Wednesday, 28 January 2015

28 days of Blocks

Block 25 - English Rose (Patchsmith applique design)
I have been having fun with my Block-a-Day and I've introduced the first applique block into the collection - shown above. 
Block 23 - Basket 1 (Carol Doak)
Block 24 - Night and Day Log Cabin (Patchsmith)
Block 26 - Framed Tree (Carol Doak)
Block 28 - Pencils (although Carol Doak calls them 'crayons')
And I have created my first mistake block as I miscalculated the reduction of a Tumbling Blocks square.  I'm sure there will be more mistakes throughout the year and who knows, I may even invent a new block by accident!
Block 27 - Oh No! (this mistake design is all mine)
My organised mind is thinking of ways to bring some sort of order to this year-long project so all blocks for the month of February with be based around the theme of LOVE.  Expect lots of lovely hearts.

Be sure to check back next month as I hope to include a tutorial on making a scrappy patchwork block ..... or two!  In the meantime you can find all the blocks made on my Block-a-Day Pinterest board or over at the Flickr group.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Scrappy 2015 – time to destash those scraps

2015 is the year of the fabric scrap and I am on the lookout for anything that helps me destash my scraps.  So I didn’t think twice when accepting the Sew-My-Stash first challenge of the year – a Valentine project using nothing but little more than scraps.
Country Love Hearts Mug Rug
Obviously it had to be a mug rug – I am the Patchsmith after all!  What better way than to update my Love HeartsMug Rug pattern using nothing but pink, turquoise and red scraps.  The background for the hearts is a rogue charm square that was languishing in the bottom of my scrap box - even the binding is from off-cuts.
I'm get the feeling that Scrappy 2015 is going to be a year full of fabric, fun and friends. We are only three weeks into the year and I've had so much fun already.

If you want to join in this Sew My Stash challenge you better get your skates on - all projects should be finished by the end of Sunday 25th January.  But don't worry - you can always join in the next one.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Block-a-Day is up-to-date

Block 22 - Schoolhouse
I caught up – Block 22 Schoolhouse completed today.  From hereon in it is just one block a day for the next 343 days – easy-peasy!  Have to say I am loving it.  It is scrap-organising extraordinaire!  Fancy a gander ("gander" = slang for look)?
Block 15 - Boxed-in
I just had to slip in a little patchwork.  I think this block is my favourite so far.
Block 16 - Apple (Carol Doak)
Block 17 - Nine-Patch.  A little more patchwork from me.
Block 18 - Shamrock - another Carol Doak 3" block.
Block 19 - Birdhouse (Carol Doak)
Block 20 - Big Mug
Original 6" pattern from Block Central reduced by half!
Block 21 - Crocus (Carol Doak)
What a great way to see how fabrics look together.  These are my Patchique fabrics.
So there you have it.  22 blocks - one for each day of the year so far.  If you fancy joining in - with a block-a-day, block-a-week or even a block-a-month then be sure to pop over to the Flickr group and say "hello".  

Until next time ......