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

Quilt and Shine quilt-along… Block 4 – Beachcomber

On the sea-shore, there are many precious things, just waiting to be found – sea-glass in pretty blues and greens, pearly shells, and shimmering rock-pools offering a glimpse into places where seahorses swim. Let’s go explore x

Block 4 Beachcomber by Dawn Honeybee Cloths

Block 4 – Beachcomber combines sea-glass colours, fussy cut limpets, and fusible applique shells. Other templates include seahorse and starfish.

Use a couple or all the templates to make your rock-pool. To complete sew a few sea-horse spines, dot a few French knots for sand grains, and a scattering of pearly buttons.

Beachcomber block - Dawn Honeybee Cloths
“Low cal” 4 triangle  option shown, can also be made as the 8 triangle option .

Block 4 works equally well, with the gorgeous 8 corner triangle pattern Michelle is using over on CreativeBlonde blog. Pictures of the block made in the 8 triangle format are also included in the PDF instructions, as well as the “Low cal” version pictured  here.

So let’s dive in ….

Download free tutorial and template for Block 4 – Beachcomber (PDF format)

 

Or read on for news of a Giveaway!!!…

The materials used to make the block really remind me of the little limpet shells you find in rockpools or barnacles on sea shells. There’s some really pretty shell pink and sea-glass coloured prints in Brigitte Heitland’s Day in Paris quilting cottons

Seahorse and Shells by Honeybee Cloths

Tutorial includes option of both fusible machine applique and needleturn to make the seahorse, starfish and limpets…

2. Seahorse fusible - Dawn Honeybee Cloths    3. Seahorse - peeling bondaweb - Dawn Honeybee Cloths

Or if you prefer needleturn …

Needleturn applique seahorse by Dawn -Honeybee Cloths 

There’s also an option to try, an interfacing applique technique for the clam shell, it’s very quick and easy, and ideal for rounded shapes. 

Shell - interfacing applique

To complete your shells, use the shell stencil together with Bondaweb, to make an overlay stitched onto the clam shell….

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We’d love to see the things you make from our free patterns, so please share on social media using hashtag #Quiltandshine, so we pick up on them.

Also, there’s a Giveaway going on for this gorgeous “Day in Paris” Charm pack, so make sure to follow both myself Dawn (Honeybee Cloths), and Michelle (CreativeBlonde) on Instagram, for the chance to win these lovelies xx

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Good luck in the Giveaway, as you can see from the pic of Pippi-cat, we’ve got our fingers and our toes crossed for you.

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Thank you ever so much for following and have a really lovely weekend.

Enjoy the pattern, and happy sewing 🙂

From our little hive to yours,

Dawn x X

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Summertime sewing…

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 🙂

Fish Tales at Honeybee Cloths

So many beautiful things you could make from Annie Brady’s Fish Tales 5″ charm pack, here’s just one of many ideas….

Fish Tales charm layout Chandelier Quilt 2
Cot quilt layout using 5″ charm squares and Solid yardage – based on the Chandelier pattern by Lella Boutique.

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. 

Skinny dippin Quilt-along

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.

Blocks 1,2,3 Skinny Dippin Quilt i

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.

You can find Michelle’s tutorials for both Block 1 and 2, over on Creative Blonde blog. The Day in Paris fabrics Michelle is using are available in Honeybee Cloths.

Day in Paris Honeybee Cloths

Next months bonus block is beside my sewing machine right now, and will be along in a few weeks time. Before then though, there’s a Giveway coming up, more to follow soon 🙂

Till next time, happy sewing

From our little hive to yours

Dawn x X

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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

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