Thursday, 29 April 2021

A Hive and a Side Mug Rug

A Hive and a Side Mug Rug

Sometimes a little pattern comes along that I design because it looks good.  I then find out from my customers how much they like it for its simplicity.  The Flag Sidebar from my One Block Mug Rug pattern book is perfect if you are new to patchwork – it is very forgiving due to the ‘give’ in the block and is suitable to any 6” block that might be slightly bigger than the 6½” (unfinished) size.

The Flag Sidebar and the Tea Mug 
(both included in the One Block pattern book)

The Flag Sidebar works really well as a traditional flag – perfect to picnic and holiday gifts.  However, it also works well in non-traditional fabrics.  When teamed with a patchwork, embroidery or applique block, this sidebar will turn any 6” block into a fun and functional gift suitable for young and old alike.

A simple block suits the Flag Sidebar very well.

And here is how simple it goes together.

First pick your block – I picked the Hive block from my Sampler Blocks pattern book

The 6" Patchwork Hive from my Sampler Pattern Book

Picking fabrics is always the longest part of any project for me.  This time I let the dusky look of the charcoal grey on the hive block guide me and went for two grey 5” charm squares.  I added a scrap of green for the upper corner to tie in with the spring colours of the hive.

Two charm squares and a small green scrap of fabric

I then stitched the flag sidebar together – it took just 10 minutes.  

A scrap happy Flag Sidebar

And with a press it was all ready to stitch to the side of my block.

Quick and easy to put together ...

Quilting for me is very time dependent so I did a simple double layer of outline quilting around the hive and then quilted along the seams of the flag and the hive.

Finally, a vintage piece of Debbie Mumm fabric was cut to create the borders.  I love the black-and-white border – it screams county chic to me.

A hostess gift ready and waiting.

There you have it.  Just one of the ten patterns from my One Block Mug Rug Pattern book – available via Amazon or Etsy.


Until next time when I will be visiting another pattern from the book.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Scallop Edged Mug Rug - a homemade touch for a unique home


Scallop borders will transform any block into a stunning mug rug

Creating a comfortable, welcoming home can be quick and it can be easy.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming.  Positioning a homemade mug rug here-and-there is one way to achieve this.

The Patchsmith Daisy Block is one of seven
blocks included in the One Block Mug Rugs book

The scallop edged mug rug is quick, simple and inexpensive.  You can use any 6” quilt, embroidery or patchwork block you have to hand.  I used the butterfly block from my Butterfly Patch mug rug pattern which includes templates for creating a 6" butterfly block.

I started with a butterfly Block from my Butterfly Patch pattern


You will need the Scallop Sidebar pattern.
  This pattern is one of ten found in my One Block Mug Rug book – costing just $9.99 in PDF format - it includes seven 6" blocks to get you started.

Ten mug rug designs in one handy pattern book

Alternatively, you can purchase the $2.50 Patchwork Cow mug rug pattern which also details the scallop borders.  

Patchwork Cow Mug Rug pattern

You will also need a very small amount of fusible webbing and some scraps of contrasting fabric.  

The start of something beautiful ....

When choosing the fabric for your scallops it doesn’t matter which is lighter than the other, or busier than the other.  All that is required is that the fabrics contrast enough that the scallops stand out.  I achieve this by laying the fabrics side-by-side; I then go make a cup of tea and when I come back I look again at my choice.  I will know instantly if it works.
 
Lay out the fabrics to see if they go together ....

If you are using a block you have already made the putting together of this mug rug is very quick and very easy – just follow the instructions and use the full-size template included in the pattern.

First, add the sidebars to your block ……

Borders added - quickly and easily ....

Fuse the scallops to the WRONG side of your chosen fabric ………

Scallop tracings fused to the WRONG side of fabric ...

Cut out the tracings accurately once fused ……….

Trimmed and ready for placement ...

 
And then align them with the side edges of the mug rug before fusing them in place.
Ready for finishing ....

From there you simply stitch the scallops securely to the mug rug top – I really love the little blanket-stitch in a contrasting cotton to highlight the scallop.

Use any stitch you like to secure the scallop.s

And there you have it – the mug rug top is finished.  Quilt it as simply as desired (details included in the pattern) before adding binding. 
All finished - and time to make another!

Finally – find a sunny position for this functional mini quilt – some place where you will use it everyday – some place it will add that little touch of uniqueness and colour to brighten your home.
Start turning those unused blocks into gifts for yourself
and others.

Be sure to come back soon when I will be making another mug rug from my One Blocks Mug Rug pattern book.

Monday, 5 April 2021

Happy Easter

Bunny Hop Mug Rug Pattern

Happy Easter across the world.  And let's face it - we need renewal this year more than ever.

Log Cabin Cross Mug Rug

I have only just got back to sewing after breaking my elbow badly five weeks ago.  Surgery ensued and I have been unable to cut or lift anything.  So this week I renewed the blade in my rotary cutter so it is extra sharp and began to increase the power in my arm by way of these two Tilda blocks.

Tilda Tiny Farmhouse Quilt Blocks (free pattern)

It is a slow start but hopefully my sewing ability will increase day-by-day.

Patchsmith Rainbow Mug Rug (Free Pattern)
In the meantime I just want to wish everybody, 
across the world, a Happy Easter
and brighter days to come.


Sunday, 10 January 2021

HOPE Mug Rug

The start of another New Year and the challenges continue for all of us.  So, I am making ‘HOPE’ my word of 2021.

To remind me to keep hopeful I have used my very versatile Mug Rug Alphabet pattern to create a quilter's reminder that will sit on my worktable throughout the year.

The Patchsmith's Alphabet Mug Rug Pattern
 
My HOPE mug rug reminds me of a ditty I often recite when I am in danger of losing hope:

“Two men looked out from prison bars, 
 One saw the mud the other saw the stars.”

 WISHING YOU ALL A HOPEFUL 

NEW YEAR.