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Tilda Bumblebee - Quilted Table Runner - Tutorial

Here at P&PD HQ we're very excited about this our latest free tutorial and the fact it has been created by our newest Blog Team member, Michelle, the creator behind Creative Blonde. We'll introduce you to her properly very soon, but for now, we can't resist sharing her wonderful work. We hope you love it as much as we do and please feel free to let us know what you think x

What you will need:

* Tilda bumblebee Fat quarter bundle  (this will be enough for the table runner and  6 placemats - placemats tutorial coming soon!)

* 1.5 metre of Kona cotton solids – snow white (this allows for 1 x table runner and 6 placemats)

* Wadding measuring 38in x11in (trim off excess later to measure 37in x 10in)

* 1in paper hexies x 42

* Graph Paper to create your own petal template

* Sewing machine, cutting mat, rotary cutter, pins, needles, quality threads, glue pen, scissors, erasable marker pen

* Light fusible interfacing, approximately 10in x 10in

* 505 basting spray

1 - Cut out 10 hexies from each of the green, pink and cream fabrics using your EPP 1in hexagon template and cut 12 of the blue. Leaving a quarter inch seam allowance all the way round.

2 - Using your glue pen, fold the fabric making sure you get crisp corners and edges all the way round.

3 - From the kona snow fabric, cut a piece 44in x 8in for the table runner's main piece.

4 - Preparing your flowers

Create your petal, use graph paper to get it symmetrical (mine are about 1.5in in length and 1in diameter. Fuse your interfacing to the reverse of the fabric and then cut petals to correct size and shape. You need 5 petals from each fabric design (as per below). I loved the bumblebees so much, I fussy cut these for some of my petals.

Here are all of my petals cut and ready to be attached to the Kona Snow main piece.

5 - Using your glue pen, fix your petals in place on the kona snow main table runner piece - see main image at the top to see where I chose to attach them onto the runner.

6 - Using a white thread, blanket stitch round each petal (below images show front and the reverse) to hold in place on the table runner.

7 - Next join up your hexies.

To achieve this without stitches showing on the front, put your individual hexies right sides together and use a ladder stitch. Pull your stitches tight as you go, and create a chain of 21 hexies for each long edge of your table runner.

8 - Top stitch your hexies and then remove the papers.

9 - Preparing the back of the table runner

Cut 5 pieces of backing fabric as per below, measuring 8.5in x 11in.

Sew your fabric in the order shown above, using a quarter inch seam allowance, right side together, then press seams.

10 - Next, using your erasible marker pen, draw your spiral pattern on the top of the white fabric.

11 - Baste your top and bottom fabric to the wadding to create a quilt sandwich, I use 505 spray.

12 - Free motion quilting

Drop your feed dog and attach the quilting foot to your machine, you can choose any shade of thread , I am using a bright turquoise for the purposes of illustrating the stitching, but later replaced with a white.

13 - Create the edges

Create mitred corners, by trimming the excess wadding and folding your backing fabric over twice, to seal your raw edges, and pin in place.

14 - Attach the Hexies; pin or baste your hexies in place.

15 - Then sew your two short binding egdes with a small whip stitch, and secure the corners with small stitches.

16 - Finally, sew each point of your hexies in place, using a small stitch sewn from underneath the edge of the fabric, so no stitches can be seen.

Bring out the tea and warm scones, for the perfect afternoon tea...enjoy!

Watch this space for the matching placemats tutorial coming soon…

Welcome to Charleston! - Brand new collection by Amy Sinibaldi

Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi

We're thrilled to have taken stock of our latest collection - Charleston by Amy Sinibaldi. Get lost in dreamy hues of blue and raspberry and let Charleston transport you with all it's southern hospitality.

Pineapples, umbrellas and barnacles!

What could be more surreal than this daydream inducing collection of summer ready prints. Themes include 'Garden of Dreams' and 'Teacups' and the more intriguing 'Barnacles' (trust us you'll love it).

Chic and fresh

There's something so chic about the simplicity of this collection but it's subtler details aren't to be missed like the delicate bees included in Garden of Dreams or the sprigs of samphire included in Barnacles.

Feeling inspired?

We're overcome by the flexibility of this collection. It brings together an appreciation of geometric shapes and the subtle softness of garden blooms and tea time happiness, meaning it would lend itself to any setting and unlimited projects.

Yours, making a throw for the lounge x





Hark the sound of Birdsong! - Our latest collection by Jojo Coco for Dashwood Studio

Birdsong by Dashwood Studio

We're delighted to have taken stock of the latest collection for Dashwood Studio by Joanne Cocker called Birdsong.

About the collection

Birdsong is an enchanting collection comprising of muted tones and calming scenes that blend effortlessly with one another. Birch trees, mountains and raindrops as well as scattered seeds and horizons are represented in the range, adding to it's earthy, laid back feel.

See what you think

We're in love with the fresh, crisp colour combinations and natural feeling we get from this collection. Joanne described the collection as having been inspired by an appreciation for the small things, those we don't always notice but which are beautiful when we stop to enjoy them for a moment.

Take a look for yourself!

Right at home

The collection lends itself effortlessly to homeware because of it's ease to mix and match. Image credit

What will you make with your selections?

Yours, in flight x

Kona Chameleon

Kona Cotton Solids

Be your own designer with our extensive range of Kona cotton solids by Robert Kaufman. Kona cotton solids are renowned for their high quality 100% cotton construction and allow you to be the creator of your own designs. With over 40 shades available from £8 a metre, you'll be limited only by how daring you feel!

Why plain fabric?

Plain fabric enables you to incorporate, subtly or overtly, an entirely bespoke arrangement of tones without restriction. There is simply no end of colour combinations and no limitations that would otherwise exist when putting printed designs together. We've pulled together some inspiration so you can see what we're talking about!

1. The quilted picture:

How absolutely stunning is this story of cotton reels, simply put together yet intricately adorned with stunning stitch detailing that speaks for itself. Image credit

2. The 'oh my god I have to make one' blanket:

Rich, sumptuous and perfect in every way. Endless appeal. Image credit

3. The muted-tone perfection wall hanging:

This arrangement is so cool and understated it hurts. Apartment chic at it's finest. Image credit

4. The 'not for the fainted hearted' picture project:

What an incredible take on traditional portraiture, drawing with fabric. Image credit

5. The quietly satisfying geometric knock out pillow project:

When colour and form combine effortlessly. Image credit

Tutorials and Free Patterns

For free tutorials and inspiration a plenty, put the kettle on and check out the Queen of quilts. Trust us, you'll be mesmerised and thankful for the tea while time slips away - over at Jeli Quilts 

Are you ready?

Are you ready to take your making to the level of designer? It's easier than it sounds and trust us when we say you really can't go wrong. As in life, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so let your eye lead you to your perfect colour combinations.

Have fun!

Yours, over the rainbow x

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