Monday, 11 June 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 15 - Cornerstones

Cornerstones Block (VERSION 1)
Once upon a time in a land far away there lived three women – a huge woman; a middling size woman and a tiny, very slim woman  (who could seriously do with eating more cake!). 

The three women spent their time following The Patchsmith on Instagram and Flickr.   But they spent most of their time arguing amongst themselves over the perfect size block to make.

The huge woman liked to make very large blocks, whilst the tiny woman liked to make very small blocks.  The middling size woman however, found the 6” blocks in The Patchsmith’s Sampler Blocks pattern book to be just the right size.

Cornerstones Block (VERSION 2)

Thankfully there was one block that suited all three women – the Cornerstones block.

It contained one large cornerstone to keep the huge woman happy........

Eight small cornerstones to keep the tiny woman happy ........

And four cornerstone squares that were just right for the middling size woman .....

And so a contentment descended upon the home of the three women as they set about stitching their own Cornerstones Blocks.
Cornerstones Block (VERSION 3)

Truth be told, all three women liked to play with fabric and this block didn’t disappoint.   It was such a quick and easy block to put together that they would’ve had time to clean the sewing room if only they could agree on the size of broom needed to sweep the floor!

If you want to make your own Cornerstones block you will find it in The Patchsmith's Sampler Blocks pattern book.  You will also find it in the Patchwork Corners Mug Rug pattern - a simple mug rug pattern that is tailor made for the beginner mug rug maker.
One of two versions included in the Patchwork Corners Mug Rug pattern.

The second version included in the Patchwork Corners Mug Rug pattern.

Can you tell which woman made which block?  If you can then you could win a copy of the paperback version of The Patchsmith's Sampler Blocks pattern book due to be released very shortly. Just leave a comment telling me which of the three woman (large, middle, small) made which of the three Cornerstone Blocks (version 1, 2 or 3).  You only need link one block with one woman - but should you link all three blocks to the correct women there will be a bonus prize!  
Closing date is Sunday 17th June 2018 and I will pick a winner from the correct entries the following Monday.
p.s. Don't forget to leave an email.

Until then ........

Monday, 4 June 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 14 - Friendship Block

Block 14 - Friendship

Patchwork and quilting is as much about friendship and connection as it is about fabric fun and so we come to the Friendship block.
Primary fabrics work really well with Block 14.

This block uses half-square triangles and quick corners to create four friendly corner squares which, when joined together forms Block 14.
Just two fabric friends come together in this version.

We have already covered half-square triangles with Block 2 ‘Guiding Star’

And we covered quick corners with Block 3 ‘Watermelon’.
Block 3 - Watermelon uses quick corners

To make sure the points on your Friendship block stay sharp you might like to press the seams on the top left and the bottom right units at step 4 towards the contrast fabric and the top right and bottom left units away from the contrast fabric.   This will help when nesting the seams.
Pressing the seams of the Friendship Block

If you intend to quilt in-the-ditch however, you may prefer to press all the seams away from the contrast or open.

To see all the blocks in the book and to click through to the tutorials select the 'Patchsmith Sampler Blocks' tab above.

In the meantime I look forward to seeing your block photos over on Instagram (#block14friendshipblock) or in the Flickr Group.  Until next time ......

Monday, 28 May 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 13 - Slice and Dice

Block 13 - Slice and Dice

This week brings us to an unusual block - Block 13 'Slice and Dice'.  The most important thing about this block is NOT TO TRIM IT UNTIL IT IS COMPLETE.   I use the slice-and-dice method for many different patchwork blocks and we will come across it again for Block 41 – Checkerboard.
Slicing and dicing makes quick work of Block 41

But back to this week's block.  Firstly you need to cut an A strip from two different fabrics and two background strips.  When choosing fabrics remember that the A fabrics will be alongside each other so try to make them contrasting. 
Use two different fabrics for your A strips

The first step requires you to stitch a B background strip to each of the A strips.  Press the seams open. 
Join a background strip to each A strip.
Then we make our first slice by cutting each of the A/B units in half to create four 4” squares.
Four 4" squares

On the back of two identical squares mark a diagonal line making sure the diagonal line runs the same way on both squares.

Place the marked square, right-sides together onto an unmarked square so that the B background fabric lies against the A fabric as shown.  
The B strips should lie against the A strips as shown.

Stitch a scant ¼” either side of the marked line.  Slice along the marked line and press open to create four units that look like this ....
Your spliced squares may be mishapened but DO NOT TRIM.

Each unit should measure at least 3½” but DO NOT TRIM THEM.  This is very important.

Arrange the four blocks as shown in the book and stitch them together.  Press.  Now you can trim the block to size.   (I used a very scant ¼” when stitching along the diagonal so I had a fair amount to trim.)  
NOW YOU CAN TRIM - once the block is complete. 

I think you will agree, a tricky block but well worth the effort.
A very pretty 6½ Slice & Dice block
I look forward to seeing your Slice & Dice blocks over on Instagram (#block13sliceanddice) and in the Flickr Group.