Tilda Candy Bloom Blog Hop Day

Welcome 🙂

The sun is shining and I’m happy  to reveal that after a bit of a last minute panic I’ve sort of finished my make with the lovely Tilda Candy Bloom fabric ready for my Blog Hop day. ‘Sort of’ because the quilting isn’t finished but what can I say, work got in the way of creating!

Natalie from Stitch Craft Create generously sent me oodles of this fabric and I initially struggled with just what to make but the colours of this line are red white and blue and our Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday this year so I decided to go patriotic.

A Union flag cushion was my first thought and then I heard about a book published about the Queen’s Christian faith.


and this quilt block seemed very appropriate


The Cross and the Crown

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a royalist but I do admire all the Queen has done for the country and how tirelessly she works, I mean how many 90 year olds do you know who work to the extent she does! So in honour of the Queen I give you the Cross and the Crown lap quilt.

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If you’d like to make one for yourself then the pattern is a freebie from MacCall’s Quilting and can be found here. I added a wider border and four churn dash cornerstone blocks to make it a bit bigger. Those churn dashes pick up the central design of the other blocks well don’t they?



I’m not really a ‘red’ person but these reds are a lovely soft red, I think the one in the above photo is my favourite but it’s hard to choose because they’re all so nice!

My plan for it now is to do some hand quilting using red thread to highlight those crowns – watch this space 🙂

As Natalie was so generous with the fabric I’d like to offer some of the leftovers as a give away prize. All you have to do is comment on this post telling me where you come from and what you’d make with it – easy!


I shall draw a name out of the hat on 26th May so you’ve got a bit of time to enter.

And for another chance to win some of the Tilda fabric go here to join in with Stitch Craft Create’s own give away.

There is one day left of this Blog Hop and tomorrow it’s the turn of Ali from Very Berry Handmade.

Until next time,

Chris x


27 thoughts on “Tilda Candy Bloom Blog Hop Day

  1. Gorgeous quilt! Depending on the size of the scraps, maybe I’d make a quilt for my goddaughter? Or maybe a fun bag… Hmmm, it’s hard to say without having the fabric in hand.
    I’m from Norway. 😊

  2. Lovely Chris what a great pattern. Well, here in a wet and cold France I can tell you that a snuggly lap quilt would be top of my list at the moment! The fabrics are gorgeous. My Mum has a copy of that book and I found it an interesting read on my last visit to her. xx

  3. Gosh Chris! What a beautiful quilt, and a lovely post!

    I live on the border of London and Surrey, with town and country in easy reach. My road are having a street party/picnic on the Queen’s birthday and I’d love to make a lap quilt like yours (or even a mini version) which I could either hang over my chair decoratively on the day of the picnic or keep warm under, if the sun doesn’t shine on the day!

    But, if the scraps are tiny, maybe I’d make some pretty pennants, to help add some colour to the merry celebrations of our Queen’s birthday!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Barbara xx

  4. Gloria

    Our quilt group has been asked to make some bags for washing to hang in the Special Care Baby Unit. We already make Linus quilts which lie on top of the incubators to cut down on the bright lights. So I will either make bags or a Linus quilt. Actually I am doing so already but those fabrics are so nice! And the SCBU gets through so many of each as they go home with the incubator’s occupant.

    I live in Buckinghamshire, UK.

  5. Michele T

    Oooh! I love that fabric collection and the quilt pattern is perfect!! If I won your leftover pieces, I think that I would make a tablerunner or placemats for our kitchen. Thanks for the chance!!

  6. Rebecca

    I love your quilt! I look forward to seeing it with the red stitching. I am teaching my daughter to sew and the scraps would make a perfect patchwork pillow, small quilt, or bag for her first quilting project.

    I’m from Washington State, USA

  7. What a clever interpretation of the challenge, and a very pretty quilt. The hand stitchery will be a lovely finishing touch. I come from Peace River, Alberta, Canada, and also admire the Queen’s work ethic. She has filled her post with unfailing grace and dignity, and I think we need to see more of that in our public figures! Not sure if I’m eligible for the draw, being so far away, but will say this anyway. Scraps around here are fair game to be used in art quilts, so that is what would happen with your lovely leftovers, I’m quite sure!

  8. Claire Sutherland

    I am from Bishopton , just outside Glasgow. I have just found out I am pregnant so would make a baby quilt for sure x

  9. Mara

    I would really like to make a small butterfly quilt with them. Can’t believe the queen had her 90th birthday, crazy.

  10. Katy M

    Gorgeous quilt! I’d love to make a patchwork bag if I won – either a tote or a weekend bag depending on how many scraps! I’m in sunny Norfolk, UK

  11. dezertsuz

    Oh, wow, do I ever love your quilt, and even more the reasoning behind choosing it. I agree about Queen Elizabeth. She’s not even my queen, but I’ve always admired her. She is such a gracious lady, in the very old-fashioned sense of the word. I’m sure that in private she has her moments, who wouldn’t? But she always extends that gracious queenly behavior to the public, and yes, 90 years old and still doing so much – she is amazing!

    I’m from Tennessee in the US of A. I’d even pay the postage if I won. LOL I’d love to include some of these fabrics in a design from my favorite embroiderer, Jenny of Elefantz. Which one I picked would depend on how much fabric there is. =) I have a hard time finding tilda fabrics here, for some reason, so I’m always looking out for a way to win some. =) Thanks for the chance. It was fun to read everyone’s comments!

  12. Forest Maid

    My name is Marian and I’m from Dunedin, New Zealand and I would use left over scraps to make a single cross & crown block to go into my Splendid Sampler Quilt that I am making with Pat Sloan & Jane Davidson.

  13. Using the cross and crown block was an inspired choice Chris, your quilt is really beautiful. I am in NE of England at the moment, about to move to France and your leftovers would be perfect for an EPP project to keep me.going while I wait for my stash to catch up with me 🙂

  14. Love your quilting design, and fabrics are fabulous. I think I would use left overs to make a summery cushion cover. I live in Hereford.U.K. X

  15. Kay

    It is lovely to find your blog on the blog hop, I love finding a new sewing blog to look around. I am from Lincoln, U.K. and I would probably use the fabric to make pouches and bags as gifts. x

  16. asteride

    Great quilt! I come from Italy but I live in Portugal and I would try to make a couple of zippered bags!

  17. Lulu

    Just found your blog by chance and going to explore now. I live in Italy and love this new collection! I think the fabric would be great for a mini quilt or some bento bags!

  18. Donna

    Your quilt is fabulous and I love the gorgeous fabric. I’m in the process of saving enough pretty fabrics to make a scrappy lap quilt. I live in the East Midlands.

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  20. Janice

    What a lovely quilt! It has a very vintage vibe and I love that. I would love to make a small version of this as a wall quilt! I live in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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