Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Have a Heart on Valentines Day

You don’t have to love 
Valentines Day 
to have a heart .......

Heart Sidebar from my One Block pattern book

...... you just need a few scraps, an hour or two and a Patchsmith mug rug pattern.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Half-Hearted Valentine Bunting

One of the things I love about mug rugs is the way I can bring the seasons and special days into my home quickly and easily .....
Valentine Hearts Mug Rug pattern enlarged to become a table runner

This year is the turn of my 
FREE Valentine Bunting pattern
(just click on the photo or link for the pattern) 

I used the heart from my Half-Hearted Mug Rug pattern so if you have that pattern pull it out and you are ready to go. 
Half-Hearted Mug Rug

However, you could just as easily use a biscuit cutter.  Just make sure that it fits neatly onto the pennant flag with room to spare.
There should be enough room around your heart
to stitch two pennants together

And when you're done with Valentines day you can use the flag pattern and add some birds and birdhouses for the Spring.  Now wouldn't that be cute?
Summer Birdhouse Mug Rug Pattern

Until next time......

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Jane Austen's Love Story Cameo Mug Rug

2017 marks the bicentenary of Jane Austin’s death.  Thank goodness her books remain as alive today as they always have.

The 'Love Story' Cameo mug rug pattern commemorates Jane’s ability to weave a happy ending to each and every one of her love stories.

Suitable for hand-stitching (as shown above) or machine-stitching (as shown below) you will need an experienced hand when cutting and stitching the silhouettes. 

And here is a little tip for getting the fusible paper off the back of the applique shapes easily - once you have fused the tracing to your chosen fabric, peel a small corner away prior to cutting the shape out.  You will then have a starting point for peeling the paper away once the shape is cut out.
Peel a corner then lay the backing paper back down to cut out the shape.
You will find it easy to peel the backing paper using the pulled corner.

So join with me and create the perfect resting place for your cup-of-tea as you enjoy your next great read.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Patchsmith's 12" Spinning Churn Dash Block

Do you remember when I did a little Churn Dash spinning last month to create a 6" Spinning Churn Dash Block?  

Well this month I've been spinning again but this time on a bigger scale.
My 12" Spinning Churn Dash Block pattern is available for immediate download HERE and, just like it's smaller sister, it is 

However, if you've already printed the 6" Spinning Churn Dash Block I thought I would share with you the 12" cutting measurements so you can write them on the pattern without the need to print it again.  So here they are:
From background fabric cut:
             Two 5½" squares (A)
             One 12 x 2½" rectangle (B)
From center fabric cut:
            One 4½" square (C)
            One 12 x 2½" rectangle (D)
From corner fabric cut:
             Two 5½" squares (E)
             Two 12 x 2½" rectangles (F)

I look forward to spinning with you real soon.  
p.s. Don't forget to tag #spinningchurndash or @thepatchsmith so I can see photos of your Spinning Churn Dash blocks.