bit more sewing inspiration, check out this month issue of Quilt Now magazine, there is a rather awesome project in there ( by me 🙂 ) a New born quilt/play mat with matching rattle/play ball using some beautiful Gutermann circus fabrics, they would make a great gift for someone expecting a new bundle of joy in the new year

I’ve been working on a little secret project this week too, called ‘Fat Eighth Fruitcake’ which is part of the Fat Quarter Shop shortcut quilt series. The big reveal is Tuesday 23rd October, be sure to head over to the Fat Quarter Shop Blog to see all of the Quilts made by  the 14 bloggers taking part. Its a beautiful pattern, and is the largest quilt I’ve ever made. The fabrics I’ve chosen are ‘love you’ by Moda, pure snow solids and cutest fabric for the backing ‘grey polar bears’ from the Minny Muu Spring 2016 collection by Lecien Fabrics – here is a little sneaky peek…

 

and lastly the winner of these beautiful metallic Guterman threads is @ketacaudillo – huge congratulations

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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

A little bit wild…

Wow, the end of yet another week, or the start of a new one, depending on when you see the week in and out. Today also brings the first day of Autumn in us here in the UK – my favouite time of year, not only because i love to see the changes of the seasons, the cooler weather and shorter evenings, which gives me the opportunity to light the candles in the living room, but its also my birthday – yay roll on the 3rd of October …

This week I’ve completed my ‘starstruck’ Island Batik Challenge, i used a ‘rolling star’ pattern along with the fabulous ‘wild things’ batik fabric, all the fabrics and batting used in this challenge were given to me by Island Batik and Hobbs as part of my year as Island Batik Ambassador …

I used a mixture from the ‘wild things’ layer cake, and teamed it up with some Black solid batik. I love the striking colours, the EPP worked really well, as it added to the crisps edges, although i had forgotten just how time consuming it was.

I quilted Autumn leaves in different Autumnal colours from my Gutermann collection, and i couldn’t resist making some complimentary coasters to go with the starstruck quilted table mat, i just love these prints

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I got creative with some gorgeous fabrics from Gutermann using their new collection called ‘blooms’, making a messenger bag with matching pencils cases

This week bring the new issue of Quilt Now Magazine, where you’ll find heaps of inspiration including my travel items; passport/money bag, luggage tags and a tote bag, with internal zip pocket using ‘Japanese Indigo’ prints from Higgs & Higgs.

 

And I have a date for your new years diary… The Fat Quarter Shop Charity Quilt Along running from February to June 2018, with two patterns coming out each month for 8 blocks and a finishing and backing pattern to make the quilt!

Every year @fatquartershop host a charity quilt along in which they post monthly patterns on their blog in exchange for a donation each time a quilter downloads the pattern. In addition, they auction off a completed charity quilt where 100% of the proceeds go to the charity they picked that year. This year, they are very excited to be holding the Threadology Quilt Along that will be benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation. The donation efforts for the Quilt Along are on a good start with Moda and Fat Quarter Shop donating $10,000 each and their goal is to raise $40,000!  They have announced the Quilt Along as well as have the Quilt Along page ready for the February launch! Head on over to sign up 💕 🤗
They even have a Quilt Kit and Backing Set using Little Snippets by Bonnie & Camille to make a Threadology Quilt like the one they made.

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That’s all for this week, I feel the week ahead will be a busy one, as it also brings with it the end of the month – where did the month of September go? I’ve decided to add a profile photo of myself, on all my social media outlets, as i receive quite a few comments suggesting it would seem more friendly… so yes here is me!

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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

‘Home Sweet Home’

Hey Guys,

Hope you’re well, and a huge thanks to you for stopping by today.

I’ve come to the conclusion i’m never going to be a day by day blogger or even a regular event blogger, don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried (that’s a lie) but in my head i wanted to be… I do love receiving those regular emails from bloggers i follow every day, and you can find regular posts from me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 (a place i spent waaayyy too much time).  Anyway i decided i will be a weekend blogger, so somewhere between Friday and Sunday night i thought id update you all on my sewing adventures from the week 🙂

I had huge fun this week, hopping around, seeing how everyone interpreted ”welcome to my house’ blog hop organized and hosted by Carol @justletmequilt.

I’ve picked a couple of my favorites…

https://www.quiltfabrication.com

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https://websterquilt.blogspot.com

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There is still a little time left to enter my giveaway, head over to my

‘welcome to my house’ post

for all the details, its a fab little kit of everything you need to make my ‘home sweet home’ quilt, that’s the wadding, threads, binding, fabrics and Bondaweb – see below…

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This month i’m going to be busy working on my Island batik Ambassador Challenge, the fabrics have been chosen, and the theme is ‘starstruck’

 I’m using the new collection called ‘WILD THINGS’, I’m loving all these gorgeous wild animal prints 😍.  I’m going to create three ‘rolling stars’ (pattern from my EQ8 software) to make a wall hanging

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I’m also involved in making the new ‘fat eighth fruitcake’ quilt, its a super cute project, from ‘The Fat Quarter Shop’. The fabrics I’ve chosen are ‘love you’ by Moda, pure snow solids and cutest fabric for the backing ‘grey polar bears’ from the Minny Muu Spring 2016 collection by Lecien Fabrics.

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Follow my journey to see sneak peeks as i go and for the final reveal on the 23rd October.

And if you’re looking for some inspiration for the week ahead, Grab your copy of ‘patchwork and quilting magazine’ out now!! My shadow hexi quilt pattern with tutorial is in print.

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