Daisy Chain Parade…

Today I’m sharing my finished Mystery Daisy Chain Top Quilt…

This quilt along was hosted by Alison @honeybunnyanddoll . Its been a beautiful quilt to make. I chose Tilda off white solid for the background, available from @grovesltd . Cotton supreme for the Focal and Accent fabric, available from @cottonandsteel, and included some lovely butterfly fabric from the Panorama collection also available from @cottonandsteel

Step one was to cut out all the pieces, I has no clue at this stage how this quilt was going to pan out, but I was pleased with my colour choice

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I will be honest, the worst part of this quilt was joining all these little squares, I chain pieced them to speed up the process.

I am making the throw size quilt, so I needed LOTS of these, it was a great relief to have them all sewn together, I was super pleased with the joins in the center

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And my cat kept me company along the way…

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Over the next few weeks, we were given more clues, and began making more little blocks, but I still couldn’t work out this mystery

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Next came the really exciting part, we began joining the smaller blocks to create these beautiful blocks, and I couldn’t resist playing around with a few ideas to possibly solve the mystery

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No I didn’t guess right, but I absolutely love the finished design

Ta Da!

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Ready to quilted, watch this space 🙂

To see all the finished quilts from the Mystery Daisy Chain Quilt Along, head over to Alison blog https://littlebunnyquilts.blogspot.com

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

Mystery QAL, plus a chance to win some Vlieseline Wool Mix Batting…

 

This quarter I joined the #mystery_qal hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetsday.

The mystery is seeing what everyone will create using one chosen piece of fabric, which can be incorporated with other fabrics…

This quarters fabric was this adorable mouse fabric available @lewisandirenefabrics

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I paired it up with this beautiful pink solid available @stoffabrics and the navy floral.

The mouse fabric was screaming out to be fussy cut. I had the perfect paper pieces – from Tilda, called the mini flower…

In the middle of creating my mystery item, I was asked by my husband’s Gran to make her a tissue pocket – have you ever heard of one? She doesn’t like to stick a tissue up her sleeve, cause it causes havoc if left in the wash… so this is it, a mini apron. She also uses it to hold her phone, so its with her at all times, which is perfect for anyone elderly.

 

 

I love this Jacquard fabric available from @Stoffabrics, I was keen to show off both sides, so i reversed the fabric on the straps and for the lining…

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With only a few weeks left before the mystery quilt-along was due to end, I got busy making my mystery item… I wanted something soft and cosy for my laptop. So I made a laptop case, which has been quilted with Vlieseline Wool Mix batting – my laptop is now super comfy and cosy when I’m not using it 🙂

 

I love this wool mix batting, I used it in my latest quilts, it really is so soft and cosy, and lovely to quilt

 

This batting is so gorgeous

I want to give one lucky winner a lap size piece, perfect for your next quilting project.

Find out more about this product here…

www.vlieseline.com/Products/Battings/266-Wool-Mix

To be in for a chance of winning, just leave me a message here or on my Instagram page, telling me what you’re currently making…

Good Luck

I will choose a winner Saturday 6th April…

Check out the other bloggers taking part this quarter here…

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com
Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Moira @ Quilted Snail
Shirley @ https://mountainbuttons.wordpress.com/
Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

You can follow me here on my blog, and you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle @creativeblonde66

Sunday and still going strong…

Hello, thanks for stopping by to read what I’ve been up to this week…

I’m feeling just a little bit pleased with myself ,as I’m keeping on top of the quilt-a-longs I’ve signed up to, so here is where I’m at so far…

First up – Daisy chain QAL hosted by Amanda @honeybunnyanddoll this week was all about sewing together Unit A, I’m itching to find out what this will look like when its finished, so is my cat 🙂

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As I’m making the Throw size, I had 39 of these traditional 4 square blocks to make

The start of March brings with it, the next in the colour challenge block, hosted by Jen @patternsbyjen,  this month is BLUE… I’ve used an array of Beautiful Blue Batiks from @island_batik, and Gutermann threads.

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I’m still busy sewing along with the weekly flower bouquet hosted by Pat @quilterpatsloan, can you believe we have reached block 10 of 20 already? I’m using Gutermann fabrics from the Portofino collection for all my blocks, along with Gutermann threads

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The next block in the Modern HST BOM hosted by Steph @stephjacobsondesigns, is now available, I was keeping to a bit of a blue theme this week. I’m using Island Batiks and Guterman threads

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The last sew along I need to update you with, is the Mystery QAL, hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetsday, this is where we are given one particular fabric which we need to include in our final make, along with whichever fabrics we like. this quarter the fabric is an adorable mouse fabric @lewisandirenefabrics, I’ve decided to make a paper piecing project, adding some fabrics from Moda and Stoffabrics

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This week I was asked to play around with some accessories from Groves, so I decided to make a few simple Mothers Day gifts, my tutorials are suitable for beginners. You can download my patterns below 🙂

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Mothers Day Gift ideas – key fobs

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Mothers Day Gift ideas – keyrings

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Mothers Day Gift ideas

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

Its a Happy Monday…

Hey, thanks for popping by 🙂

I usually dread Mondays, and this Monday was going to be especially sad, as my boys were heading back to school after half term, and I always miss their company, but this Monday i had some exciting news…

My name was mentioned in the latest Gutermann meeting – they loved my wash bags using the Gutermann Marrakesch fabric collection – Grab issue 59 of Quilt Now magazine to make yours. And they’ve asked me to make some more home projects things for them – i’m thrilled and my heading is buzzing with ideas 🙂

Then came along some more exciting news… I won the beautiful Pincushion Competition that I entered on Instagram. These gorgeous pincushions are made by Rosie Marshall www.instagram.com/rosiescraftcorner, I chose a blue and white one 🙂

Last Friday, Quilt Now issue 60 hit the shops, I’m thrilled to have two of my quilts featured in this months issue.

My ‘spring fling’ quilt, uses the beautiful new collection from @vickyyorkedesigns for @camelot_fabrics called ‘Village Life’.

The other quilt is featuring the new Island Batik fabrics from the gorgeous new collection ‘All a Flutter’ by @kathybrettengle

(photos curtesy of Quilt Now Magazine)

I’ve just about kept up with the ‘Flower Bouquet’ sew-along, hosted by Pat @quilterpatsloan, here are blocks 6,7 and 8

Last week brought with it the start of ‘Daisy Chain’ mystery quilt along, with my fabrics chosen, it was time to begin cutting…

I’m so excited to see what this mystery quilt will look like, head over to Amanda’ Instagram page to find all the details www.instagram.com/honeybunnyanddoll

One big finish this week, was the my Cosy Burgundy Quilt, using a new collection from  Stoffabrics – ‘autumn leaves’.

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***I quilted it using Vlieseline Cotton mix 80/20 and I’m IN LOVE!!***

Has anyone else used this? I would thoroughly recommend it – so cosy!

Lastly… its almost time for the final reveal of the #sweetestthingssampler, hosted by Dawn at Honeybee Cloths and Myself at CreativeBlonde.

Are you nearly finished?

I went with the QAYG method, and Sunday was spent quilting all my Irish chain blocks.  All the blocks in this quilt are available to download over on

‘Honeybee Cloths’ Blog

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

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

My Mystery Retro Flowers Quilt…

Mystery quilt along hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetsday.

Im so excited to reveal my Mystery make with you guys today.  The mystery fabric this quarter was chosen by Tracy @itsatsweetsday. Tracy has chosen some beautiful fabric called ‘Pom Pom flowers in marigold’ by Dear Stella, and I’ve chosen the others to bring my mystery item together…

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So much bolder then my usual palette, so i decided to try them out together when making one of the challenges from #sew6organizers, and I loved the combination…

So it was on wards and upwards to start designing my quilt, i had some beautiful Gutermann fabric from their blooms collection, which i was really excited about adding to the quilt somehow…

The Gutermann threads matched so well, i had trouble choosing which ones i wanted to use, i think i ended up using all of them, with all the pieces cut out, it was time for the fun to begin…

I used the Gutermann green blooms fabric to back my quilt, and i added 24 fussy cut diamonds to the front, which i sewed on by hand, i quilted this but using decorative stitches around the diamonds, and adding hearts to the center of the pom pom flower squares, with Hobbs batting inside

I couldn’t decide on the binding colour, so i went with two, a forest green and an autumn brown, and ta da it was finished…

I love the retro feel this quilt has with the pattern design and fabrics, its a fab choice of fabrics Tracy.

Thanks Tracy for organizing such a fabulous Mystery Quilt along, I’ve really enjoyed myself making this one

Many thanks for reading, have a lovely week ahead, be sure to come back tmro, for my Row-along reveal and for a chance to win some fantastic prizes, until next time… happy sewing

Please leave me a comment, they make my day 🙂

Follow me on  Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

Here’s a list of all the bloggers sewing with this quarters mystery fabric

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Moira @ Quilted Snail

Karla @mysewfulretirement

Connie @ Connie’s Creations 

 

Mystery Quilt-Along…

Ive signed up, come join in too

The next mystery qal hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetsday, has just begun, the mystery fabric has been released…

Its stunning… Pom Pom flowers in Marigold by Dear Stella

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I’ve pulled my fabrics to bring my mystery item together. It bolder and brighter then my usual colour palette, and part of me is already feeling slightly anxious… but i will go with it… for now, anyway 😉

Watch this space, the final reveal is Saturday 29th September

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Head over to Tracy blog https://itsatsweetsday.blog to find all the details for this QAL.

What will you make? Don’t forget to follow and tag your makes #mystery_qal on Instagram

 

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

 

Mystery Quilt Along…

Cindy @ In a Stitch Quilting and Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!  have hosted a really fun ‘mystery Quilt Along’ and i couldn’t resist but join them… so whats the mystery?

Well… they chose a fabric called – FlufferNutter , part of The Biscuits & Gravy line by Moda… and we had to include it in something we make, any size, any item, and using any other fabrics of our choice

I chose these beauties, which are all available from Woolwarehouse, I couldn’t resist the gorgeous cats

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So what was i going to make, well i had a new ‘hexi N More’ template, which was shouting at me to be used, and i knew would work well to fussy cut these cats, some beautiful blue threads from Gutermann, and the rest sort of just happened as i went…

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And here is what i created… a large hexi table center piece…

I quilted it will a string of hearts

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Thanks for reading, be sure to check out all the other blogger involved in this mystery quilt along

Cindy @ inastitchquilting.com

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

***Michelle @ Creative Blonde ***

Abbie @ Sparkle On

Elana @ ThatFabricFeeling

Lori @ quilting needs

Kathy E. @ Hazel’s Daughter

Verlynne_ posting on Instagram

x creativeblonde x

Mystery quilt-a-long

I think it was seeing the choice of the fabric, that drew me into this mystery qal… and the most exciting mystery part of this qal, is that no one knows what anyone is going to make.

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Its not too late to join in, head over to Cindy blog at https://inastitchquilting.com/  and Tracy at https://itsatsweetsday.blog/ for more details.

There are even prizes up for grabs, so whats not to like…

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Choosing some gorgeous fabrics to go with Flutter Nutter fabric, was the easy part… The fabrics I’ve chosen to compliment the Fluffer Nutter are Moda – Biscuits and Gravy – Bee Crazy – Picnic and Michael Miller – Sassy Cats – Blue all purchased from the wool warehouse #Modafabrics #michealmillerfabric #creativeblonde #mysteryqal #woolwarehouse @woolwarehouse

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Now come the mystery part… how will i put these fabrics together, well i cant tell you that, not yet anyway (cause i haven’t decided yet)

Thanks for reading, following me here, by subscribing to my emails. Follow my progress over on instagram 

Come join the fun too

x creativeblonde x

Looking for a new and exciting mystery QAL for 2018??

Look no further… I’ve just heard about this very exciting mystery QAL starting in 2018… Hosted by

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Check out the gorgeous fabric, with a great name ‘Flutter Nutter’

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I’m so excited to be joining in with this, fabric ordered and my mind is already getting busy with ideas.

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Thanks for reading, join in and spread the word, fab prize up for grabs too

x creativeblonde x