Cheeky Frog Quilt…

A little something to make you smile, during these tough times, which are proving to be very stressful, as we are now in our second full lock-down, and homeschooling the kids again.

Introducing my ‘Cheeky Frog’ quilt, this blanket is 40″ x 40 , making it a perfect lap size/ cuddle size quilt.

Made using the gorgeous fabrics from Craftcottonco, Wadding from Vlieseline and threads by Gutermann.

If you would like to make your very own ‘Cheeky frog’ quilt, you can download my free pattern using the link below.

Don’t have time to sew, place an order here on my website, to purchase one. (fabrics subject to availability).

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing

Michelle

Island Batik May Blog Hop, plus Giveaway…

Welcome along to the May blog hop, this month we get to use our ‘surprise’ fabrics, they are new fabrics from the Winter 2019 collections.

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I received ‘Northern Lights designed by Kathy Brett Engle for Island Batik.

–> See the full collection here <–

Be sure to check out all the Island Batik Ambassadors to see which new collections they are using, see what they’ve made, and be in with a chance of winning some fabulous fabrics along the way. See the full list of Ambassadors at the end of the post.

The challenge this month was to make something for the home…wall hangings, cushions, rugs, linens, and decorative craft projects like bowls, wreaths, lampshades and baskets.  I choose to make a cushion cover, and as the collection is called ‘Northern Lights’, I wanted to create something that looked like stars. I decided to use my periwinkle paper piece sets from www.linapatchwork.com/.

The 9 fabrics I chose from the collection were…

Tossed feathers – cotton Candy

Sun – Hot Pink

Saskatoon – Berry

Vertical feathers – waterfall

Star – Lilac

Beads – Blackberry

Triangle – Merlot

Star – Mystical Berry

Triangle – Tournaline

 

After removing the papers, I machine sewed them to the cushion cover (rice – neutral) using a silver metallic thread from Gutermann.

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My backing fabric was Tossed feathers – midnight blue

Here is my finished ‘Northern Lights’ Cushion Cover…

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Island batik are giving you the chance to win this incredible bundle of fabric ,this time they will select TWO winners, each getting a FQ River Valley pack each.

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–> Enter Here <–

I’m hosting a little giveaway of my own, I want you to be in with a chance of winning 4 half yard bundles from this gorgeous collection… I’m giving away; Blanket Diamonds in Iris, Tossed feathers in Midnight blue, Star in Pool and Blanket diamond in Universe.

WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN

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To enter to win, simply click on my Rafflecopter link below…

(Please note these are two separate giveaways)

–> Enter My Competition Here <–

Congratulation to Michelle @peetmichelle, you have won my giveaway 🙂

Below is a list of all the other Ambassadors taking part in the blog hop, I’m so excited to see what everyone is going to make with the new 2019 Winter collections

May 4:

Janet Yamamoto American Frontier

Carol Moellers American Frontier

May 5:

Carolina Asmussen Cascadia

Suzy Webster Cascadia

May 6:

Megan Best Glacier View

Emily Leachman Glacier View

May 7:

Connie Kauffman Nordic Nature

Denise Looney Nordic Nature

Week 2:

May 11:

Pamela Boatright Northern Lights

Michelle Roberts Northern Lights

May 12:

Leah Malasky River Valley

Sandra Walker River Valley

May 13:

Gail Sheppard Santa Fe

Maryellen McAuliffe Santa Fe

May 14:

Vasudha Govindan Season’s Splendor

Carla Henton Season’s Splendor

Week 3:

May 18:

Jennifer Thomas Smooch

Joanne Hart Smooch

May 19:

Mania Hatziioannidi Sundance

Sally Manke Sundance

May 20:

Jennifer Fulton Whispering Feathers

Jennifer Strauser Whispering Feathers

May 21:

Alison Vermilya Winter Forest

Sharon Riley Winter Forest

Week 4:

May 25:

Gail Renna Wonderland

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Happy Sewing

Michelle

Makoti Quilt-along block 3

Welcome along to the Makoti Quilt Along, today is the release of block 3.

I’m thrilled to have you sewing along with me, feel free to ask questions and leave comments.

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Show your progress on Instagram and Facebook, be sure to tag me and use the hashtag #makotiquiltalong, not only are quilt-alongs are a great way to make a gorgeous quilt, but they build a beautiful community of friends as we all sew along together

Catch up with block 1 and 2 , and all the information about this quilt along, by heading to my previous posts, you can also find the links at the bottom of this post.

I’m using the Makoti fabric collection designed by Stuart Hillard be sure to head over to Stuarts Instagram page. The fabric is from Craftcotton, who have an amazing blog full of inspiration and makes to keep you busy during this lock down.

Download my free step by step pattern at the link below

Makoti quilt along block 3

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Take your time to create perfectly nested seams along the way

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This quilt along will be perfect for anyone new to sewing and quilting, but also great for those who just want to keep themselves busy and sew along in the crafty community. Please spread the word and join in.

For more details about this quilt along, and to download block 1 and 2 click the links below or head over to my previous posts

Quilt Along

block 1

block 2

#makotiquiltalong

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Michelle

Stay home, stay safe and keep your mind active with a new hobby…

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Wow what a time we are living in at the minute, it all just feels so surreal…

As someone who has suffered anxiety and depression in my past, and still continues to , I find myself in peaks and troughs, but this is a real struggle… its the daily worry, reading/listening to the news that is consuming my every thought.

I’m trying to only put the news on once a day, but I find myself reading the daily updates as they come through on my phone, its so difficult to find a balance, of knowing enough, but not letting it take over…

I tell myself to keep busy, and fortunately I am in a job which allows me to work from home, although some of my work is no longer needed or has been put on the back burner till all this is over, there is still work for me to do, and for that I’m grateful.

So as I sit here consumed in my little world of worry, I thought I would upload this post and share some free patterns I wrote recently, in the hope it may help you to take your mind of things, and relax… I also wanted to reintroduce a quilt along myself and Dawn did last year, its a sampler, which means each block is different, so you can take your time over each one, and when sewn together becomes something to truly cherish #sweetestthingsampler

First pattern I wanted to share with you is my Lemon zest tea cosy. The fabrics I used are from Craftcotton, but obviously at times like this, any fabric will work

Click the links below to download my free print friendly PDF’s

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Lemon zest kitchen accessories – Tea Cosy Pattern

Lemon zest kitchen accessories – Oven Glove Pattern

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Under the sea bathroom accessories – Toiletry Roll Pattern

Under the sea bathroom accessories Toilet Roll Storage holder Pattern

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The sweetest thing sampler is made up of 25 blocks, 12 samplers and 13 Irish chain blocks, it contains lots of different techniques, so there is something for everyone.

 

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The tutorials for each block can be found on Dawn blog

https://www.honeybeecloths.co.uk/sweetest-things-sampler/4594180754

Myself and dawn designed this quilt along together, and so we put all the patterns in one place, where you can also find all the fabric requirements you need in Dawn online shop:

www.honeybeecloths.co.uk

Stay safe, and stay indoors.

Remember to leave a comment here on my blog, I would love to hear what you’re doing to help keep busy, and/or if you make one of my accessories

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Happy Sewing

Michelle

exiting news…

Super excited to share with you my news… one of my quilts is inside the March/April issue of McCalls Quilting magazine – the best of American Quilting! and its out NOW…

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This issue is packed with eye candy quilts and inspiration, and inside you’ll find my ‘Cosy Friendship’ quilt. Its using the beautiful Linea collection from Makower fabrics. Quilted using Vlieseline Wool Mix batting and Gutermann threads

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Here are a few close ups, I love all the little squares that surround the ‘friendship’ block

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Michelle

Sending inspiration…

Hey 🙂

Can you believe we are almost at the end of February.

I’ve been so busy with making, that I’ve forgotten to keep my blog up to date, so I thought I would do a little post showcasing what I’ve been up to these last few months, some of the quilts are so bright and colourful, I hoping they might brighten your day, or inspire you to get creative.

Inside the January Issue of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, you can find my Dew and Moss Quilt, using the stunning ‘Dew and Moss’ collection from Art Gallery Fabrics, quilted using Vlieseline wool mix batting and Gutermann threads

Inside the February Issue of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, you can find my Berry Burst lap quilt, using the beautiful fabric ‘Trends’ collection from Craftcotton. Its quilted using Vlieseline 278 Soya Mix Batting and Gutermann  metallic threads

I was buzzing to find my Pineapple Quilt on the front cover of  issue 72 of Quilt Now magazine, made using  Giucy Giuce spectrastatic collection from Makower. Quilted using Vlieseline Soya mix batting and Gutermann threads.

Also inside this issue, you’ll find my ‘Love Letters’ quilt with matching cushions using the beautiful ‘Flutter and Shine’ and ‘Kisses’ by Melanie Collette for Riley Blake Designs. Quilted using Vlieseline wool mix batting and Guterman threads.

Inside Issue 73 Quilt Now magazine, you can find my Raspberry Ripple quilt with matching cushion, using the stunning new collection ‘Boho’ from Stoffabrics. Quilted with Vlieseline wool mix batting and Gutermann threads

Inside this issue you can also find my Clementine Squares quilt with matching Tote bag, using Stockbridge by Feena Brooks for Cloud9 fabrics. Quilted using Vlieseline wool mix batting and Gutermann threads.

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I hope this has brightened your day, and don’t forget there is still time to enter my Island Batik fabric giveaway, just head over to my previous post for all the details

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

 

Christmas Inspiration…

This week I’ve had so much fun getting creative, coming up with some simple Christmas craft ideas, you can the kids involved with, so head out this weekend and stock up on Christmas crafts…

These items are all available from groves, for more information for your local stockiest, please email stockistenquiries.co.uk

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Follow my step by step photos and get create this Christmas holiday

Making mini advent Calendar bags, which can be kept year after year

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personalize them…

Just keep it simple…

Fill them with chocolates, sweets or small gifts, that could be given as presents

Wishing you a beautiful Christmas filled with happiness and laughter, creating memories to cherish forever and always x

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Happy Sewing

Michelle

The countdown is on…

Oh my goodness, is anyone else starting to feel the pressure of Christmas…

I’m wonder if you’re a ‘buy early and get everything wrapped, well before the big day’ kinda person, or are you a ‘last minute, fly by the seat of your pants’  type?

Every year I say I’m gonna be organised, and every year I find myself praying my online orders will arrive in time … but somehow it always seems to come together, and it becomes another amazing Christmas full of memories to cherish.

Issue 71 of Quilt Now magazine has just arrived in the shops, its a really packed issue, and inside I’m thrilled to share my ‘Fruit Punch’ quilt, using the stunning bright collection ‘Colour Fun’ by stoffabrics,  using the beautiful Vlieseline Wool Mix batting

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Inside this month December issue of British Patchwork & Quilting you can find my ‘Shimmering Christmas kaleidoscope Quilt’ using another stunning collection from stoffabrics. I used the beautiful Hobbs batting inside.

Island batik Ambassador – November Challenge…

Hello… welcome along to the Island Batik November challenge, this month we have been asked to make a lap quilt or bigger using special quilting tools – rulers, templates and dies.

Tool Time

Earlier this year, all the Island batik Ambassadors received a AccuQuilt ultimate cutting machine  – wow… right!! … I know , I couldn’t believe it either… and oh my goodness, it really is an amazing cutting machine…

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As an Island batik Ambassador we receive two huge boxes, filled with gorgeous Batik fabrics, Hobbs batting, and Aurifil threads, twice a year. This year AccuQuilt joined in as a sponsor, and I was blown away with the goodies we received – the Ultimate cutting machine and the dies… So couldn’t resist having a go at using the Cleopatra’s Block…

“90% faster than rotary cutters*, the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter is one for the quilters, accurately cutting up to six layers of cotton fabric at a time!

With an easy-to-use design, developed to help reduce hand and arm strain, this innovative machine is portable and easy to store – weighing just 15lbs.

The double roller design provides clean cuts, while the rubber feet grip and hold the cutter in place when cutting. But it doesn’t end there – the comfortable roller handle grip is easy and safe, eliminating the aches and pains often caused by using a rotary cutter

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With my fabrics chosen… to be honest with purple and teal being my favourite colours, they literally leaped into my hands, screaming ‘pick me’…

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This cutting machine doesn’t just cut up to six layers at a time, but if you look closely you can see the very clever points, which makes matching up your points, a dream.

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With beautiful, clear instructions from AccuQuilt, this pattern wasn’t as over whelming as I first thought it was going to be

The Island Batik fabrics I chose for the top quilt were Mosaic Burst, solid black, Fan Mardigras, and Jelly basic in Lilac.

I love the contrast of the black against the vibrant Fan Mardigras and Mosaic Burst fabrics

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I decided to create 4 blocks all the same, to create a bold centre to my lap quilt, framing it with the gorgeous jelly basic in Lilac

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The backing  I chose was Opal Escence. Finished off with hand made solid black binding. Inside I used the very cosy Hobbs Tuscany 100% wool batting.

An alternative to hand sewing your bias binding, is to machine sew… but have you tried using Gütermann variegated threads… They add a beautiful finished. I’ve used thread colour 4033.

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Michelle

Top It Off…

October’s Island Batik challenge is called ‘Top it off’.

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The challenge is to create a holiday runner or table topper, using a applique technique…

I instantly thought of Christmas, my late Nan’s favourite flower at this time of year was the poinsettia, I chose these beautiful fabrics; Plum, Storm and Sky from my Island Batik stash…

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Free motion applique is such a beautiful and simple technique, I love how you can literally take any shape, and create it from fabric, by fusing your chosen fabrics to some lightweight interfacing  – I used Vlieseline interfacing.

I appliqued leaf details on each piece, using the beautiful variegated threads from Gutermann. Colour number 4022,4030,4127.

 

 I used Thermore batting from Hobbs – Thin and easy to quilt, excellent for wall hangings, miniature quilts, and other small quilting projects.

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I chose to leave the centre of the table runner plainer, as this is where the table decorations tend to be placed.

I love the slightly non traditional colours used for this table runner…

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Michelle