How do you fancy winning a 6 month subscription to ‘Make Modern’ – a Digital magazine?…

I’m so excited to tell you, that this month one of my quilts ‘COSY BLOOMS’ is being featured inside Issue 30 of Make Modern Magazine…

Here’s a little info about the magazine:

“Make Modern started in 2014 as a collaboration of three Aussie quilters who built a close friendship through the online quilting community – Jane, Kristy & Lara.

Our bi-monthly magazine is written by a small team of passionate modern quilters in Australia with a huge team of amazing quilters from all over the globe who contribute patterns and articles.

Make Modern is available exclusively from our online shop.

Our magazine is digital – you will get a PDF that you can read on your phone, tablet or computer and print if you wish.

Why digital? It’s more accessible, so whether you’re in a neighboring suburb in Australia, or across the globe in America or Europe, you’ll be able to read our magazine in the comfort of your own home. It’s more sustainable, think of all those happy trees! It takes up NO physical space which means more room for storing fabric. And it’s less expensive, leaving you with more dollars in your pocket to spend on….fabric?!

Our goal is to be a driving force in the modern quilt community.
We want you to feel like we’re already friends, the kind of friends who totally understand your fabric addiction, who will assist with your quilting problems and who will help you grow as a quilter.
We hope you’ll love us even though we’re all a little bit crazy.

How can you be part of the Make Modern community? Interact with us! Tell us what you want to see more of. Share pictures with us #makemodern! Introduce us to your favourite quilters and designers. Tell us about your amazing guild or quilty friends. Show us your craft rooms. Submit patterns or article ideas. We want to be a magazine for quilters”

A little sneak peek of my quilt…

I’ve used  fabrics from the Cosy Moods and Blooms collection for Gutermann, and a Tilda solid for the negative space blocks.

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Issue 30 is due out on the 13th of September…

WIN WIN WIN

To be in with a chance of winning a 6 months subscription to this fantastic magazine, which will include Issue 30, simple…

1.Follow my blog

2.Like this Post

3.Leave a comment telling me where you would read your digital copy

Best Of Luck, the winner will be chosen at random on 6th September!

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Congratulations to Mareike who has been chosen at random and won the 6 months subscription

**If you would like to purchase any back issues, special bundles, monthly subscriptions of the ‘Make Modern’ Magazine, please follow the link below – happy sewing

https://transactions.sendowl.com/stores/7271/163070 **

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

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

I’ve an exciting giveaway to tell you about…

I have a really exciting giveaway to tell you about… Dawn @dawn_honeybeecloths is giving away ‘A Day In Paris’ charm pack, designed by Zen Chic for Moda fabrics. It’s the fabrics we are using to create the beautiful #quiltandshine quilt-along quilt

 

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If you haven’t already, be sure to head to my previous posts to download Block 1, 2 and 3.

 

To be in with a chance of winning this beautiful bundle of gorgeous fabric, simple
1️⃣FOLLOW BOTH me here on my blog  www.creativeblonde.co.uk AND Dawn www.fromourlittlehivetoyours.blog
2️⃣Leave a comment here telling how many quilt-alongs you’ve been involved in…
BEST OF LUCK 🤞
The winner is @nanas_needle Congratulations

Don’t forget this month is BONUS month. Dawn is releasing Block 4 very soon, so be sure to be following us.

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

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

Quilt and Shine Quilt Along – – Fabric requirements, Giveaway plus a promotional discount code…

Hi guys, with the release of the first block coming this Saturday (15th June). I thought I would share with you a few more details.

This quilt along is being designed by myself @creativeblonde and Dawn from Honeybee Cloths, you can follow both our blogs, and Instagram pages, so you don’t miss a thing 🙂

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/

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We are using a brand new beautiful collection of fabrics, from Moda called ‘Day in Paris’ by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic 

Here is what the designer said about her collection

“Who wouldn’t enjoy a day in Paris, the fashion capital of the world? Zen Chic’s newest group Day in Paris reflects this extraordinary elegance and feminine flair with a color palette of cool aqua and chartreuse, a deep navy and a soft pale pink, enhanced by little splashes of gold. Use these sophisticated fabrics to create one of a kind chic and stylish quilts”

In this quilt Along, we will be making a beautiful throw size quilt, which will measure 50″ x 50″ (approx. 127cm x 127cm)

It will be made up of 16 blocks, each measuring 12″ x 12″ (approx. 30cm x 30cm)

12 blocks will be designed by myself, and will be released in the middle of every month, starting next week. Dawn will be creating the remaining four blocks, which will be released throughout the year, as bonus blocks.

The layout of our blocks is shown below, along with fabric requirements

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The main layout of the quilt will require the following to make up the stars and boarder

The border will require

We have decided to use the low volume white/creams from the collection to make up the 16 blocks, this will require

The blocks we design will be made using fabrics from the charm pack in the collection, which contains 40 premium cotton squares each measuring 5″ x 5″ .

We recommend ordering 1/2 yard (1/2 metre) from the Pinks, Light Blues, Navy’s and Grey’s, so your left over fabrics can be used to make up the blocks along with One Charm Pack

***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)

We are both very excited about this quilt along, and cant wait to sew along with YOU.

Its suitable for everyone, whether you’re new to sewing/quilting, or simply want to sew along with us and create a beautiful throw size quilt.

There will be something for everyone, needle-turn applique, raw edge applique, free motion embroidery, English paper piecing and lots more

Here is a sneak peek at Block 1…

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GIVEAWAY

To kick start this quilt along, Gutermann have very generously given us two packs of their beautiful ‘sew all -Summer Loft thread’ collection, they compliment these fabrics perfectly

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To enter to win a pack, simple :

  • Follow my blog
  • Leave a comment telling me what your favourite type of sewing/quilting is…

Best of luck!

🎊 🎉 The winner is… APRIL LOPEZ congratulations 🎊 🎉

For another chance to win, head over to my Instagram page @michelle_creativeblonde for more details…

Thanks for reading, Myself and Dawn are so exciting to be sewing along with you all.

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

Pinwheel Pincushions, plus a chance to win one…

Today is the day to show you my pinwheel pincushions – its all part of the ‘Blog Remix Season 2’ hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop.

There is so much eye candy, here is a list of the events:

I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful charm pack from @honeybeecloths.

A collection called SunnySide Up by Corey Yoder for Moda

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These are the perfect little scrap busting project and so useful, you can never have enough pincushions – they make lovely gifts too

 

 

 

***I got slightly carried away making these, as they are so adorable, so I’m giving one away to a lucky winner, plus some Sunnyside Up fabric, so you can have a go making one yourself ***

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To enter simple leave me a comment, telling me which one you would like; See photo below

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Top Left, Top Right,

Bottom Left or Bottom Right,

 I will choose a winner at random on Sunday 26th May

***Best Of Luck***

 

The winner is… @lindabick who entered on my Instagram page @creativeblonde66 ❤️

Head over to the Fat Quarter Shop page to follow the beautiful video tutorial to make your own https://blog.fatquartershop.com/new-video-how-to-pinwheel-pincushion/

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

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle @creativeblonde66

Mystery QAL, plus a chance to win some Vlieseline Wool Mix Batting…

 

This quarter I joined the #mystery_qal hosted by Tracy @itsatsweetsday.

The mystery is seeing what everyone will create using one chosen piece of fabric, which can be incorporated with other fabrics…

This quarters fabric was this adorable mouse fabric available @lewisandirenefabrics

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I paired it up with this beautiful pink solid available @stoffabrics and the navy floral.

The mouse fabric was screaming out to be fussy cut. I had the perfect paper pieces – from Tilda, called the mini flower…

In the middle of creating my mystery item, I was asked by my husband’s Gran to make her a tissue pocket – have you ever heard of one? She doesn’t like to stick a tissue up her sleeve, cause it causes havoc if left in the wash… so this is it, a mini apron. She also uses it to hold her phone, so its with her at all times, which is perfect for anyone elderly.

 

 

I love this Jacquard fabric available from @Stoffabrics, I was keen to show off both sides, so i reversed the fabric on the straps and for the lining…

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With only a few weeks left before the mystery quilt-along was due to end, I got busy making my mystery item… I wanted something soft and cosy for my laptop. So I made a laptop case, which has been quilted with Vlieseline Wool Mix batting – my laptop is now super comfy and cosy when I’m not using it 🙂

 

I love this wool mix batting, I used it in my latest quilts, it really is so soft and cosy, and lovely to quilt

 

This batting is so gorgeous

I want to give one lucky winner a lap size piece, perfect for your next quilting project.

Find out more about this product here…

www.vlieseline.com/Products/Battings/266-Wool-Mix

To be in for a chance of winning, just leave me a message here or on my Instagram page, telling me what you’re currently making…

Good Luck

I will choose a winner Saturday 6th April…

Check out the other bloggers taking part this quarter here…

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com
Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Moira @ Quilted Snail
Shirley @ https://mountainbuttons.wordpress.com/
Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

You can follow me here on my blog, and you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle @creativeblonde66

Starling Quilt plus WIN a color master bundle/box…

I was so excited to be chosen to take part in making the new Starling Quilt – isnt it a beauty? Its part of the AGF Stitched Series projects.

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AGF Stitched quilts use Art Gallery Fabrics and are mid-level in complexity. Starling measures 52.5” squared – so its a lovely finished quilt size

I’ve used ‘teal thoughts’ from the color master collection.

Prisma elements pearl & silver, and Prisma elements sapphire sparkle metallic.

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This is the top quilt finished, i decided to alternate the slightly plainer fabrics with the more patterned fabrics as they rotated around the star

I love brown and teals together, so i wanted to grab a photo with my boots (slightly bizarre i know) but then my cat wanted a piece of the action

Color Master Giveaway

Fat Quarter Shop and Art gallery Fabrics are giving you the chance to win an Art Gallery Color Master Fat Quarter Bundle or Box, to be in with a chance of winning, simple make this quilt – pattern avalible NOW, and use the hashtags #starlingquilt and #AGFColorMaster on Instagram.

Then 2 participants at random will be chosen from the hashtags On Friday, February 8, 2019 to win an Art Gallery Color Master Fat Quarter Bundle or Box.

The deadline to enter is Thursday, Feb 7 at 11:59PM CST. They will announce the winner on their Instagram Story, (so make sure you’re a follower of theirs) on the 8th

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, wishing you luck for the giveaway, head on over to The Fat Quarter shop to see all the quilts us bloggers created using a different color master fat quarter box https://blog.fatquartershop.com/agf-stitched-starling-quilt/

 Have a lovely week ahead, until next time… happy sewing

 I would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

 

 

Warning… contains Christmas inspiration

Hello, thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll find something you like in this weeks blog, I must warn you, this week has been filled to the brim with Christmas projects.

Are you a Christmas crafter? do you love doing Christmas craft with the kids?

Well I’ve got some very cute projects to share with you, and different ways to use the projects when finished. Available from all good crafting retailers

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All the pieces needed to make this bunting are all available separately

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I used Gutermann metallic threads to sew the applique letters in place

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Next up are some Christmas sacks, i love the little pom pom kits, and so added them around the top of each sack

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Its been a few years since i made a pom pom, but these are super cute, and a great little project for the kids to get involved in

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little cross stitch in front of the fire, and to add a little more sparkle, I used some Gutermann metallic threads

This kits come with a wooden hanging hoop, but i chose to cut mine out and use them to add some Christmas sparkle to a cushion

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Which leads me nicely onto these very cute felt kits, i mounted mine onto pre-made blank cards, I love the 3D effect, and i think would make a fabulous gift from the kids to someone special

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To locate a stockist for all the kits found in this blog please email

 groves@stockistenquiries.co.uk

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Yay I’m glad you’re still reading and haven’t become overwhelmed by the volume of Christmasness!!!

I have a very exciting gift to giveaway… I’ve had so much fun using my new metallic Gutermann threads,  I just had to give you the chance to win your very own pack – with huge thanks to Gütermann.

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To be in for a chance to win, simple…

1. Follow me here on my blog

2. Leave me a comment telling me what you would sew with these gorgeous metallic threads, i will choose a name at random next weekend.

Good luck

Welcome to my house…

Hey, and welcome to my house, today is my day to reveal my house quilt for the ‘welcome to my house’ blog hop hosted by Carol @justletmequilt

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I just had to join in as soon as heard about it, there is something quite sweet about a quilted home… I would say ive finally found my ‘home’, after moving 18 times with my husband in 21 years, some of those moves were here in the uk, 7 of them were in Australia, and then a few more since arriving back in the uk…

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Home is where i am now, a 100 year old Toll Cottage, situated in the country in the South east of England, with my four kids, 2 dogs, 4 cats and hubby 🙂

I really love all things rustic/shabby chic or as my hubby calls it shabby shit! but i love it never-the-less, so i wanted my quilt to reflect this…

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I started by looking through my stash, to find suitable pieces, i love the natural linen from Higgs&Higgs – even though it has a tendency to crinkle, as linen does… and i was so pleased to find some natural Jute to frame the quilt, and a cute button

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The fabrics were a combination :

The flowers are from the Cottage garden range designed by Debbie Shore from Craft Cotton  and ‘Tilda Bumblebee Fabric’ from Tilda

The door and stepping stones are from ‘wild things’ collection by Island Batik

The Fairies and lettering are ‘prairie fairies night’ and ‘sprinkled petals moon’ from Art Gallery Fabric

The wadding and Bondaweb are both by Vliseline  and the threads are by Gutermann

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AND the reason i mention all this…  because its

Giveaway Time!!

Im going to give away the pattern for this quilt, plus a kit that contains EVERYTHING you need to make your very own ‘home sweet home’ quilt. Yep, thats every piece of fabric, the button, the jute, the threads, the wadding, Bondaweb, binding and backing fabric!! This could make a fab Christmas present or simple a gift from me to you to keep.

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To enter, simple:

1: Follow my blog, Facebook or Instagram page, or ALL three for a bonus entry

2: Tag your friends

3: Leave me a comment

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Thanks for reading, be sure to head over to see all the other bloggers involved in this blog hop on the list below…

September 10
September 11 
September 12 – TODAY
September 13
September 14

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

Happy sewing, until next time…

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

All a Flutter, inc Giveaway…

Welcome to August Island Batik Ambassador challenge. This months challenge was for me to create a quilt showcasing the new fabric collection ‘All a Flutter’ and what a gorgeous collection it is. This months challenge is part of a 5 week blog hop… O M G that’s 5 weeks of Island Batik eye candy and 5 weeks of prizes up for grabs…

 

And the winner is …

‘Linda Cejnar’

Huge congratulations to you. Please email me your details and I will get your batik goodie bag sent out to you. Massive thank you to everyone who entered and left such beautiful comments, each one made me smile 😊

Great Outdoors Blog Hop

And the best part… YOU have the chance to win a bundle of this beautiful collection.

This collection is filled with flowers, dragonflies, bees and doves – everything i love to watch in my garden, and so that’s my inspiration came from to create this…. Ta Da

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The beautiful pinks, purples, teals, blues and green are simple gorgeous

My quilt began like this…

I fussy cut all the beautiful flowers, doves and dragonflies, and added them to my garden trellis, and after stitches the trellis, with the help of Vlieseline H250 Stabilizer fused to the reverse, I used FMQ to add the leaves

There was something quite pretty about the two doves sitting on the top, so i sewed them in place.

There are so many beautiful fabrics in this collection, i wanted to use some as a boarder. I couldn’t resist using the beautiful dragonflies in blue/purple for the backing, and the opposite colour combo for the binding

And my quilt was complete, i used a lovely lush wadding 295 from Vlieseline, as i have plans to leave this comfy quilt laying on my bed for my cats to sleep on, but something tells me my dog has plans of his own 😉

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Fabrics i used from the collection (just because i love their names):

Honeycomb – Cotton Candy

Floral Dot – Blush, Mixed Berry, and Raspberry

Dragonfly – Sea Mist, and Blueberry

Mixed Birds – Primrose

The 6th August is the start of the very excited Island batik Blog Hop, called ‘The Great Outdoors’ which will include a giveaways throughout the next 5 weeks, scroll down for the full list of each ambassador, to see the new island batik fabric collection, they are showcasing… But before you go, be sure to follow me here on my blog (remember to hit ‘subscribe’ to the confirmation email you will receive)

Who would like to win this beautiful bundle?

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Here’s how to win…

Just follow me here on my blog and on my Instagram page – see link below, leaving me a comment, telling me what you’d like to make with these beauties, on both this post and my IG post  – best of luck

“I love a giveaway”

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

Stockist for the fabrics found in this tutorial

http://www.islandbatik.com

UK stockists

Fabritastic, Plush Addict, Sew Hot, The Sewing Studio and Cotton Patch

Extra lush wadding from Vlieseline, threads from Gutermann and Aurifil

Links to all the Island Batik Ambassadors and their fabric collections

Monday, August 6 – All A FlutterYellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 – Birds N’ BeesArk Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen

Wednesday, August 8 – Canterbury Manor Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting

Thursday, August 9 – Eclectic GardenDesert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 – Vintage MorrisMooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter

Monday, August 13 – SafariSew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs

Tuesday, August 14 – Spring BlossomsMary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk

Wednesday, August 15 – Victoria and Albert Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon

Thursday, August 16 – Wild ThingsFreemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs

Friday, August 17 – Petting ZooDen Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts

Monday, August 20 – Ocean OdysseyGateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler

Tuesday, August 21 – British RoseBusy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 – Dear WilliamThe Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly DreamsInchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter

Friday, August 24 – Fur-ocious FriendsQuilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter

Monday, August 27 – Globetrotter Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 – Jungle CruiseVicki’s Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 – LavendulaCarole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 – London CallingQuilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting

Friday, August 31 – Spirit Rhythm Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore

Monday, September 3 – Sweet Tweets Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot – heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts

Giveaway…

_20180707_140014We have one very sweet prize to give away to one lucky winner as part of our gorgeous quilt-along hosted by Dawn @dawn_honeybeecloths and myself @creativeblonde66. The prize is a dozen Caroline 10″ squares from Honeybee Cloths, including material to make your Strawberry Sweetness block and 2 Gutermann threads from Gutermann 😍 Here’s how to enter…

1️⃣Follow me here on my blog and be sure to leave a comment on this post to let me know 😁
2️⃣Follow Dawn @honeybeecloths and myself @creativeblonde66 if you have an Instagram account
3️⃣Tag your friends on IG, who would love to know about this quilt-along, it’s not too late to join in. ..
🍓 🍀 💕 🤞 Good Luck 🤞 💕 🍀 🍓

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