Have I bitten off more then I can chew…

Wow, another week has gone by already…  although I’m very happy to say goodbye to today, as we in the UK have been hit by storm Eric, its not so bad, compared to other weather issues in the world, but I honestly felt like I’d been pushed through one of those automatic car wash places with the giant rotating scrubbing brushes after returning home from the school run.

I’ve so much to tell you about, and as the title reads ‘I may have been off more then I can chew’..

Join this QAL?,

What about this one?

Ooo this QAL looks good!

Oh wow I have to join this QAL…

Yes I spent January doing too much of this, and now I’m involved in so many, but secretly I do love a QAL, I love to see what others create and I love the sewing circle of chatter.

So here is this week progress…

I couldn’t resist playing with these adorable buttons by Trimit, available from Groves. they would make a super cute addition to any make.

After getting distracted, I pulled myself back on track, and completed month two of the colour challenge hosted by Jen @patternsbyjen , this month the colour is PINK! I used Primrose and carnation fabrics from Island Batik, teamed with some pretty variegated threads from Gutermann

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Next up is the weekly ‘Flower Bouquet’ QAL hosted by Pat @quilterPatsloan, we are on week 6 already…  this month was a double block (I know, I’m a week behind, I didn’t think you would notice). I’ve created these blocks using the Gutermann Portofino fabric collection and threads

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Keeping on track, I thought I’d get this months Charity quilt blocks made, Elaine @greenandscratchy has gone for bright blocks, so I knew some Batik fabrics would be perfect. I wanted to be organised, as next month I’m the sewing bee mama, so that mean I have to come up with a design, sew everyone’s blocks together to create a gorgeous quilt for the siblings together charity @siblingstogetherquiltgroup

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Moda are hosting a ‘Moda Love Quilt’, its a free pattern, and come is various sizes. I decided to make the Charm size. I’ve used ‘dreamer’ by Carrie Bloomston available from @windhamfabrics together with the ‘love you’ by Sandy Gervais available from Moda, teamed with a red batik fabric. This QAL is open til February 14th, so you still have time to whip up this beautiful pattern over the weekend @modafabrics

The last QAL which I’m all up to date with, is the Modern HST Block of the month, hosted by Steph @stephjacobsondesigns , I’ve decided to stick with bright Batiks and Black, this month I’ve gone purple, I absolutely love this mauve thread from Gutermann…

Some exciting new to end on, I’ve chosen my fabrics for the Daisy Chain mystery QAL hosted by Amanda and Alison @honeybunnyanddoll and @littlebunnyalison, so it definitely not to late to join in, as its only just started…

I’ve chosen’ Panorama’ fabrics and ‘supreme solids’ from Cotton and Steel @cottonandsteel

Thanks for sticking around and reading till the end, I hope this post brings you some lovely inspiration for the weekend ahead – enjoy!

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

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~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

Looking Back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations with Batik fabrics…

April challenge was to look back at vintage quilts, i immediately remembered ‘Sunbonnet Sue’, and as i started to look into this pattern, i notice it has come along way, with so many new designs, but still keeping to the traditional pattern we all know and love…

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The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, the threads i used were Aurifil threads. Making my own Sunbonnet Sue from the free online pattern, gave me the chance to play around with my machine embroidery stitches – love the teeny tiny flowers

Looking Back Vintage Quilt

I knew i wanted to include the 1930’s Hopscotch design, so i set about working out my sizes and choosing my fabrics. My fabrics came from the ‘Stash Builder Precuts’, i opened all 5 bundles, and mixed and matched them, until i had 11 different patterns

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From these i cut over 200 blocks, and sewed them together with some beautiful Almond batik, and created …

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I enjoyed doing some quilting using the lovely bright Aurifil thread colour 2479. The wadding i used was an extra thick wadding by Vilene 295. the backing was Grass – Olive Batik

Here in the UK, we are having what the weatherman politely call ‘April Showers’ but also known as ‘MORE RAIN!!’, in between downpours, i managed to get a few photos of my quilt, taken near the Acer Tree and grass that inspired me throughout the making of this quilt

 

Thank you so much for reading, have you ever made a quilt with Sunbonnet Sue? i would love love love to see, tag me on Instagram @creativeblonde66

Happy Sewing

x creativeblonde x