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Welcome

By Dawn, Oct 12 2018 03:42PM



A heartfelt welcome to our Sweetest Things Sampler Block of the Month, both myself (Dawn) and Michelle from CreativeBlonde are truly delighted to have you along. We've been taking turns designing the blocks, and this months' beautiful block and tutorial is by Michelle, inspired by a special birthday tea, to which you're invited too, we are in for a real treat :)


Block 9 - Birthday Treats by Michelle, is the prettiest block, a birthday cake filled with the loveliest little details - truly comfort sewing. So make yourself a cuppa, and enjoy a slice of Michelle's beautiful birthday cake. (Also," a very happy birthday to Michelle, from all of us busy little sewing bees xx!")


Enjoy x X



Block 9 - Birthday treat by Michelle of CreativeBlonde



Tutorial and templates by Michelle Roberts from CreativeBlonde



Designed for the Sweetest Things Sampler



10 ½” Finished appliqued block, before joining to other blocks



Downloadable PDF including templates [9 pages] - or Template only [2 pages]



Please read through all the instructions, before starting on your block x




Materials (available from Honeybee Cloths - www.honeybeecloths.co.uk)


11” square Off-white or Low volume fabric (Moda Bella Solids 9900 200)

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

Scraps of Caroline pink, green, floral, and brown

11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)

10” square of Vlieseline Bondaweb

Gutermann threads colours: 1001,336,650 and 624


Cutting – from the templates

1 Brown cupcake wrapper – Caroline 18652-16

3 pink hearts – Caroline 18654-14

1 small florals on cream for icing Caroline 18653-11

1 large floral – fussy cut for cup Caroline 18650-11

1 green for plate and saucer Caroline 18655 73


Haberdashery items

Template sheets - download here

16” pretty ribbon

Erasable marker pen

Iron

Basic sewing supplies

505 basting spray or pins

Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat



Assembly


Apart from the bunting triangle, trace all the templates, from both sheets onto Bondaweb (templates have been reversed already for you) using a pencil. Cut them out roughly, and fuse to the chosen fabrics, and cut out accurately.


Take your 11” Ivory fabric, and begin by fusing all the applique pieces in place. When you add the icing to the cupcake wrapper, overlap it slightly when fusing to the main block.




Using the erasable marker pen, draw on the cupcake wrapper details.



Use the brown thread to sew over the cupcake wrapper markings.


Add detail to the icing using the same method, use a metallic pink thread to sew over the icing marks and pink hearts.

Using a cream thread, sew around the outline of the icing (1/8” from raw edge), continue with cream thread to sew around the cup.





Cut a 5” piece from the ribbon, and pin in place in the cupcake wrapper, sew 1/8” all the way around, you could add a little bit of anti-fray glue to the ends of the ribbon at this point.


Create a small bow, and sew a few stitches in the centre to hold in place. Add to the centre of the piece of ribbon on the cupcake wrapper, and sew a few stitches in the centre to hold, this can be done by hand if you find it easier.


Sew a few small stitches on each of the four pieces of the bow to hold in place on your block.


Your block is now complete.


If you want to go ahead with the QAYG method….


Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding, and an 11” square of backing fabric, if following the 3 layer sandwich method 2.


• For the 3 layer sandwich, also leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks.

* (For information on QAYG methods, please see Quilt Construction notes.)


Cut out the triangle and draw around it, using your fabric marker to give the appearance of bunting, in the top right-hand corner, and underneath the cup and saucer – see photo below for placement. With the metallic pink thread, quilt the bunting. Remove all markings.


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


Congratulations you’ve finished Block 9 – Birthday Treat

Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) and Dawn (Honeybee Cloths) 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 exciting quilt-a-long.


Happy sewing


x creativeblonde x









By Dawn, Sep 16 2018 05:04PM



Spending time in the outdoors, among the little wonders of nature is lovely any time of year, but a fine autumn day, when the fruits are ripening, the leaves turning colour and the possums making themselves a cosy spot to overwinter, is especially sweet.



Prairie points give the hedgehog a 3D-effect, which is lovely to touch. While an applique pear or two, and quilted oak leaves and acorns provide food and shelter.


Sampler Block Eight measures 10 1/2” square before joining to other blocks.



To make the block you'll need:


Materials:


11” square Off-white or Low volume fabric (Moda Bella Solids 9900 200)

Fat Eighth (10"x 22") - Brown fine stripes (Caroline no. 18652 16 )

4” x 4” – Moda Bella Solids Taupe (MBS 9900 310 )

Small pieces of green fabrics (Caroline no. 18653-14, Caroline no. 18652-14, Caroline no.18654-15)


Green, dark grey, and taupe thread for applique, stems and hedgehogs face.


4” x 6“ wadding or padding (for the pears)


Optional: Stabiliser or lightweight interfacing



Equipment: Sewing machine; Iron and ironing board; rotary cutter, mat and ruler.


Notions: Clover water erasable pen (or similar), Small sharp scissors, Applique pins.

Spray starch, freezer paper, small fine brush (needed for the spray starch method of applique).


If you plan to Quilt As You Go*, you’ll need an 11” square of wadding, and Quilting thread e.g. Gutermann Sulky Cotton (30 weight). Depending on which QAYG method you’ll also need an 11” square of backing fabric.


(*For more information on the QAYG method, please see Quilt Construction notes)



So let’s begin:


Print out the Hedgehog and Pear template [1 page PDF] or


Print the full tutorial below including template [8 page PDF]

• Fuse the stabiliser or lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the 11” square of off-white fabric.


• Draw a 10” square in the centre of the 11” square, into which the design fits.


• Use this window to position and the hedgehog outline, approx 2” inch from the right hand side, and 1” from the bottom of the square.


Optional: If using the Quilt as You Go method, you may want to layer the wadding at this point, and work the next few steps using a 2 layer quilt sandwich of top layer and wadding.



Prepare the prairie points


From the Brown stripy Fat Eighth Cut – (25) - 2” squares; and (7) - 1 5/8” squares (4 cm)


• Fold in half along the diagonal, press. Fold in half again along the diagonal.


• Position the smaller prairie points along the top edge of the hedgehog. If using a stripy print place stripes in the same direction, so they point outwards from the centre of the hedgehog.


• Slot one prairie point inside the opening of the next. (see pic)


• Line up the trough between the prairie points so you can just see the outline of the hedgehog. Hold in place with pins and tack along the lower edge.


Now you’re ready to machine sew the prairie points in place.




• Using blanket stitch, sew along the lower edge of the prairie points.


TIP: Fitting a Walking foot to the machine, makes it easier to sew through multiple layers of fabric.



• Working from the rear end of the hedgehog, position the next three prairie points, slotting them one inside the other. Place, so they overlap the previous points, and curve slightly.


TIP: Use an ironing board to pin and hold the points, while positioning the row of prairie points.

• Baste, then machine sew along the raw edge using blanket stitch to secure.


• Next slot four prairie points together, as before overlapping the previous row, curving slightly. Machine sew to secure.



Repeat for the remaining prairie points, positioning 3, 4 or 5 points in a row. Slowly building up the body of the hedgehog. Blanket stitch each row in place as you go. You may need to add a little hand-stitch here and there to hold in place.




Making the Snout


Now the body of the hedgehog has taken shape, it’s time to make the head and snout. In this tutorial the starch method of applique, using Freezer Paper and starch is used. This gives a firm crisp edge and well-defined shape that is already to applique to the hedgehog block. (Or use your preferred method of applique).


• Trace the snout onto the shiny side of freezer paper, cut out.

• Place Freezer paper template shiny side down on wrong side of fabric. Press using a hot iron till the Freezer paper sticks to the fabric.

• Cut out, leaving ¼” margin right the way round, cutting the tips off the pointy bits, and clipping curves every 1cm (½”)

• Using a small brush apply a little starch to the ¼” margin around the template.


• Turn the edges over the freezer paper template and press using an iron.

• Remove the paper template.




• Position the snout so it covers the raw edge of the prairie points.


Pin and sew snout in place.

• Draw an eye, nose and a smile, using a water erasable pen.

• Satin stitch the eye and nose in dark grey or black thread.

• Use back-stitch to sew the hedgehogs smile.


NB. It is possible to make the applique shapes without freezer paper using ordinary paper, place several pins in place to hold the paper in place, and take care when ironing to avoid the pins.



Pear applique


Using the pear and leaf templates, prepare the applique pieces for applique using your preferred method. The tutorial below shows the starch method of applique.


• For the block shown you’ll need 1 large and 1 small pear; and 2 pear leaves.


• Use the pear templates to cut wadding for each pear. Slip the wadding inside the starched and folded edge of the pears, ready for applique to the block.




• Position and pin the pears and leaves, inside the 10” design window. Sew in place using small close together slip-stitches.


• Using a water-erasable pen, draw stalks from each of the pears Machine stitch the stems.



Well done! Your block is now complete!



If you choose you can continue and Quilt your block as you go, follow steps below.


Quilting options - If using the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) method.

(For information on QAYG methods, please see Quilt Construction notes.)


• Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding, and an 11” square of backing fabric, if following the 3 layer sandwich method 2.


• For the 3 layer sandwich, also leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks.


Secure the layers using safety pins. Transfer the oak leaf and acorns outlines onto your block, using your preferred method of marking, and quilt either by machine or hand.



Quilt around oak leaves and acorns.


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


Congratulations! Block 8 – “Prairie point Hedgehog” is complete!



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


Till next time, enjoy the little wonders of nature


From our little hive to yours,


Happy sewing x X

Dawn - Honeybee Cloths














By Dawn, Aug 15 2018 09:30AM



A heartfelt welcome to our Block of the Month, if you're joining us for the first time you can find all the patterns for earlier blocks on the Sweetest Things Sampler page. (Plus Kits containing the materials used throughout the tutorials also available in store.)


Both myself and Michelle from CreativeBlonde are delighted to have you along. We've been taking turns designing the blocks, and this months' beautiful block and tutorial is by Michelle, it's absolutely gorgeous!


Michelle's beautiful block features lovely cool refreshing drinks, an icecream, and the prettiest finishing touches, just the thing on a hot summer's day.


Enjoy x X




Block 7 - Quench your thirst


Tutorial and templates by Michelle Roberts from CreativeBlonde


Designed for the Sweetest Things Sampler


10 ½” Finished appliqued block, before joining to other blocks


Downloadable PDF including templates [8 pages] - or Template only [1 page]


Please read through all the instructions, before starting on your block x



Materials – Scrap buster

11” square Ivory fabric

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

Scraps of pink, green, blue, floral, red and brown (Caroline fabric from Honeybee Cloths)

11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)

10 ½” piece of Vlieseline H250 stabilizer

10” square of Vlieseline Bondaweb

Gutermann threads colours: 1295 and 7009


Cutting – from the templates

1 Brown Ice cream cone and wafer curl

2 cherries

1 floral long glass juice

1 small green juice

1 small lime

1 blue umbrella

2 pink straws


Haberdashery items

Template sheet

Friction erasable marker pen

Washable marker pencil

Iron

Basic sewing supplies: 505 basting spray or pins; Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat


Assembly

Trace the ‘templates for fabric’ shapes onto the Bondaweb, using a pencil. (templates have been reversed already for you).

Cut them out roughly, and fuse to the chosen fabrics, cut out accurately.


Take your 11” Ivory fabric, and pin the main template underneath, use a light box or hold up to a window, use a Friction erasable pen to transfer the design onto the fabric.



Once your happy with your design, go over it with a washable fabric marker pen, and fuse fabric applique pieces in place, using the template as a positioning guide. Fuse the Vlieseline H250 stabilizer to the reverse of the block.



Using the Friction erasable marker pen, add back in the details, this will help when you begin the free motion embroidery.

Using a grey thread, sew around each applique, using your free motion foot (don’t forget to drop the feed dogs on your machine) and add the details to the lime, ice cream cone, umbrella and straws



Gentle wash to remove the marks, dry and press.


Your block is now complete.


If you want to go ahead with the QAYG* method, place wadding on the reverse of your block. For the 3 layer QAYG method, spray baste the 11” backing fabric and place on top of wadding, or use pins to hold the backing in place.

( *For more information on QAYG, please refer to the Quilt Construction section, and layer your quilt as required.)


Using a metallic thread, free motion quilt around the ice cubes, add details to the ice-cream whip and add a sparkler to the centre cocktail. Press to remove all markings.




Congratulations you’ve finished Block 7 – quench your thirst



Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) 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 this exciting quilt-a-long


Happy sewing

x creativeblonde x









By Dawn, Jul 19 2018 07:36PM


It’s lovely to hear the little bees humming, busily working together, nurturing the hive - it reminds me of the hum of the sewing machine, and how just like the busy little bees, so much can be achieved when we work together x X


From our little hive to yours x
From our little hive to yours x

This months block "From our little hive to yours" is mostly an EPP (English Paper Pieced) project which can be sewn in the sunshine, on the beach, or nestled up in a cosy spot.


Block 6 measures 10 1/2” square before joining to other blocks.



So lets get busy, to make the block you'll need....


Materials:


11” square Off-white or Low volume fabric (e.g. Moda Bella Solids 9900 200)

Fat Eighth - Ivory/Cream floral (Caroline no. 18650 11)

Fat Eighth - Aqua (e.g. Caroline no. 18652 12)

Fat Eighth - Green floral (e.g. Caroline no. 18653 14)

1" square - white or glittery fabric (for bees wings)


Gutermann Sulky Cotton (30 weight) col. 4001 - Parchment for hand-quilting

Embroidery floss in yellow and brown or black

Gutermann Sew-all thread in dark grey (col. 701) and taupe (col. 854)


Optional: Stabiliser or lightweight interfacing , silver thread for wings


Equipment: Sewing machine; Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth.


Notions: Clover water erasable pen (or similar), Small sharp scissors, thimble,

small fine quilting needle, embroidery needle.


Optional: safety pins or basting spray.


If you plan to Quilt As You Go*, you’ll need an 11” square of wadding, and if you're following the 3 layer QAYG method you'll need an 11” square of backing fabric.


(*For more information on the QAYG method, please read through Quilt Construction notes)



So let’s begin:

Print out the hive template or


Print the full tutorial below including template [8 page PDF]


Cut out the template pieces, using a ruler, rotary cutter and mat.





Prepare the pieces

• Pin the paper hive pieces (1-5) number side up, onto the wrong side of the ivory fabric

• Cut out, leaving ¼” margin around each of the paper pieces.

• Turn over the ¼” allowance and tack.




• Pin the side pieces L1-3 and R1-3, to the blue fabric. Cut out, leaving ¼” margin around each piece.

• Turn over ¼” allowance on three sides of these pieces, leaving a raw outer edge.


• Pin pieces L4–5 and R4-5 to the green fabric. Cut out, leaving ¼” margin around each piece.

• Turn over ¼” allowance on three sides of these pieces, again leaving a raw outer edge.




Now you’re already to sew the pieces together.


Working on one row at a time, place side piece (L1) on top of hive piece (1), right sides together.

Using an over stitch, take a “tiny bite” out of the folded edge, and keeping stitches close together, sew along the straight edge.


Line up side piece (L2) on the other side of the hive piece (1), and sew in place.






Repeat for the remaining rows, till you have 5 rows of paper piecing, plus top and bottom.

For the top and bottom pieces fold over and tack just the edge next to the hive.



Place the rows in order, Sew row 1 to row 2, and so on until all the rows are sewn together.

Press and remove the papers.




To make the borders

From the Off-white or Low volume fabric cut:

• 2 – 6 5/8” x 2 ¼”strips (cm)

• 2 – 11” x 2 ¾” strips (cm)

Machine sew the 6 5/8” strips to the sides, then sew the 11”strips to the top and bottom. Press seams.




So now our hive is made, there’s just one more thing this hive needs, to make it a home ….



Embroidery - Using a water erasable pen and a lightbox (or tape to a brightly lit window) trace the little bees, so two of them hover close to the hive, and 2 on the border. Trace the word “Honey” onto the hive, or you could add a name.




• The stripy little bodies of the bees were embroidered using just 2 strands of Anchor Moulin in yellow and brown. Sew short lines of chain stitch across the bees body or use satin, or stem stitch.


• To make the little wings, fusible webbing or applique glue holds tiny fabric wings in place, before sewing a line of backstitch using silver thread to hold them firmly in place.


• Alternatively back stitch the wing outline using a dark grey or taupe thread.




• Two French knots form the antennae. While a curvy flight path is marked out in running stitch, using dark grey thread.


• Finally, the word Honey is sewn using tiny backstitches in taupe coloured thread.


Well done! Your block is now complete!



If you choose you can continue and Quilt your block as you go, follow steps below.



Quilting options


If using the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) method

• Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding and an 11” square of backing fabric, if following the 3 layer sandwich method 2.

• For the 3 layer sandwich, also leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks.

• For more information on both QAYG methods, please see Quilt Construction notes.



Secure the layers using safety pins, or your preferred method of basting.Now you’re ready to quilt, thread a small fine quilting needle with Gutermann Sulky cotton 30wt. This is a thicker thread than used for piecing.



Quilt 1/8” inside the hive, closely following the outline of the hive


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


Congratulations! Block 6 – From our little hive to yours is complete!


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


Till next time, from our little hive to yours,


Happy sewing x X


Dawn - Honeybee Cloths
















By Dawn, Apr 7 2018 11:46AM



Thank you so much for joining along on our Sweetest Things Sampler quilt adventure, each month we're sharing a new block of something which makes life a little sweeter.


This month it's the turn of Michelle from CreativeBlonde, whose truly pretty applique block is perfect for this time of year, with the promise that April showers bring May flowers.


Michelle's super tutorial includes free motion embroidery flowers, little silver raindrops and a genius idea - padding which gives a lovely 3D effect to the umbrella.


The fabrics used in the block are from Brenda Riddle's very pretty Caroline collection, available in the Brenda Riddle section of Honeybee Cloths, where you can also find kits including the fabrics needed in Block 3 and earlier blocks too. So let's get sewing....




Block 3 - April showers bring May flowers


Tutorial by Michelle Roberts from Creativeblonde - Designed for the ‘Sweetest Things Sampler’


10 ½ ” Finished appliqued block (before joining to other blocks)




You can download the full PDF tutorial and templates here, or read on ....



Materials


Moda Bella Solids Off-white (or low volume fabric) - Fat quarter

4 or 5 Caroline Fat Eighths

8” square of H200 Vilene interlining

Gutermann threads colours; 1174, 802, 7001


If you plan to Quilt As You Go*, you’ll also need cotton quilting thread and an 11” square of wadding, and depending on which QAYG method you use, an 11” square of backing fabric.

(*If you need more information on the QAYG method *Please read through Quilt Construction notes)



Cutting

11” x 3 ½” Green fabric

11” x 8 ½” Off-white or low volume fabric

11” square for the backing (if Quilting as you go – option 2*)

*1x 4” square from the Pink/red posies on blue fabric

*1x 5” square from the rosebuds on pink fabric

*1x 5” square from the rosebuds on ivory fabric

*1x 2” square of brown doily with white stripe fabric



Haberdashery items - Flower and umbrella templates (download template on page 8 of instructions); Erasable marker pen; Iron; Basic sewing supplies; Temporary basting glue; 505 basting spray or pins; Quilting ruler; rotary cutter/scissors; cutting mat; Small piece of teddy stuffing



Assembly


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


Using the erasable marker, draw around each template, add seam allowance to the umbrella pieces, if doing needle turn applique.


Cut 2 large flowers and 1 smaller flower, and the umbrella handle, no seam allowance needed, as these will be added using Free Motion Embroidery.




Snip into the seam allowance, and press seams towards the centre, ready for sewing, don’t forget to remove the papers.




Sew the green strip to the bottom of the ivory piece to form the main block, press seam open. Pin the umbrella in place, I found it easier to draw around the template onto the main fabric first using the erasable marker pen.



Add your applique pieces, using Gutermann cream thread col. no. 802, once your two outer pieces have been sewn in place, start sewing the two centre pieces, and just before you finish add a little ‘stuffing’ to give it a 3D effect.


Using the erasable marker pen, draw around the remaining umbrella template, and add the handle applique (remember to reverse your template).


Sew using Gutermann green thread (col. no. 1174) 1/8” around the umbrella, add stitches for the handle, adding extra detail at the top of the umbrella, see photo below.



Add the flowers using a little dab of baste glue, drop feed dogs on your machine, and change the foot to free motion quilting foot (this can also be sewn by hand).


I also added a few rain drops using Gutermann silver metallic thread (col. no. 7001)



Your block is now complete.



Quilting options


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


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

For QAYG option 2 - Spray baste the 11” Blue fabric or use pins to hold the backing in place.


Use your erasable marker and draw a 10” centralised square onto your Ivory fabric.


Mark diagonal lines, too look like rain, at 2” intervals. I avoided stitching these quilting lines under the umbrella).


(Attach your walking foot and engage the feed dogs, if you changed these when applying the free motion embroidery).


Thread up your machine with Gutermann silver metallic thread (col. no. 7001), stitch length 4.0.


(Attach your walking foot and engage the feed dogs, if you changed these when applying the free motion embroidery).


Thread up your machine with Gutermann silver metallic thread (col. no. 7001), stitch length 4.0.


Congratulations you’ve finished Block 3 – April showers bring May flowers






Please share your gorgeous blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler, both myself (Michelle) and Dawn (Honeybee Cloths) 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 exciting quilt-a-long.


Happy sewing


x creativeblonde x







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