Monday, 18 February 2019

Patchsmith Sampler Block 50 - Yacht

Block 50 - Yacht

You could be excused for thinking that this final block in the Patchsmith’s Sampler sew-along will have us sailing off into the sunset but that just isn’t true.  Every block in the book, together with its respective blog post/tutorial can be found HERE.  They are not going anywhere.  And I am just an email away from providing help and assistance should you need.

The Patchsmith Sampler pattern book is available from Amazon

So the final block is a lovely little make.  There is nothing difficult or new with this block as it is made up of quick corners and straightforward patchwork. 

It is also a lovely block to add to a project or quilt intended for a male recipient, whatever their age.  But remember, women like to sail as well (I was taught to sail when I was at school).
Red, white and blue can create a pretty yacht.
I particularly like using red, white and blue for this block making it a great Labour Day or 4th of July block. 

Whatever use you find for it, I hope you will share your blocks over on Instagram (#block50yacht) so that we can all share inspiration and fabric fun. 

So there we have it – a year-long project comes to a close.  I will be back with a couple of new mug rug books this year, together with an exploration of how quilting/stitching can help us find a little bit of peace in a hurried world (starting in March).  I will also be using some of my Sampler Blocks in projects throughout the year. So I hope to see you back here again real soon. 
Click on the photo to see all my FW 1920s blocks
p.s. Don’t forget to check out the Farmer’s Wife 1920s blocks on Pinterest.  Just click on any of the photos and you will go through to the hints-and-tips for that block.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Farmers Wfe 1920s Blocks 35, 36, 37 and 38

Block 35 - Flower Basket
Block 35 - Flower Basket
I used a floral background for this block (photo above) as it seemed rather plain without it.  Journal notes state "A very easy block.  I was away from my sewing room so I drew the handle freehand and only had white cotton for the blanket stitch."  I think it turned out very pretty.

Block 36 - Flower Garden Path
Block 36 - Flower Garden Path
My notes identify this as "a tricky block."  I paper-pieced it in a different order by creating four triangle sections before patching them together with 1¼" wide strips for the cross.  I am pleased with how it turned out - I was quite lucky that it turned out to size and that the print of the small gingham pink fabric wasn't too skewed.

Block 37 - Flower Pot
Block 37 - Flower Pot
What looked like a relatively simple block turned out to have two inset seams when foundation paper-piecing.  The leaves are also not lined up exactly and neither is the stripe on the main section of the basket.  But it is good enough to be sashed into row 4 and looks pretty good there.

Block 38 - Four Winds
Block 38 Four Winds
And finally, if you think the previous two blocks were tricky then watch out for Block 38.  My tip is "mark the paper-piecing templates with the colours before stitching the block as the layout is complicated".  Even doing this I still had to redo one strip as I didn't look at the markings - doh!

I am all up to date with Gnomeangel's Farmer's Wife sew-along having made blocks 39, 40 and 41.  But more on those next week.  You can see all the blocks made to date on my Farmer's Wife 1920s Pinterest board.   Until next time .......

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Patchsmith Sampler Block 49 - Tea-Time

Block 49 - Tea-time

As we approach the end of the Patchsmith’s Sampler sew-along it is time to share a cuppa together.  But before we do let me remind you that all the blocks and their blog postings are available by clicking the ‘PatchsmithSampler’ tab above.  So don't worry if you havn't made all the blocks yet – this is not a race!

So on to this week’s penultimate block – Block 49 ‘Tea-time’.  It is a relatively simple patchwork block that lends itself to playing with three co-ordinating fabrics (and one background fabric). 

Click on the template to download a PDF version

I added steam swirls to the top of the block (you will find a template on page 65 of the paperback book) or you can download it by clicking on the spirals above.  

First I marked the swirls using a Frixion pen.  Here in England these are widely available from all the major supermarkets.  They have the benefit of disappearing once pressed with a hot iron.
Marking the block with steam spirals

Once marked I used two strands of embroidery cotton and a simple running stitch to create the swirls.  
A simple running stitch is all it takes!

However, you could always quilt the swirls when quilting the finished project  or leave them off totally.
Spiral-less Tea-Time Block 49

My finished quilt is waiting for good light so that I can photograph it.  In the meantime please share you blocks over on Instagram (tag me @thepatchsmith or with the number and name of the block i.e. #block49teatime). 

The final block in the book - Block 50 'Yacht'

Next week will be sailing into the sunset with the last block of the sew-along – but hoepfully not our last week together as I have lots of other plans to share with you this year including a new book or two of mug rug patterns.

Until then ……