14 February 2017

A little happy Tutorial (of sorts!) ~ Tilda Bumblebee Heart Mini Quilt

Oh what fun I had last night.  I decided late afternoon to finally cut into some of the new Tilda Bumblebee fabrics that I had bought home from the shop.  It's such a pretty collection don't you agree?

For my little project, I picked some of the lovely green and pink fabrics and then added in an Essential Dot by Moda and a Ticking Stripe from Bespoke Blooms by Brenda Riddle (also an extremely pretty collection!)

As this was a rather spur of the moment make I didn't take any 'in progress' photo's, but I thought you may like to know how I made it, so I thought I would talk you through the steps..... hopefully it will make sense!

From each of the 6 fabrics I had chosen, I cut a 10" long strip, but I varied the width of each.  I've given the width measuresment that I cut them at below......

With RST, I then sewed the strips together along the 10" length edge.  I then made a large heart template from some A4 paper, which I traced on to some light weight interfacing (I use Vilene L11 30).  I then placed this on to the right side of the fabric strips, machine stitched on the drawn line, and then cut out the heart, allowing for a rough 1/4" seam allowance all round.  More pictures and details on this process can be found in THIS BLOG POST.

Once turned through, I then machine sewed some pretty lace across the heart, allowing a little excess (aprox 1/2") either side, which I tucked under, when I appliqued it to a 12 1/2" square of background fabric, which by the way, was Essex Linen in Natural.

Once layered up with wadding and backing fabric, I hand quilted around the outside and across the heart in 3 places.  For this I used Aurifil 12wt in a pretty Teal shade #2845, which picked up on the teal Bumblebees and flowers rather nicely. 

To finish, I added some pretty vintage Mother of Pearl buttons from my stash and before adding the binding (which was a super crosshatch gingham, again by Brenda Riddle) I sewed some more cotton lace around the edge.

There you go, a really easy and super quick project.  I'm thinking how lovely would a quilt be made up of lots of these 12" blocks or maybe make the background fabric a little larger and turn it in to a cushion/pillow....must resist...must resist.........I hope that my instructions make sense, but as always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

That's it for now, see you again soon!


  1. This is adorable and so sweet in every way! I hope to make one!

  2. This is just lovely, a great way to use scraps too. The instructions are very clear, the only thing I would worry about is getting the lace and binding in the right place.

  3. I love the fabric and the lace and the design and the stitching and . . . I can totally see myself being a copycat and making this into a quilt! What a great idea. Thank you for sharing

  4. OH sweet...
    das gefällt mir sehr gut,,,
    die STOFFE passen sehr gut zusammen;;;

    WÜNSCHE noch einen schönen ABEND
    bis bald die BIRGIT aus TIROL

  5. I love this! Thank you for the instructions. I may have figured it out for myself, but your notes were very clear.

  6. That heart is adorable and just my cup of tea! I will be sure to make one as I have LOTS of scraps ( although your fabric is soooo pretty and sweet....)
    Thanks for sharing your pretty pictures!

  7. This is so sweet and pretty! I just found you through a round up on Jacquelynne Steves' blog. Thank you for the tutorial!

  8. SEW Cute--came across through reading from Jacquelynne's post and just subscribed. Thanks for a cute idea-and scraps would be great for this. :)


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