welcome to my Island batik Blog Hop day…

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors are show casing lots of new fabric collections, so be sure to check them all out. Head over to www.instagram.com/island_batik, to see the stunning quilts that have been created so far this month.

I got to play with a super gorgeous new collection called ‘Plum Pudding’its been designed by Kathy Engle for Island Batik, they are such beautiful modern colours and prints which are available to purchase in shops from May.

Plum Pudding Collection

I have created a 50″ x 50″ modern quilt, using these stunning fabrics, Aurifil thread and Hobbs batting.

Here are a few little sneaky peeks of the quilt, arent the colours just beautiful?

This quilt is made up of 16 blocks, but its when you bring the blocks together, is when the magic appears, I really love the fun, super charged pin wheels in this pattern.

This quilt is also one the first quilts to have one of my new labels sewn on…

As you know an Island Batik blog hop doesn’t come without an amazing giveaway, and this week they are giving you the chance to win a 2.5″ Strip Pack and 10″ Stack of the Island Batik Glacier Bay collection by Kathy Engle! Two winners will be chosen for this giveaway, so don’t delay, enter now!

Click Here To Enter

Enter here

Thank you to @aurifilthread@hobbsbatting@schmetzneedles, and @accuquilt for sponsoring this giveaway and Island Batik!

This giveaway ends on May 14th at 11:59 pm PDT. Two random winners will be notified by email on May 15th and announced on our Facebook page on May, 18th. If the winners do not respond within the first three days after being notified, two new random winners will be chosen.

This pattern is available to purchase from here on my blog, and is also available to purchase via my Etsy store www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts along with lots of other Island Batik patterns.

Plum Pudding Quilt Pattern PDF

A stunning 50″ x 50″ quilt pattern, designed using the new ‘Plum Pudding’ collection from Island Batik. This quilt is bursting with purples and creams and has an amazing super charged pinwheel design.

£7.20

Thanks for stopping by, good luck, I hope you win the gorgeous fabrics

Michelle x

Looking for a good read?

Grab this months issue of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine (out now), its packed full of inspiration and articles.

Projects from Julie Alderson, Kristen Clay and Debbie von Grabler-Crozier.

Inside you’ll also find my ‘Caribbean Whirlwind’ quilt. Its an magnificent 62″ square quilt, made using ‘Sweet Shoppe Too’ fabric from Makower. Quilted using Vlieseline cotton mix batting and Aurifil threads.

This months magazine also includes features from Janet Goddard – Lets go shopping to Stitch and Knit and Quilts for Veterans by Helen Kent.

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing

Michelle

Cosy pram quilt…

I would like to wish you all a very happy new year, and share with you my first quilt of 2021

Do you need a cosy pram quilt for your baby/toddler, when going for walks to get your daily exercise?

Here is my free pattern, made using the gorgeous newborn Elephant fabric from Craftcotton, super soft wadding from Vlieseline, all sewn together using Gutermann threads. Don’t have time to sew, place an order here on my website (fabrics subject to availability)

Other items available to purchase in this collection

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing

Michelle

Medallion Quilt challenge…

This challenge is the last one for all the 2020 Island Batik Ambassadors, and is also the first time I’ve made a Medallion Quilt.

I wanted to use what I had left from the ‘Tread Brightly’ collection by @bellanonnaquilt for @island_batik.

“A medallion Quilt is made of a central motif surrounded by multiple borders. … The center and borders can be pieced, appliqued, or embroidered, in any number of combinations.”

I really wanted something striking for my central motif, so I designed this star… and I was super pleased with how is turned out. I do love a crisp sharp point…

It was time to add my first border, I went with something simple, so as not to detract from the center star. I used the gorgeous Cobblestone – Forest, from the Tread brightly collection.

My next border I wanted to be eye catching, so I decided on some Flying Geese. I wanted it to appear as they were moving around the centre star, so I arranged them in groups of 6.

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My final boarder was another simple stripe, using the Cobblestone – Pinecone, from the Tread brightly collection.

I used Hobbs Cotton batting inside, and backed my Medallion Quilt with a lovely Vanilla – neutral from Island Batik.

I decided on a bit of crazy binding, which I thought would complete this quilt perfectly, I chose Texture Stripe – Marble from the Tread Brightly collection.

Would to love to know what you think of my first Medallion quilt, please leave me a comment, they really do make my day.

Wishing each and everyone of you a really special Christmas, and I hope you get to spend time with those that mean the most to you.

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing


Michelle

Free Pattern – Kyoto blush cushion covers…

Today I want to share with you a pattern I created using the new Kyoto fabric collection by Stuart Hillard for Craftcotton.

Cushion covers are a great way to add a splash of colour to your living room or bedroom.

Be sure to tag me with your finished cushion covers, I would love to see your cushions

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Looking for more handmade Christmas items to buy?


Please check out the ‘pages’ listed on my home page (or click the link below), you will find all my quilts which are for sale, most of which have been published in UK, American and Australian quilting magazines, plus lots of other handmade items.


https://wordpress.com/pages/creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com


‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing


Michelle

busy busy busy…

Wow, can you believe November is coming to an end, I’m feeling slightly uneasy about Christmas this year, not sure its going to be the same at all, but my kids are still very excited, so much so, we spent the weekend choosing our tree and decorating it.

The lounge is looking very festive, and smells amazing as this morning I made the Christmas cake – my favourite part of Christmas – so it is beginning to feel like Christmas.

This week I got to play with the new collection ‘Kyoto’ by Stuart Hillard for @craftcottonco, teamed with a gorgeous shimmering coral fabric.

Craftcotton also just released some new Christmas fabric, so I designed this cute Christmas present table runner. Both my patterns will be available soon on the Craftcotton blog

My cat who returned last week after being missing for 81 days, is super keen to be involved in all the photo shots

I’ve also been busy making luxury handmade ties, I’ve decided to personalize them, to make them extra special when giving them as a gift. I don’t know about you, but I find men really tricky to buy for, and I think these ties make a beautiful and thoughtful gift. A short message using a few words can be added to each tie.

Great for dads, grandads, uncles, nephews and friends, for lots of special occasions, whether it be a birthday, Christmas, new job, wedding or fathers day.

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Order yours today from my here on my website, just head to the order form page, don’t forget to add details of your message (no more then 3 words)

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Looking for more handmade Christmas items?


Please check out the ‘pages’ listed on my home page (or click the link below), you will find all my quilts which are for sale, most of which have been published in UK, American and Australian quilting magazines.

https://wordpress.com/pages/creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com

This weekend I’m including FREE UK delivery.


‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing

Michelle

Inspired by Nature Blog Hop plus giveaway…

During this month, all the Island Batik Ambassadors have been taking part in the ‘Inspired by nature’ blog hop, using the new summer 2020 collections. Head to www.facebook.com/islandbatik/ to see all the stunning quilts and to enter this weeks giveaway.

Welcome to my day, I have an amazing giveaway to tell you about, plus this gorgeous quilt to show you that I made with the new summer 2020 collection ‘Tread Brightly’ designed by Bella Nonna Quilt Design. Which hits the shops this month.

I took my inspiration from Rainbows and a beautiful windmill I often drive past in Kent…

This quilt is made up of HST, using a beautiful Island Batik cream, paired with the stunning new ‘Tread Brightly’ collection.

The finish of this quilt coincided with the return of my cat ‘Roo’, he has been missing for 81 days, and last night he returned. We are over the moon to have him home, and still cant quite believe it.

He was super keen to be in the photos of my quilt, so I thought id share them with you.

This quilt has Hobbs cotton batting inside, and all sewn together using Aurifil threads.

Island Batik are giving away two beautiful bundles of fabrics, enter below to win…

www.rafflecopter.com

Thanks for stopping by, I hope this quilt has inspired you to make something colourful, or simply to stop and spare a few moments to appreciate the beautiful nature around us.

Here is a list of all the Island batik Ambassadors, please head over and take a look at all the beautiful quilts they have made and the stunning new fabric collections

Week 1:November 9
Jennifer Fulton – Bliss
Carla Henton – Bliss
November 10:
Denise Jackson Looney – Coco Cabana
Carolina Asmussen – Coco Cabana
November 11:
Alison Vermilya – Heart to Heart
Janet Lael Pedersen Yamamoto – Heart to Heart
November 12:
Megan Stanionis Best – Just My Type
Jennifer Strauser – Just My Type
Week 2:
November 16:
Joanne Hart – Love & Kisses
Maryellen McAuliffe – Love & Kisses
Jennifer Schifano Thomas – Love & Kisses
November 17:
Gail Sheppard – Ohana
Mania Hatziioannidi – Ohana
November 18:
Sharon Riley – Sweet Hearts
Sandra Walker – Sweet Hearts
November 19:
Carol Moellers – Tickled Pink
Emily Leachman – Tickled Pink
Week 3:
November 23:
Connie Kauffman – Tiki Punch
Suzy Webster – Tiki Punch
November 24:
Pamela Boatright – Tread Brightly
Michelle Roberts – Tread Brightly
November 25:
Vasudha Govindan – Tropicana Twist
Leah Malasky – Tropicana Twist
November 26:
Sally Manke – Venetian Marble
Gail Renna – Venetian Marble

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Looking for handmade Christmas items?

Please check out the ‘pages’ listed on my home page (or click the link below), you will find all my quilts which are for sale, most of which have been published in UK, American and Australian quilting magazines.

https://wordpress.com/pages/creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com

During the month of November, I’m including FREE UK delivery.

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

Roald Dahl – The Witches…

Do you remember reading the book? well Craftcotton have just released a collection of Roald Dahl fabrics… I couldn’t resist turning some of them into a cute satchel

‘You really are a very clever little mouse’ fabric was just too cute to not use as the main outer fabric, I added the frogs for the pocket, and the Witches for the lining.

This pattern is available from Debbie Shore ‘Satchels’ book, with templates and really easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

To see how I used the ‘Witches’ fabrics, download my tutorial, at the link below

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Happy Sewing

Michelle

Garden Party Bunting…

I was given the opportunity to play with the new ‘Alice in Wonderland’ fabrics from Craftcotton – (Fabric image below, care of Craftcotton)

They are super cute, I knew straight away I wanted to create bunting, I could visualize it being draped round garden fences and tables at a tea Party

Following my tutorial below to create your own…

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Happy Sewing

Michelle

Dream Catcher – Block 2 #quiltandshine

Happy weekend, hope you’re having a beautiful and relaxing one…

I’m so excited to share Block 2 of the #quiltandshine quilt along, I’ve really enjoyed designing this one for you

This one features embroidery and some free motion quilting

I cant wait to see what designs you create inside your dream catcher…

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Download your free pattern here >>> Quilt and Shine block 2

Myself @michelle_creativeblonde and Dawn_honeybeecloths are so exciting to be sewing along with you.

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle