Monday, 3 September 2012

Sew Alongs and Gifts

**** UPDATE ****

Thank you all for entering. 
I used a Random Number Generator to select the winners ......

The ‘Scottie Dog Mug Rug’ pattern went to Kay
The ‘Bee Hive Wall Quilt’ pattern went to Cindy Staub
The ‘Tea and Cake Mug Rug’ pattern went to Carla G.

I have also had the date confirmed for the Patchsmith to join the Glorious Autumn Block Party (hosted again by Quilting Gallery). 
My block will appear on 4th October 2012 so be sure to visit here on that day because there will be a free PDF block pattern and another
give-away which will be open to everybody.
Now back to the blog .......


It has been a brilliant weekend – my tea-and-coffee mug rug appeared on the Craftsy newsletter and sales rocketed.  On top of that I have had one hundred comments for the Blog Hop Party give-away - (it is the last day today so check it out for the chance to win some goodies). 

However, what is really awesome is Amy, from Amy Made That, took my little Scottie Dog mug rug pattern and turned it into a stunning gift.  I cannot believe she found the ideal mug to match - she is just too perfect!!
On top of all this I have added three new patterns to my Craftsy shop including the Hearts and Daisies wall quilt pattern.  This pattern is so quick and easy to put together as you can patch or appliqué the hearts depending on your preferred method.  If you don’t fancy it as a wall quilt you could turn the hearts so they face inwards and it becomes a table topper.  Now wouldn’t that make a super Christmas present?  And, as all Patchsmith patterns are just $1.99 (approx £1.40) this gift at least, will be within budget.
As regular readers will know the Zakka sew-along is drawing to a close (only two more weeks to go).  But never fear – I have found another sew-along to take us up until Christmas – it is entitled the Glorious Autumn Block Party and involves three different designers every week for the next fifteen weeks.   It starts tomorrow. Each designer will design a 12” square based on the theme of a ‘glorious autumn’ and the blocks will be posted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of every week.  There is sure to be quilting, appliqué, patching and so much more, so there will be lots of choice in respect of style, method and skill level.
Each week I will choose one of the three blocks designed for that week and make it up.  I shall post my block here and in the Flickr group for the Quilting Gallery Block Party.   There are “special-deals” all through the season as well so it is a win-win as far as I can see.  Why don’t you join in – it is a great way to practise techniques at the same time as making a quilt – one block at a time.  If autumnal colours aren’t your thing then swap the colours to suit you or your decor.    Check it out here or click on the picture-link above. 

And the really good news - - - I have been invited to make a block.  Yes, ‘tis true - the Patchsmith has been asked to contribute.  The week of my block hasn’t been finalised yet but I can promise you that there will be a give-away to accompany it which will be open to everybody around the globe.  I shall also be producing a PDF for you to download, showing clearly how to put the block together (don’t worry – it will be quick and easy but super cool).  There might even be something extra on the PDF to help you bring the colours of autumn into your home without requiring you to complete a full-size quilt.     So check in regularly and I will let you know as soon as the date has been confirmed.

Or, if you fancy something Christmassy then check out Blossom Hearts Quilts 'A Very Merry HST BOF' - and yet again there is a Flickr group to go with it.
Let me know which one you are going to do.  Also if you find any others then please post a comment.

Gotta go – this is the penultimate week in the Zakka sew-along and this week’s project, the Happy Garland Message Board is calling me.  My embroidery hoop is only 8” rather than the recommended 10” so I am going to have to get creative ...... again!!


  1. You've had quite a wonderful week! Thanks for showing my version of your mug rug pattern. I'm going to try the tea-and-coffee one next!

  2. Thank you so much, I am looking forward to making my son a mug rug with the scottie design. we bought him a puppy last year and he just loves him so much this would be a perfect present.

    1. You are more than welcome. I hope he likes it. A new puppy is always so much fun. I will set up a Flickr site at the weekend and you could post it there. Also, check back on 4th October for a free PDF block pattern.

  3. congrats on the sales! I'm hoping to find a non-quilt sew-along. I've enjoyed the ZS SAL as it isn't quilting and is general sewing. Don't suppose you've seen any of them around?

    1. I will keep an eye out - I have also enjoyed it being a non-quilt sew along. If anybody else spots something please post a comment.

  4. Your Scotty Doggies are so adorable and fun to make.
    And, I so *heart* your light house table runners!

    Can't wait to see your Autumn block for the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop!

  5. Amanda I am so pleased to hear that your patterns are doing so well...and I agree Amy's version is a delightful gift. It's funny but I have enjoyed the ZS SAL as well and learned so many new sewing trick as well as making things I would never have tried on my own.

  6. I love your little teacup & cupcake mugrug! Congrats on making it into the Craftsy newsletter! Hugs, L