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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 6 2018 08:18PM


Sometimes don't you just want to snuggle up in a quilt someone else made, or spend time admiring it. When I seen this genius playmat designed and made by Michelle from CreativeBlonde with the little vehicles ready to roll on the linen trackways, I would just loved to have played with it there and then :)


Michelle's gorgeous "Are we there yet" Quilt and Playmat is made with a Honeybee Cloths "Slice of Layer Cake - Mighty Machines bundle" - providing twelve co-ordinating 10" squares, at a fraction of the price of a whole Layer cake. It's a perfect make for the little ones in your life, children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.


Enjoy this super tutorial x X





Are we there yet?…


Designed and pieced by Michelle Roberts at creativeblonde - www.creativeblonde.co.uk


The perfect quilt for any young person, who love cars and trucks. This quilt fits a first bed, so its great for that transition from cot to bed. Doubles as a playmat, so they can take it everywhere.


I used a beautiful new collection called ‘Mighty Machines’ by Lydia Nelson of Dreamy Quilts. This collection is available as prints from Honeybee Cloths


Materials

• Twelve 10” squares from the Mighty Machines collection

• 38” x 47” Tilda Stars for the backing

• 38” x 47” wadding

• 1 metre of grey linen, for border and roads

• 180” cream linen bias binding

• White and grey thread



Haberdashery items

• Iron-away marker pen

• Quilters ruler, rotary cutter/scissors

• Iron, pins, 505 basting spray


Downloadable tutorial PDF



Finished size: 36” x 45”


Making the quilt


1.Take three 10” squares and sew together RST to create a row, using ¼” seam allowance. Press seams towards the centre.




Repeat this process with three more squares, only this time press seams towards the outer edges.


2. Sew these two rows together, places them RST, and nesting the seams (note the seams will lay in opposite directions). Press seams.




Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the remaining 10” squares, see photo below for placement (this is optional, as the squares can be placed in any order).



To create the border, cut two strips from the grey linen, measuring 29” x 4” and sew with RST to the top and bottom of the quilt. Cut two more strips measuring 45” x 4” and sew with RST to each side.




Cut 2 ¼” strips from the grey linen, fold and press ½” along each edge to create strips measuring 1 ¼” (approximately 170” in length). Top stitch to hold in place.


Pin in place to the top of the quilt, use a long quilters ruler to help pin the strips in straight lines, see photo below for placement… (note: leave 2” spare at the start and end of the road).




When you get to a turn, cut and overlap the joining piece by ½”, this allows enough to needle-turn when hand sewing the road in place.



Hand sew using a grey thread, as you would if you were hand sewing the reverse of the bias binding in place. When you have finished, use a seam ripper to remove a few stitches from the border, and thread the road through. Re-sew this seam using your machine, making sure to overlap a few of the original stitches.


Baste or pin your wadding between the top quilt and the Tilda stars (backing), and quilt just off centre on the road, using white thread and length 4.0.


Sew another row 1/8” next the previous row of stitches. Add this double white quilting to the surround of the quilt (1/2” from the inside edge of border) see photo below…




Trim the quilt to measure 36” x 45” and add the bias binding, I prefer to machine it to the front, and hand sew on the reverse.


Your quilt and playmat are complete…




The perfect playmat for taking anywhere

Happy sewing


x CreativeBlonde 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

www.honeybeecloths.co.uk



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







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