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Block 12 - Sew happy...

By Dawn, Jan 17 2019 10:45PM

Oh my, the past 12 months have flown by, haven't they? 12 months on and just one more Sampler Block to go in Sweetest Things Sampler Block of the Month, before joining the blocks together next month.

Hope you've enjoyed it as much as both myself and Michelle have, it's been so lovely to have you along too.

This month's block, could really only be about one thing, something which makes our lives a whole lot happier :)

So let's sew a little happiness together. Enjoy Michelle's gorgeous pattern :) x X

Block 12 - Sew Happy.... by Michelle of CreativeBlonde

Tutorial by Michelle Roberts from Creativeblonde

Designed for Honeybee Cloths - ‘Sweetest Things Sampler’

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

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

Materials (available from Honeybee Cloths)

11” square Ivory fabric

11” square for the backing (if doing QAYG)

9” square of peachy pink fabric for the sewing machine applique

Scraps of pink and brown fabrics

4” square of pink fabric for the fabric applique piece

11” square of cotton wadding (if doing QAYG)

10” square of Vlieseline F220 interfacing (or Bondaweb)

Gutermann threads colours: grey, pink, brown, purple, green, dark pink and yellow

Pink Sulky Gutermann thread for quilting

Cutting – from the templates

1 Peach sewing machine

3 threads (centre of cotton reel) in pink

3 cotton reel tops in brown

3 cotton reel bases in brown

Haberdashery items

Template sheets

Erasable marker pen


Basic sewing supplies

505 basting spray or pins

Quilting ruler, rotary cutter/scissors, cutting mat

Temporary fabric glue

So let’s begin:

Print out the Sew Happy templates [2 page PDF]

or the full Sew Happy tutorial and templates [9 page PDF]


Trace all the templates onto the soft side of F220 interfacing (or paper side of Bondaweb). The templates have been reversed ready for you.

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

Take your 11” Ivory fabric, and begin placing the applique, using a small dab of glue or pins to hold all the applique pieces in place.

Using a light grey Gutermann thread, and your FMQ foot, sew around the sewing machine.

Repeat this process for the cotton reels, using pink for the centre part of the reel, stitching around the outside of the applique and then extra details across the reel and with some stitches on to the cream background, to give the impression of loose threads.

Use brown thread for thetop and bottom of the reels.

Using grey thread, sew on the details for the needle, and turning wheel.

Take the 4” piece of pink fabric, and fold in half with RST, sew 1/8” all the way around, leaving a small gap for turning. Turn and press. Fold over the corner which has been left un sewn and pin in place on sewing machine block, fold the loose fabric to make a crease, and sew in place 1/8” along edge. The bottom piece can be left loose to give a 3D effect.

Hand sewing

Using a circle with a 1 ½” diameter (I used a cotton reel) draw around it onto the sewing machine.

Using a green thread, sew a circle of leaves using a detached chain stitch.

The heart in the centre can be hand sewn using a pink/red thread and a satin stitch.

Add a purple flower to the top left and bottom right of your sewing machine, using satin stitch and a few French knots in the centre of each flower using yellow thread.

The flowers on the turning wheel, can be added using red thread and either a back stitch or detached chain stitch. Use yellow thread to add a few French knots to the centre of each flower. A simple green back stitch can be sewn to join the flowers together.

Congratulations block 12 is complete.

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

Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding. If doing the 3 layer sandwich method, you’ll also need an 11” square of backing fabric, and remember to leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks together.

Spray baste the 11” backing fabric or use pins to hold the backing in place.

Using an erasable marker pen, write the words ‘sew’ in the space to the left and above the sewing machine, using a pink sulky Gutermann thread and your Free Motion Quilting foot to sew over these lines. This could be hand sewn if you prefer.

Congratulations you’ve finished Block 12 – Sew Happy

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

Don’t forget to keep sewing those Irish Chain blocks together, every time you get a few spare minutes…

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We very much look forward to sewing a little happiness together, Dawn xx

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