Christmas in July…

Last month I completed my first Christmas project of the year, its a Dresden table runner for the Craft cotton Blog and I wanted to share my free pattern with you guys here aswell.

Christmas fabric from Craftcotton

I love the Dresden blocks, and their versatility.

This is a fabulous size table runner, measuring 21″ x 66″

The Dresden blocks are sewn onto a white background, with hand sewn red binding, to really make this table runner pop.

To download my free pattern, click the link below, be sure to follow me and leave a comment 🙂

Looking for some special handmade gifts, check out my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts and Not On The High Street store www.notonthehighstreet.com/creativeblonde

Happy wednesday

Michelle x

Looking to add some summer sunshine to your table?

Inside this months issue of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, you will find my Summer Flowers Table Runner, using the beautiful and vibrant Sunny Bee fabrics from Makower.

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This runner is a perfect match with my gorgeous summer bouquet

I would love to see your summer table settings, tag me in your photos on Instagram @michelle_creativeblonde and Facebook @creativeblonde66

Enjoy the sunshine

Michelle x

Fat free Easter Eggs…

Hey, hope you’re all well, thanks for stopping by to read my blog.

Here the UK the sun has been shining, the snowdrops and daffodils are opening up and the weather is turning warmer, Spring is in the air, and its certainly given me a boost.

Today I wanted to share with you a Easter Egg table runner pattern I have designed using some FQ’s packs in pastel tones from Craftcotton

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These Easter eggs are created using Foundation Paper Piecing, which is a great way to achieve crisp joins, without any fuss. I love the effect of raw edge applique, in fact its one of my favorites.

Download my free pattern using the link below

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Follow me here on my blog, and share with friends, you can also find/tag me on Instagram and Facebook with your makes.

‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing

Michelle

Do you love elephants?…

I’ve created an Elephant Tassel table runner, using the amazing new monochrome prints from Craftcottonco, paired with some ‘brights’.

Click the link below to download my free tutorial

Follow me here on my blog, and share with friends, you can also find/tag me on Instagram and Facebook with your makes.

‘Do what makes your heart smile’
Happy Sewing


Michelle

Free pattern – Christmas gift table runner…

I’m so excited to share with you my Christmas gift table runner pattern… The gorgeous Christmas fabrics are from Craftcotton, and the batting inside in from Vliesline, sewn together using Aurifil threads.

Be sure to tag me with your finished table runners, I would love to see your makes

Follow me here on my blog, and share with friends, you can also find/tag me on Instagram and Facebook.

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)

Follow me here on my blog, and share with friends, you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook.

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

A little something I’ve been working on…

Hey, hope you’re well, thanks for stopping by to read my blog today.

I wanted to share with you something I’ve been working on while the UK magazines have been put on hold, I can only show little bits of it, as the pattern will be available soon.

Its a gorgeous little table runner, made using a new collection from Makower called ‘Sunny Bee’, the vibrant pink is from a new collection called ‘Sweet shoppe too’ also available from Makower.

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Due to the weather being so glorious here in the UK, I decided this was going to be a hand sewn project, using needle turn applique.

I used Gutermann threads, to hand sew this project

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I couldn’t resist capturing the finished top piece in the sunshine

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Follow me here on my blog, and share with friends, you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

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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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

 

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

Free Pattern…

Hey guys,

Thanks for stopping by again (I know two posts in as many days) but I’m really excited to share this table runner tutorial with you…

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This was first time I’ve quilted using Bosal double sided fusible foam, and I love it, its brought a beautiful texture to my table runner. Using this stunning fabric from stoffabrics, added the perfect pattern for quilting.

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These tiny dresden plates measure just 4 1/2″ in diameter – thats small, right? These were made for the #tinydresdenparty2019 hosted by Deidra @quiltyobsession

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My Free Pattern is available to download here –>   Table Runner PDF

I hope you enjoy making this – happy sewing.

I would love to see your finished table runners, be sure to tag me at the following places

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x