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By Dawn, Nov 1 2015 09:32PM



If you've been following the Quilt-along since April, you'll know in spare moments it's been sew, sew, sew! Our panels have been pieced, layered into quilt sandwiches and quilted, and now these panels are ready to be joined together - hope you've been enjoying the skinny dippin' sewing too.



To join the panels:


1. Peel back the top of the quilt along the edges to be joined, so the top layer is kept well away from the wadding / backing.


For the backing, I chose plain white cotton, though in hindsight I should have used a backing which showed up better in the photographs, the white cotton tends to blend too much into the colour of the wadding - I'm really sorry this isn't clearer in the photos. (Note to self: must remember this next time!)



2. Pin the top layers with right sides together, then sew leaving a 1/2" seam.



TIP Use safety pins to hold wadding / backing from getting in the way when sewing.


With wrong side of quilt uppermost, press the seam.


3. Smooth the wadding over the seam, you'll find the wadding overlaps, so trim one edge of wadding so that when flat the edges of the wadding touch.


Use a slip stitch to join the 2 pieces of wadding and help keep them in place.


4. Smooth down the backing over the wadding, again the cotton overlaps, but this time we're not going to trim, instead using a water erasable pen draw a straight line 1/4" in from one edge.


Fold the backing under along this edge, to give a nice clean straight fold. Handstitch to hold in place.


5. Once the quilted panels have been sewn together both front and back, stay-stitch (machine sew on a long stitch setting) around the quilt, 1cm from the edge.



Now the 3 panels have been joined our Quilt measures 36" x 42" and it's ready to either be bound, or if you prefer, add borders before binding.


If adding borders prepare them by cutting the top fabric, wadding and backing to the size needed to frame your quilt. (Tip: Measure twice, cut once!)


Quilt, borders and binding - ready to sew!
Quilt, borders and binding - ready to sew!

Layer then quilt the top/wadding/backing sandwich. Then sew the borders around the edges of the quilt, in a similar way to joining the panels above.


Next time, we'll be nearly there - Yay! and sharing some of the blocks which have been made during the Quilt-along. So if you've made any (or all) of the blocks using our patterns we'd love to see them, whether it's beach huts, bunting, little whales or pinwheels.


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.


Till then happy sewing x






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, Aug 1 2015 12:43PM



Hope you’re having a lovely summertime - It’s been quite a breezy one here, just the weather for spinning pinwheels! Our fourth block before piecing and quilting is one of my favourites, it reminds me of happy seaside holidays - pinwheels spinning in the sea breeze, bright and colourful in the sunshine.


In total 4 pinwheels are needed for our Skinny Dippin’ Quilt, each one is made up from 4 very easy to make “ flying geese” units and 4 plain rectangles.


Taking a little extra care early on to cut out pieces to precise measurements, and checking a ¼” seam allowance is used when joining pieces together, makes it easier to match the centre points of the pinwheel, when it comes to joining the units together.


In the completed quilt the pinwheels can be used in the side borders, or even an extra row if you'd like to make a longer Skinny Dippin' Quilt.


Full instructions for making Flying Pinwheels here.


Happy sewing x


ps. the little pinwheel pictured sunning itself in the title pic, is made from Fast2Fuse, using a super-duper tutorial by Destri which can be found here :)







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







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

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