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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, 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, Jun 15 2018 10:19PM



Thank you so much for popping by our Quiltalong, it's lovely to have you along. I can't believe it's June, and the fifth block, nearly half way through our Sampler adventure. I'm utterly thrilled by this month's block, which is designed and made by Michelle from Creativeblonde - it's so gorgeous, hope you love it too.


Michelle's block - "Basket of Strawberry Sweetness", includes a beautiful basket woven from Brenda Riddles' "Caroline" ticking fabric, scrumptious strawberries, and the sweetest little quilted butterflies.


From our little hive to yours, Happy sewing x X




Block 5 - Basket of Strawberry Sweetness


Tutorial by Michelle Roberts from Creativeblonde


Designed for the ‘sweetest things sampler’


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


- Downloadable PDF tutorial and templates.



Materials

11” square Ivory fabric

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

12” piece of brown fabric - Caroline Ticking

Scraps of Red, Green and Floral

11” square of wadding (if doing QAYG)

10” square of H250 Vilene interfacing

Gutermann threads colours; 118 & 4048


Cutting – from the templates

3 large strawberries

7 small strawberries

1 flower

1 large green top

3 small green tops

1 large leaf

2 medium leaves

1 small leaf

1 basket handle


Haberdashery items

Template sheet - download here

1 small wooden button

Erasable marker pen

Basic sewing supplies; Temporary basting glue; Iron; 505 basting spray or pins; Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat.


Assembly

Draw out the templates shapes on to the paper side of the interfacing, using a pencil. (templates have been reversed already for you) Cut them out roughly, and fuse (without steam) to the chosen fabrics, cut out accurately.


To create the woven effect basket, cut the brown fabric into strips

Three 1 ½” x 6 ½” and Three 1 ½” x 10” strips.


Fold and press over ¼” along one long edge, and sew 1/8” to hold in place, repeat for the other side, and for the remaing 5 strips.

Weave the strips and pin to hold together, see photo for placement.

Sew from right to left, to hold the strips in place, using gutermann colour 4048.



Trim your block to measure 8 ½” along the top of the basket, and 6” along the base -


KEEP TRIMMED PIECES


Use the trimmed pieces to make up the left-hand corner of the basket, and stitch in place.



Take your basket and pin to the main block. Pin the handle in place, tucking the curve under the edge of the basket, needle turn ¼” along the three edges of the basket, and sew in place. Leave the top for now. Hand sew the wooden button in place.



Arrange the strawberries and leaves in the basket, tucking them into the basket slightly. I made the centre look fuller, then the outer edges. Place one large strawberry with green top along with the flower on the left side of the outer basket.


Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use temporary basting glue to hold, while you sew in place. Sew around the visible shapes and add details, including the handle, using free motion embroidery or handstitching.


Needle turn the top ¼” of your basket, and sew in place


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 Quilt As You Go - QAYG, please refer to the Quilt Construction Notes)


Use your erasable marker and draw a 10” centralised square onto your Ivory fabric, draw around the butterfly template, and using free motion quilting, sew over these markings.




Remove all markings.



Congratulations you’ve finished Block 5 – basket of strawberry sweetness




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 this exciting quilt-a-long.


Happy sewing


x creativeblonde x





By Dawn, May 11 2018 09:02PM



Hope you're having a lovely springtime (or splendid autumn to friends on the other side of the world.) It is so lovely to have you along, and share this months block with you.


Inspired by our little feathered friends’ who put so much care and effort into nest building, weaving twigs, moss, and feathers together - it reminds me of the loving care which goes into making our quilts.


Sampler Block Four - "Nest" can be made using a quick and easy fusible machine applique technique (shown in the tutorial)


Or if you prefer to sit in the sunshine and handsew, the block can be made using the needle-turn applique technique. Templates for both methods provided.


So let's begin making our nests....



Block 4 measures 10 1/2” square before joining to other blocks.


Materials:

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

8” x 6” (20cm x 15cm) plain brown Moda Bella Solids Taupe - 9900 310

2 or 3 Fat Sixteenths in blue and brown Caroline prints

5” x 5” pieces in pinks, peaches, green, blue for the buds, blossom, eggs

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


For fusible applique

8” x 12” (20cm x 30cm) Paper backed fusible webbing (Bondaweb or similar)

Thread: Gutermann Sew-all thread in Dark grey (col. 701) and Taupe (col. 854).


For needle-turn applique

Gutermann Cotton (50 weight) col. 919


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


Notions: Clover water erasable pen (or similar), Small sharp scissors, thimble, small fine quilting needle, safety pins.

Optional: Stabiliser - If using a lightweight fabric for the background, for instance Pima cotton, use a stabiliser on the wrong side of the background fabric, to prevent puckering when machine appliqued.


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


So let’s begin:


Depending on the applique method you’re using print out one of the following templates:


Fusible machine applique template [2 page PDF]

Shapes have already been reversed, ready for tracing onto fusible webbing.


Needle-turn applique template [2 page PDF]

You can find tips on the needle-turn technique over on Block 2 tutorial – a spring basket for you x


If you prefer print the full tutorial below including Fusible applique template [9 page PDF], or read on....




Prepare the background


Using the Fusible applique template (the shapes have already been reversed – ready for tracing onto fusible webbing.)


Cut out the circle template, fold in half then quarters. Next, fold the 11” background off-white square in half, then quarters, creasing lightly to mark the centre. Match the centres of paper circle and fabric square.


Draw round the circle template, using a water erasable pen or similar – to make a guideline for placing the nest design and feather.



Prepare the fusible applique….


• Place the paper backed Bondaweb on the PDF template, paper side up. Trace twigs, buds, blossom and eggs.


• Cut out, leaving approx. ¼” margin around each of the traced shapes.


• Place each twig, fusible side down (with smooth paper side up) on wrong side of the taupe fabric.


• To bond the fusible webbing to the fabric, place a pressing cloth on top, and press for a few seconds, using a medium heat, no steam.


• Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut out the twigs.


Then peel away the paper backing, by making a fold near one edge, the paper backing should begin to separate.

• Repeat for the birds - tracing the birds, their wings and the chest patch separately.


• Fuse the baby birds body and wing, and the chest patch to the blue fabric.


• Fuse the bigger birds body and wing to the brown fabric – each time checking the rough side of the webbing is placed on the wrong side of the fabric, before pressing.


TIP: When peeling the paper backing from the birds, peel from the tail end, so the beak stays sharp and doesn’t fray. Keep the paper bird shapes, as these can be used to mark position to sew the eye (page 5.)


Repeat for the remaining shapes - buds, blossom, leaves and eggs.


Once the fusible pieces are cut, position them on the background, using the circle as a guide.


• Place the twigs in the lower half of the circle, roughly matching the curves of the twigs to the outline.


• Next place the birds bodies, adding the chest patch to the big bird, and the wing to the little bird. (The wing on the big bird is added after the body and chest have been machine appliqued.)


• Using an erasable marker trace the position of the legs.


• Continue slowly building up the picture, adding the buds, blossom and little eggs. Check the design elements of the block fit inside a 10” window, so when blocks are sewn together, the design isn’t affected.


• Once you are happy with the placement. Press, to bond the shapes to the background.


• Avoid pressing the circle guideline drawn on the background, as heat makes some erasable pens permanent.



Now you’re ready to machine applique….


For the block shown in the photos, I used a basic machine presser foot (the same one I use when doing any straight line sewing, piecing or general sewing) Set stitch length to 2mm. To pivot at corners and tight curves, check your needle is in the down position before lifting the foot to pivot.


If you prefer you can also use an open toe foot (feed dogs down), or darning foot, whichever you feel most comfortable with.


So lets’ stitch…


• Stitch just inside the edge of each shape (approx. 1/8”). Proceed slowly where you need to be precise - for the few stitches around the beak I took my foot of the pedal, and used just the hand control.


• Stitch the legs, going down to the foot, then doubling back again to the body.


• Machine around the body shape twice or more, don’t worry if the line of stitching is wobbly it will give a sketchy feel to your design.


• Position the big birds wing, press to fuse and hold in place. Stitch as above.


• Pull loose threads through to the back - knot and weave into the line of stitches, so the dark grey thread ends don’t show through to the front of the block.


• Use the paper backing from the birds to help when marking the position of the eye. Then using dark grey thread and a satin stitch, hand-sew the eyes onto both birds.


• Remove the erasable guideline from lower part of block and press.


Your nest is now complete, just one more thing to add…



Preparing to quilt


• First trace the feather motif, using a water erasable pen - Place page 2 of the template on a lightbox, or tape to a brightly lit window.

Position the block on top of the template, so the feather is in the upper half of the block.(see photo)


• Use tape to hold the block in place while tracing.



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


• Secure layers using safety pins, or preferred method of basting.



Hand-quilting


If using Quilt As You Go method 2, leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks.


Thread a small fine quilting needle with Gutermann Sulky cotton 30wt. This is a thicker thread than used for applique or piecing. The ecru colour is not too dark, and doesn’t show through the light coloured background.


• Beginning at the bottom of the feather sew a line of evenly sized running stitches up and down the shaft (marked yellow in the diagram).


• Then beginning at point A continue the evenly size running stitches to point B.


• Now insert the needle at point B into the quilt sandwich and push through beneath the surface till it reaches point C.


Repeat for each plume - burying the thread (marked green below) to move from the end of one plume, to the next, so avoiding lots of knots.




Once hand-quilted remove markings with a little water, you’re nearly there. Finally 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 your Nest block is now complete !


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


Have a lovely springtime, and 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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