Monday, 16 July 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 20 - Orange Pumpkin

Block 20 - Orange Pumpkin

It may be summer outside but in the Patchsmith Sampler Blockssew-along we are turning towards Autumn with the next two blocks.  And we start with Block 20 – Orange Pumpkin.

This week’s block is a beginner block with just one seam to match (and I have a tip to help you match it perfectly).  It is a great block for using up scrappy strips of fabric. 

However, if you want it quicker and simpler then use just one fabric for the pumpkin. 
A simpler version of Block 20

To do this replace the six (A) rectangles with two 3½” x 5½” rectangles in your chosen pumpkin fabric.  
Replace the A stips with two same-fabric rectangles

Then, instead of creating quick corners at the top of two strips of fabric for the stalk core (Step 2 of the pattern), create quick corners on the top inside corners of your two pumpkin rectangles as shown.
Create the stalk core using two quick corners on the inside corners

Next join the two rectangles together to create your main pumpkin rectangle.  And here is the tip for getting the seam to nest perfectly – press one of your quick corners towards the pumpkin fabric and press the other quick corner away from the pumpkin fabric.  This will help you nest those diagonal seams. (This also works if using scrappy strips.)
Press your quick corners in opposite directions

Look how well those points match up. 
Perfect points

Once you have your main pumpkin piece, whether from one fabric or strips, the next step is to turn the rectangle into a pumpkin shape using four background quick corners.
From rectanbgle to pumpkin oval

Create the top leaves and stalk at steps 5 and 6 of the pattern and there you have it - a glorious Orange Pumpkin block.
You can add detailing when you come to quilt the finished project

So I hope this week’s block provides a quick respite from the hot summer sun.  I would love to see your versions over on Instagram (#block20orangepumpkin) or in the Flickr Group.  Next week we will continue with the Autumn theme as we make a scrap-happy Acorn Block.   Until then .......

Monday, 9 July 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 19 - Everyway

Block 19 - Everyway

This week’s block design dates back to the 1930s.  It is a great sampler block as it can be created using four fabrics used elsewhere in the quilt adding cohesion to any project.  

It can also be created using just two fabrics ....  
Block 19 using two fabrics

If you want to make the block using just two fabrics you will need to cut four B, C and D pieces from each fabric.

Then it is simply a case of following the pattern to create four quick corner squares, and four half-bordered squares from each fabric.
Block 19 - Quick Corner Squares

I recommend laying out the sections on your worktable in the order you will stitch them. 
Lay them out prior to stitching

I love traditional patchwork patterns which can be brought bang up-to-date with modern fabrics.  Block 19 ‘Everyway’ is one such block and I hope you enjoy it too.

I look forward to seeing your blocks over on Instagram (#block19everyway) or in the Flickr Group Until then .......

Monday, 2 July 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 18 - Fruit Bowl

Block 18 - Fruit Bowl
This week’s block – Fruit Bowl - builds upon the quick corners we learned earlier in the sew-along although the quick corners in this block are quite small. 

Although there is no real matching of seams in this block do take your time when stitching the pear together as you want the top and bottom sections to meet neatly.   I didn’t take care with my ¼” seam allowance and my pear didn’t meet up exactly ......
The top and bottom sections of my pear didn't meet neatly

..... so I restitched it. 
Summer Fruit Bowl

But this is just me being fussy so don’t worry if your pear is a little wonky. The most important thing in this sew-along is to have fun and to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

And just because I used two apples and one pear doesn't mean you have to. You could use purple fabric for the apples and turn them into plums or have a bowl of three pears, or two pears and one apple. This is your fruit bowl - you get to choose.  

I look forward to seeing your fruit bowls over on the Instagram (#block18fruitbowl) or in the Flickr Group Until then .......