Thursday, 26 April 2018

Field Rose Mug Rug

This field rose will sit on my sewing desk all year round.

Having a field rose on my sewing table all year round was just too much temptation. So I combined this week’s Patchsmith's Sampler sew-along block ......
Block 8 - Field Rose

....... with the simple Column Sidebar from my One Block Mug Rugs pattern book .....
The column sidebar can be dotted with holly leaves or small flowers

Then I added a little bit of quilt detailing to the field rose ....
I love using stripey binding.

and voila .....
Field Rose Mug Rug

If you fancy turning any of the blocks from the sew-along into a functional mini quilt/mug rug then look no further than my One Block Mug Rugs pattern book.  It contains ten sidebars you can add to a 6" quilt block to create a fun mug rug.

Available in PDF format for immediate download

The One Block Mug Rugs pattern book is also available in paperback format via Amazon.

Come back next week when I hope to use two different blocks from the book to create a fun Bullseye mug rug.    Until then .......

Monday, 23 April 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 8 - Field Rose

Block 8 - Field Rose

This week welcomes an intermediate block - The Field Rose. But don’t be put off – it uses quick corners which we covered with Block 3 (Watermelon) and I have a great tip for matching the points on those quick corners.
Yellow Field Rose

It is mid Spring here in England and the field roses are not yet out in the country borders. But that doesn’t stop us growing our own.

Creating the center unit of block 8 is exactly the same as creating the core of the Watermelon block except we make quick corners on all four corners of the center A square.
Quick corners make quick work of the middle unit

Once this is done we move onto the petals – of which you will need to make eight petals. Once you have created the petals at step 5 of the block pattern you will find it helpful to press the seams on four of the petal units upwards....
Press the corner seams on four petal units up towards the corners

and the seams on the remaining four petal units downwards..... 
and press the remaining four petal unit seams down towards the petals

You can see the different when they are placed side by side.....
Make four of each

This helps with matching the petal points as you can now nest your corners (butt one seam up against another). Press the joining seam open and your petal unit should look like this at the back ....
Press the joining seam open to reduce bulk.  

and you should find you have perfect points on the front.  
You may need to trim your double petal units everso slightly

(If they do not match exactly don’t worry – it will not notice on the finished quilt. However, if you are creating this block as a focus block for a project you might want to practise a little so cut a few extra C and G pieces.)

Then it is just a case of joining your units together. 
Follow the pattern to create a floral delight.

And remember – field roses come in all colours so experiment with different colour combinations.
An Autumnal Field Rose

Next week we continue with quick corner units when we play with Block 9 – Bullseye.  You can find all the blocks made so far HERE.  And there is plenty of time to join in with the sew-along.  All you need are some fabric scraps and The Patchsmith's Sampler Blocks pattern book.
Available in PDF format for immediate download.Only $12.99

Until then I look forward to seeing your blocks on Instagram (#block8fieldrose) or in the Flickr Group.    

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Patchsmith's Ice Cream Sundae Mug Rug

Summer days are here again ......
Ice Cream Sundae Mug Rug

If you liked the strip applique method for this week’s Patchsmith Sampler Block 7 then you will love this cool and refreshing mug rug.  The Ice Cream Sundae mug rug pattern uses strip applique making this mug rug a quick and easy make.

What is more - it is just as cheap as an ice-cream at only $1.99.