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By Dawn, Oct 1 2015 05:00AM


Ethel (my trusty sewing machine) has been going full throttle piecing blocks from our Skinny Dippin' Quilt-along.


Just to quickly recap, there's four different types of blocks:


1 - Beach huts;


2 - Bunting;


3 - Plain sailing;


4 - Flying pinwheels


Pinwheel blocks ready to join into a strip
Pinwheel blocks ready to join into a strip

Blocks are joined to form a strip approximately 36" wide.
Blocks are joined to form a strip approximately 36" wide.

Once your strips are made, organise them into 3 groups:


Sew bunting strips above and below the Beach Hut strip....



Sew a bunting strip below the Pinwheels strip:


Then sew a bunting strip above the Plain Sailing strip.


Each group of strips measures approx 14"-15" x 36"


Once seams have been pressed, 3 lots of wadding and backing are cut so there's 1 or 2" extra around each of the 3 sections.


Approximately 40" x 50" (1m x 1.25m) of wadding is used in the quilt top shown.


Layer the quilt top block, using safety pins or a very light covering of spray baste to hold the quilt sandwiches (quilt-top/wadding/backing) together.


NB. If using spray baste use a very light covering, as too much makes the bed of the machine sticky when it comes to putting the quilted blocks together, which we'll be doing next month.


Then it's over to Ethel, (my sewing machine) for quilting....



Because the quilting is being done in long, narrow sections, pieces are much lighter and easier to manouvre, easily fitting through the throat* of my domestic sewing machine - (which for this tidy little machine is a very trim 6") - so no need to constantly fold and roll to fit the bulk through - it's also a lot easier on your arm muscles too, and much, much more fun!


(*throat of sewing machine - the space from the needle, on the left in the photo, to the motor casing, on the right).


A walking foot is also fitted to ensure both the top and bottom of the quilt sandwich feeds through the machine evenly.


When quilting the panels, leave a margin around the edge of the panel of at least an inch un-quilted. This makes it easier to join the panels together.


The pinwheel section, was quilted by stitching in the ditch, round the pinwheels and bunting triangles, this helped to make them stand out more:


For the Beach Huts a stitch in the ditch quilting outlined each hut, again helping make the beach huts and bunting triangles stand out more. The wavy stitch setting on the sewing machine made an ideal filler for the sea background:



Beach huts and pinwheel sections
Beach huts and pinwheel sections

The plain sailing section was quilted with stitching outlining the whale and boat, with wavy lines filling in the sea background, and straight lines for sunbeams over the sky:





Now each of the sections have been quilted, it's just left to tie off those loose threads (and sew the little button eye onto whale - oops!) so that next month, the 3 sections are ready to sew together!


We'd love to see blocks you've made using any of our Quilt-along patterns, whether it's beach huts, bunting, little whales or pinwheels. Which seems like a really good reason for a Giveaway!


Send us a photo using our Contact page, or post a photo on our Facebook page of your Skinny Dippin' Quilt-along block (or blocks) before 30th November and we'll enter you into the Giveaway, to win a gorgeous Daysail charm pack.


See you next month.


Till then happy sewing x







By Dawn, Jul 1 2015 10:45AM



Oh boy, time flies when you're enjoying yourself! Can't believe it's a new month, and we're half way through our Skinny Dippin' Quilt along!


In previous months we've sewn neat little rows of beach huts and seaside bunting. So this month we're setting sail on the bluest of blue seas, with a friendly little whale for company.


This block reminds me of a certain playful minke whale which swam round and round the ferry sailing from the Hebridean islands to the mainland - a real WOW! moment.




Both the whale and boat have been appliqued - sewn onto background cloth (the cloth used in the photo is Coastal "In the Sea" and "White Waves").


For the boat iron-on fusible (Bondaweb) has been used to stick the sails and boat to the background cloth, before machining around the edges. The same technique can be used for the whale too, though if you prefer, the whale can be sewn by hand - anywhere, even while relaxing in the sun.


Templates and full instructions for both the Bondaweb and needleturn applique techniques here.



Time certainly does fly doesn't it! It seems no time since April we were announcing the draw to win a gorgeous Coastal Skinny Quarter bundle, and yesterday 30th June we fished out the winning entry!


And the winner of the Coastal Skinny Quarter bundle, is Claire Manning! Congratulations Claire - I'll be in touch today for your postal details, you're Skinny Quarter bundle will be winging it's way to you shortly!!!!


Also a huge thank you to everyone who joined in, there will be more Giveaway goodies coming very soon.


Till next time, enjoy summertime, stay cool and happy sewing x





By Dawn, Jun 1 2015 10:32AM


June is here! So it's time for the second block in our Skinny dippin' Quilt-along! June’s block is bright and breezy bunting on a summery aqua sky. If you missed the first block to make a neat little row of beach huts, you can still find it here:)


In total you’ll need 4 rows of bunting, these can be made quickly and easily either using a folded “prairie point” technique or machine pieced method. The machine pieced method uses less material, while prairie points require less sewing, and have a dimensional element to them. If you have any left over charm pack squares these are perfect for either method.


So bring on the bunting!



For the folded “prairie point” bunting you’ll need:


5 – 5” x WOF strips – or 40 charm pack squares

4 - 3½" (11.5cm) x WOF light aqua solid

4 - 2" (5cm) x WOF light aqua solid


This is enough to make 4 strips of bunting. Each bunting strip will run across the width of the quilt, with other blocks in the Quilt-along eventually to be sewn inbetween the bunting strips.



You'll find full instructions how to make the prairie point bunting here.


Lewis & Irene's Coastal "In the Sea" is a really versatile print - lots of variety! There's little seahorses, crabs, shoals of fish and seaweed which means that different parts of the design can be used to good effect. The bunting units come together very quickly too - they're such fun to make !



Once you have a pile of points, you simply slot each folded prairie point into the previous one, pin to hold in place, and sew. In no time you have several rows of bunting!



If you're making the machine pieced bunting you’ll need:


10 – 5” squares in selection prints

40 – 3 ½” x “ light aqua (Moda Bella Solids – Ruby Ice 9900 169)

4 – 2 ½ ” x WOF white cotton (for bunting string)


Just as for the previous technique this makes 4 rows of bunting. Though with this method there's room for one extra bunting triangle per row.


There's a little more cutting and sewing than the prairie points method, as you slice the squares diagonally from corner to corner, and trim a corner from the rectangle, but once the cutting out's been done, it's simply a matter of chain piecing and joining -


Full instructions to make Machine pieced bunting here



Whichever method you use, we'd love to see your bunting blocks. Please feel free to post your pics to our Honeybee Cloths Facebook page.


Also remember to "like and share" on Facebook or if your not on Facebook leave us a comment below, and you'll be entered into our draw to win a Coastal Skinny Quarter bundle.


The next block will be here in one months time, so till then happy sewing x







By Dawn, May 1 2015 11:45AM

Summer is nearly here - so it seems like a good time for some "skinny dipping sewing"! Each row or strip in the 4 month Quilt-along measures 36" or 90cm wide. So by the end of the Quilt-along, the strips can be sewn together to make a strippy quilt. There'll be opportunity to do applique and folded patchwork too.


The first block in the Skinny Dipping Quilt-along is so easy - the beach hut unit is very quick to make. You'll find full instructions here. But here is the shortened version....


Sew the beach hut units together and before you know it you'll have a neat row of sweet little beach huts!


Lewis & Irene's Waves print runs across the width of the fabric, from selvedge to selvedge. Cutting it as a Skinny Quarter (25cm x 110cm) makes it perfect for the waves behind the beach huts. It comes in three colourways too, so as well as the white waves version above, we made a Sea blue strip and an aqua version too...


Once your strip of neat little beach huts is complete, applique some bunting, using bondaweb and running stitch to outline the string of bunting. Perhaps machine sew the outline of a plank door and add a little button for the door handle. Or personalise your beach huts – the world’s your oyster!


We'd love to see your beach huts, so please feel free to share them on Honeybee Cloths Facebook page. Also remember to "like and share" on Facebook or if your not on Facebook leave us a comment below, and you'll be entered into our draw to win a Coastal Skinny Quarter bundle.


The next block will be here on 1st June, so till then happy sewing x




By Dawn, Apr 14 2015 08:55PM

While Honeybee Cloths is inland, we love being near the sea. So the delivery of 15 bolts of Coastal really brought the seaside home to us - we can see this made into bunting, quilts, lightweight curtains for beach huts!



Coastal is made by lovely Dorset based company Lewis & Irene. Each print is so thoughtfully designed, even the moto on the selvedges - "threaded with love" speaks of the care which goes into making of Lewis & Irene's 100% cottons.




Coastal's seaside motifs make several prints perfect for fussy cut piecing, (oh love those little seahorses)



Coastal also blends with several solids including: Moda Solids Linen, Sweetwater's Splash, RJR's Cotton Supreme Cottons Sea Glass.


Coastal also combines perfectly with Bonnie & Camille's Daysail - pretty navy on white crosshatch No. 55106 13 and fresh aqua stripes on white No. 55102 22


Cut fresh from the bolt, and in Fat Eighth bundles, Fat Quarter bundles, and even Skinny Quarters bundles. More on those very soon, plus a competition in the making!


Happy sewing x





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