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Tilda Bumblebee Placemats - Step by Step Guide

Following on from our previous tutorial, we're delighted to now share with you the gorgeous matching placemats tutorial for the Tilda bumblebee Table runner courtesy of Michelle, from the blog Creative Blond.

What you will need:

Tilda bumblebee Fat quarter bundle  - this will be enough for the table runner and  6 placemats

For this particular placemat, you will need to cut the below pieces:

Garden Bees Ginger 15inch x 12inch

Garden Bees Ginger 12.5inch x 3.3inch

Flower Nest Teal 21inch x 2inch (2 of these)

Flower Nest Teal 18inch x 2inch (2 of these)

Cherry Blossom Blue 2 petals (use graph paper to create your own petal template)

• Cherry Blossom Pink 3 petals

• Enough fabric to create 1inch EPP Hexagons : 2 from each of the following fabrics:

Flower Nest Pink, Rosa Mollis Teal and Rosa Mollis Linen

Each placemat will also require the following pieces of Kona Cotton Snow:

• 12.5inch x 5inch

• 12.5inch x 8.5inch

* Wadding measuring 16inch x 13inch for each placemat

Light fusible interfacing - small amount for the petals

* 505 basting spray

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

(Wash, dry and press all fabric before cutting).

Begin by sewing the narrowest Kona Snow panel to the narrow Garden Bees Ginger (orange) panel - long sides sewn together.

Next sew the other white panel onto the other side of the orange panel, pressing your seams open. This creates the top of your placemat.

Using the 505 adhesive basting spray, create your quilt sandwich, with this piece on top, then the wadding, and finally the large orange piece as the backing fabric.

Make up your 6 EPP hexies and sew them together in a long strip, these can now be temporarily basted in place on the quilt (on the smaller Kona Snow Panel on the left hand side - don't worry about the petals in the below picture, that step comes after!).

Sew through all the layers of your quilted placemat, going all the way around the outer edge of the 6 hexies. After that, sew down each edge of the orange panel, this will make sure the wadding stays in place – see below:

Now it's time to create your petals. Use graph paper to get them symmetrical (mine are about 1.5inch in length and 1inch diameter). Fuse your interfacing to the reverse of the fabric and then cut petals to correct size and shape. Baste them in place on your placemat on the larger Kona Snow panel.

Using a blanket stitch, sew around each petal.

Here's the view of the reverse side:

Next you need to mark out your stem design for beneath the petals - use a removable marker. Once you are happy with your design, drop your feed dog and attached your quilting foot.

Free motion quilt this design onto the placemat. I chose a white thread, to give it a delicate feel.

Once completed, remove any pen marks.

Attach the binding:

Sew the long  strips of Flower Nest Teal fabric, right sides together on the reverse of the placemat, making sure each strip is evenly placed, with equal overlap at each end.

Press and turn placemat over, to make life easier I then press my raw edge over (see below image).

Then using a whip stitch, sew your binding in place using a white top thread cotton.


The reverse…


To make more of these placemats using your Tilda Bumblebee fat quarters, simply swap out the orange backing fabric and the orange panel and replace with another fat quarter.

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…

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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Best Press - Favourite Sewing Notions

Mary Ellen's Best Press " the clear starch alternative" Scent Free 499ml (15.9 FL OZ)

We LOVE this spray,  it seriously makes a difference and if you are a maker or quilter, we think you'll love it too.


Just shake the bottle, spray onto your fabric and press.

If you are sewing small patchwork pieces, or any sewing that includes triangles, like flying geese, half square triangles etc. you will LOVE this. It dramatically improves your accuracy as the fabric is held very stable - it's our favourite secret patchwork accuracy weapon!

A light spray of Mary Ellen's Best Press, makes the fabric crisp, so it's much easier to rotary cut. Ideal when you are cutting fabric on the bias too, as it stops it from stretching out of shape when sewing. It's perfect if you want to get your seams crisp but not stiff.

Unlike starch, Mary Ellen's Best Press doesn't flake or leave a nasty residue, it's guaranteed to become a staple in your sewing box as it will have a really positive impact on your project.

Let us know what you think, we'd love to have your opinion too 🙂

The Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Having quilted for many years, Lori Holt is a big fan of writing down and keeping track of each quilt that she makes. Luckily for us, this has now resulted in this utterly fabulous 'Scrappy Project Planner' so we can do the same too!
Are you a planner, scheduler or list maker? Do you love making quilts? If any of these ring true with you, then this Scrappy Project Planner will be right up your street and in Lori Holt's own words...."I'm sure you're gonna love it as much as I do!"
The project planner has 5 sections, which makes for 'easy peasy quilty organisation'!

You can see from the image of the project pages above that there is plenty of space for keeping a track of supplies, fabrics used and even sketches if you decide to make your own designs for quilts.
The weekly pages allow you to keep a track of your progress on each project, mark in sewing days, retreats, sew alongs and quilt swaps etc.

The tips and organising section includes Lori's 5 Step method to building and using your own scrappy stash, how she uses her leftovers and even how she shops for and stores her fabric (fabulous!).
There's also her 'Shortcut Methods' on piecing several quilty necessities, like flying geese and quarter square triangles.
Plus several handy charts for all different sizes and loads's simply jam-packed with quilty goodness!
 There's also a section for notes and sketching too!
But here's the 'cherry on the cake'. If you were wondering why Lori Holt called this her 'Scrappy Project Planner', then here's why......
Lori loves to sew scrappy and thought this would be the perfect place to share why and how she does it and most importantly how easy it is.

So the last section of this gorgeous planner, includes 6 (whoop, whoop) new quilt patterns from Lori Holt,  all sewn from her scrappy stash bins!
The first quilt is this one below which is called "Happy Trails".

The next is called "Fat Quarter Flirt" and Lori used 30 fat quarters to make it in this twin size and according to her it's very easy to make and check out the gorgeous result!
The next is called "Shortcut Stars" and she designed it using all of the shortcut methods that Lori included in the planner.
Then comes "Patchwork Tulips", which according to Lori was a must to include as she loves making scrappy flower quilts from her stash.
Then there is the 'Scrap Apple' quilt.....Lori Holt's twist on the traditional pineapple quilt. The book explains an easy method for cutting and sewing this fun quilt.
The final one is her scrappy 'Checkerboard' quilt, which uses the simple but always beautiful nine patch. Perfect for using up your leftover scrappy squares.
Check out how beautiful all 6 quilts look together - a feast for the eyes.... so much variety, such beautiful designs and colours and all from left over scraps!
Lets not also forget the other little goodies which Lori Holt has designed to be used with the planners, we also stock the 3 Sew Cute bookmarks that can be used to keep your place....(3 projects at a time!).
Plus a gorgeous book of super cute, super tiny stickers to be used with you planner and help remind you of appointments, takes and special things that you have planned - irresistible.
So who can resist the temptation, I for one need to have these in my life....
Happy Scrappy Sewing everyone x