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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Flying pinwheels

Hope you’re having a lovely summertime – It’s been quite a breezy one here, just the weather for spinning pinwheels! Our fourth block before piecing and quilting is one of my favourites, it reminds me of happy seaside holidays – pinwheels spinning in the sea breeze, bright and colourful in the sunshine.

In total 4 pinwheels are needed for our Skinny Dippin’ Quilt, each one is made up from 4 very easy to make “ flying geese” units and 4 plain rectangles.

Taking a little extra care early on to cut out pieces to precise measurements, and checking a ¼” seam allowance is used when joining pieces together, makes it easier to match the centre points of the pinwheel, when it comes to joining the units together.

In the completed quilt the pinwheels can be used in the side borders, or even an extra row if you’d like to make a longer Skinny Dippin’ Quilt.

Full instructions for making Flying Pinwheels here.

Happy sewing x

ps. the little pinwheel pictured sunning itself in the title pic, is made from Fast2Fuse, using a super-duper tutorial by Destri which can be found here 🙂
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Bright and breezy buntings

June is here! So it’s time for the second block in our Skinny dippin’ Quilt-along! June’s block is bright and breezy bunting on a summery aqua sky. If you missed the first block to make a neat little row of beach huts, you can still find it here🙂

In total you’ll need 4 rows of bunting, these can be made quickly and easily either using a folded “prairie point” technique or machine pieced method. The machine pieced method uses less material, while prairie points require less sewing, and have a dimensional element to them. If you have any left over charm pack squares these are perfect for either method.

So bring on the bunting!

For the folded “prairie point” bunting you’ll need:

5 – 5” x WOF strips – or 40 charm pack squares

4 – 3½” (11.5cm) x WOF light aqua solid

4 – 2″ (5cm) x WOF light aqua solid

This is enough to make 4 strips of bunting. Each bunting strip will run across the width of the quilt, with other blocks in the Quilt-along eventually to be sewn inbetween the bunting strips.

You’ll find full instructions how to make the prairie point bunting here.

Lewis & Irene’s Coastal “In the Sea” is a really versatile print – lots of variety! There’s little seahorses, crabs, shoals of fish and seaweed which means that different parts of the design can be used to good effect. The bunting units come together very quickly too – they’re such fun to make !

Once you have a pile of points, you simply slot each folded prairie point into the previous one, pin to hold in place, and sew. In no time you have several rows of bunting!

If you’re making the machine pieced bunting you’ll need:

10 – 5” squares in selection prints

40 – 3 ½” x “ light aqua (Moda Bella Solids – Ruby Ice 9900 169)

4 – 2 ½ ” x WOF white cotton (for bunting string)

Just as for the previous technique this makes 4 rows of bunting. Though with this method there’s room for one extra bunting triangle per row.

There’s a little more cutting and sewing than the prairie points method, as you slice the squares diagonally from corner to corner, and trim a corner from the rectangle, but once the cutting out’s been done, it’s simply a matter of chain piecing and joining –

Full instructions to make Machine pieced bunting here

Whichever method you use, we’d love to see your bunting blocks. Please feel free to post your pics to our Honeybee Cloths Facebook page.

Also remember to “like and share” on Facebook or if your not on Facebook leave us a comment below, and you’ll be entered into our draw to win a Coastal Skinny Quarter bundle.

The next block will be here in one months time, so till then happy sewing x
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Let’s go skinny dippin’

Summer is nearly here – so it seems like a good time for some “skinny dipping sewing”! Each row or strip in the 4 month Quilt-along measures 36″ or 90cm wide. So by the end of the Quilt-along, the strips can be sewn together to make a strippy quilt. There’ll be opportunity to do applique and folded patchwork too.

The first block in the Skinny Dipping Quilt-along is so easy – the beach hut unit is very quick to make. You’ll find full instructions here. But here is the shortened version….

Sew the beach hut units together and before you know it you’ll have a neat row of sweet little beach huts!

Lewis & Irene’s Waves print runs across the width of the fabric, from selvedge to selvedge. Cutting it as a Skinny Quarter (25cm x 110cm) makes it perfect for the waves behind the beach huts. It comes in three colourways too, so as well as the white waves version above, we made a Sea blue strip and an aqua version too…

Once your strip of neat little beach huts is complete, applique some bunting, using bondaweb and running stitch to outline the string of bunting. Perhaps machine sew the outline of a plank door and add a little button for the door handle. Or personalise your beach huts – the world’s your oyster!

We’d love to see your beach huts, so please feel free to share them on Honeybee Cloths Facebook page. Also remember to “like and share” on Facebook or if your not on Facebook leave us a comment below, and you’ll be entered into our draw to win a Coastal Skinny Quarter bundle.

The next block will be here on 1st June, so till then happy sewing x
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