Thursday, 18 May 2017

Patchwork Fabric, Fun and Friends

Snapshots Block 2 'Sew on and on'

Every year the Fat Quarter Shop share a beautiful quilt pattern whilst raising thousands of pounds for the charity of their choice.

In 2014 it was the Wishes quilt-along in support of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Click on the photo for the Wishes patterns and tutorials

In 2015 it was the very popular Snapshots quilt-along that raised funds for St. Judes.
Click on the photo for the Snapshots patterns and tutorials

In 2016 it was the Crossroads quilt-along raising thousands for March of Dimes.
Click on the photo for the Crossroads patterns and tutorials

And this year it is the Patchwork quilt-along in support of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Click on the photo for the Patchwork patterns and tutorials

The block patterns are free but it would be lovely if you could support this year’s charity with a few dollars - just go to the Fat Quarter Shops’ Donation page to find out how.

I am joining in again this year with the Patchwork quilt-along but instead of a full size quilt I am making an autumnal table runner.  If you want to join me you will need lots of lovely autumnal fabrics....  
Despite its name I think this collection would be perfect for autumn.

....and you will need to make two of each block. I will be back next week to show you the blocks made so far but it isn't too late to join in - the blocks are quick and easy.  

Saturday, 22 April 2017

QAYG Butterfly Patch Mug Rug

Sometimes you need a last minute gift but you don’t have much time.  And sometimes you just don’t feel like quilting.  Don’t worry – I have just the thing - my Butterfly Patch Mug Rug pattern.  The pattern isn’t designed as a quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) pattern but it works beautifully.  Here’s how ....

1.         Cut your strips according to the pattern but cut them slightly longer. And cut your batting slightly larger too. (I cut my strips 6" in length and my batting rectangle 12” x 8”.)

2.         Lay the first strip on top of the batting - 1” in from the left-hand side of the batting with at least 1” of batting showing at the top and the bottom.  (Of course you could always start from the right-hand side if you prefer.)

3.         Next lay the second strip on top of the first.  Pin in place and stitch to the first strip using a ¼” seam down the right-hand side.

4.         Finger press open.  NOTE:  If you are using synthetic batting do not press with an iron as the batting will melt onto the iron. 

5.         Next lay the third strip on top of the first two, aligning the right-hand side of the strip with the right-hand side of the first two strips.  Pin and stitch using a ¼” seam down the right-hand side as before.  Finger press open.

6.         Continue adding all the strips in this way.
7.         Once all the strips have been stitched onto the batting trim the patched rectangle to the size of the finished mug rug (you will find this on the front of the pattern).  Try to keep the strips straight but don’t worry too much – the band and butterfly will distract the eye from any imperfections.

8.         Add the center band exactly as detailed in the Butterfly Patch pattern.  

9.         Decide which fabrics you are going to use for the butterfly and applique this onto the mug rug.  I couldn’t make up my mind so I made a couple of butterflies.  I went with the orange (I am saving the pink butterfly for another project).

10.       Once all applique and stitching has been completed you are ready to add the backing.  The best way to do this is lay the mug rug onto the backing rectangle wrong sides together. 

11.       Pin and stitch ⅛” all around the edge of the mug rug to secure the backing fabric to the mug rug before trimming the backing to match the size of the mug rug.

12.       Then it is simply a case of binding the mug rug to finish.  I say ‘simply’ but I find choosing binding one of the hardest steps when mug rug making.

And there you have it – the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday or any day of the year.  

 The Butterfly Patch mug rug pattern costs just $1.99 (which includes a 6” butterfly block template) and is available for immediate download HERE.  

Monday, 10 April 2017

Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

Easter is nearly upon us – the most important time in the Christian calendar. 

As much as I love bunnies .....
Bunny Hop Mug Rug

and chocolate eggs ......
Easter Mug Rug

it is the symbol of hope, forgiveness and love that captures my heart.  

And now, with the Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug pattern I can have that symbol on my work desk and on my workroom wall.  
The Log Cabin Cross mug rug pattern includes instructions for adding
quick hanging corners to the back of any mug rug.

available for immediate download
for just $1.99.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Jigsaw Patch for Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness month and Cat from Callico Hill is hosting an Autism Awareness tag-along for the whole of April over on her Instagram feed.   Each day there will be a giveaway or discount together with information on how autism influences daily life. 

I will be joining in and hosting a giveaway later in the month.  Until then I thought it might be fun to create a unique block that helps raise awareness of Autism. 


This FREE Jigsaw patchwork block pattern is perfect for beginners and experienced stitchers alike.  The pattern details a 6” block (finished size) but I have also included cutting sizes to make a bigger 12” block.

This pattern, like all Patchsmith patterns comes with easy-to-follow instructions and full colour diagrams to speed you on your way.  

(or click on any of the photos)

And don’t forget to follow Callico Hill on Instagram to keep up-to-date on the daily giveaways and discounts.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Catch yourself a Patchsmith Butterfly Bargain

The Patchsmith’s Butterfly Patch Mug Rug pattern has just become even better value.  

I've updated the Mug Rug pattern to include perfectly sized templates to make a 6” Butterfly Patch quilt block. 

And the good news is - the pattern still costs only $1.99.
So what are you waiting for?   Flutter over to my Butterfly Patch and catch yourself a butterfly today. 

(p.s. If you've already purchased the Butterfly Patch Mug Rug Pattern go to your Craftsy pattern library and redownload it.  The updated version will include the additional templates.)

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mother's Day

Sometimes all it takes is a little something 
slipped into a card
to say ....

..... I LOVE YOU xxx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Simple Square Sampler Quilt Block

Sometimes you will find yourself one or two blocks short for a sampler quilt.  Look no further than the Simple Square – it’s quick to make but very versatile.

It is also a very quick 6" block to match with one of the fun sidebars from my One Block pattern book:
Available for immediate download from Craftsy
or in paperback format from Amazon

To make a 6” Simple Square block (finished size) you will need:
One 3½” for the center square.
Two 2” x 3½” outer rectangles
Two 6½” x 2” out rectangles. 

To make a 12” Simple Square block (finished size) you will need:
One 6½” for the center square.
Two 3½” x 6½” outer rectangles
Two 12½” x 3½” out rectangles. 

As I said it is very simple to put together .....

And the clever thing about this block is it can look different every time you make it - perfect as a Sampler Quilt filler.  
I saw the first daisies of the year today - but not this many!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

My Favourite Splendid Sampler Blocks

One of my favourite Splendid Sampler blocks

Following on from the little competition last week to guess my favourite and least favourite Splendid Sampler block I can now share with you my favourites:

From top to bottom, left-to right
Wings (2); Coneflower (52); Snug as a Bug (7);
Dedication Rose (55), Happy Happy (4);
Stitch-in-the-Garden (44) and Stitching Fashion (28).

My least favourite block of all was Shell (54) – not because of the design or technique but because of the fabrics I chose.
Block 54 - Shell.  A lovely paper-pieced block but not a good fabric combo.

I also struggled making these four although there is no denying Inchy Hexagon Club looks very pretty: 
From top to bottom, left-to right
Lemonade (34); Inchy Hexagon Club (36);
Pincushion Love (43) and Oval (69).

And the winner of the $30 Fat Quarter Club gift card is Orange Kitty Mom who managed to guess one of my favourite blocks and my least favourite.  Very well done. 

Until next time .......

Saturday, 11 March 2017

St Patrick's Day Mug Rug

St Patrick's Day Mug Rug in Spring colours
My coffee table is dressed ready 
for St. Patrick’s Day.  

And my bedside table has a pretty addition too.....
Are you ready for the fun? 

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Splendid Sampler Finale and Giveaway

The Splendid Sampler has come to an end.  I didn’t make all the blocks as I left some of the embroidery blocks out. But I did make the Birthday Cake bonus block and these final twelve blocks: 
The Splendid Sampler 'Birthday Cake' Bonus Block

The Splendid Sampler Block 85 - Flow

The Splendid Sampler Block 86 - Unity Star

The Splendid Sampler Block 87 - Shining Star

The Splendid Sampler Block 89 - Love from Colorado to the Mid West

The Splendid Sampler Block 90 - Juggling

The Splendid Sampler Block 91 - Double Bees

The Splendid Sampler Block 93 - Tiny Miracles

The Splendid Sampler Block 94 - Skyscraper

The Splendid Sampler Block 95 - Sunshine

The Splendid Sampler Block 97 - First Purse

The Splendid Sampler Block Block 98 - Fleur de Lei

The Splendid Sampler Block 100 - Centered

Next week I will share with you my most favourite and my least favourite block from all The Splendid Sampler blocks I've made.  

But until then, pop over to my Splendid Sampler Pinterest board and see if you can guess which block is my most favourite and which is my least favourite.  Leave a comment below and I shall pick a winner from the correct guesses to win a $30 Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate.   (Leave your email in the comment so I can contact you - competition will close on Saturday 11th March 2017.)