Introducing our new site, and a little something especially for you xx

Our lovely shiny new site is now up and running, we hope you’ll feel at home in the new hive,
do dip into our free sewing patterns.

You can also subscribe to receive store updates, and offers especially for you.
There’s lots to look forward too.

Plus, for 5% off everything in store, simply type “HiHoneybeediscount code at checkout.

The site is packed full of pretty sewing supplies to browse, including the soft, calming Dover collection by Brenda Riddle, and vibrant Balboa yardage which we received in store just a couple of days ago.

The new site, also makes it quicker and easier to search for specific items, simply type your search term at the search prompt…

Or browse by designer, theme, or product type. Over the coming weeks, even more items will be heading into the shop, so please pop back and check on our New In supplies.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe, and happy sewing

From our little hive to yours xx


Honeybee Cloths

Hello, it’s lovely to be here again…

I hope you’re OK? So much has happened these past 12 months, it’s been such a year hasn’t it!

In terms of other things, in January 2020 I realised our website – Honeybee Cloths needed an update, I begun in quiet moments building a new site, while caring for Mum through her chemotherapy and the UK lockdowns. The new site which launches in a couple of days was completed in September 2020, just a few weeks before my Mum – Carol, who’d been receiving treatment for cancer and Lymphoma passed away.

For a short while our shop temporarily closed, and the new site was put on hold. Re-opening though is just how Mum would want it – Mum loved seeing the beautiful things customers made from our supplies, and hearing the stories behind them

Constantly encouraging, Carol was thrilled when I set Honeybee Cloths up in 2011, knowing it was a long-held dream of mine being made true. The sturdy table we cut yardage on, is the same one Mum gifted me then. 

The new site, which is set to be launched in the next couple of days is dedicated to my lovely kind Mum – Carol who will forever be my inspiration, and to Nana who helped me sew my first stitches so many years ago.

My Mum and dearest friend Carol cuddling Pippi and Ellie-cat a few years ago Xx

Quilt and Shine Block 14 – Twinkle

Do you find inspiration sometimes happens when you’re least expecting it? Like when ironing or washing up – yes me also 🙂 …. Doing the washing up, the other lunchtime I noticed this lovely, kind of twinkly motif, on one of Mum’s Pyrex serving dishes – a wedding present from the early 1960’s.

Mid century modern casserole dish

It really got me thinking of picking up needle and thread again, now that Mum’s condition is improving and chemotherapy is going smoothly. 

Over the past few months I’ve been following the lovely Quilt and Shine quilt-along over on Michelle’s CreativeBlonde blog and Instagram – it’s been really lovely seeing blocks being made.  I’m ever so behind schedule though, making both Michelle’s blocks and the Bonus blocks I promised for the quilt-along – so this little motif seemed a good place to begin again.

Mid century modern twinkle - close up.jpg

The little motif can be made either by hand (Freezer paper applique), shown above or machine (Fusible machine applique), which gives a lovely quick and easy finish.

Use together with the corners settings for either the 8 triangle corner setting (shown left), that Michelle’s using in her beautiful quilt, over on CreativeBlonde blog. Or the “Low cal” 4 triangle corner version (shown right).

Mid _c mod twinkle           Midcentury modern twinkle - block 14

Download free Tutorial and template for Block 14

I hope you enjoy making it too, do feel free to make it your own and include your own little touches. 

From our little hive to yours, have a lovely weekend and happy sewing xx


Honeybee Cloths

Midcentury modern twinkle - block 14

Hello, it’s lovely to be here again….

We very much hope you are safe and well. I am sorry I’ve not been round very much recently on the blog, things have moved so fast these past few months. In March, as the UK entered lockdown, Mum noticed symptoms of cancer returning, and became very poorly. Just as 5 years ago, I went to stay and care for Mum in her own home.  

While I’ve not been doing much sewing recently, I’ve been revisiting an ever growing pile of UFOs. The saying on this little applique block seems to ring so true right now.  Made in January 2016, it’s available as a free download from Honeybee Cloths here.


Our little hive (the shop) has been in very good hands, while I’ve been caring for Mum. Andrew’s been packing and sending pre-cut orders, and unpacking lots of lovely sewing supplies, new to our shop….

Honeybee Cloths shop

Four months on and thankfully Mum is responding well to chemo, her 5th session is next Tuesday. The symptoms have eased, and side effects of chemo are under control. We are so very grateful the tests (CT scan and 2 biospies) went ahead, and treatment begun – we really are counting our blessings and holding onto positives.

The photo below is from four years ago, a few months after Mum’s chemotherapy in 2015 – Mum, Dad and myself visiting the daffodils in Newent woods. 

Spring 2016

We are so looking forward to sharing lots more forthcoming fabric releases, coming soon to Honeybee Cloths. Plus a new free quilt block pattern, coming soon So please be sure to pop back soon, we are so looking forward to having you along.

From our little hive to yours, take care, keep well and happy sewing,

Dawn x X

Honeybee Cloths

Quilt and Shine: This little light…

Oh how the past couple of months have flown by! It seems no time since Octobers’ bonus block, and now the new year, already one month old! 

Lots has been happening in our little hive, new sewing supplies coming into store, and end of year paperwork. In the midst of this it’s been really lovely seeing the beautiful things being made from our sewing supplies. Including the Quilt and Shine quilt-along over on Instagram #QuiltandShine, and on Michelle’s CreativeBlonde blog.

It’s really lovely to be sharing the next bonus block in Quilt and Shine, I hope you like it…

This_little candle - Dawn Honeybee Cloths

These little candles, give out comfort and warmth, and remind us to look out, and care for each others little lights too. 

This little light block by Dawn Honeybee Cloths

It’s inspired by a song from way back when -“This Little Guiding Light” – if you’re not familiar with this one, there’s a couple of really lovely renditions online, this one sung by the Irish Girl Guides  

Like many, I learnt this song as a Girl Guide, and over the years it’s continued to mean a lot to me, perhaps because it inspires confidence, it’s about being positive, and keeping that little light glowing bright throughout, and there’s a real joyfulness and determination about the melody too – you can’t help but sing along.


Download free tutorial and templates
QUILT + SHINE _Little light

Using Freezer Paper Piecing these colourful little candles came together quickly and precisely.

“This little light” works equally well, if you’re making the 8 triangle / block quilt on
Michelle’s blog – CreativeBlonde, or the “Low cal” 4 triangle / block version.

This little light version 2

To complete the candles, straight stitches, using grey thread forms the wicks. Then beginning at the top of the wick, satin stitch in yellow, orange or gold a little flame.  

If you have embroidery stitches on your machine, you may want to try one of the satin stitch motifs. Make sure to practice first on a scrap, to find the stitch and tension settings that work best.

Candles Honeybee Cloths

My trusty 25 year old sewing machine (Ethel) has a few stitches, including a pretty diamond shape motif (pictured above).

Nowadays many machines have dozens of decorative stitches, so it’s worth trying out the different stitches, to see the effects that can be achieved. 

If you like, hand stitch a word or two that inspire you,  perhaps “Shine” , “Twinkle”, “Glow”, or a motto close to your heart.


I chose the word “Shine”, from the chorus of “This little guiding light….” 🙂 So now it’s over to you, it’s your time to shine – enjoy making this block.

Both myself and Michelle are so looking forward to seeing your quilts grow. Please share your blocks using hashtag #QuiltandShine. Make sure to hop over to Michelle’s blog – CreativeBlonde for Michelle’s beautiful blocks too – Enjoy!

Happy sewing, from our little hive to yours,

Dawn xx

Honeybee Cloths

Candles - Honeybee Cloths