There’s a real summertime vibe in Honeybee Cloths right now. These lovely new materials have us dreaming of the seaside – mermaids, sea-grass, surf, fish, anchors, sandy beaches, in lovely fresh and vibrant colours. You can almost smell the salty sea air 🙂
Moda Bakeshops summertime quilt-along is also “At the seaside“, if you haven’t popped by yet, do – there’s lots of lovely free patterns, and a fun and supportive community to join in.
Or anyone for a spot of skinny dippin’? Feel free to dip into Honeybee Cloths patterns from 2015’s Skinny Dippin’ quilt-along, including beach hut blocks, sailing boats, bright and breezy windmills and whales.
If you joined us Skinny dippin’ sewing in 2015, we’d really love to see the blocks and quilts you made, please use #SkinnyDippinQuiltalong2015 on Instagram or Facebook, so we can pick up on them.
And so to my holiday plans this year, and a Day in Paris – I’m really looking forward to spending some time with Zen Chic’s Day in Paris fabric, making the first two beautiful blocks that Michelle from Creative Blonde has designed for our Quilt and Shine quilt-along.
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.
Repeat until you have 64 triangles. You’ll need just 4 pieces per block, reserve the remaining pieces to make your “low cal” block as you go, throughout the year.
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.
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.
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 😉
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?
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.
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:
Whichever option you choose, the same Background packcan 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
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
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.
From fresh pretty teals, soft pink and chalk, to lime, charcoal and deep inky blues.
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.
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.
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 x
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!
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?
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….
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.” 🙂
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.” 🙂
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
Join the 2nd row, and subsequent rows in turn, till you have 5 rows, each measuring approx. 10.5″ x 50.5″
Using the same technique (Steps 1 to 3) sew the rows together, to form a quilt top, measuring approx. 50.5″ x 50.5″
If you choose, you can add borders to make a 60″ x 60″ quilt, cut:
(4) 5.5 ” x 62” strips
(4) 5.5 x 52″ strips
(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:
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.
Next machine through all layers (borders and quilt sandwich in one go.)
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 🙂