Show Your Wings Blog Hop, including a fabulous Giveaway…

Welcome to the first day of ‘show your wings’ Blog Hop hosted by Carol @justletmequilt. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you like my idea, be sure to leave me a comment at the end, they make my day, and why not follow along if you like what you see 🙂

Show Your Wings Logo

I liked the idea of having a silhouette of something with wings, to give the impression of it showing off, as the sun goes down.

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I had a bunch of Island batik scraps, some of which were left over from the ‘all a flutter’ collection, which i knew would make a powerful sunset, so i began cutting out lots and lots and LOTS of squares, which is where my AccuQuilt cutting machine came in very handy. But what took longer then cutting out the squares??? my constant rearranging of the squares 😉

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I used Vlieseline Bondaweb to transfer my bats, I used three different sizes…

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I couldn’t resist using some Gutermann metallic thread to add some sparkle to my twilight quilt

 

 

I used Island batik fabric to bind the quilt, and added some quilted stars for some extra detail, using the metallic threads

 

 

and finally my bats were ready to fly and show their wings…

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**Giveaway Time**

 

 

How would you like to win a fantastic bundle of goodies? Simple click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter…

www.rafflecopter.com

This giveaway is now closed, huge thanks to everyone who entered and left me such beautiful comments. Congratulations to Carol Meech @mad_crafter_

Hop on over and see how all these amazing bloggers interpreted ‘Show your wings’ , from the list below – I’m so excited to see them all

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

 

Check out all the amazing bloggers who are participating here :

February 18

What About Rheema?

Hill Valley Quilter

Nutz For Redwork

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Melva Loves Scraps

Creative Blonde

Keepsake Moments

Whims And Fancies

Quilt n Party

Seams To Be Sew

February 19

Patchouli Moon Studio

Vroomans Quilts

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Songbird Designs

Quilts Fabric and Thread Tales

Kathleen McMusing

Life in the Scrapatch

DesertSky Quilting

Clever Chameleon Quilting

February 20

Creatin’ in the Sticks

MooseStashQuilting

The Joyful Quilter

Home Sewn By Us

Selina Quilts

Websterquilt

Beaquilter

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Ms P Designs USA

Bumbleberry Stitches

Mageez Room

February 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Sew Fresh Quilts

Quilt Fabrication

Words & Stitches

All Thingz Sewn

Kathy’s Quilts

For The Love Of Geese

Two Maker Chicks

madeNcorrea

thatfabricfeeling

Have you got yours yet?

Hello 🙂 and welcome to Wednesday, that mid-week hurdle… I’ve got a few reasons how I can make it slightly better…

Grab your copy of Quilt Now Magazine, I’m so excited to tell you, that you can find three of my articles inside

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Whether you’re looking for something to brighten up your wall, during these grey dull days – you can find by Island Batik Vibrant Quilt…

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Or your keen to update your table and chairs, with some tropical freshness – you will find my Paradise lunch set, which has a  table runner, with matching seat cover using Art Gallery fabrics

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Or maybe you’ve just had enough of these dull grey days, and you’re heading off for the weekend, then why not make your very own waterproof wash bags with matching toiletries roll, using these fabulous Gutermann fabrics. They also make a lovely gift for a friend or your mum on mothers day

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So there’s three reasons to get sewing this weekend.

This months magazine is packed full of stunning projects, so there is something for everyone

One last thing to tell you about, I got choose this quarters fabric for the Mystery quilt along hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetday

I really hope you’ll join in and sew-along with me, head over to Tracy blog for all the details, by following the link above.

Here is my fabric pull, with all being revealed at the end of March…

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Thanks for reading, be sure to follow me here or at the links below

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

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’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

Magnificent Minis…

Why is the first of everything seem so over whelming… our first day at school, first job interview, first challenge of the 2019 Island batik Ambassador program… 😉

Magnificent Minis

Magnificent Minis

  • Must be 24” x 24” or smaller
  • Any fabrics
  • Any technique

So I pulled out everything from my Island Batik box

These are the fabrics I chose to work with… don’t you just love the Dragonfly print in Magenta

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As I poured all these beauties from the box, wondering what would be created with it all in 2019, the inspiration hit me to create my first challenge piece

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I fused strips of my chosen fabrics onto Vlieseline Bondaweb, and cut them into mini 1 1/2″ Dresden plates

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I started joining the pieces together, using a beautiful silver metallic thread from Gutermann.

I wanted to give the impression of the fabric pieces falling from a box/bucket and creating quilts in 2019…  I added extra details on the bucket using the metallic thread

Ta Da!

I quilted this mini using Hobbs Thermore batting – great for wall hangings and mini quilts. The bias binding was the very vibrant Paisley Dot – Leprechaun

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The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik

Check out all the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors from their links below, be sure to follow along

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
Suzy Webster ~ Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Anne Wiens ~ Seams Like a Dream
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

My First Video…

Hey,

Thanks for coming along with me on this journey… last year when i became an island batik Ambassador, I was asked to make an un-boxing video “WHAT?” I said, with my first initial thoughts being how do I get out of this…

Big confession alert!!!

I didn’t do one, instead I watched in ore at all the other ambassadors doing there un-boxing videos, they all did such a fabulous job.

This year when I received the news that I was a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador, my husband took control, he said there was no getting out of it this year, and he began coming up with ideas on how to edit my video, I will admit his ideas were a little crazy, and I was keen to shy away from making the video, but i DID it, and here it is…

Please note I’m extremely shy, and nervous in this video, my cat is there for moral support.

 

This AccuQuilt cutting machine is AMAZING, I’ve really enjoyed playing it so far. Follow me on my journey this year, to see what i create with it.

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Look at all this beautiful fabric…

And the most amazing batting from Hobbs, and threads from Aurifil

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

almost there…

We’ve almost made it, January is coming to an end, we can leave those dull, dark, wet and cold January days behind us, and we can finally begin to enjoy the dull, dark, wet and even colder days of  February 😉  Don’t get me wrong I do love the winter months, there is something quite cosy about binding a quilt on the sofa with the fire on and my cat sleeping next to me, but I do miss the longer days, in the UK its dark at 4 pm and I long for the evenings that remain light till 9-10 pm.

So until then, here is a rainbow to bring some sunshine vibes your way

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If you happened to read my blog a few weeks ago, you’ll know I was signing up for lots of sewalongs, I really enjoy getting involved in these, I love to see what others come up with, and I love the social side – meeting new sewing friends

Pat Sloan in hosting a weekly sewalong, so i have four blocks to show you. I making all my blocks using Gutermann threads and Gutermann fabrics from the Portofino fabric collection… You can download all Pats blocks so far, from her website.

https://www.ilovetomakequilts.com/2019/01/pats-free-a-flower-bouquet-block-1.html

 

I has so much fun making tiny dresden plates for the #tinydresdenparty2019 hosted by Deidra at linktr.ee/quiltyobsession. I used fabrics from Stof fabrics, and have created a table topper (free tutorial coming real soon) – check out Stof’s website, its full of gorgeous fabrics www.stoffabrics.com/collection. I used Bosal double sided fusible foam, and it was really lovely to quilt on, I love the texture that the table topper now has.

 

Next up is a monthly challenge hosted by Jen patternsbyjen.blogspot.com.  Its a colour challenge, and this month its green. I teamed up some Island batik green pieces with some fabric I has left over from Northcott fabrics, they have the most amazing fabrics, check out their website by clicking the link below

www.northcott.net

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and the last one i wanted to show you was #modernhstbom. 

You can find out more about this Block of the month by visiting Steph’s blog  www.stephjacobsondesigns.com.
I had great fun making this block, as it meant I got to use my new AccuQuilt cutting machine, it was such a beautiful moment, making HST and having no dog ears to trim away. I decided to use up more of my Island Batik scraps, and teamed them with some Island Batik black, and Gutermann threads.
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I have loads more to share with you, but i appreciate you have things to do, and your cup of tea is finished, so until next time
I hope this post bring you loads of inspiration and ideas for what you could get involved in – happy sewing, i would love to sew along with you

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

Get involved this January…

The best thing I’ve found for getting over the January blues, is to join in with as many sew-alongs, quilt-alongs and sewing parties as you can 🙂

Here’s what I’m up too, and the best thing is, its not too late to join in too…

 

 

1: quilterpatsloan

Let the fun Begin!!… Block #1 of Pats FREE Weekly Sew Along is ‘A Flower Bouquet’. This week she celebrates the dreams of Gardeners everywhere with the Seed Catalog. .
1- Download Pats first and second block now at https://www.ilovetomakequilts.com/2019/01/pats-free-a-flower-bouquet-block-1.html

2: quiltyobsession

It’s baaaack! Last year’s #tinydresdenparty was so much fun, Deidra couldn’t resist throwing another. So, the #tinydresdenparty2019 starts 16th january. Check out her blog today with all the details, plus links to tips and tutorials linktr.ee/quiltyobsession

3: patternsbyjen

The 2019 Monthly Color Challenge has started! The first color is inspired by the “Bells of Ireland” flower. Find out about Jen’s Irish roots came to America on her blog today and get your free block. patternsbyjen.blogspot.com

4: michaelannn

Heres what Michael says about it… Everything’s more fun with friends, so let’s have a sew along! 👯‍♀️ I’ve got those January “organize all the things” feels, and my to-sew list is full of all the pouches, zippies, and organizers – How about you?! Want to sewalong with me?
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Here’s what I’m thinking – let’s spend the month of January sewing as many “things to put other things in” as we want/can. Use whatever patterns/ideas/tutorials you’d like! Share your in progress and finished projects to the hashtag #stashmystuffsal. Search the hashtag to discover fun new patterns and inspiring new friends! Then, you know, use all the things you just made to actually organize your stuff 😉😆 linktr.ee/michaelannn

5: poweredbyquilting

The hidden stars sew along has officially started!! Check out Sherry’s blog post today for  all the details poweredbyquilting.com/ig
#PBQHiddenStarsSAL

6: justletmequilt

This blog hop, has me buzzing with ideas, my day is February 18th, be sure to join me here to see what i make, plus there will be sneek peeks along the way. To see what else Carol has been up to, head over to her blog https://www.justletmequilt.com/

7: stephjacobsondesigns

This will be my first project made using my new Accuquilt cutting machine, i just need to learn how to use it 😉 Steph’s modern HST block of the month starts on January 1, 2019, with a new HST block posted the first of each month #modernhstbom. 
Check out Steph’s blog for all the details www.stephjacobsondesigns.com

8: island_batik

The 7th January brought with it, the start of the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop! The Island Batik Ambassadors will be your tour guides for a full month of adventure and souvenirs ( also know as giveaways 😉). My day was the 8th January, see my previous post to photos of my Kaleidoscope quilt using the new ‘Ditty’ collection
Start your adventure today by visiting their link www.islandbatik.com/news
I hope this post bring you loads of inspiration and ideas for what you could get involved in – happy sewing, i would love to sew along with you

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

Island Batik Blog Hop…

Welcome to Day 2 of the Island batik Blog hop – Getaway (destination, travel themed).

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The new collection I’ve been very fortunate to of been given by island Batik, as part of the Ambassador program was called  ‘DITTY‘ – and I LOVE it!! what a stunning collection!!

I’m not going to lie, this quilt alone took me on a journey of its very own… With Christmas and New Year celebrations done and dusted, I knew i was one of the first on the blog hop list, so time wasn’t on my side… my thoughts immediately went to beach huts, but after much designing, i realized it was not going to work with no blue fabric in the collection… so i pulled out my laptop and loaded up EQ8…

Kaleidoscope Pattern… Ta Da!! ‘What?’ I hear you ask, ‘how does this fit the theme?’,

Well let me explain…  when looking through the patterns, I came across the Kaleidoscope Pattern, my 8 year old son said to me, whats a Kaleidoscope? so i asked my eldest son, who immediately reached for his Iphone to google it! he then replied with, ‘it must be one of those 80’s kids toys’…

Can you still buy them?

Anyway, as i tried to explain how it worked, i realized that when you look into a Kaleidoscope it takes you on a special journey all of it own, creating patterns and stories of what the patterns look like, its definitely part of my childhood journey, and one i was able to share with my children… I’m not sure it will ever beat an Iphone or Xbox, but I loved my Kaleidoscope

I wanted to keep the inner layer quite neutral, with the addition a few colours, so i could leave the outer edge for the oranges and yellows. ‘y’ seams are not my friend, but i was determined not to be beaten

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With the inner layer complete, I started to play around with the fabrics till I happy with the outer layer

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I’m so happy with the way this turned out, I definitely want to make another version in the near future, if only to concur my fear of ‘y’ seams…

I will be writing a tutorial for this quilt, so be sure to follow me here on my blog, so I can keep you updated.

Also I just recieved the most amazing news, Im going to be a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador, so I will be sharing lots more beautiful batik makes.

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You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram @creativeblonde66

I quilted it with stars and inside is Hobbs 100% wool batting – this was a dream to work with

Sewn together using Aurifil threads and strips of ‘Ditty’ fabric to bind

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to check out all the other amazing Island Batik Ambassadors show casing all the new collections

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

WEEK 1

Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

MaryEllen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

Sandra @ mmm! quilts

 

Tuesday, January 8  – Ditty

Stephanie @ Steph Jacobson Designs

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

 

Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie @ Free Motion by the River

Anna @ Ark Angel Creations

 

Thursday, January 10 – Feline Fine

Bea @ BeaQuilter

Sharon @ Yellow Cat Designs

 

Friday, January 11 – Flea Market

Geraldine @ Living Water Quilter

Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting

 

WEEK 2

Monday, January 14 – Fortune Teller

Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter

 

Tuesday, January 15  – Gypsy Rose

Jen @ Dizzy Quilter

Janet @ Whispers of Yore

 

Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley Park

Dione @ Clever Chameleon

Nancy @ Masterpiece Quilting

 

Thursday, January 17 – Soul Song

Carole @ Carol Lyles Shaw

Toby @ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

 

Friday, January 18 – Twilight Chic

Jackie @ If These Threads Could Talk

Tina @ Quilting Affection

 

WEEK 3

Monday, January 21 – Winter Park

Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations

Anita @ Quilt In a Not Shell

 

Tuesday, January 22  – Bazaar

Karen @ The Quilt Rambler

Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Turid @ Den syende himmel

 

Wednesday, January 23 – Blossom

Karen @ Sew Karen-ly Created

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

 

Thursday, January 24 – Boho

Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts

Suzy @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

 

Friday, January 25 – Brookview

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy

 

WEEK 4

Monday, January 28 – French Blue

Pamela @ PamelaQuilts

Joyce @ Hearts Creations

 

Tuesday, January 29  – Midsummer Night

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Connie @ Kauffman Designs

 

Wednesday, January 30 – Oh Deer

Jen @ Patterns by Jen

Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics

 

Thursday, January 31 – Snow Berry

Sally @ Sally Manke Fiber Artist

Joan @ Moosestash Quilting

 

Friday, February 1 –

Icicle

Terri @ Meanderings along Lizard Creek

Anne @ Sweetgrass Creative Designs


Candy Cane Lane

Mania @ Mania For Quilts

Barbara @ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

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

 

Island Batik Whimsical Challenge…

This month Island Batik  challenge was to create something whimsical or wonky, I will be honest and tell you I found this one difficult, I spent a long time trying to think of an idea…  The fabrics and batting used in this project were given to me from Island batik as part of the Island Batik Ambassador Program.

Whimsical and Wonky

Ive always liked the Alice in wonderland clock with the reversed numbers, and my hubby mentioned the ‘melting clock’ by Salvador Dalí, so i have combined the two.

I wanted to make the top half of the clock as neat as possible, so I made the numbers and clock handle quite fine, and free motion quilted them in place using Gutermann threads, which coordinated so well with the Island Batik ‘check it out’ fabrics I chose.

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I was slightly apprehensive about making the ‘melting’ part of the clock, it felt uncomfortable making something purposely wonky 😉

I wanted to make it look like the clock had melted right off the end of the quilt

Possibly the strangest thing I’ve made

Thanks for reading, I would love to hear from you,  please leave a comment below

Merry Christmas to all, until next time… happy sewing

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x