Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Farmer’s Wife 1930s Quilt Blocks 54, 56, 58, 66, 68 and 69


Time to catch up on my Farmer’s Wife quilt blocks.  I shall be making the last few blocks over the next few weeks and hope to finish piecing the quilt top before June is out. So let’s get going .....
Block 54 – Magnolia.  I initially pieced this block incorrectly (leaves are the wrong way round) so I turned that into a Quilty Zip Pocket and set about paper-piecing this block correctly.  

My notes for this block state ‘too many seams so I combined A4 with A5, B3 with B4, C1 with C2 and D1 with D2.
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 54 - Magnolia

Block 56 – Marcella.  This is simple block and I am surprised it wasn’t one of the earlier blocks on the Gnome Angel sew along.  Notes state ‘really easy – paper-pieced whilst waiting for daughter to come home from work.’
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 56 - Marcella

Block 58 – Martha.  I patched this block back in October 2015.  It is just a collection of half-square and quarter square triangles.
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 58 - Martha
Block 66 – Mrs Anderson.  This was a “lovely block to make.”  I took off all paper-piecing paper off the four corners before patching the sections together.
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 66 - Mrs Anderson

Block 68 – Mrs Fay.  My notes in the book say it all “strewth – why oh why has the paper-piecing templates been created in such a convoluted, difficult manner.  No need for insets or half-triangle squares.  I patched this block easily with rectangles and squares.”  My notes on Instagram suggest a shortcut ‘I calculated cutting sizes myself but I have since noticed that this block is incredible similar to LoriHolt’s Winter Star Block from her Farm Girl Vintage book.’
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 68 - Mrs Fay

Block 69 – Mrs Keller.  I patched this block as it was a case of a simple nine-patch center and then quick corners for the sides and half-square triangles for the corners.  Notes read “okay – nothing special to make”.  But it sure did turn out pretty.
Farmer's Wife 1930s block no. 69 - Mrs Keller
Very Kerry Berry has covered a few of the blocks whilst I have been unwell so my Block-a-Day makes this week will be including Block 59 Mary and Block 60 Mary Gray. 

You can find all my Farmer’s Wife blocks on my Farmer's Wife Pinterest Board or by clicking on the tab above.

Until next time   ......

Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Splendid Sampler Blocks 24 to 29

I am having so much fun with The Splendid Sampler blocks this week and I've just gotta share them with you .......

Block 24 – ‘’Inspector Sidekick’ is a traditional patchwork block designed by Michele Foster. I spun the corner blocks to tie in with the blue polka dots but it would've looked good had I left it.
The Splendid Sampler Block 24 - Inspector Sidekick

Block 25 – ‘Sunday Best’ is a delightful little applique block from the ever popular Anne Sutton.   This block was particularly fun – with little touches added with embroidery (buttons, pocket, flower stem).
The Splendid Sampler Block 25 - Sunday Best

Block 26 – ‘Dreaming of Dresdens’ by none other than one of The Splendid Sampler organisers, Jane Davidson.  The Dresden plate went together well but those little stems and dots were quite fiddly.
The Splendid Sampler Block 26 - Dreaming of Dresdens

Block 27 – ‘Sewing Machine’ by The Splendid Sampler’s other organiser Pat Sloan.  
The Splendid Sampler Block 27 - Sewing Machine

This block reminded me of my Sewing Machine mug rug and was the inspiration for my first buy-one-get-one-free offer but hurry it ends on 31 May 2016.
Get this Patchsmith Pattern free with any purchase until 31 May 2016

Block 28 – ‘Stitching Fashion’.  I was very, very excited when I saw that Charise Randell was one of the block designers.  I wasn't disappointed and I was thrilled to make Charise's paper-pieced block pattern.
The Splendid Sampler Block 28 - Stitching Fashion

So much so that I made another dress in different fabrics.  
The Splendid Sampler Block 28 - Dressmaking

And finally, today’s block - block 29 – ‘Scrappy Happy Heart’ – another, albeit simpler, paper-pieced pattern from Christa Watson.  I made this block totally from pink and red scraps. 
The Splendid Sampler Block 29 - Scrappy Happy Heart

Tomorrow I shall make another using my blue and turquoise scraps but more about that next week.

Until then ................ 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Splendid Sewing Free Mug Rug Offer

Have you seen block 27 of The Splendid Sampler – it is a delightful Sewing Machine block designed by Pat Sloan.
The Splendid Sampler block 27 - Sewing Machine

It reminded me of my Sewing Machine Mug Rug pattern...... 
The Patchsmith's Sewing Machine pattern

A mug rug is an essential item for any sewing desk.  It provides a safe haven for tea and cookies whilst reminding that even scraps have a function.

Which got me thinking about a splendidly simple give-away. 
Gingham Sewing Machines

Purchase ANY Patchsmith pattern from my Craftsy Store from today until May 31 2016 and I will email you my Sewing Machine Mug Rug pattern by way of a ‘thank you’.  

I told you it was splendidly simple. 
A selection of Patchsmith Mug Rug Patterns
All Patchsmith mug rug patterns are in PDF format for immediate download and, at only $1.99 each they are a bargain.   But with this offer you will be getting two patterns for under a dollar each – now that is a splendid bargain! 

(Note:  The free Sewing Machine Mug Rug pattern will be emailed to the email address on the Paypal slip.  It is important you save the pattern to your computer and/or save the email for future use.  This offer ends at midnight 31 May 2016 and applies only to purchases made through my Craftsy Store.  No substitutes allowed.)