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By Dawn, Feb 7 2018 08:45PM

I am so happy and utterly thrilled to welcome back to our blog, Michelle from Creative Blonde. When Michelle first sent the sketch of this gorgeous block, we knew it just had to be the very first block of the Sampler quilt.

The theme running throughout the Sampler blocks are the things which make us happy, and that make life a little sweeter. Whether it's cherishing each and every moment, the simple things in life, or each other, cherishing seems the perfect place to begin.

So pull up a chair, make yourself comfy and enjoy! x X

Block 1 - Cherish

Tutorial by Michelle Roberts of CreativeBlonde


Moda Bella Solids Off White – 9900 200

Bespoke Blooms Fat Quarter Bundle – Honeybee Cloths

14” square of H200 Vilene interlining or fusible webbing (bondaweb)

Gutermann threads colours; 1120, 802, 7012

(If you plan to Quilt As You Go, you’ll also need an 11” square of wadding, and depending on which QAYG method you use, an 11” square of backing fabric – please read through Quilt Construction notes for more info.)

Download tutorial and templates in PDF format


10 ½” square* - Off white (*If you plan to Quilt As You Go, cut 11” square)

2 - 5” squares from the Pink flowers on Ivory

1 - 3” square from the Pink flowers on Pink

1 - 5” square from the Green

1 - 7”x3” rectangle for the Green checked

Haberdashery items

Hearts and banner templates (download PDF)

Friction erasable marker pen, Iron, Basic sewing supplies, Temporary basting glue, 505 basting spray or pins, Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat


Take the small pieces of cut fabrics, and fuse them to the interlining.

Using the friction erasable marker, draw around each template, on the corresponding fabric – please see photo below for placement

Carefully cut out these appliques, and press again, to ensure the interlining has fused, and to remove any pen markings.

With a small dab of glue, baste these in place onto the 11” Off white square, see photo below for placement

Blanket stitch each applique, using Gutermann Sulky thread, colour 1120, and thread colour 802 in the bobbin. Length of stitch 2.5, and width 3.0. Sew all loose ends through to the reverse, secure and trim.

For the smallest hearts, that fit inside the green hearts reduce your blanket stitch length to 2.0,

and the width to 2.5

To embellish the banner, with the wording ‘Cherish’ and to add the extra details use your friction erasable marker pen. You can either hand sew over the top of this, or use ‘free motion’ quilting.

To ‘free motion’ quilt, drop the feed dogs on your machine, and replace the walking foot, with a quilting foot. Thread up your machine with the Gutermann metallic thread, colour 7012. Sew all the loose ends through to the reverse.

– remember to use an extra piece of fabric, when pressing, to avoid your metallic thread getting too hot.

Your applique Sampler block is now complete.

If you plan to Quilt As You Go, please refer to the Quilt Construction section, and layer your quilt as required.

If free motion quilting, use an open toe foot, and ensure the feed dogs on your machine are down.

For straight line quilting as in the block below, a walking foot is used and feed dogs engaged.

Using an erasable marker, draw a 10” centralised square onto your Off-white fabric. Mark diagonal lines, starting from bottom left to top right corner, at 2” intervals.

Thread up your machine with Gutermann thread 802, stitch length 4.0.

Congratulations! You’ve finished Block 1 - Cherish!

A couple of things to bear in mind if you Quilt As You Go

• Quilting – the more quilting on a block, the more potential for it to shrink from it’s original size, so quilt evenly.

• If you use the 2nd method of joining blocks, you’ll need to leave a 1” margin un-quilted around the edge of your block.

• In preparation for joining Sampler to Irish Chain blocks, trim a sliver of each side of the Sampler square, till it measures 10.5” square.

Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself and Dawn are so excited to see your blocks.

You can find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and on Facebook @creativeblonde66 .

Come on over and visit my blog for more sewing tutorials at www.creativeblonde.co.uk

Thanks for joining in with our exciting quilt-a-long

Happy sewing

x creativeblonde x

By Dawn, Feb 5 2018 08:21PM

January's just flown by hasn't it! It's been so lovely to see the gorgeous Irish Chain blocks in progress, and the very first Giveaway is heading to Caitlin in Canada.

Thank you so much for joining our Sampler quilt adventure. As part of getting underway, we’re just going to spend a moment, planning for the quilting part of our journey, as I know a couple of you have been thinking of Quilting As You Go, so this post is just for you :)

Click to open or download PDF, or read on....

Quilt Construction

Our completed quilts will measure 50” x 50” (127cm x 127cm), with the option of adding borders to make a 60” x 60” (approx. 150cm x 150cm) quilt. This size quilt can be quilted on a domestic home sewing machine, or hand-quilted.

Or if you prefer to quilt blocks as you go, then join them together at the end, it is up to you. Whichever method you choose, use the one that you feel happiest, and most comfortable using.

If you plan to quilt as a whole quilt-top, the very first Sampler block in our quilt will be along very soon, by the end of this week, so not to long to wait x X

If you plan to Quilt As You Go (QAYG)

For piecing and quilting as a whole quilt-top, batting and backing is only needed once your quilt top is completed.

But if you plan to Quilt As You Go (QAYG), then you’ll need these early on in the project, and depending on how you join up the quilted blocks at the end, determines the materials needed.

There are quite a few different variations when it comes to joining QAYG blocks, and some need more effort than others, and give a different finish, so it’s worth choosing the one you feel most comfortable with, and which gives you the finish you require.

The joining methods below, have been selected as they don’t require sashing on the front, allowing the Irish Chain pattern to connect from one block to the other.

Method 1: Quilt As You Go – two layer quilt sandwich

(Skill level: beginner)

Blocks are layered with just batting (no backing) and quilted individually. Once all 25 blocks are made, they are sewn together, into rows. Then sew rows together to form a 5 x 5 grid of blocks. Seams are pressed open, and only then is the backing applied. To hold the backing in place, quilt along the seams that join the blocks together.

Fit the walking foot to your sewing machine, ensuring even feed of multiple layers when joining blocks.

Need to bear in mind

• Quilting on the front won’t show through to the back.

The benefits of this approach

• Individual blocks are easy to manouvre if free motion quilting.

Photo credit: Michelle Roberts of Creative Blonde

For more information on this method, please refer to: “Quilt as You Go Vintage” by Jera Brandvig, 2017. Or Quilt As You Go Made Modern by Jera Brandvig. Both published by Stash Books.

Also, Leslie of the The Seasoned Homemaker covers this method of joining blocks in this post - The Quilt As You Go Method

Material required:

• (25) – 11 ½” squares 100% cotton needle-punched batting; or 80/20 batting. Pieces of batting left-over from previous projects are ideal.

*It’s important to use batting having high cotton content, as when seams are pressed, the batting comes into contact with a hot iron, and if the batting is polyester, it will melt!

• (12) – 11” cotton fabric squares (for Sampler blocks). Cutting these slightly bigger than the 10 ½” Trimmed size allows for any shrinkage when the block is quilted – it can be up to ¼” depending on the amount of quilting or stippling.

Once you’ve quilted the blocks they can be trimmed to 10 ½” the same as the Irish Chain blocks.

• 13 Irish Chain blocks, measuring 10 ½” square (made in previous post – Irish Chain Tutorial).

• The backing is only needed at the end, once the 12 Sampler + 13 Irish Chain blocks have been joined.)

60” x 90” extra wide backing (for 50” x 50” quilt)

Or 70” x 90” for (60” x 60” including borders)

Method 2: Quilt sandwich comprises of 3 layers – top, batting and backing.

(Skill level: Intermediate / experienced)

Blocks, batting and backing are layered to form a quilt sandwich, which is then quilted. Once the 25 blocks have been quilted, each layer of the quilt sandwich is joined together in turn.

Joining the three layer QAYG sandwich is more time consuming and involves a lot more hand-stitching, than method 1 - joining a 2 layer sandwich, but it means the quilting is visible on the back of the quilt as well as the front.

For this method, you’ll need some wiggle room to peel back the layers when joining blocks. So leave an ample margin un-quilted round the sides, so blocks can be joined together.

Quilt each block - the gold dotted lines suggest the area that can be quilted on the Irish Chain block – keeping the quilting away from where the blocks will be joined.

To join, take 2 blocks and peel back the top layer of each quilt sandwich along the edges to be joined.

(Photo is of a previous QAYG project, the Skinny Dippin’ Quilt-along 2015)

Pin top layers right sides together and sew.

TIP Use safety pins to keep the wadding / backing away from the edge being joined.

Now, the top layer of both blocks are joined, smooth the wadding over the seam. You'll find the wadding overlaps, so trim one edge of wadding so that when smoothed flat the edges of the wadding touch.

Overstitch the edges to hold in place.

Finally, smooth over the backing pieces, and fold under the backing edge of one block so that it overlaps . Press and then handstitch the backing in place.

Repeat for each of the blocks, to form 5 rows, of 5 blocks each.

Repeat to join the 5 rows together, to form a 5 x5 block quilt-top.

For more information on this method of joining QAYG blocks, and instances of it being used, please see:

Lily’s Quilts Blog – Quilt As You Go - joining blocks

Honeybee Cloths - Skinny Dippin’ Quiltalong 2015

Material required for 3 layer QAYG method:

• (25) – 11” squares 100% cotton needle-punched batting; or 80/20 batting. Pieces of batting left-over from previous projects are ideal.

It’s important to use batting having high cotton content, as when seams are pressed, the batting comes into contact with a hot iron, and if the batting is polyester, it will melt!

• (12) – 11” cotton fabric squares (for Sampler blocks). Cutting these slightly bigger than the 10 ½” Trimmed size allows for any shrinkage when the block is quilted – it can be up to ¼” depending on the amount of quilting or stippling. Once you’ve quilted the blocks they can be trimmed to 10 ½” the same as the Irish Chain blocks.

• (13) Irish Chain blocks measuring 10½” square (made in previous post – Irish Chain Tutorial).

• (25) – 11” cotton squares for quilt backing

If cutting from yardage, you’ll need 2 metres or 2¼ yards,

~ Cut into (7) – 11” x WOF strips,

~ Then sub- cut each strip into (4) – 11” squares.

Alternatively use left-overs from previous projects, for a lovely scrappy effect.

If you have your own preferred method or tips, please do share; and however you choose to quilt and construct your quilt, enjoy!

Happy sewing,

Dawn x X

By Dawn, Jan 18 2018 02:00PM

It’s been really lovely reading your comments, and about the things you'd like to practice in the course of the Sweetest Things Sampler Quilt-along, we'll be including those too - and can't wait to begin! It’s going to be a lovely quilt-along with a variety of techniques, so something for everyone.

The first post covers materials required and how to make the 13 Irish Chain blocks, and can now be downloaded.

Click to open or download PDF. Or if you prefer, read on....

Each completed block in our quilt measures 10½” before piecing into the quilt-top. The blocks could be used individually for smaller projects too, such as a mini-quilt, cushions or a table topper.

If you happen to miss a block in the series, you can still find it in the Sweetest Things Sampler section of Honeybee Cloths www.honeybeecloths.co.uk/sweetest_things_sampler

So pop the kettle on for a cuppa, pull up a comfy chair, and let’s begin:

Throughout the Quilt-along, both myself, and Michelle of Creative Blonde, will be using quilting weight cottons for our blocks, including Brenda Riddle collections – Caroline and Bespoke Blooms. These are such pretty collections, and will make a really gorgeous quilt. However if you have a stash-full of prints in need of a good home, the Sampler is for them too

Using different colour combinations or colour values (light and dark) can produce very different effects in your Irish Chain. The Irish Chain blocks in the Sweetest Things Sampler use at least 8 different prints, which lend a lovely scrappy effect to the quilt.

Material requirements for Quilt-top:

1.8 metre / 2 yards - 45” wide / - Plain Off-white or Low volume print cotton fabric

e.g. Moda Bella Solids Off-white 9900-200

16 Fat Eighths (25cm x 55cm) in pretty cotton prints Caroline/ Bespoke Blooms

Or 8 Long Quarters (25cm x 110cm)

3 Fat Quarters in Solid colours

(e.g. Moda Bella Solids -Taupe 9900 310, Light Lime 9900 100, Pale pink 9900 26 or similar.)

Border: (optional) 1.6m / 60” – 45” wide cotton fabric

Binding: 0.5 metre / 20”- 45” wide cotton fabric

Notions: Thread for piecing, fusible interfacing or webbing (for applique); Quilting thread. Some of the blocks also include optional trimmings e.g. seed beads, embroidery thread etc.

Equipment: Rotary cutter, ruler and mat, sewing machine, iron and pressing board, pins and needles, scissors, erasable marking pen. Optional: freezer paper, basting glue, basting spray.

Backing and batting: will be covered in more detail in the next blog post. As well as piecing and quilting as a whole, there will be the option of Quilt as you go.

If making blocks individually for smaller projects, such as a mini-quilt or cushion, you'll need:

To make one Irish Chain block

• 1 – 2 ½” x 45” (110cm) strip Plain Off-white or Low volume cotton fabric

• 1 – 2 ½” x 20”( 55cm) strip pretty cotton prints - Caroline and Bespoke Blooms

• 1 – 2 ½” square pretty fabric

Each Sampler block requires

• 10½” square* Plain Off-white or Low volume cotton fabric.

(*Or 11” square, if you Quilt as You Go)

• Small amounts of cotton prints.

If you’re ready and eager to sew, skip to the Irish Chain block tutorial below. :)

Irish Chain block tutorial

Irish Chain block is a lovely versatile pattern. In this method, each block is made from four quick and easy 4-patch units. These are quick to make, sew one or two 4-patch units whenever you have a few minutes to spare, and before you know it you have enough for the Irish Chain blocks in the Sampler.

There are 13 Irish Chain blocks, in our 50” x 50” (1.27m x 1.27m) quilt top.

If you’re new to sewing, or just need a refresher, Irish Chain blocks are ideal, as you get to practice the basics in piecing precisely….

Measure twice, cut once - Cutting strips precisely makes piecing a lot easier

Check the ¼” mark on your machine - Where this is can vary from machine to machine – use a ruler to check.

• Squaring up – Trimming the 4-patch units to 4 ½” square, helps when joining everything up.

To make the scrappy version of the Irish Chain blocks you’ll need:

• 36” (1 yard / approx 92cm) – 45” wide Plain Off-white or low volume cotton fabric

Sliced into (14) - 2 ½” x 45” strips (reserve 6 strips to cut into 4 ½” x 2 ½” pieces in step 8) -

In the original PDF instructions 13 strips were recommended, but I've since found it easier to cut 14, from a yard of fabric, keeping the eight strips for making 4-patch units, and the 6 strips for step 8 separate.

• Either 16 Fat Eighth pieces - OR - 8 Long Quarters in assorted pretty fabrics.

From each piece cut

(1) - 2 ½” square

(1) - 2 ½” strip e.g. 2½” x 22” strip cut from Fat Eighth - OR - 2 ½” x 45” strip cut from Long Quarter

If working with strips cut from a Fat Eighth, you'll need to cut the 45" x 2½”off-white strip in half to make a 22" x 2½” piece.

1. Pair up a plain and patterned 2½” strip. Sew right sides together.

2. Press seams open, or to one side, towards the darker strip – whichever you find easiest to piece.

3. Group the strips into complimentary pairs.(Photo of 4 pairs of 8 strips cut from Long Quarters. If using Fat Eighths group 16 strips into 8 pairs.)

4. Working with one group at a time. Line up the strip sets on your cutting mat, and slice into 2 ½”units.

5. Place units right sides together, so the plain and print fabrics are next to each other.

6. Match centre seams, so they nest closely. Sew to make 4 patch block

7. Press and square up the 4-patch unit, to 4 ½” square.

8. Place the 4-patches in order, together with the centre square. Cut 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips for the remaining off-white strips, place in order shown below.

Sew units together into rows, as shown by grey arrows. Press seams open or in direction of white arrows. Sew rows 1 to 2, and 2 to 3 together, and press.

Your first Irish Chain block is complete!

We’d love to see the Irish Chain blocks you make, so please do post them on Instagram using the hashtag – # SweetestThingsSampler.

Our next post skips to quilting, and the option of using a Quilt As You Go technique. Then in February, our first Sampler block, Is an absolute darling. It’s made and designed by Michelle of Creative Blonde, so lots to look forward too.

Till next time, from our little hive to yours,

Happy sewing,

Dawn x X

Honeybee Cloths


ps. If you'd like to receive a link to each of the downloadable PDF's in the Sweetest Things Sampler, please complete and send the Contact form on the right hand side of this page x x

By Dawn, Jan 2 2018 11:22AM

A very happy New Year to you and yours - hope it is is filled with sunshine, smiles and sweet moments x x

New year really is a time of fresh possibilities and I'm so happy and excited to be sharing this - It's been over 4 months in the making, a really long time when you've been itching to stitch :)

Beginning mid-January, and running over 12 months, our new Quilt-along - the Sweetest things Sampler celebrates the little things which make our lives sweeter.

I'm so thrilled that my lovely friend and fellow quilter Michelle of CreativeBlonde is returning to our blog, to co-host our quilt-along. Appropriately, the very first block relates to something which makes life a whole lot sweeter - Friendship and cherishing every moment.

Every month from February onwards a new Sampler block will be posted on the blog, (or if you prefer you can subscribe to receive the PDF document emailed direct to your Inbox - simply type Sweetest Thing Sampler into the subject line of the Contact form, together with your email.)

Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde
Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde

To complete the quilt , the Sampler blocks will be combined with Irish Chain blocks to make a quilt top approx 50" x 50" without borders (or 60" x 60" with borders.)

We would love to see the blocks you make, and hear about the things which make your lives sweeter too.Throughout the Quiltalong there will be Giveaways of sewing Goodies, to enter simply follow our Instagrams Honeybee Cloths and CreativeBlonde, and post a photo of your block on Instagram, using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler.

The materials we'll be using for our Sweetest Things Sampler are from Brenda Riddle collections for Moda Fabrics, including Brenda's newest collection Caroline, due in Honeybee Cloths store in two weeks time.

Brenda Riddle's collections are some of the prettiest cottons we've seen, and were the inspiration for our Sweetest Things Sampler Quilt. The Sampler blocks themselves make use of small quantities e.g. Fat Eighths - so if you have a stashful of pretty quitling cottons in need of a good home, this Sampler is for them too.

Our next post in mid January focuses a bit more on fabric requirements for background and Irish Chain blocks.

Till then wishing you lots of sweet cosy moments.

Dawn x X

By Dawn, Oct 1 2017 08:51PM

It's so lovely to welcome back to our blog CreativeBlonde, whose "Darling Little Cushion" is a "go to" pattern for baby showers and little ones.

"Darling Little Cushion" is designed and created by CreativeBlonde who has very kindly written the super tutorial below. Enjoy x X

This beautiful cushion is made from the adorable fabrics in the ‘Darling Little Dickens’ and ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection. Both collections are available from Honeybee Cloths

Supplies needed:

Cushion 18” x 18”

1 - Mini Charm park from the ‘Darling Little Dickens’collection

40" x 20” piece of the ladybug fabric from ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection

5” square of natural linen

Small piece of interfacing (for the two small hearts)

‘Handmade’ button and small ribbon bow (optional)

The following paper templates can be downloaded from the Printed resources page:

- Paper hexagons 1" sides (2" across widest part) for paper piecing (28 in total)

- Heart templates; measuring 11” , 3 ¼” and 2 ½” at their widest point

Basic sewing supplies.

Let’ s begin:

Look through the mini charm pack, choose 28 pieces that you love, because these are randomly cut, some work better than others, when you fussy cut your 2” hexagon from them. I tried to not be fussy with the way I joined mine, but my ‘OCD’ took over, and I found myself rearranging the order for several hours, until I was happy…

Take your large heart template, and draw an outline using a removable fabric marker pen, and check all point are within your template, you will notice in the photo below, I added two half hexagons to each side.

Once your hexagons are all sewn together, remove the papers, I find a seam ripper is handy for helping with this process. (My Paper piecing tutorial can be found on my blog at creativeblonde)

Take your piece of ladybug fabric, and cut in half, to create 2 pieces measuring 20” x 20”. Draw round the large heart template, in the middle of one piece. Mark ¼” inside this area, and cut along this inside edge, using a small pair of sharp scissors. Make small snips in the curves of the fabric, this will help obtain a neater result.

This is what you should have so far…

Carefully pin your hexagon heart in place, and using a binding stitch and a cream thread (I use Superior King Tut hand sewing quilting thread) fold the seam allowance under.

Your finished hexagon heart…

The Reverse… because the ladybug fabric is pale, trim the excess fabric of the hexagons from the reverse, so this doesn’t show through to the front of the cushion.

Draw round the small and medium hearts onto the interfacing, trim away the excess. Fuse the small heart onto the left-over ladybug fabric removed from the centre of the cushion, and the medium heart to the 5” piece of natural linen.

Blanket stitch using a cream thread, the smaller heart onto the linen heart. Position onto the cushion and blanket stitch this is place.

With right sides together, sew along 3 and ¼ sides of your cushion cover, using ½” seam allowance. Leaving ¾ of one side open, to pop your cushion in. Trim away the excess fabric on the corners, to obtain a neater finish when turned right side out.

Press your cushion cover and insert your cushion. Using a ladder stitch, sew up the gap, press your cushion again carefully with the cushion inside.

Optional extras… I couldn’t resist adding a cute little ‘homemade’ button to the small heart, and a small ribbon bow to the hexagon heart…

Thanks, for reading this tutorial, for more tutorials head over to my blog at www.creativeblonde.co.uk.

You can also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

and Instagram at www.instagram.com/creativeblonde66

x creativeblonde x

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