Honeybee Cloths - Sewing supplies for busy bees - free patterns - easy  to sew pre-cuts. Pretty cotton prints - fresh cut off the bolt, patterns & notions.

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By Dawn, Feb 1 2017 02:00AM

So excited today, to be joining in this lovely new project - the Sewcial Bee Sampler, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell, two genius designers for A.G.F.

Every week, a new free block, from now 1st February, right through the summertime!

To join in simply leave a comment on Sharon's blog or Maureen's blog. Also, if you're on Instagram follow and join in the fun using hashtag #SewcialBeeSampler

In addition, these gorgeous new A.G.F. premium cottons are heading our way, due in store in the next few days.

Including these sweet little owls from Heartland, by Pat Bravo....

and this pretty meadow print, has us dreaming of sunlit, summer meadows....

There's lots to look forward too! So don't forget to pop by Sharon or Maureen's blog for full instructions on how to make the first block in the Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt. Till next time, stay snug

Happy sewing

Dawn x X

By Dawn, Oct 30 2016 05:11PM

Yellowing birch leaves in our corner of the world means autumn is truly here. Every year, I love seeing their return, the colours so pretty against the backdrop of the sky.

On bright, sunny days, they become golden....

From these little leaves grew the idea for the "Little leaves" mini-kit.

Each kit contains 10 bondaweb backed leaves in yellows, green, brown, and a few cloudberry coloured berries. The kits are free when you place an order of £15 or over.

Perfect for making mini-quilts, totes, trimming T-shirts and clothes, or making table-runners, like the one in our post. We can't wait to see how you use your "little leaves" - if you're sharing on social media, please use the hashtag #AutumnLeavesKit

From our little kit, we made a table runner to brighten up the dining table, teaming it up with some left-over strips, in low volume duck egg blue prints, and white on white - to represent the misty autumn skies :)

If you're making a table runner from your kit you will need:

• Light coloured cotton strips 2 ½” wide

• Little leaves mini-kit, (contains 10 bondaweb backed leaves)*

• Lightweight Iron-on interfacing

• Insulating wadding (optional)

• Backing fabric

• Thread

The length and width of your runner can be as long or short as you need it to be, so amounts of backing, wadding, interfacing, and strips will vary depending on the size of your runner. If you're making a long table runner, and need more than one pack of 10 leaves, additional Autumn leaves Mini-kits are available in store for just £2.

Low volume prints - Lotta Jansdotter (Mormor); Sweetwater; Cotton & Steel
Low volume prints - Lotta Jansdotter (Mormor); Sweetwater; Cotton & Steel

To make the background:

• Sew 2 ½” wide strips of different length end to end, till you have at least 5 long strips measuring the length of your finished item, plus ½” allowance. Press seams open.

• Place the long strips alongside each other, sew together and press seams open.

• Apply the lightweight iron-on interfacing to the back of the block.

Applying the little leaves:

• Peel off the bondaweb backing and scatter the leaves on top of the block.

• Once the leaves are in position press for a few seconds using a hot iron.

Then over to the sewing machine....

• Stitch close to the edge of the leaves using either straight stitch or blanket stitch.

• Dark grey thread is used to stitch the centre vein on each leaf and twigs.

To complete the runner

• Simply place quilt top and backing right sides together.

• Sew ¼” from the edge, leaving a small gap through which to turn the runner right side out.

• Using thumb and forefingers, pinch the edges, shaping them to give a nice crisp edge, then press.

• Slip stitch the gap closed.

• Topstitch as close as possible to the edge.

Alternatively, if you prefer the runner can be padded, simply layer your top and bottom layer, right sides together, then insulating wadding. Sew around the edges and leave a slightly bigger gap through which to turn right side out. Quilt to complete.

Now your runners complete, time to pop the kettle on :)

Hope you enjoy the little wonders of autumn.

Happy sewing x X

By Dawn, Oct 7 2016 09:44PM

In our corner of the world mellow misty mornings, and yellowing birch leaves means autumn is truly here....

(Misty- Returning from the Post Office on the hillside path)
(Misty- Returning from the Post Office on the hillside path)

Like the autumn mists, the subtle tone on tone prints of Whispers Jelly roll and Layer Cakes, are perfect when you need a not too plain Solid. The white, cream and grey selection is lovely in "Low Volume Quilts"

Jelly rolls and layer cakes contain one strip of each fabric in the collection in white, natural, muslin, feather, Zen grey and Midnight (black).

Pretty contemporary patterns include: All my hearts - scatterings of tiny hearts;

Take Flight - little birds in flight silhouette

XOXO - rows of X O X O

Pathways - a herringbone type pattern

Trellis - a diagonal cross hatch

Float on - feathers

Zen - an orange peel type pattern

Cascade - scattering of leaf forms

Gentle on the eye, Whispers is quiet and understated, the perfect staple tone on tone neutral.

Available as both Jelly roll and Layer cake :)

Happy sewing x X

By Dawn, Jul 24 2016 09:18PM

This months seen some lovely fresh sewing supplies breezing into store, including Sew and Sew....

Sew and Sew is Chloe's Closets newest line for Moda. It's full of fresh tutti frutti colours and bright pops of colour. Prints include retro florals, and the ditsy "Apron strings" prints each available as Fat Quarters, yardage or bundles....

Patchwork Fruity is a lovely versatile large scale print, which includes printed text and snippits of sewing speak. The pattern repeat is every 62cm, so as well as being available as Fat Quarters and yardage, it's also available as a panel measuring 62cm x 110cm, so you receive the entire pattern.

I can see legions of sewing machine covers being made from this print :)

While the "Measuring Tape" print virtually shouts out to be used for binding, every time I pass it on the shelf!

Also pre-cuts including Jelly rolls and Layer cakes so you can make a quilt in a jiffy.

To compliment these lovelies, orders over £15 receive a free Pinwheel kit (while stocks last) !

Happy sewing x X

By Dawn, May 4 2016 07:45AM

Spring is definitely sprung over on the cutting table, prepping bundles of BasicGrey Fresh Cut and mini-charms (packs of 2 1/2" squares).

Fresh Cut includes fresh tutti frutti colours, springtime pastels and bright pops of colour. Prints have a pretty 1950's feel to them, they include lush florals, colourful dewdrops, scallops and ditsy blossom.

Each little Fresh Cut mini-charm (or Candy) is packaged and tied up with Bakers twine. The sherbet colours and pops of brightness in Fresh Cut, make it perfect for spring sewing projects.

To make the block pictured, you need just one mini-charm pack, some solids for the background (Hometown Sky and Bella Solids White) and thread.

Happy sewing! Happy springtime x X

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