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).

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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

 

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. You’ll need just 4 pieces per block, reserve the remaining pieces to 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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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The Sweetest Things Sampler – the story behind the quilt

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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