Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Printing The Patchsmith's Sampler Blocks book


Once you’ve purchased The Patchsmith’s Sampler Blocks pattern book in PDF format the very first thing you should do is download the book and save it to your computer.   It is important that you open the pattern from the saved copy on your computer as this pattern will open in your PDF reader.
Tip:  To view and print PDF files you will need Adobe reader which can be downloaded free from Adobe.   (Alternatively you can use a different PDF reader.) 

Next you need to decide whether you want to print the whole book or just the block you want to work on.     

If you like to work from a paper copy you could go ahead and print the whole book (there are seventy-one pages including the front sheet and applique sheets - that's a lot of pages so make sure you have enough ink and paper before starting).
Your screen may look slightly different.
1.         Click on the print icon on the bar at the top of the screen which will bring up the ‘print’ screen (you can also press the ‘Ctrl’ and ‘p’ keys at the same time);
2.         Make sure ‘all’ is selected in the ‘pages to print’ section.
3.         Check the 'Actual size' box in the 'Page size' section to ensure the applique sheets print to the correct size.  If you're not using Adobe this may be referred to as ‘scaling’ in which case you should select ‘none’.
That's it – you now have a hard copy.  

If you are quite happy to work from the screen you may just want to print the applique pages.  
All the applique templates can be found on pages 59-67
4.         Select ’59-67’ in the ‘pages to print’ section;
5.         Make sure you select ‘Actual size’ in the ‘page size' section.  If you not using Adobe this may be referred to as ‘scaling’ in which case you should select ‘none’.  Once printed you can use the print check boxes on each applique page to ensure the applique templates print to the correct size.  

If you don’t want to print the complete book at this stage (you may not have enough ink or you may only want one or two specific blocks for a project) you can select just the block pattern pages that you want: 
I am printing pages 8-10 - enough for Blocks 1, 2, 3 and 4

Tip:   You will find the page numbers for each block in the 'Contents' section of the book (pages 4 and 5).

Whether working from the screen or from a printed copy I hope you enjoy the many blocks in the book.  To see them all just click on the 'Patchsmith Sampler Blocks' tab at the top of the page.   I shall be showcasing the first block 'Brick Wall' on Monday 5th March 2018. 

Until then .........

Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Patchsmith's Sampler Block Patterns


Here it is – The Patchsmith’s Sampler Quilt Blocks - a book chock full of fifty fun 6” block patterns.  The book is available in PDF format only at present (the paperback will be out in a couple of months).  BUT ..... this is so much more than a book – it is a year of fabric fun with me, the Patchsmith.

Just a selection of The Patchsmith's Sampler blocks

Each week I will be focussing on one block from the book (yep – I shall start at Block 1 and work through them in order).  There are forty-three patchwork blocks and seven applique blocks – so something for everything.

Some of the blocks are really easy (such as Block 32 – 'Chunky Log Cabin'). 
Block 32 - Chunky Log Cabin

Whilst others, such as Block 43 - 'Chain Link' are a little more tricky.  But don’t worry – I will be here to help you with hints and tips every week from 4th March throughout 2018.   
Block 43 - Chain Link

(If you can’t sew along with me you can still access the hints and tips for the blocks by clicking on the ‘Patchsmith Sampler Blocks’ tab at the top of this page but they will only appear as I sew each block so check back regularly.)

This is a great book for honing your patchwork and applique skills – and the really good news is you can use whatever fabrics you have to hand – after all elephants don’t have to be grey – who wouldn’t love a ‘pink elephant’ or two?
Block 37 - Elephant
So what are you waiting for – The Patchsmith’s Sampler Quilt Blocks pattern book is only $12.99 for fifty really fun patterns that you can download immediately.  Just pop over to Craftsy and download it.  (Don’t forget to save it to your computer and ALWAYS work from the saved file – this applies to any PDF patternyou download – not just mine.) 

Block 1 - Brick Wall
You have a whole week to buy The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt Blocks book and select some fabric scraps for the very first block - Block 1 – Brick Wall if you want to sew-along with me.  This first block is a great filler block for any quilt, runner or project – but more on that on Monday 5th March.

In the meantime check my hints and tips for printing Patchsmith pattern books.