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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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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Happy Sewing


Michelle

Handmade in the UK…

Hi, I make bespoke handmade quality custom quilts, keepsake cushions and luxury memory quilts, along with loads of other beautiful handmade items.

I love to make memory quilts made from your baby’s bibs and baby grows, its a beautiful way to remember all the memories of them as newborns. These make a wonderful gift from grandparents and other family members. for more information, visit www.creativeblonde.co.uk.

See my work inside UK, Australian and American quilting magazines.

Christmas stockings, table runners, pincushions, quilted wall hangings, lap quilts, lined tote bags, quilts for children, quilted pet blankets and more *Please contact me at www.creativeblonde.co.uk with any questions, more information or to place an order.

Spread the word and tell your friends and family, as these handmade gifts make beautiful Christmas presents.

All the following quilts, bags, cushions, table runners and wall hangings have been created by me and have been featured inside quilting magazine. They are all for sale, please contact me for sizes, prices etc

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Michelle

Block 16 #quiltandshine Quiltalong…

Hey,

Welcome to Block 16 of the #quiltandshine quilt along, hosted by Dawn from Honeybee cloths and myself. This block is all about naming and dating your quilt.

I know I hear you, nothing for weeks, then two block come along at the same time, I sometimes get impatient when waiting for the last block of a quilt along, so I’ve taken that frustration away and here it is

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 just a few blocks.

To download block 16, simply click the link below

Be sure to tag me on Instagram @michelle_creativeblonde so I can see your finished blocks and quilts, use the hashtag #quiltandshine

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

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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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Michelle

A little weekend inspiration…

Welcome to October… a month that’s a little bit special, as its my birthday!

With the sewing/quilting magazines back up and running in the UK, I was thrilled to get two of my quilts featured inside, one in this months and one in last months issue of British Patchwork & quilting.

My Marrakesh bohemian quilt is a great geometric quilt, a great alternative to a flowery quilt, made using the stunning new collection from Petal Signature for Spoonflower. 48″ x 48″ finished size. Using Gutermann threads and Vlieseline 278 soya mix batting. Find it inside the September issue.

My Colour Brush quilt is a simple, classic nine patch block, using the modern new collection from Stoffabrics. Sewn together using Aurifil threads and Vlieseline Cotton mix batting. This quilt is a lovely 54″ square, perfect for a cosy night in. Find it inside the October issue.

Thanks so much for stopping by, wishing you a lovely weekend.

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Michelle

Jersey fabric pencil cases…

Hey, hope you’re all well.

Thanks for stopping by… today I’m sharing with you a really simple pencil case, its a perfect little project for the summer holidays

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Using Vlieseline Jersey stabilizer H609, and the beautifully soft Vlieseline Soya Mix batting. The fabrics I’ve chosen are jersey fabrics from Stoffabrics.

To download my step by step tutorial, simple click the link below. I would love to see your finished pencil cases and to see what gorgeous fabrics you choose

pencil case

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Michelle

light at the end of the tunnel…

Can I see the light at the end of the tunnel?

Quilt Now have just released its first publication since lock down, and the magazine is absolutely packed full of inspiration and exciting things to make… and I’m thrilled to be featured inside, in fact I have my first pull-out supplement…

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Inside you’ll find information about the history of the Dresden quilt, the Dresden ruler and my pattern to make the quilt with matching cushion, using the beautiful fabrics from Riley Blake ‘Sweet Honey Kisses’

These beautiful photos were taken by Quilt Now…

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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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Michelle

 

Island Batik June Challenge…

Can you believe its June already…

If I’m honest everyday seems to feel the same at the minute, but today I will celebrate June by sharing with you my Island Batik June project

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This months challenge was a ‘free’ theme, that meant we could make anything, using any fabric from box 1… I couldn’t resist using more fabrics from the stunning ‘Northern Lights’ collection from Kathy Engle for Island Batik.

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I had been given a sample of Vlieseline R200, a new thermo insulating wadding… Its is lush. Vlieseline have developed two new thermo-insulating waddings made using 100% recycled polyester: R80 and R 200. These exceptional waddings have a high migration resistance so they will retain their shape and smooth handle, even after washing. They are suitable for use with all fabrics and are great for quilts, patchwork, bag making and garment applications. R200 is a more substantial, extremely bulky wadding with a soft handle.  It can be hand sewn and is washable to 40°

I chose to make a cat bed, I have four cats, and they love to sleep on my quilts (usually when I’m trying to quilt them), so this one could be theirs…

I made a row of 6″ hearts using different fabrics form the collection

I quilted the row of hearts and this created the surrounding edge for my cat bed

I self covered 4 small buttons, and these were added to the base of the cat cushion

I hand sewed the surrounding edge to the base, and the cat bed was ready for its first guest…

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One very happy and comfy mog

I couldn’t resist sharing a few more photos of my cat making herself comfortable

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Michelle