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

A little piece of linen needle and thread….

Hand sewing is perhaps the type of sewing I like most, whether it’s paper piecing, quilting, hemming and, yes I don’t even mind darning socks too! It really helps me relax and put my thoughts in order. I guess you could really say it’s a kind of mindfulness therapy of sorts.

It can be done practically anywhere, and is perfect for spending long winter evenings cuddled up to some sewing, which is how this mini-project begun in early January – simply a small piece of linen, needle, thread and hoop – and often a cat too!

Pip loves nothing more than to cuddle up on a comfy lap, so hand-sewing is perfect, it doesn’t disturb her routine. Having spent 15 months in a rescue centre, before being spotted on a rehoming website, if there were any saying meant for Pip, perhaps it’s this one….

Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home

Pip’s a really good supervisor, and spends her days, busily checking the beds have been made properly; the clean laundry, still warm from the dryer is pressed; and if I leave my sewing lying around, she’s exceptionally good at un-picking too 🙂

Pip in our sewing corner under the stairs

The first step for our little handsewn project is to print out the quote and trace onto linen – dowload quote here.

I traced the quote onto the linen using a water erasable pen, able to see the quote through the linen simply by laying it on top of the quote. Alternatively tape the quote to a window in good daylight, tape linen on top, and it’s a lot easier to see quote through the linen – you have your very own improvised lightbox!

I chose not to use embroidery floss for the lettering, prefering instead to use plain simple dark grey Gutermann sew all thread. I doubled the thread and used a backstitch to sew the lettering.

Once your lettering is sewn, dampen the linen, to remove the water erasable pen. As some pen marks won’t erase once they’ve been pressed. Only once the marks have been removed press.

To complete the project a rough circle and some leaves is traced onto bondaweb – (the little leaves are really meant to be pussy willow – oops!)

Once the bondaweb is fused to the wrong side of fabric, the hoop and leaves, are cut out and positioned onto linen. Pressed, so each piece fuses to the linen.

If you’d like the template for the hoop and pussy willow, email me and I’ll forward it on.

In choosing materials for the pussy willow and hoop I went for those which had a subtle texture to them similar to a willow hoop, or pussy willow.

Lotta Jansdotter’s “Mormor” reminded me of the almost luminescent colour of fully opened buds, and Basic Grey “Fresh Cut” the grey unopened buds. For the hoop, Janet Clare’s A Field Guide no.1366-15 provided a subtle texture, for the woody hoop. It’s a really lovely versatile print, which would be equally perfect for the little wren I have in mind for a future block 🙂

Once the pieces have been fused in place either hand or machine sew around hoop and leaves.

It was one of those projects you could easily pick up and do for a few minutes, here and there and by the end of January, it was complete. I’m still deciding whether to make into a pillow, or use it in the larger nature themed quilt I’ve been planning for a while, which includes the little wren mentioned earlier – but that’s for another time 🙂

Till next time, stay snug and happy sewing x X
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