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By Dawn, Jan 18 2018 02:00PM

It’s been really lovely reading your comments, and about the things you'd like to practice in the course of the Sweetest Things Sampler Quilt-along, we'll be including those too - and can't wait to begin! It’s going to be a lovely quilt-along with a variety of techniques, so something for everyone.

The first post covers materials required and how to make the 13 Irish Chain blocks, and can now be downloaded.

Click to open or download PDF. Or if you prefer, read on....

Each completed block in our quilt measures 10½” before piecing into the quilt-top. The blocks could be used individually for smaller projects too, such as a mini-quilt, cushions or a table topper.

If you happen to miss a block in the series, you can still find it in the Sweetest Things Sampler section of Honeybee Cloths www.honeybeecloths.co.uk/sweetest_things_sampler

So pop the kettle on for a cuppa, pull up a comfy chair, and let’s begin:

Throughout the Quilt-along, both myself, and Michelle of Creative Blonde, will be using quilting weight cottons for our blocks, including Brenda Riddle collections – Caroline and Bespoke Blooms. These are such pretty collections, and will make a really gorgeous quilt. However if you have a stash-full of prints in need of a good home, the Sampler is for them too

Using different colour combinations or colour values (light and dark) can produce very different effects in your Irish Chain. The Irish Chain blocks in the Sweetest Things Sampler use at least 8 different prints, which lend a lovely scrappy effect to the quilt.

Material requirements for Quilt-top:

1.8 metre / 2 yards - 45” wide / - Plain Off-white or Low volume print cotton fabric

e.g. Moda Bella Solids Off-white 9900-200

16 Fat Eighths (25cm x 55cm) in pretty cotton prints Caroline/ Bespoke Blooms

Or 8 Long Quarters (25cm x 110cm)

3 Fat Quarters in Solid colours

(e.g. Moda Bella Solids -Taupe 9900 310, Light Lime 9900 100, Pale pink 9900 26 or similar.)

Border: (optional) 1.6m / 60” – 45” wide cotton fabric

Binding: 0.5 metre / 20”- 45” wide cotton fabric

Notions: Thread for piecing, fusible interfacing or webbing (for applique); Quilting thread. Some of the blocks also include optional trimmings e.g. seed beads, embroidery thread etc.

Equipment: Rotary cutter, ruler and mat, sewing machine, iron and pressing board, pins and needles, scissors, erasable marking pen. Optional: freezer paper, basting glue, basting spray.

Backing and batting: will be covered in more detail in the next blog post. As well as piecing and quilting as a whole, there will be the option of Quilt as you go.

If making blocks individually for smaller projects, such as a mini-quilt or cushion, you'll need:

To make one Irish Chain block

• 1 – 2 ½” x 45” (110cm) strip Plain Off-white or Low volume cotton fabric

• 1 – 2 ½” x 20”( 55cm) strip pretty cotton prints - Caroline and Bespoke Blooms

• 1 – 2 ½” square pretty fabric

Each Sampler block requires

• 10½” square* Plain Off-white or Low volume cotton fabric.

(*Or 11” square, if you Quilt as You Go)

• Small amounts of cotton prints.

If you’re ready and eager to sew, skip to the Irish Chain block tutorial below. :)

Irish Chain block tutorial

Irish Chain block is a lovely versatile pattern. In this method, each block is made from four quick and easy 4-patch units. These are quick to make, sew one or two 4-patch units whenever you have a few minutes to spare, and before you know it you have enough for the Irish Chain blocks in the Sampler.

There are 13 Irish Chain blocks, in our 50” x 50” (1.27m x 1.27m) quilt top.

If you’re new to sewing, or just need a refresher, Irish Chain blocks are ideal, as you get to practice the basics in piecing precisely….

Measure twice, cut once - Cutting strips precisely makes piecing a lot easier

Check the ¼” mark on your machine - Where this is can vary from machine to machine – use a ruler to check.

• Squaring up – Trimming the 4-patch units to 4 ½” square, helps when joining everything up.

To make the scrappy version of the Irish Chain blocks you’ll need:

• 36” (1 yard / approx 92cm) – 45” wide Plain Off-white or low volume cotton fabric

Sliced into (14) - 2 ½” x 45” strips (reserve 6 strips to cut into 4 ½” x 2 ½” pieces in step 8) -

In the original PDF instructions 13 strips were recommended, but I've since found it easier to cut 14, from a yard of fabric, keeping the eight strips for making 4-patch units, and the 6 strips for step 8 separate.

• Either 16 Fat Eighth pieces - OR - 8 Long Quarters in assorted pretty fabrics.

From each piece cut

(1) - 2 ½” square

(1) - 2 ½” strip e.g. 2½” x 22” strip cut from Fat Eighth - OR - 2 ½” x 45” strip cut from Long Quarter

If working with strips cut from a Fat Eighth, you'll need to cut the 45" x 2½”off-white strip in half to make a 22" x 2½” piece.

1. Pair up a plain and patterned 2½” strip. Sew right sides together.

2. Press seams open, or to one side, towards the darker strip – whichever you find easiest to piece.

3. Group the strips into complimentary pairs.(Photo of 4 pairs of 8 strips cut from Long Quarters. If using Fat Eighths group 16 strips into 8 pairs.)

4. Working with one group at a time. Line up the strip sets on your cutting mat, and slice into 2 ½”units.

5. Place units right sides together, so the plain and print fabrics are next to each other.

6. Match centre seams, so they nest closely. Sew to make 4 patch block

7. Press and square up the 4-patch unit, to 4 ½” square.

8. Place the 4-patches in order, together with the centre square. Cut 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" strips for the remaining off-white strips, place in order shown below.

Sew units together into rows, as shown by grey arrows. Press seams open or in direction of white arrows. Sew rows 1 to 2, and 2 to 3 together, and press.

Your first Irish Chain block is complete!

We’d love to see the Irish Chain blocks you make, so please do post them on Instagram using the hashtag – # SweetestThingsSampler.

Our next post skips to quilting, and the option of using a Quilt As You Go technique. Then in February, our first Sampler block, Is an absolute darling. It’s made and designed by Michelle of Creative Blonde, so lots to look forward too.

Till next time, from our little hive to yours,

Happy sewing,

Dawn x X

Honeybee Cloths


ps. If you'd like to receive a link to each of the downloadable PDF's in the Sweetest Things Sampler, please complete and send the Contact form on the right hand side of this page x x

By Dawn, Jan 2 2018 11:22AM

A very happy New Year to you and yours - hope it is is filled with sunshine, smiles and sweet moments x x

New year really is a time of fresh possibilities and I'm so happy and excited to be sharing this - It's been over 4 months in the making, a really long time when you've been itching to stitch :)

Beginning mid-January, and running over 12 months, our new Quilt-along - the Sweetest things Sampler celebrates the little things which make our lives sweeter.

I'm so thrilled that my lovely friend and fellow quilter Michelle of CreativeBlonde is returning to our blog, to co-host our quilt-along. Appropriately, the very first block relates to something which makes life a whole lot sweeter - Friendship and cherishing every moment.

Every month from February onwards a new Sampler block will be posted on the blog, (or if you prefer you can subscribe to receive the PDF document emailed direct to your Inbox - simply type Sweetest Thing Sampler into the subject line of the Contact form, together with your email.)

Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde
Sneak peak of February block - Photo by Michelle of CreativeBlonde

To complete the quilt , the Sampler blocks will be combined with Irish Chain blocks to make a quilt top approx 50" x 50" without borders (or 60" x 60" with borders.)

We would love to see the blocks you make, and hear about the things which make your lives sweeter too.Throughout the Quiltalong there will be Giveaways of sewing Goodies, to enter simply follow our Instagrams Honeybee Cloths and CreativeBlonde, and post a photo of your block on Instagram, using the hashtag #sweetestthingssampler.

The materials we'll be using for our Sweetest Things Sampler are from Brenda Riddle collections for Moda Fabrics, including Brenda's newest collection Caroline, due in Honeybee Cloths store in two weeks time.

Brenda Riddle's collections are some of the prettiest cottons we've seen, and were the inspiration for our Sweetest Things Sampler Quilt. The Sampler blocks themselves make use of small quantities e.g. Fat Eighths - so if you have a stashful of pretty quitling cottons in need of a good home, this Sampler is for them too.

Our next post in mid January focuses a bit more on fabric requirements for background and Irish Chain blocks.

Till then wishing you lots of sweet cosy moments.

Dawn x X

By Dawn, Oct 1 2017 08:51PM

It's so lovely to welcome back to our blog CreativeBlonde, whose "Darling Little Cushion" is a "go to" pattern for baby showers and little ones.

"Darling Little Cushion" is designed and created by CreativeBlonde who has very kindly written the super tutorial below. Enjoy x X

This beautiful cushion is made from the adorable fabrics in the ‘Darling Little Dickens’ and ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection. Both collections are available from Honeybee Cloths

Supplies needed:

Cushion 18” x 18”

1 - Mini Charm park from the ‘Darling Little Dickens’collection

40" x 20” piece of the ladybug fabric from ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection

5” square of natural linen

Small piece of interfacing (for the two small hearts)

‘Handmade’ button and small ribbon bow (optional)

The following paper templates can be downloaded from the Printed resources page:

- Paper hexagons 1" sides (2" across widest part) for paper piecing (28 in total)

- Heart templates; measuring 11” , 3 ¼” and 2 ½” at their widest point

Basic sewing supplies.

Let’ s begin:

Look through the mini charm pack, choose 28 pieces that you love, because these are randomly cut, some work better than others, when you fussy cut your 2” hexagon from them. I tried to not be fussy with the way I joined mine, but my ‘OCD’ took over, and I found myself rearranging the order for several hours, until I was happy…

Take your large heart template, and draw an outline using a removable fabric marker pen, and check all point are within your template, you will notice in the photo below, I added two half hexagons to each side.

Once your hexagons are all sewn together, remove the papers, I find a seam ripper is handy for helping with this process. (My Paper piecing tutorial can be found on my blog at creativeblonde)

Take your piece of ladybug fabric, and cut in half, to create 2 pieces measuring 20” x 20”. Draw round the large heart template, in the middle of one piece. Mark ¼” inside this area, and cut along this inside edge, using a small pair of sharp scissors. Make small snips in the curves of the fabric, this will help obtain a neater result.

This is what you should have so far…

Carefully pin your hexagon heart in place, and using a binding stitch and a cream thread (I use Superior King Tut hand sewing quilting thread) fold the seam allowance under.

Your finished hexagon heart…

The Reverse… because the ladybug fabric is pale, trim the excess fabric of the hexagons from the reverse, so this doesn’t show through to the front of the cushion.

Draw round the small and medium hearts onto the interfacing, trim away the excess. Fuse the small heart onto the left-over ladybug fabric removed from the centre of the cushion, and the medium heart to the 5” piece of natural linen.

Blanket stitch using a cream thread, the smaller heart onto the linen heart. Position onto the cushion and blanket stitch this is place.

With right sides together, sew along 3 and ¼ sides of your cushion cover, using ½” seam allowance. Leaving ¾ of one side open, to pop your cushion in. Trim away the excess fabric on the corners, to obtain a neater finish when turned right side out.

Press your cushion cover and insert your cushion. Using a ladder stitch, sew up the gap, press your cushion again carefully with the cushion inside.

Optional extras… I couldn’t resist adding a cute little ‘homemade’ button to the small heart, and a small ribbon bow to the hexagon heart…

Thanks, for reading this tutorial, for more tutorials head over to my blog at www.creativeblonde.co.uk.

You can also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

and Instagram at www.instagram.com/creativeblonde66

x creativeblonde x

By Dawn, Sep 23 2017 03:43PM

From our first sight of these sweet, dreamy prints, earlier this year, I've been counting down the months, till September ....

It was certainly worth the wait !

Hushabye Hollow, Lydia Nelson's (Dreamy Quilts) second collection for Moda, and just like the first, it's simply gorgeous!

This sweet collection rendered in pretty neutrals and soft colours is perfect for cot quilts. Prints include the sweetest little woodland friends, vines and soft florals, ditsy ladybirds, pin-dots and vintage ticking.

In Hushabye Hollow, Lydia Nelson's sweet prints, tell of woodlands friends settling down to sleep....

A glass of milk "night-cap" for a sleepy owl, a beaver brushing his teeth after a long day of chomping and a skunk taking a bath with a bucket in the woods. There’s also a fox strumming a lullaby on the lute for a curious mouse and the man on the moon reading himself to sleep.

The collection includes some lovely low volume neutrals too...

Aren't those little ladybirds lovely!

Hushabye Hollow is now available to order in store, including pre-cuts - jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs and yardage.

Plus there's 5% off till noon on Monday 25th September, simply quote code "HARVEST" at checkout :)

Happy sewing,

Dawn x x

By Dawn, Jul 24 2016 09:18PM

This months seen some lovely fresh sewing supplies breezing into store, including Sew and Sew....

Sew and Sew is Chloe's Closets newest line for Moda. It's full of fresh tutti frutti colours and bright pops of colour. Prints include retro florals, and the ditsy "Apron strings" prints each available as Fat Quarters, yardage or bundles....

Patchwork Fruity is a lovely versatile large scale print, which includes printed text and snippits of sewing speak. The pattern repeat is every 62cm, so as well as being available as Fat Quarters and yardage, it's also available as a panel measuring 62cm x 110cm, so you receive the entire pattern.

I can see legions of sewing machine covers being made from this print :)

While the "Measuring Tape" print virtually shouts out to be used for binding, every time I pass it on the shelf!

Also pre-cuts including Jelly rolls and Layer cakes so you can make a quilt in a jiffy.

To compliment these lovelies, orders over £15 receive a free Pinwheel kit (while stocks last) !

Happy sewing x X

Thank you for popping by our little hive of sewing. Enjoy your visit :)


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We very much look forward to sewing a little happiness together, Dawn xx

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