Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Patchsmith Sampler Quilt

I have been waiting for nice weather to take some pictures of the finished Patchsmith Sampler Quilt.  Unfortunately, it is still raining here in England!  But I can't wait a moment longer .......
Complete with a scrap happy border.
I used left over scraps from fabrics used elsewhere in the quilt to make the scrap-happy border.  It pulls all the blocks together to create a unified quilt.

The scrappy border couldn't be any easier.

The blocks were created using some of my favourite fabrics from my stash and scrap box.  After all - that is what sampler quilts are all about - using what you have.

So many favourite blocks

Every time I look at the quilt I see a favourite block and then another and then another.  Here I love the cactus, the moonlit star, the ladybird, the beehive - oh heck - I just love them all.

Can you see the Saltbox House?  I would love to live there1
If you want to have a closer look at each and every block then click on the Patchsmith Sampler Blocks tab above.  You will find a photo of each block and, if you click on the photo, you will go through to the blog post for that block.  You will find hints and tips and some cool ways to use the blocks together with bonus blocks.

Combine Block 9 'Bullseye' with Block 17 'London Roads' for a fun mug rug
The blocks don't have to be made into a quilt - they are great in all sorts of projects.  So head on over to Amazon and grab yourself a copy of The Patchsmith's Sampler Quilt pattern book.

Until next time ......

Monday, 13 May 2019

Farmer's Wife Blocks 54, 55 and 56

A scrappy Farm Girl Maple Leaf

Block 54 – Kitchen Woodbox
Block 54 - Kitchen Woodbox
This was a really simple block to paper-piece.  I used up some of my fabric scraps.

Block 55 - Linoleum
Block 55 - Linoleum
Block 55 is a lovely little block that should be added to everybody's pattern library.  I paper-pieced this block in less than 20 minutes.  And it turned out perfectly to size.  

Block 56 - Maple Leaf
Block 56 - Maple Leaf
Nothing new here either.  A very traditional block that has been recreated time and time again.  The last time I pieced this block was in the Farm Girl Vintage sew-along (see top of blog for that block).

Talking of Farm Girl Vintage - do you know there is a new sew-along version - Farm Girl Vintage 2 which will be kicking off later this year?  But before that there is the Granny's Garden quilt sew-along which starts August 26th.  

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Farmer's Wife 1920s Blocks 48, 49 and 50

It is over a month since I posted any Farmer’s Wife 1920s blocks so, without further ado here are another three blocks.

Block 48 – Homeward Bound
Block 48 - Homeward Bound
This was a really simple block so I patched it rather than paper-pieced it.  It turned out just fine.

Block 49 – Honeycomb
Block 49 - Honeycomb
If I was English paper-piecing this I would combine all the yellow pieces into two diamonds (centre two) and four half-diamonds (side units).  I cannot, for the life of me see why you wouldn’t.  As I was foundation paper-piecing I combined the middle triangles to create one triangle for each row (look closely and you will see what I mean).  It made this block easier and less bulky.

Block 50 – Honey’s Choice
Block 50 - Honey's Choice
For Block 50 'Honey’s Choice' I paper-pieced the four corner pinwheel units and then patched them together.  All relatively easy.

I have actually made more than these three but I have put off Blocks 51 and 52 due to my half-triangle boredom.  I will get on with both this week and hope to post shortly so be sure to pop back soon.  Until then.........

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

MUM Mug Rug Tutorial

MUM Mug Rug

In 2012 I made my mother a mug rug which she has treasured. But it has been laundered once too often and is ready for a replacement.  Join with me as I revisit my MUM/MOM Mug Rug Pattern to create a replacement. 

My original MUM Mug Rug

Firstly, you will need the pattern. It costs just $2.50 from ETSY or my Pattern Store.  It comes with the option to create a MUM mug rug or a MOM mug rug.

The pattern includes a 'MOM' version
FRUGAL STITCHING TIP: If you have The Patchsmith’s Alphabet pattern you can use that to create a lovely MUM/MOM mug rug. It doesn’t have the flower additions but it does have the letters and the small heart (uppercase MUM and regular lower case ‘u’ or ‘o’).

You can cut the letters from charm squares or patch them using left-over binding scraps. The pattern includes cutting sizes for creating your MUM/MOM letters from strips of fabric.
Press your seams open or to the side - it really doesn't matter.

Once you have traced the letters from the pattern, position the tracings onto the WRONG SIDE of the patched rectangle. I turned the lowercase ‘u’ upside down but you don’t have to. Fuse in place and allow to cool before cutting them out.  Fuse any hearts and flowers to the WRONG SIDE of your chosen fabrics. Peel the backing paper from all shapes.
Fuse the MUM tracings onto the WRONG side of the patch

Now choose your mug rug background fabric and cut out a rectangle (you can always cut your rectangle larger than needed and trim to size once all applique/quilting has been completed.) 
Deciding which backing fabric to use.

Position all pieces onto the backing rectangle and, when happy with the look, fuse them into place to create your mug rug top.  
A well-dressed Mum all ready for stitching

If you are following the pattern exactly ensure you leave ½” between the applique and the edge of the background rectangle to allow for binding.
Leave ½” between all pieces and the edge of the mug rug top

Stitch the pieces into position by hand or machine.
Hand-stitching is suited to a country MUM.

Finally, layer the top, batting and backing fabric before quilting and binding.

There you have it – a wonderful gift for a new mother, Mothering Sunday or just to say ‘Thank You’ to a wonderful Mum.  I hope she likes it!

Until next time ......

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Flip and Quilt Mug Rug Tutorial (QAYG)

Flip and Quilt Mug Rug

Do you need a gift in a hurry?  Or perhaps you only have an hour to spare.  Then look no further than my quilt-as-you-go Flip and Quilt Mug Rug pattern.  Let me show you just how quick and easy it is to create the perfect place for your cup and cookie.

Firstly you will need the pattern as it has all the measurements together with easy-to-follow diagrams and some additional stencils that can provide a little more detail.  It is only $2.50 and available from Etsy or my Pattern Store.
The pattern comes with star and heart stencils for an added touch.

Then you will need to pick fabrics and batting.  If time is short just select a Fat Eighth bundle or Fat Quarter selection - you know the fabrics will work well together.  
I used 'Sweet Orchard' collection by Riley Blake

Once those two things are done it is a case of following the steps detailed in the pattern - starting with laying your first strip right-side facing up, approximately ½" up from the bottom edge of the batting rectangle.  
Position the first strip right side facing UP

Lay the second strip, right sides together, on top of the first strip.  
Position the second strip right side facing DOWN

Pin in place before stitching along the top edge.  Press the second strip up towards the top of the batting.  (If you are using polyester batting do not press with a hot iron - finger press instead.)
Pin in place to stop the strips moving whilst stitching.
Tip:  If you are new to patchwork and unsure about the straightness of your seams you can mark the seam allowance onto the wrong side of the strips before placing and stitching them.
Press open.

Cool eh?  Quilting as you go saves so much time.  Once pressed, line up the next strip with the top edge of your quilted patch. 

Pin and stitch along the top edge as before. Press open.
Try to keep your seams straight.

Keep adding the strips until all six are neatly stitched onto the batting.  

Trim the patched rectangle so that the edges are straight. 
I always cut my quilted rectangle longer than needed.

Now it is time to slice your patch into the three quilted sections needed for the Flip and Quilt mug rug.

Turn the middle section upside down and add the two contrasting strips to either side of this section.
Turn the middle section upside down to add interest.

Press the seams towards the contrast strips.  
I used a bamboo batting which can be iron pressed.

Finally add the three sections together to create your quilted mug rug top.  
All ready for backing and binding.

To finish the mug rug, follow the pattern to add backing and binding.  You can find binding details HERE.
One hour later and voila! 
One hour in the sewing room and I have a very pretty mug rug for my Easter table which just leaves me time to wish you all


p.s. The Flip and Quilt Mug Rug pattern is available from ETSY or my PATTERN STORE.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Aces High Mug Rug

Aces High mug rug pattern

I'm learning how to play Bridge.  I go to classes every week and the course is TWO YEARS long!   It is a complicated game but half way through the lesson we make time for a cuppa.  So it seems only fitting that I should have somewhere to rest my cup whilst sorting through my cards.   
A pretty Aces High mini quilt to gift

I gathered some scraps and spent a couple of hours designing and making two sets of 'Aces High' mug rugs.  The pattern includes the traditional Friendship block (as shown above) and a simpler Four Friends block (see below) when time is short and I need a gift in a hurry.  

The simpler Four Friends version of the Aces High mug rug

I think the red, white and blue set would make a great Father's Day gift; Dad could keep one at home and another at work.  

And if you know somebody who is addicted to Bridge (as I am becoming) then how about making a set - one to keep and one to gift to your Bridge partner.  

The Aces High Mug Rug pattern is just $2.50.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Farmer's Wife 1920s Blocks 46 and 47

Block 46 - Hill & Valley
Block 46 - Hill & Valley
Block 46 was a lovely block to paper-piece.  It is created from two idential halves.  It turned out perfectly to size and so pretty.

Block 47 - Homemaker
Block 46 - Homemaker
Inset seams are always tricky - more so if foundation paper-piecing.  English paper-piecing really is brilliant in this regard but as I am paper-piecing I tackled the four inset seams with gusto.  They are not perfect but they are more than good enough for me.  Notes read "Very tricky with the inset seams - second attempt worked well!".

That is another two blocks "done and dusted" as we say in England! Until next time ....

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Farmer's Wife 1920s Blocks 43, 44 and 45

Block 43 - Garden Path
Block 43 - Garden Path
I paper-pieced this block but even so the "block turned out a little crooked".  So I have renamed it 'Crooked Garden Path.

Block 44 - Gentleman's Fancy
Block 44 - Gentleman's Fancy
"Lovely, lovely block.  At first I thought I had used too many checks but the finished block would disagree".  

Block 45 - Grape Basket
Block 45 - Grape Basket a.k.a. Cherry Basket
I turned grapes into ..... cherries through the use of some pretty fabric.  Paper-pieced and patched.   I changed the basket slightly as I patched it rather than paper-pieced that section.

That is three more blocks in the Gnomeangle sew-along and I am bang up-to-date.  YAY,  You can see all my blocks on my Farmer's Wife 1920s Pinterest board.  Until next time .....