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

 

#Creativeblonde66summergiveaway

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wow I’m so super excited to be hosting my very own summer giveaway. Huge thanks to Gütermann, Vlieseline and craftcotton for creating such adorable products.

I recently finished making my summer table runner / wall hanging for a blog hop hosted by Carla @creatininthesticks #whereflowersbloom and I want to share the love, so you to can add some summer sun to your home.

For your chance to win 5 fabrics, prepack of bondaweb and a gorgeous pack of Gütermann threads in pastel shades (see products below) simply chose to do one or all of the following …

1️⃣Regram this post with #creativeblonde66summergiveaway and don’t forget to tag me @creativeblonde66so I can see your entry 😁
2️⃣Be sure to be following me @creativeblonde66 @craftcottonco@vlieseline_uk and @gutermanncreativuk
3️⃣Follow me here on my blog and leave me a comment http://www.creativeblonde.co.uk
GOOD LUCK 🤞 💕 🤗 💕 ☀ 🌸

Wow, I’m literally overwhelmed by the response from this beautiful summer giveaway. All the beautiful comments and tags to share the love. I really appreciate it. I have chosen a winner at random, its taken me a couple of days to get through all the entries 😍 the winner is… @bowling.angie Congratulations 🎊 🎉 angie. If you could DM me your address, I will get these amazing prizes out to you. ( floral fabrics, prepack of bondaweb and a gorgeous pack of Gütermann threads in pastel shades) Huge thanks to @gutermanncreativuk , @vlieseline_uk and @craftcotton for creating such adorable products. Thank you to everyone who has commented, spread the word and started following me. I’m super excited to be so close to reach 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ followers on IG, that I’m already planning something special to giveaway to celebrate…. Happy sewing, let’s get creative 💕 🤗 💕 #giveaway #winner #creativeblonde66summergiveaway

 

Looking for some sewing ideas?…

Sometimes it feels like I haven’t achieved much, but then i stop and look back, and see lots of finished projects, ones i’m super excited to share with you, in the hope it will inspire you to join in too

I have a habit of signing up for things, and I’m never disappointed. I recommend signing up to everything, its a fantastic way to see great projects and meet lovely people

First I would like to share news about my tutorial in this months Quilt Now magazine, perfect for a bit of weekend sewing, here in the UK, its a bank holiday weekend #happy days, beautiful florals, perfect for adding some colour to your home

Im excited to share the release block 4 of the #sweetestthingsampler I am co-hosting with Dawn @ honeybeecloths and me Michelle @creativeblonde66

Block 5 is on my shoulders, and should be released in a couple of weeks, stay tuned, this quilt is going to be so lovely…

The quilt blocks so far…

 

One of the sew along’s this month, I’ve joined in with,  brought to you by Partners in Design is #fallintoaqal , the reason i couldn’t resist… it was a hedgehog ! A new block is being released every 2 weeks, next one is coming 29th May

 

Another sew-along I’m taking part in is #sew6organizers being hosted by @craftylilmouse and @mycreativelypottylife I love the idea of being better organized, so surely if i have all the equipment, I will be good to go…

Every month we are choosing a project from the book ‘stitched sewing organizers’ by Aneela Hoey, here is a list of what I’ve chosen to make over the coming months

My projects will be:

Fold up pouch (May)  – see above

Triple pouch (June)

Book and tool folio (July)

Fabric boxes (August)

Fold up sewing folio (September)

Boxy pocket pouch (October)

My project choices are slightly different from the two lovely ladies hosting this sew along, but some are the same. Head over to their blogs (links above) for info on what they are making… Come and sew along

 

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

Jacquelynne Steves has just released some details of this year BOM

https://jacquelynnesteves.com/its-coming-our-2018-free-block-of-the-month/

The sponsors and prizes are amazing, definitely need to join in with this sew-along

#savethebeesquilt

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Thanks for reading, hope one or all of these have inspired you come and join a sew along

happy sewing, you can follow me here on my blog, and on Instagram and Facebook

x creativeblonde x

 

Bittersweet…

I’m so excited to tell you about my Butterfly Peg bag tutorial being published in this month Popular Patchwork Magazine,  I even made it to the front cover 🙂 Sadly its the last PP mag EVER to be published…

 Fabrics are from Craft Cotton.  All sewn together using Gutermann threads and using interfacing and batting from Vlieseline 

I was so pleased with the cute butterfly I added, I really enjoy watching the butterflies visiting my garden

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This peg bag is reversible too, as all the seams have been cleverly hidden away…

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The best part is still to come… buy this last issue of Popular Patchwork AND get a previous issue of British patchwork and quilting magazine FREE!! 

To see more of my tutorials, you can follow my blog www.creativeblonde.co.uk and/or Instagram page www.instagram.co.uk/creativeblonde66 and www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

Stockist for all the fabrics found in this tutorial

www.craftcotton.com  0161 832 9431

 Stockist for Gutermann threads

gutermann@stockistenquiries.co.uk 01453 883581

Stockist for Vlieseline Wadding

https://ladysewandsew.co.uk/

 

 

Motivational Quilt

I was asked to make a quilt using words, to motivate me… after several cups of tea, and reading many motivational quotes, i came up with ‘make it happen’ I guess this stems from me always wishing stuff would happen, or moaning about why things didn’t happen… so from now on i’m going to MAKE IT HAPPEN …

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These beautiful floral fabrics are a gorgeous new range from craftcotton

My print friendly step-by-step tutorial can be found here, motivational quilt ‘make it happen’ thanks for reading…

What would your motivational quilt say?

Be sure to follow me on instagram

x creativeblonde x

 

Laptop case…

A new laptop surely called for a new laptop case, and as i’m currently taking part in the #100hexies100days2017 challenge, i thought it only right to use these on my laptop case… I fussy cut the butterflies and flowers from a beautiful fabric called Larkspur from craftcotton.

Supplies;

First up, is to measure your laptop, then add 2″ in each direction, this will be your dimensions. (My laptop measures 14″ x 10″)

2 pieces of Blue Denim fabric from craftcotton measuring 16″ x 22″ each.

A fat quarter of the Larkspur fabric, in blue and white background – create 12, 3″ hexies. (6 from each coloured background)

16″ zip in pink

Batting measuring 16″ x 22″

Fabric marker, spray adhesive and basic sewing supplies

Lets begin:

Make your 12, 3″ hexies, for help on how to make these, take a look at my previous tutorial here and here.

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Take one piece of the blue denim cotton and spray baste it to the piece of batting

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Add your zip to one side of the case,follow the photos below

Your case should look like this…

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Attach it to the other side, as shown in the photos below

Top stitch your zip along both sides.

Lay your case inside out and open it out, sew all the round the edges of the case, leaving a 3-4″ gap for pulling it the right way out.

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Using a simple ladder stitch, sew up the gap and tuck the lining inside the case.

Using a fabric marker, mark out where you are going to place your hexagons, hand sew these in place, using Gutermann threads, making sure you only catch the top layer of fabric from the case.

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That’s your case finished

DSC_0162Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, be sure to comment and like. For more tutorial, follow my blog here, or on my Instagram page.

happy sewing

Creativeblonde x