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

 

 

 

 

 

The Sweetest Things Sampler – the story behind the quilt

Sweetest Things Sampler - Dawn - Honeybee Cloths

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.