The Bumblebee Quilt

Bumblebee fabrics are due in stores this January and if you are looking for a spring project The Bumblebee Quilt pattern might be just the thing.
This pretty quilt uses gentle curves to make units that once joined together create a lovely hour-glass pattern waving serenely down the quilt.

The Bumblebee quilt is designed by Tone Finnanger. Explanations and step by step illustrations are made by the talented Linda Clements.

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Christmas Birds

We just had our annual Christmas workshop in the Tilda studio and this year we made lovely Christmas birds.
They are quite easy to make and great for a workshop if you do some preparations.

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The body is sewn, and we had pre-sewn bodies for our workshop.
Here is the christmas-bird-pattern

You will need:
Cardboard or a plastic sheet for templates
Pen
Fabric for the body, wings, tail and beak.
Filling for the body
Flower stick for turning
Needle and thread
Thin cardboard for wings, tail and beak
Fast drying craft glue
Small sharp scissors
Purls for eyes
String, thin metal wire or thin ribbon

Make sure you have a needle with a head small enough to go trough the small purls you choose for eyes.

First you need to make cardboard or plastic templates for all the pattern pieces, then iron the body fabric right sides together and trace the body onto the fabric using the body template.
Sew on the line and leave an opening for turning as shown in the pattern.

(Sewing the bodies is all the preparations we did for the workshop in addition to making all the necessary materials available.
We also printed out a pattern for each participant so they could make their own templates for wings, tail and beak.)

Cut around the body shape approximately 4 mm or 0,3In outside the seam and use the flower stick to turn the body.
Fill the body and tack the opening shot.

Glue fabric onto thin cardboard and trace two mirrored wings, a tail and a beak on the back using your templates.
Cut the pieces out with small sharp scissors.
Fold the tail a little on the middle so that it’s easy to glue it onto the bird. Glue the wings onto each side, and fold the beak before you glue that on.
Sew small purls on as eyes.

To hang the birds you can use a thin metal wire, string or thin ribbon.
The birds are cute as decor on the Christmas tree or on your wrapped gifts.

Clamshell Cushion

It’s always nice to find ideas on how to use those fabric scraps left over from other projects and Red Brolly’s clamshell cushion is just perfect.

Notice how several leftover pieces are sewn together on some of the clamshells. That way all the smaller scraps can be used for this project, and we think it makes the cushion more interesting.
A really sweet and useful scrap project.

Check out Red Brolly’s sweet Peach Blossom Cushion tutorial.

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