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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‘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

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‘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

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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.

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‘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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‘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’

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~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’

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~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

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’

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~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

an extra hour…

Hi, thanks for stopping by this week, as the clocks in the UK go back an hour, i thought what better way to spend that extra hour, but to write my blog. Can i just say i really do appreciate each and every comment that you leave me 🙂

This week, was half term and also the week our very and manky (my sons words) kitchen got taken out, and the new one installed. Surprisingly i wasn’t worried about the fact i wouldn’t have an oven for the week, but the fact my conservatory was out of bounds! My conservatory is where i take most of my photos, it gives the best light with the least amount of shadow – who knew

I finished my valentine quilt, and oh my goodness, how lovely is double gauze to work with, i will be totally honest and let you into a little secret, i’d never heard of it, but i LOVE it, and its definitely something i will work with again and again.

I love the soft and cosy feel to it, and using it for raw edge applique, i think gave my quilt a real shabby chic feel.

Click here to see the huge range by  Higgs & Higgs

“Double gauze is, very simply, two layers of gauze that are tacked together at regular intervals with little stitches that are undetectable from the right side of the fabric. Soft, airy and slightly crinkled for a casual look these textiles make fabulous fashion and nursery items”

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Gutermann threads were beautiful to work with for this fabric too

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I was so excited when i was asked to make some wash bags, the fabrics i chose are from Gutermann from their Marrakesch range, and i LOVE it, definitely going to have to fill my stash with more of this beautiful fabric. I was also given the chance to try out a sample of Vlieseline Lamifix – my conclusion… FAB!! The two wash bags below are both lined with Lamifix, the pale green is covered all over, and the navy piece is just fabric, with base covered in Lamifix. Its so versatile and i would recommend the product. Ive almost finished a toiletry roll which i lined with Lamifix, I will share with your next week

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In honor of my new kitchen i have made a table topper, i hoping to get round to making matching seat covers too, the cat thought this one was for him 🙂  These beautiful fabrics are by Moda from the caroline collection designed by Brenda Riddle, Kate and Birdie and Tilda and all available for Honeybee Cloth  and if you head over there this week, dawn is offering 10% off EVERYTHING in their shop, use the promo code CREATIVEBLONDE

 

They have a beautiful range of the most prettiest fabrics, each and every piece of fabric is cut and packaged in the most adorable way, makes an idea gift for someone or just a well deserved treat for yourself

 

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Next month brings new and exciting fabric from Craft Cotton – its their new ‘Winnie the Pooh’ range, isn’t it adorable. I will be making a quilt and some coordinating bunting – its the perfect fabric for anyone expecting a baby in the new year. Pre-order yours now  – click here

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That rounds up another week, I would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment  🙂

Many thanks for reading, have a lovely week ahead, until next time… happy sewing

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~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x