Block 12 – Hemlock #quiltandshine

Hello, thanks for stopping by to read my blog, today I’m sharing with you Block 12 of the #quiltandhsine quilt along, hosted by myself and Dawn from Honeybee cloths.

Its never to late to join in with this quilt along, as the patterns will be available forever, but even if the thought of a whole quilt is daunting, maybe choose your favourite block and create a cushion cover or a table runner using a few blocks.

This block is all about wildflowers…

Its a beautiful, relaxing block to sit and hand sew,  we all need some time to switch off, and relax.

This blocks also completes the third row

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Its lovely to see the quilt come together…

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Download my free pattern here, be sure to tag me on Instagram @michelle_creativeblonde so I can see your finished blocks, use the hashtag #quiltandshine

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We all need friends and family in our lives especially during these difficult times, keep talking, stay inside and stay safe xx

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

Block 11 – Flutter #quiltandshine…

Hello, thanks for stopping by to read my blog, today I’m sharing with you Block 11 of the #quiltandhsine quilt along, hosted by myself and Dawn from Honeybee cloths.

How is everyone doing?  if your anything like me, you’re happy to have unlimited minutes on your phone. I know I have a house full of kids, but nothing quite beats an adult conversation to keep you sane – Keep talking!

Its never to late to join in with this quilt along, as the patterns will be available forever, but even if the thought of a whole quilt is daunting, maybe choose your favourite block and create a cushion cover or a table runner using a few blocks.

This block is all about butterflies…

Its a beautiful, relaxing block to sit and hand sew,  we all need some time to switch off, and relax

Download my free pattern here, be sure to tag me on Instagram @michelle_creativeblonde so I can see your finished blocks, use the hashtag #quiltandshine

Quilt and Shine block 11

We all need friends and family in our lives especially during these difficult times, keep talking, stay inside and stay safe xx

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

Block 1 -Glow Flies #quiltandshine

Hello, and a huge welcome to the very first block of the #quiltandshine Quilt-along.

I’m so excited to share block 1 with you, I hope you will enjoy making it as much as i did. Be sure to share your progress and finished blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #quiltandshine

I’m making this quilt using the beautiful collection ‘Day in Paris’, with a lay out as shown below, don’t you just love the stars connecting all the blocks together

In the print friendly PDF found below, you will find the details for making the stars, which connect the blocks, templates and tutorial for block 1.

You still have till tmro to enter my competition to win these beautiful threads by Gutermann – see previous blog post, or see my Instagram page michelle_creativeblonde

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Prizes Along The Way

HoneybeeCloths are giving away some fabulous prizes throughout this quilt along, that you wont want to miss, for example one of the giveaways is ‘A Fat Eighth bundle of 12 Day in Paris fabrics, which is the equivalent to 1.5 metres!!

Be sure to follow us:

https://www.instagram.com/michelle_creativeblonde/

https://www.instagram.com/dawn_honeybeecloths/

***Enter the promotional code word ‘SHINE’ when purchasing fabrics from www.honeybeecloths.co.uk and receive 5% off your order***

(offer valid 9/6/19 – 15/6/19 inc)

 

Let’s get sewing…

Download it here …

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Be sure to check out Dawn ‘low calorie’ variation of this quilt pattern over on her blog, below are a few photos to show you how it would work

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For those who didn’t see our first Quilt along, here are a few photos to show you what we created (tutorials are still available to download at Honeybeecloths blog)

Myself and Dawn are so exciting to be sewing along with you.

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

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

A little update…

Hey 😊, thanks for stopping by, thought I’d write a little update on what I’ve been up to this week. Last week I was relaxing (me, hubby and four kids without WiFi for a week – maybe relaxing isnt quite the right word, more like ‘surviving’ 😉) anyway we were on holiday in the middle of the beautiful Blackwood forest, riding bikes, long dog walks and chilling in the hot tub, but I was pining for my sewing machine 🤫 …

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First on my list when I got home was to make a book pouch for my niece, she loves to read and for her birthday, I’ve bought her a book about a little girl who dreams of having her own horse. ..

My free tutorial is available here, it shows to add a decorative lace zip 💕

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book bag with matching book mark pdf

I was itching to get going on the #savethebeesquilt hosted by @jacquelynnesteves, the first of four patterns was released on the day we left for our hols, there are some amazing prizes to be won too, check out Jacquelyn page https://jacquelynnesteves.com/save-the-bees-block-1-is-here/

I chose a bundle of fabrics from my stash called ‘Bumble Berries’ – Moda fabrics.

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Wednesday brought the release of block 7 in the #sweetestthingssampler  this month was designed by myself ‘quench your thirst’ this seemed rather appropriate as we have had one of the longest, warmest summers for a while in the UK this year.

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There are 12 FREE blocks available in this quilt-a-long, and still plenty of time to join in the fun, head over to @dawn_honeybeecloths blog to sign up and download all the blocks so far – happy sewing  http://www.honeybeecloths.co.uk/blog/4584195226

And last but by no means least, I spent a couple of days cutting out the smallest of applique pieces, to make this Jewish New Year wall hanging for Craftcotton

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(my tutorial and pattern is available now on their blog, https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2018/08/22/Rosh-Hashanah-Wall-Hanging  Be sure to check out all the other free tutorials available, my Tartan Christmas stocking is free to download on there too, personalise yours for the perfect Christmas gift 💕

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https://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk

Well that’s wraps up the week, oh one more thing, if you love your batiks, there is a mammoth blog hop currently in progress, with prizes up for grabs, showcasing the new fabric lines, be sure to check out my quilt and enter to win the bundle of ‘all a flutter’ fabrics. In the link below, you can find a link to each and every Island Batik Ambassador to see what they’ve made, grab a cuppa and enjoy…

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https://creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/all-a-flutter-inc-giveaway/

Thanks for reading, would love to hear from you, if you have a few minutes to leave me a comment ♥ check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

Happy sewing

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

FREE Reading pouch with matching bookmark tutorial…

With my niece on her way for a visit, I couldn’t resist making a book pouch with matching bookmark for the new book I bought for her birthday, she is mad about horses

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She chose the horse ribbon herself too, so it will be extra special

If you would like to make a child’s book pouch with matching bookmark, you can download my FREE PDF here: book pouch with matching book mark , be sure to tag me when you’ve finished, id love to see your makes

To see more of my tutorials, you can follow my blog www.creativeblonde.co.uk and/or Instagram page www.instagram.co.uk/creativeblonde66 and www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

Stockist for the fabrics found in this tutorial

Designs by Sarah J

Stockist for Gutermann threads

gutermann@stockistenquiries.co.uk 01453 883581

Stockist for stabilizer

www.ladysewandsew.co.uk  01628 890 532

Stockist for Clover Tools

clover@stockistenquiries.co.uk

Christmas Stocking…

I couldn’t resist making a cute Christmas stocking as a gift for a dog, when i saw these gorgeous prints from Craftcotton

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I included a cute little bit of cross stitch too

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To download my free pattern with tutorial, click here Christmas stocking

Who will you make yours for?

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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

 

#sweetestthingssampler…

Hey guys, i thought id give you quick update and show you how we are progressing in the gorgeous quilt along… its not to late to join in, and the patterns are all free.

Dawn at Honeybee Cloths and myself – Michelle at Creativeblonde have been designing the blocks alternately each month, there are fab prizes up for grabs too, below id what i’ve made so far…

Block 1: Designed by myself, called ‘Cherish”

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Block 2: A spring basket

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Block 3: April showers, bring May flowers

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Block 4: Nest

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Block 5: Basket of strawberry sweetness

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We have tried to include many techniques along the way, so you can join in and have a go at everything. The sampler blocks are being placed between Irish Chain blocks, I am using the method ‘quilt as you go’, but both methods are explained in full in each free tutorial.

To join in this quilt along, simple head over to Honeybee Cloths website, and join, you will get each months tutorial sent to you via email for you to download, and all the ones above can be found there too.

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Thanks for reading, i really hope you’ll come join in, and start sewing with us

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

 

Origami Butterflies…

We all know the traditional paper origami, but have you ever had a go at fabric origami?

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I wanted to make butterflies, and found this amazing tutorial by Ralph Matthews at origami-instructions.com, on his site he has a whole heaps on inspiration…

Take two different pieces of 4.5″ x 6″ fabric, lay RST and sew all the way around 1/4″ from the edge. Leave a 2″ gap. Turn right way out through the gap, and hand sew up the gap using a ladder stitch. Press, then begin at step 4 here:

http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-matthews-butterfly.html

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To see/print my step my step photographic tutorial, and read about the tools, threads and fabrics I used, click the link below

origami butterflies pdf

To purchase my origami butterflies, available in lots of sized including hair bands and hair clips, head to my Etsy shop

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts

Thanks for reading, I’d love to see your origami butterflies, be sure to tag me here, or on my Instagram page to show me

happy sewing

x creativeblonde x

Quilt now magazine…

I’m super excited to be in this months issue of Quilt Now Magazine – out today!

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My new born baby quilt with matching bunting tutorial is in print 😊 😍

The beautiful fabrics are from Higgs&higgs, Vilene lush wadding and all stitched together using Gütermann threads

How adorable is the bunny ♥ 🐰 ♥

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Thanks for reading, grab your copy today, and make my lush new born blanket with matching bunting. Perfect for a new nursery

Happy sewing

x creativeblonde x