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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 19 2015 07:27AM


It's lovely n' bright out there, hope it's nice and sunny where you are too. It's Perfect weather for a picnic! Speaking of which....

Melody Miller's beautiful new collection "Picnic" for Cotton & Steel is due in store very soon.


Fetching to mind a Sunday picnic in the park, it's filled with fresh zesty colours and a retro feel.



In cotton and cotton lawn, it's perfect for making clothes too. The "Sunday Dress" cotton lawn is really soft and drapes beautifully. We can see lots of pretty tops, dresses, totes made from Picnic.



http://www.honeybeecloths.co.uk/shop/4574190065/Cotton-and-Steel/_page/2
http://www.honeybeecloths.co.uk/shop/4574190065/Cotton-and-Steel/_page/2

Even the selvedges are sweet, carrying the message - "I sewed something pretty for you!"



If you'd like us to let know when Picnic comes into store, simply email, typing Picnic in the subject line and we'll let you know as soon as it arrives.


Happy summertime 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, Jun 6 2014 05:00AM

Home for Honeybee Cloths is inland, and often I dream of being near the seaside… and so our Seaside section is the breath of fresh salty air that makes me think of the sand between my toes! Pop by and you’ll find beach huts, sailing boats and seagulls, bikini prints and swimming trunk plaids!


Throughout June, there will be our pick of Seaside projects, and some super offers on Honeybee Cloths Facebook page and Twitter.


So please pop by and join us on a trip to the seaside x


ps. If you have any Seaside inspired sewing projects on the go we’d love to hear about them too






Thank you for popping by our little hive of sewing. Enjoy your visit :)

 

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

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