Little moments of calm – sewing project for Dover mini-charm pack

Its lovely to see new collections breeze into the shop, and Dover by Brenda Riddle for Moda, felt like a breath of fresh air, it’s calming, comforting colours, and sprinkling of sweet flowers.

It really got me thinking of relaxing sewing projects, those which you can just kick back your heels, ones where most of the preparation is already done, meaning you can spend time making the most of the lovely colours and patterns.

One which can be made together with someone who might not have sewn before.

And which doesn’t require lots of materials, just a mini-charm pack, a selection of precut 2 1/2″ squares and a Fat Quarter of lightweight interfacing.

This lovely little panel really is a team effort, Dad (who loves a good jigsaw) positioned the patches on the fusible interfacing, making the most of the lovely colours and patterns….

Patches positioned ready to fuse to interfacing, and sew

Once the patches have been fused to the interfacing I sew them together. It’s a lovely project to make together, Dad really enjoyed making the first patchwork block. So much so, he was soon ready to position the next lot of patches to make a 2nd panel, and a 3rd…..

These ones mix Dover and Flour Garden mini-charm packs, the colours are so pretty together.

I can see there’s more still to follow, I think Ethel, my little sewing machine is going to be very busy 🙂

For this mini-charm project you’ll need:

Notions: Tissue paper (to protect iron when pressing); Iron; Sewing machine; Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter

To make the patchwork panel, using fusible Interface technique….

  1. Print out the Positioning grid sheets
  2. Trim and tape together, matching the guidelines to form a grid of 6 x 7 squares.

3. Place the Paper Grid on top of the ironing mat or folded cotton wadding.

Next, place the iron on interfacing on top of the paper grid , so the rough side is up. (This is really important, so the cotton squares fuse to the rough fusible side).

4. Use tape to secure the corners of the interfacing to the paper grid to prevent the interfacing moving.

5. Place each mini charm square, right side up on the interfacing, so it fits neatly inside a square on the grid.

Once you’ve placed your squares in the order you like, check the edges of the squares touch the black border all around. This helps when it comes to sewing the seams...

Carefully lay tissue paper on top, so not to disturb squares. (This is really important as it protects the hot iron, preventing any exposed interfacing fusing to the iron plate.)

6. Using a hot iron (no steam), press holding the iron for a few seconds, just long enough to fuse the squares to interfacing.

Mini-charm squares fused to interfacing ready to sew

Now you’re panel is ready to sew.

7. Fold 1st vertical row over, so right sides of fabrics are together. Sew using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Continue across the panel, sewing each vertical seam in turn.

Seams and Interfacing on the back of patchwork grid

8. Trim a tiny amount of interfacing off each seam, to open the seam out and press seams flat.

9. Next, fold 1st horizontal row over, so right sides of fabric are together. Again, sew using 1/4″ seam allowance. Continue down the panel sewing each horizontal seam in turn.

10 Trim a tiny amount of interfacing off each seam, open the seam out and press seams flat.

Now your panel is complete 🙂

Made from 1 Dover Mini-charm pack

The panel could be used either as the front of a pillow, hot water bottle cover, or outer for a pouch or tote. Having the interface backing makes it a little more hard-wearing too. Perhaps it may even be the first block in the next quilt 🙂

Dover is designed by a favourite of Honeybee Cloths – Brenda Riddle for Moda Fabrics – United Notions, Brenda’s collection is inspired by the White Cliffs of Dover, which have long been a symbol of homecoming, hope and freedom. Precuts and yardage available in Honeybee Cloths

We hope you have a lovely relaxing weekend, and lovely little moments of calm.

Dawn xx

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

Dawn

Honeybee Cloths
www.honeybeecloths.online

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.

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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
http://www.honeybeecloths.co.uk

Candles - Honeybee Cloths

Quilt and Shine: Dewdrops

“Raindrops are our diamonds, and the morning dew…”

Still love the words of this primary school hymn, and often think of it, especially on lovely autumn mornings, when the dew covers seed-heads and cobwebs, in little diamond-like dewdrops ✨

Close up of dewdrops applique by Dawn Honeybee Cloths

Octobers’ bonus block for Quilt and Shine, makes use of little pieces of low volume scraps to provide a dappled backdrop onto which seed-heads can be appliqued by hand or machine.

To complete, a scattering of dewdrops cling to the seed-heads, and hand-sewn seeds float in the autumn air.

“Dewdrops” 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 (Below Right).

Dewdrops 2 Honeybee Cloths   Dewdrops by Dawn Honeybee Cloths.png

Download free tutorial and template for “Dewdrops” (PDF format)

Needleturn appliqueThe little dandelion clock seed-heads were fussy cut from (Day in Paris Blooms – 1680 15M) leaving 1/4” round the edge to tuck under, then hand sewn to the backdrop. ( If you need a faster finish, trace the templates on page 7 onto Bondaweb and use fusible machine applique.)

While the strips for the stems were cut from one 5″ square, sliced from corner to corner (on the bias). Folded lengthwise, pressed, then machine sewn in position.stem-2-sewing.jpg
To complete fold over to conceal raw edge and stitch.

dewdrops_honeybee-cloths.jpgBoth 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!

From our little hive to yours,

Dawn x X

Honeybee Cloths
http://www.honeybeecloths.co.uk

 

Snippits – Giveaway winner and weekend sewing :)

giveaway winner

 

A huge thank you to everyone who entered our Giveaway, your enthusiasm, participation, lovely comments and shares meant such a lot to us – thank you ever so much x

Yesterday, the random number generator selected a winner! Yay!!

Congratulations to Meegan @nanas_needle_

If you missed out this time, please enter our next giveway. In the meantime do dip into the free patterns on both Honeybee Cloths, including Block 4 – Beachcomber

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Also, hop on over to Michelle’s CreativeBlonde blog – I’m really looking forward to spending some time making the lovely little kites from Michelle’s beautiful Block 3 – Fly High, and the beautiful Blocks 1 and 2

Hope you have a lovely weekend too,

Happy sewing,

Dawn  x X

Honeybee Cloths
http://www.honeybeecloths.co.uk