Let’s shine: “Low cal” quilt setting

Today the very first block in a lovely new quilt-along – Quilt and Shine has gone live over on Michelle’s Creative Blonde blog, it’s really gorgeous 🙂

The block Michelle is making, uses 8 triangles per block, which gives a lovely effect, reminding me of the “moon and stars”.

The low cal version of Quilt and Shine uses 4 triangles per block, also has a kind of  twinkly effect. If you’re making the low cal version of the Quilt and Shine sampler, follow the steps below….

Using 1 Fat Eighth bundle or Layer cake, plus background, you’re just a couple of easy steps from having your block ready to join in, quilt and shine 🙂

Making the “low cal” setting for each block – Downloadable PDF format

For the low cal version of #QuiltandShine, blocks are framed using just 4 triangles, which when the quilt is sewn together, form a little star motif in each corner

Low cal block Quilt and Shine  Quilt and Shine variation_Honeybee Cloths

 

Perhaps you’re going for a scrappy stars effect, or possibly more co-ordinated, where similar colours make up the corners of the stars (or even both) 🙂

A colouring sheet is available for you to use to plan your colours…

QuiltandShine Low cal option & colouring sheet Quilt and Shine twinkles

So let’s reach for the rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat….

If using a Layer cake or Fat Eighth bundle:

  • Cut 32 rectangles measuring 8″ x 4″ from some of the colourful fabrics.
  • Then with right side up, slice each rectangle diagonally from bottom left, to top right (see pic).It’s really important to slice all the rectangles this way, so they make the star shape, when joined up.

1. Slicing - low cal Quilt and Shine

  • Repeat until you have 64 triangles, or you could make your “low cal” block as you go, throughout the year.

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From your background fabric, cut 16 – 12″ x 12″ squares

Place background square right side up, with the four corner triangles next to the corners of your 12″ square, (see pic below), this really helped in the next step….

At each corner measure 6″ along the edge to the right, and mark a dot.

At each corner measure 3″ along the edge to the left, and mark another dot.

Marking sewing lines

Next, using an erasable pen, draw a line to join the dots as shown (see pic above)

Now you have a guide as to where to position your triangles 🙂

Place triangles right side down, so the longest edge just touches the diagonal line marked in pen.

Pin each triangle in position, there should be an even amount of point, either end.

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Using a 1/4 ” inch seam allowance, sew the triangles along the longest edge.

Flip triangles over, your’re almost there!

Press lightly – It’s a good idea to use a pressing cloth with a hot iron, to protect the little metallic touches.

To complete, trim to 12″ square – remember to save trimmings, they will come in useful in future block 😉

Low cal block Quilt and Shine

Now your first “low cal” block is complete, you’re already to hop over to Michelle at Creative Blonde for Block 1 of Quilt and Shine – Glow Flies

It’s going to be such a fun block to make, and Michelle’ choice of background is so appropriate for this one.

We’re so looking forward to seeing your quilts grow.

From our little hive to yours,

Dawn x X

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Let’s shine – backgrounds, bundles and a “Low cal” quilt block variation

Just one sleep to go!! I’m so very excited for Michelle’s first block, it’s a really gorgeous first block, such a lovely way to begin the Quilt and Shine quilt-along. 

Honeybee Cloths is thrilled to be sponsoring #QuiltandShine, it’s good to be teaming up again with Michelle from Creative Blonde blog on a new quilting adventure. Hope you can come along too.

We were totally wowed by the awesome blocks and quilts which were made in our lovely online community, in our previous free quilt-along –The Sweetest Things Sampler. There’s so much to look forward to this time too …

I can hardly believe it’s 8 months since viewing these fabrics with our Moda rep, (click to play video below), and now “Day in Paris” is here in Honeybee Cloths! 🙂 🙂 🙂


If you’re picking out materials there’s lots of options…. 

We really love the beautiful quilt layout previewed by Michelle. It’s easy to put together, fun to make.

It reminds me a bit of the “moon and the stars” – with the roundish centre, and stars close by, can you see them too?

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Quilt and Shine layout – pic credit: Michelle from CreativeBlonde

Packs are now available for this gorgeous quilt top, including background and corners.

It’s a very versatile pattern too, if you use half the triangles, you have a “Low cal” variation of Quilt and Shine, using less fabric.

This one reminds me of little Twinkles.

Quilt_ and_Shine variation Honeybee Cloths

In the “Low cal” Twinkles version (above) each block is framed by 4 triangles.

Both options are really lovely, and both use the same simple technique, the only difference being the number of triangles, and hence amount of fabric needed.

 

Materials – Backgrounds, FQ and FE Bundles, Layer cakes, charms – which ones to pick?

You might already have low volume neutrals for the background, and just need accent fabrics for the Corners and block motifs. 

So instead of having everything in one kit, when you only need half a kit, we’ve prepared individual packs  for background and corner points, available separately or combined.

In this way you don’t have to purchase more than you need – though if you’d really like to, do feel free, Day in Paris is such a gorgeous collection 🙂 

The Corner Points packs contain the materials to make the triangles that frame each block….

For the “Low cal” Twinkles version of the quilt, you’ll need either:

                          Or

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Option 2 – Quilt and Shine – “Low cal” option

 

For the “Moon and stars” Quilt and Shine, you’ll need


Whichever option you choose, the same Background pack can be used for either – we’ve popped this pack together, so its a bit easier to order, than ordering backgrounds separately. 
Background for 16 blocks – cut from 6 of the Chalk , silver grey prints and off white solid- equivalent to 2.1 metres  

Day in Paris backgrounds

If you just need small amounts of fabric for the blocks central motif, then Charm packs, provide a really lovely selection of 5″ squares. 

I’m so thrilled to be on this quilt adventure, with both you and Michelle from CreativeBlonde blog, and can’t wait for the first beautiful block.

Throughout the Sweetest Things Sampler quilt in 2018, it was really lovely to see the gorgeous blocks being made by everyone who joined in the quilt-along – the different ways the blocks were interpreted, the colours and prints – 

So enjoy the gorgeous patterns to come, and feel free to make your #QuiltandShine your very own x

From our little hive to yours,

Dawn x X

Honeybee Cloths

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Quilt and Shine

On the packing table, a few days ago …Honeybee Cloths packing table - Day in Paris

One of the first Day in Paris pre-orders heading to it’s new home 💛 

This gorgeous collection by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic has been longed for, and dreamt of, for such a while, and to have them in store now, is so lovely! 

From the moment the Moda rep shown me these gorgeous prints by Zen Chic I loved the pops of fresh colour and little touches of metallic so much – they spoke to me of things which shimmer and shine. I just knew there and then they were meant for something special. 

Day in Paris is made up of 32 prints in total (the pre-cuts –Layer cakes, jelly rolls, charm packs and mini-charms contain the entire collection!)

From fresh pretty teals, soft pink and chalk, to lime, charcoal and deep inky blues. 

Day in Paris

 

So to the “something special” – which I’ve been bursting to share….. a year of quilting and inspiration begins today. Inspired by little things which fetch a little bit of sparkle to our everyday lives. Whether it’s the twinkly morning dew, sunshine glinting through trees, moonlight, or the steady beam of a lighthouse guiding us home. 

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Top to bottom – Sunrise, candles on cake,       lighthouse, snow, morning dew, sun through trees

 

When I showed the Day in Paris fabrics to Michelle from CreativeBlonde blog, and chatted over the theme of things which shine, she loved it as much as I. So I’m utterly thrilled that Michelle’s tutorials at CreativeBlonde will take us through this coming year, using the Day in Paris collection from Honeybee Cloths.

If you joined in our Sweetest Things Sampler quilt-along, then you’ll already have met Michelle my co-host on the 2018 quilt-along. Michelle’s blocks were a real joy to make, using her step by step, easy to follow tutorials – it’s very exciting to be teaming up again.

There will be Giveaways, several blocks and tutorials from myself too (at Honeybee Cloths), and lots of inspiration on the way. We are bursting to begin – it’s going to be a really gorgeous project, and we’d really love to have you along too.

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Image: Honeybee Cloths for the Quilt and Shine quilt-along with CreativeBlonde

 

To join in follow us here at “From our little hive to yours” Honeybee Cloths blog and Michelle’s CreativeBlonde blog.

Preparations are just getting underway on Michelle’s blog, so hop over there for more information.

The materials used in our Quilt and Shine quilts are available in the Zen Chic section of Honeybee Cloths. There’s 5% off these and everything else in Honeybee Cloths till Sunday 16th June, when you quote discount code SHINE at checkout xDay in Paris Charm pack

The  first of Michelle’s tutorial is on the 15th June – having seen a peek of the first block I can’t wait – it’s really gorgeous, there is lots to look forward to! 

Hope you have a bright and happy weekend. 

Dawn x X

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Day in Paris Honeybee Cloths

 

The Sweetest Things Sampler – the story behind the quilt

Sweetest Things Sampler - Dawn - Honeybee Cloths

It’s very nearly complete, just quilting on the border, the binding and label to sew on 🙂  – I have really loved making this quilt, so many lovely stories bound up in it, both in terms of the things which inspired it, and the lovely friendships formed throughout the course of our year long quilt-along. I’ve especially loved seeing your Sweetest Things Sampler quilts grow 💛 and how sweet this past year has been! So many stories come to mind – where to begin? 

Community

Key to this quilts story is the lovely sewing community which has grown round it, as without you, and you’re being part of it, there would’t be a quilt-along.

Over the past year my heart has skipped several beats seeing the stunning Sweetest Things Sampler blocks and quilts online friends have been making in places I can only dream of visiting one day – Australia to Alaska, and lots of places in between!

Our shared #SweetestThingsSampler page fetches together the beautiful quilts we’ve been busy making – it’s a real pleasure to see your quilts growing, and friendships forming on the way – doesn’t the internet make the whole wide world a much more reachable place! 

As well as our lovely online friends, four legged and feathered friends are very much part of our Samplers too. Block 4 – Nest  is inspired by our little feathered friends’ who put so much care and effort into nest building, weaving twigs, moss, and feathers together, just like the loving care which goes into making our quilts….

Nest block - Honeybee Cloths

While the little hedgehog in Block 8 – Prairie Point Hedgehog is actually inspired by a lovely Instagram friends @JenthePiecemaker, and the beautiful photos of her visiting hedgehog. 

Prairie Point hedgehog by Dawn


Helping, inspiring, encouraging

One of the most precious parts of the Samplers story is how much makers have helped, inspired and encouraged each other. It’s been a very strong thread running throughout our year long quilt-along.

Both myself and Michelle at CreativeBlonde designed six Sampler blocks each, for the Sweetest Things Sampler. Having Michelle along to co-host, as well as design and prepare tutorials for six beautiful blocks made the world of difference to me, and our quilt-along – a huge, huge thanks to Michelle from CreativeBlonde blog  💛

I thoroughly enjoyed each of the blocks and Michelle’s January block, the 12th Sampler in our sew-along with it’s lovely little sewing machine, and cotton reels (that seem to me, to be doing a joyful jig) really is the essence of “sewing a little happiness.” 🙂

Block 12 – Sew Happy

Block 12 made by Dawn, designed by Michelle Roberts

Little moments of wonder

Another theme which pops up time and time again throughout the Sampler blocks, is finding happiness in the simple things, those little moments of wonder, which happen when you’re least expecting them. 

Like, in winter, when trees have shed their leaves, there’s something kind of wonderful in the big bunches of mistletoe, hugging the tree branches…

Block 10 – Mistletoe and Mittens

Mistletoe and mittens by Honeybee Cloths

And how, even in the depths of winter, you can still find those little moments of wonder. It might be the bright winter sunshine, shimmering snow, the shy doe in the woods, or perhaps the little snow globe which shimmers when shaken….

Block 11 – Deer in the Snow

Deer in the snow

While Michelle’s blocks “Basket of Strawberry Sweetness”  and “Quench your thirst” reminds me of the nice warm, sunny days to look forward to….

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Basket of Strawberry sweetness, designed by Michelle. Made by Dawn

 

Busy little bees

Going back to the very beginning, when the quilt-along was just a twinkle in the eye – a certain day in the height of summer, sitting quietly and listening to the little bees busily buzzing and thinking how lovely it would be to make a quilt, have a quilt-along.

Block 6 – From our little hive to yours

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It’s over a year and a half since that light-bulb moment – seeing the quilts makers have made, is for me the sweetest thing, seeing them pop up online is an absolute joy, brightening up the days. Thank you so much for following, it’s really truly lovely to have you along. 

Sending a quilted hug to each and everyone.

From our little hive to yours

Happy sewing

Dawn x X

Honeybee Cloths
Sweetest Things Sampler

ps. You can still find our free templates and tutorials for each block on the Sweetest Things Sampler page of Honeybee Cloths. 

Just one week to go!

Dawn's Sweetest Things Sampler quilt - joining rows 3 and 4

Our little hive has been buzzing, blocks are being joined and seams being sewn, as we complete our quilts for a very special date in our diaries…

The BIG reveal of Sweetest Things Samplers on Friday 8th March! 

Both myself, Dawn (Honeybee Cloths) and Michelle from CreativeBlonde blog are super excited to see the beautiful quilt’s you’ve been making.

To join in simply post a photo of your quilt on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, using the hashtag #SweetestThingsSampler. You’ll then be entered in the Sweetest Things Sampler Big Reveal Giveaway prize draw.

March 2019 Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a super-sweet bundle of sewing pretties. Including two beautiful Brenda Riddle Charm packs, Fat Eighth bundle and gorgeous Gutermann Threads.

The draw will take place on the 9th March, so let’s hop to it, and sew those samplers….

If you’re making the Quilt As You Go version of the Sampler, there are tips for completing your quilt in this blog post.

We’ll be posting a few sneek peeks of our quilts over the coming few days, so make sure to follow both myself dawn_HoneybeeCloths and Michelle @creativeblonde66

Till the next time, from our little hive to yours.

Happy sewing x X

Dawn

Honeybee Cloths

One year on, 12 Sampler blocks and almost there…

It’s growing – in quiet moments I’ve been piecing Irish Chain and Sampler blocks for the Sweetest Things Sampler, which we begun a year ago.

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I’m especially loving the little beehive peeking out there, and Michelle’s strawberry basket – reminding me of warm, sunny days 🙂

Both myself and Michelle at CreativeBlonde have designed 6 Sampler blocks each, for the Sweetest Things Sampler. You can find our free templates and tutorials for each block on the Sweetest Things Sampler page of Honeybee Cloths. Including the twelfth block – “Sew happy” by Michelle, which is especially sweet.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each of the blocks and Michelle’s block, with it’s lovely little sewing machine, and cotton reels (that seem to me, to be doing a joyful jig) really is the essence of “sewing a little happiness.” 🙂

Block 12 made by Dawn, designed by Michelle Roberts

Now all 12 Sampler blocks and 13 Irish Chain blocks are complete, it’s time to join them together.

In preparation, lay the Sampler blocks out in order you’d like them, interspersing them with Irish Chain blocks.

COMPLETE Sweetest things Sampler Title sheet cropped

 

Next, working from the top row down, we’re going to sew the 10.5″ blocks in each of the rows together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

If you’re using the Quilt As You Go technique using a 3 Layer Quilt sandwich, (Method 2 in the Quilt Construction notes PDF). Then blocks are joined in 3 steps….

Step. 1 Peel back the top layer of each quilt sandwich along the edges to be joined. Pin top layers right sides together and sew.

1. Joining top layer of quilt sandwich

(I used a couple of safety pins, to keep the wadding / backing away from the edge being joined.)

Now, the top layers of both blocks are joined, press the seam.

2. Pressing seam QAYG

Step 2. Next, smooth the wadding over the seam. You’ll find the wadding overlaps, so trim one edge of wadding so that when smoothed flat the edges of the wadding touch. Overstitch the edges to hold in place.

7. Joining quilted panels

Step 3. Finally, smooth over the backing pieces, folding under the backing edge of one block so that it overlaps the backing of the neighbouring block. Pin, then hand-stitch the backing in place.

3. QAYG Sewing quilt sandwich

Join the 2nd row, and subsequent rows in turn, till you have 5 rows, each measuring approx. 10.5″ x 50.5″

2 rows

Using the same technique (Steps 1 to 3) sew the rows together, to form a quilt top, measuring approx. 50.5″ x 50.5″

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If you choose, you can add borders to make a 60″ x 60″ quilt, cut:

  • Border fabric
    (4) 5.5 ” x 62” strips
    (4) 5.5 x 52″ strips
  • Cotton wadding
    (2) 6″ x 62″ strips
    (2) 6″ x 52″

To sew the borders on the quilt, I used the following shortcut, for each of the 4 border sections, attaching the shorter border sections to either side of the quilt first:

  1. Pin both front and back borders along the edge of the quilt sandwich, both front and back, making sure border pieces and quilt sandwich are right sides together.
  2. Next machine through all layers (borders and quilt sandwich in one go.)
  3. Sew the wadding onto the seam allowance, then fold top and lower border over the  wadding.

We are almost there. Just the binding left to do, which is for next time 🙂

Till then, from our little hive to yours

Happy sewing,

Dawn  x X

 

Block 11 – Deer in the Snow, little moments of wonder

Even in the middle of winter, you can still find little moments of wonder. It might be the bright winter sunshine, shimmering snow, the shy doe in the woods, or perhaps the little snow globe which shimmers when shaken, that comes out this time each year.

Hope this season is full of lovely little wonders that bring joy, and peace, and contentment x x

Sampler Block Eleven measures 10 1/2” square before joining to other blocks. Includes fusible machine applique, and heirloom stitching make a flurry of snowflakes.

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

 

Materials:

11” square – Off-white or Low volume fabric (e.g. Moda Bella Solids 9900 200)

6” x 6” 15cm x 15cm) plain brown (e.g. Moda Bella Solids Taupe – 9900 310)

Fat Sixteenth Ivory buds (Caroline 18653 11)

Fat Sixteenth Snow flurry – Winterberry No. 13146 12 – Snow flurry (mint)

Small pieces of green material for trees (Caroline 18653 14 & Caroline 18654 15)

8” x 12” (20cm x 30cm) Paper backed fusible webbing (Bondaweb or similar)

Optional: 5 inches of 1” wide white glittery voile ribbon. Applique glue. Stabiliser.

Thread: Gutermann Sew-all thread in Dark grey (col. 701) and taupe (col. 854). Mettler Silk Finish cotton Green col. 1147 (for applique). Gutermann Sulky Metallic thread 7021 (Prism white) and Mettler metallic Silver (for the snowflakes)

Equipment: Sewing machine; Iron, ironing board and pressing cloth.

Notions: Clover water erasable pen (or similar), Small sharp scissors, small fine quilting needle, safety pins or basting spray.

If you plan to Quilt As You Go*, you’ll need an 11” square of wadding, and depending on which QAYG method you use, an 11” square of backing fabric. (*For more information on the QAYG method, please read through Quilt Construction notes)

 

So let’s begin:

Print out the Deer in the Snow templates [2 page PDF] or

Print out the full Deer in the Snow tutorial and templates [9 page PDF]

Shapes have already been reversed, ready for tracing onto fusible webbing.

Optional: If using the Quilt as You Go 2 Layer quilt sandwich method, you may want to layer the wadding at this point, and work the next steps using a 2 layer sandwich of top layer and wadding.

Trace the upper and lower halves of the background, deer and trees, with Bondaweb paper side up.

Cut out, leaving approx. ¼” margin around each of the traced shapes.

Pair up the bondaweb pieces with fabrics, as follows:

1. Upper background on the Snow Flurry fabric

2. Lower background on the Ivory print.

3. Deer on the Taupe Solid.

4. Trees on the green print.

• Place fusible side down on wrong side of fabric (with smooth paper side up). Press for a few seconds, using a medium heat, no steam.

• Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut out upper and lower circle, deer, and trees. Peel away the paper backing by making a fold near one edge, the paper backing should begin to separate.

Once the fusible pieces are cut….

• Place the upper circle first, fusible side down. Then the lower circle so it overlaps slightly. Forming a circle, centred in the middle of the block.

• Press for a few seconds, using a medium heat, no steam.

So let’s stitch….

• For the block shown in the photos, I used a walking foot, though a basic presser foot works equally well. Set stitch length to 2mm.

• Using metallic white thread stitch just inside the circle, then the snowy horizon.

• Sew a few contours on the snowy ground.

• Continue slowly building up the picture, adding the trees. Next place the deer just inside the circle, with back legs just outside (as if they are stepping into the winter scene).

• Once you are happy with the placement of deer and trees. Press for a second, to bond to the background, taking care not to press for too long as metallic polyester thread does melt.

To machine applique the deer

If you prefer you can also use an open toe foot (feed dogs down), or darning foot, to outline the deer or stick with the basic presser foot, whichever you feel most comfortable with.

• To outline the deer, use taupe or dark grey thread. Stitch just inside the edge of the deer shape (approx. 1/8”). Proceed slowly where you need to be precise – for the few stitches around the head I took my foot of the pedal, and used just the hand control.

• To pivot at tight curves, check your needle is in the down position before lifting the foot to pivot.

Machine sew tree trunks, on zig-zag stitch setting (width 3, length 0.2) using taupe thread.

The eye of the deer is hand sewn using satin stitch and black thread.

Your snowy scene is nearly complete! Just one more thing to add…

A flurry of snowflakes….

• Position the hexagon template, on the background, mark a dot at each of the 6 corners.

Using a water erasable pen and ruler, draw a snowflake pattern centered on the hexagon, (3 lines connecting opposite corners of the hexagon) and a “v” on each of the 6 arms.

• Repeat till you have 6 or 7 snowflakes marked, making sure they fit inside the blocks 10” design window.

Optional – To give an iridescent effect to the snowflakes

• Trace 3 or 4 hexagons onto glittery voile ribbon.

• Cut out the voile hexagons, and use a dab of applique glue in the centre and corners to secure the hexie to the block.

Using a water erasable pen and ruler, draw a snowflake pattern centred on the hexagon.

Stitching snowflakes

• Machine or hand-sew using metallic thread. Stitching the 3 lines in turn. If you have embroidery stitches on your machine, you may want to try one of the fancier hemstitch or heirloom stitches. Make sure to practice first on a scrap, to find the stitch and settings that works best.

• The stitch used to sew snowflakes on the block pictured is one of a number of hemstitches (also known as heirloom stitch) – I chose no 21 on my Janome machine (please see pic 1 below) set the width to 2.5 and Length 2. (Ethel – my hardworking little Janome machine is over 20 years old. Nowadays many machines have dozens of decorative stitches, so it’s worth trying out the different stitches available).

• Before beginning each new line check the machine needle is in it’s centered neutral position, ready to follow the straight line marked on the fabric. Stitch along the guidelines see pics 2-4. To complete the snowflake hand sew “v” onto each arm (pic 5.)

Preparing to quilt

Remove markings with a little water, and press using a pressing cloth, to avoid melting metallic threads.

If using the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) method:

• Layer your block, using an 11” square of cotton wadding, and an 11” square of backing fabric, if following the 3 layer sandwich method. (For more information on QAYG, please see Quilt Construction notes.)

• Secure layers using safety pins, or preferred method of basting.

• If using Quilt As You Go method 2, leave a small margin un-quilted inside the 10” design window, to make it easier to peel back the layers when joining blocks.

Quilt around the deer and beginning from the leg of the deer, quilt all the way round the circle.

Finally in preparation for joining Sampler block to Irish Chain blocks, trim a sliver of each side of the Sampler square, till it measures 10.5” square, to match the other blocks.

Congratulations Block 11 – “Deer in the snow” is now complete !

We’d love to see the Sampler blocks you make, so please do post them on Instagram using the hashtag – # SweetestThingsSampler.

Have a happy and peaceful season, and happy sewing

Dawn x X

Honeybee Cloths