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

‘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

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

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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

 

 

 

Welcome to my house…

Hey, and welcome to my house, today is my day to reveal my house quilt for the ‘welcome to my house’ blog hop hosted by Carol @justletmequilt

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I just had to join in as soon as heard about it, there is something quite sweet about a quilted home… I would say ive finally found my ‘home’, after moving 18 times with my husband in 21 years, some of those moves were here in the uk, 7 of them were in Australia, and then a few more since arriving back in the uk…

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Home is where i am now, a 100 year old Toll Cottage, situated in the country in the South east of England, with my four kids, 2 dogs, 4 cats and hubby 🙂

I really love all things rustic/shabby chic or as my hubby calls it shabby shit! but i love it never-the-less, so i wanted my quilt to reflect this…

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I started by looking through my stash, to find suitable pieces, i love the natural linen from Higgs&Higgs – even though it has a tendency to crinkle, as linen does… and i was so pleased to find some natural Jute to frame the quilt, and a cute button

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The fabrics were a combination :

The flowers are from the Cottage garden range designed by Debbie Shore from Craft Cotton  and ‘Tilda Bumblebee Fabric’ from Tilda

The door and stepping stones are from ‘wild things’ collection by Island Batik

The Fairies and lettering are ‘prairie fairies night’ and ‘sprinkled petals moon’ from Art Gallery Fabric

The wadding and Bondaweb are both by Vliseline  and the threads are by Gutermann

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AND the reason i mention all this…  because its

Giveaway Time!!

Im going to give away the pattern for this quilt, plus a kit that contains EVERYTHING you need to make your very own ‘home sweet home’ quilt. Yep, thats every piece of fabric, the button, the jute, the threads, the wadding, Bondaweb, binding and backing fabric!! This could make a fab Christmas present or simple a gift from me to you to keep.

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To enter, simple:

1: Follow my blog, Facebook or Instagram page, or ALL three for a bonus entry

2: Tag your friends

3: Leave me a comment

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Thanks for reading, be sure to head over to see all the other bloggers involved in this blog hop on the list below…

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September 11 
September 12 – TODAY
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Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

Happy sewing, until next time…

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

Sew into September…

Hey 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, i hope you’ll join me for a well deserved cuppa (only because its too early to open the wine 🙂 ) My boys are back at school, so back comes the refusing to go to bed at a decent time, and the endless shouting up the stair to ‘get up, you’re going to be late’…so i basically spending half my day telling them to get out of bed, and the other half, telling them to go to bed !! *sigh*

Now the kids are back, it has meant lots of uninterrupted sewing time (which is the best kind!), I’ve been busy getting involved with a few new things to keep out of trouble for this coming year, the first of which i’m super excited about, is becoming a new mama… wait… that came out wrong, I’ve become a sewing bee mama (just thought id get that straight before my hubby leaves home ha ha)

Last year i made a quilt for a fantastic charity called ‘siblings together’, everyone involved in this charity is really lovely, and so when they advertised for sewing bees, i knew i wanted to get involved. Each month we make a few blocks, which get sewn together by a mama associated for that month, who makes a gorgeous quilt, which gets sent off to the charity. They then distribute them at camps, where foster children get together with their siblings. Sending a warm hug feels great. My month is March! I’ve made a few blocks so far, and i’m super excited to see them come together into a quilt…

The start of September also brought with it, block 2 of the #savethebeesquilt, hosted by Jacquelynne Steves at ‘Sew Quilty Friends’, find her group on Facebook and Instagram, and join in this beautiful quilt a long…

I was thrilled to be asked by Craft Cotton to make a quilt to be put on display in Houston in October, showcasing their new ‘Monochrome Zoo’ fabric collection, the fabrics are so cute.

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If you would like to make your very own ‘monochrome Zoo’ quilt, you can download my pattern at the link below. The fabrics will be available any day now from Craft cotton.

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And… Christmas has arrived!, well my order from Groves has, i think i read somewhere its only 110 days till Christmas – yay!! Head over to www.facebook.com/grovesltd and grab your Christmas catalogue – The UK’s leading independent distributor of haberdashery, craft, sewing, knitting and needlecraft.

I’ve so many ideas, stay tuned for some Christmas project, patterns and inspiration

Thanks for reading, if you like what you’ve read/seen, please follow me here on my blog. I love to receive comments too.

heck out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

Happy sewing, until next time…

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

 

Christmas Stocking…

I couldn’t resist making a cute Christmas stocking as a gift for a dog, when i saw these gorgeous prints from Craftcotton

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I included a cute little bit of cross stitch too

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To download my free pattern with tutorial, click here Christmas stocking

Who will you make yours for?

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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

 

#sweetestthingssampler…

Hey guys, i thought id give you quick update and show you how we are progressing in the gorgeous quilt along… its not to late to join in, and the patterns are all free.

Dawn at Honeybee Cloths and myself – Michelle at Creativeblonde have been designing the blocks alternately each month, there are fab prizes up for grabs too, below id what i’ve made so far…

Block 1: Designed by myself, called ‘Cherish”

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Block 2: A spring basket

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Block 3: April showers, bring May flowers

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Block 4: Nest

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Block 5: Basket of strawberry sweetness

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We have tried to include many techniques along the way, so you can join in and have a go at everything. The sampler blocks are being placed between Irish Chain blocks, I am using the method ‘quilt as you go’, but both methods are explained in full in each free tutorial.

To join in this quilt along, simple head over to Honeybee Cloths website, and join, you will get each months tutorial sent to you via email for you to download, and all the ones above can be found there too.

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Thanks for reading, i really hope you’ll come join in, and start sewing with us

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

 

Free Pattern/tutorial – My Japanese Tote Bag…

Hi Guys,

I know… my blog posts are like buses, you wait ages for one, and then two come along together, I couldn’t wait to share my free pattern and tutorial for my Japanese Tote Bag, the fabrics are so lovely and all available from Craftcotton, and look lush with the Gutermann metallic thread

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Click here to download your free PDF tutorial

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Be sure to tag me if you make your own tote bag, i’m really excited to see them

x creativeblonde x