Tilda Bumblebee: Blog hop and giveaway


As always, I am so delighted to have been asked to work with some of the fabrics from the latest Tilda collection – called Bumblebee – for the Sewandso blog hop. It’s a lovely selection of prints in pretty spring colours, as you can see:tilda_bumblebee-1516x700

I particularly like the Cherry blossom print, which not surprisingly has a Japanese feel to it. I love this colourway of pale green with orange, it’s so light but zesty!

I’m also much taken by the fabulous Bumblebee garden print, with stylised bees forming part of the neo-classical design:

As usual with these Tilda collections, there’s more to the collection than fabric – there’s also buttons, doll kits, quilt patterns and more.

But back to the fabric and my sewing project! I felt the patterns really lent themselves to a lovely traditional patchwork design, with a slightly scrappy feel, so that I could use as many of the prints as I could. Inspired by thoughts of bees humming as they work, I really wanted to evoke a bright country garden in late spring sunshine, filled with insects and flowers.

One of my favourite designers when it comes to using traditional designs in modern ways is Jen Kingwell, so I turned to Quilt Lovely and then put a couple of her more simple block designs together to make this bright and zingy cushion/pillow:


As usual the fabrics are wonderful to work with – they are great quality cottons, as well as being beautifully designed – I so enjoyed working with them. I know the other bloggers on the blog hop have been having fun too. Why not check out their posts? Here’s the info you need:



So, I have some fabric left to give away! There’s a nice generous piece of 6 different prints from the collection (mostly Fat 8ths or not quite Fat 8ths), as you can see above. I am happy to post anywhere in the world – all I need you to do is leave a comment on this bl0g post before 8pm on Friday 20th January. As always, I am happy with a ‘pick me’, or you can tell me what you would like to make with this lovely fabric.

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118 thoughts on “Tilda Bumblebee: Blog hop and giveaway

  1. I love all things Tilda . . . but this collection is particularly gorgeous, as is that beautiful cushion ! Thank you for the chance to win, I already have numerous ideas wizzing around my head 😊

  2. Giveaways like this always make me feel exploited as a reader, as well as cross that companies use bloggers like this. I don’t even think the fabric is very nice. Why can’t companies pay for and do their own marketing?

    1. Wow, Charlotte, I’d be interested to know why you feel exploited? I love sewing and it’s a huge bonus for me to be able to work with free fabric that I really like. I wouldn’t do this kind of work with a collection I didn’t like, so I’m not faking my enthusiasm. The cushion design is my own (although based on some blocks by Jen Kingwell) and I spent an awful lot of time on it. It’s a win-win situation for me as a blogger because I also get increased visitor stats and new follows on here and on social media and publicity through the other bloggers’ pages plus the sewandso website. Surely it’s for me, not you, to decide whether I am being used or not? And the giveaway? That’s something I have chosen to do as a thank you to my readers (many of them, unlike you 😉, are fans of Tilda), I could have chosen to keep the fabric. It will be posted at my expense too.

  3. Beautiful fabrics and I love how you used them in your cushion. I never realise sewandso did quilting fabrics and supplies, I used to use them a lot when I did more cross stitching, looks like I need to revisit them again. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

    1. I’ve accidentally posted twice !! Very sorry – I thought the first one hadn’t gone through ! Snippety Giblets and Poppy Fee are both me. Please ignore one of the comments 😳

  4. Love the fabrics and your cushion! One of my favourite quilt shops used to carry Tilda fabric, but they told me it doesn’t ship to Canada anymore. Would love to have some to make a lap quilt – perfect with a book and cup of coffee.

  5. Tilda does it again! Such a beautiful collection & your cushion showcases them wonderfully – gorgeous. Thank you for this opportunity.

  6. Adorable! What a lovely sight on a gray day. Love Jen Kingwell’s designs. I’d be thrilled to be the recipient of these beautiful fabrics. Thank you for this generous giveaway.

  7. Beautiful fabrics for baby quilt, cushion covers or a pretty tote bag. Maybe the tote you designed with the patchwork panels? Would love the chance to make something with your giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to try.

  8. I’ve never used tilda fabric before. But it looks so lush. I would probably make a cushion for my new craft room.

  9. I love the fussy cutting for the centres in your cushion. My favourite print is the third one down in the bundle on your last photo. So pretty. I think this line would make some lovely little purses and dolls dresses.

  10. Looove these fabrics!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way!!! 😀 I love your cushion/pillow…I think would make a Tote for my projects…or a Wallhanging! 🙂

  11. Such pretty fabric & I love this cushion design. These fabrics are right up my Mum’s street so I’d probably make something for her.

  12. Love the cushion and the fabrics. I would make a couple of gauntlet oven gloves and use the rest to decorate a matching apron, I would then enjoy cooking even more!

  13. Hi Ali,
    I love your cushion! Those fabrics are such gorgeous patterns and colours, I’d really like to make a small lap quilt, and I could kill two birds with one stone ….. and sit admiring the pretty fabric on my lap, while stopping my cute, little, naughty cat from scratching me with her claws as she walks/sits on me! Tee, hee!
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    Barbara x

  14. I love the theme of this fabric, I would love to win them!
    The cushion you made with these fabrics is gorgeous, beautiful colour and pattern combination and as always, when I see photos of your work, it gives me inspiration.
    Thanks for the chance to win some of this fabric

  15. That orange is exactly the kind of orange my mother likes and combined with red and blue it just screams her name so I would definitely include it in something to give her. Thank you for the chance to win!

  16. I’d love to win these – they might be made into something pretty or more likely they would add to my stash and I could periodically stroke them 🙂

  17. I love the warm, happy colours of this fabric. Tilda always produces such amazing quality and beautiful designs. Thank you for a great giveaway. I would probably use the fabric to make some make up pouches and tissue holders. x

  18. The tilda bumblebees fabric is so adorable. Beautiful colours. I would make myself a new make up bag and brush roll x

  19. Oh, those fabrics are right up my alley! Love floral, love calico which they kind of remind me of. Thanks so much for the chance to win. I would love to make a mini quilt to brighten up my sewing room. It’s kinda bare right now.

  20. Hi Tilda, I really enjoy reading your blog. I have been a sewer for over 40 years, but just started learning to quilt. Thank you for all your help & ideas. I love this fabric,especially the pink, it reminds me of Spring.

  21. These colours would lend themselves very well to an inspirational palette for helping revamp my granddaughters room. Thanks for the chance x

  22. Tilda fabric – always beautiful. I would probably use it for an English paper pieced item. Thank you for the giveaway.

  23. Hi Ali I have been a fan of Tilda for a long time. These fabrics are gorgeous and if I won I would make two special bags for friends who have been so good to me this past year. Wonderful post as always- thank you.
    Dorothy xx

  24. I’d love to make a little bathing set: shower cap, mini lined bag for sponge and soap, and a clasp purse for comb’ mirror and toiletries. If I’m not lucky I’ll buy them anyway!

  25. Ciao sono affascinata dalle tue creazioni, sei bravissima!! Io vivo in Italia, non so se sarà possibile partecipare. Ad ogni modo grazie per l’opportunità. Continuo a seguirti 😉 ciao

  26. I really hope I am lucky enough to win those fabulous fabrics. They are beautiful and the cushion design is stunning too.

  27. Thanks for introducing this fabric. I always have my bee-dar active as my quilting group collects and makes things from bee themed fabrics. Thanks for showing what you made.

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