Friday, 31 July 2015

The Patchsmith's Old Jack Block

Sometimes you just need a little bit bigger.  So it was with my block for the Farm Girl Vintage sew-along this week.  I am making the 6" blocks for the Farm Girl sampler quilt and this week’s block is the Old Glory Block – the American Flag.  It is a stunner.

This 'glorious' block is courtesy of the Fat Quarter Shop

But I’m a Brit and I want my quilt to reflect that so I increased the Union Jack square from my Union Jack Mug Rug pattern to fit the Farm Girl Vintage sampler – in other words, I increased it from 5” to 6” by making a few simple changes to the original pattern.

If you want to do the same just click .....
for a PDF print out of the changes you'll need to make to the mug rug pattern.  

I think a table runner, made up of twelve Old Jack blocks, will brighten the BBQ table this summer.  

Monday, 27 July 2015

Modern Mary Mug Rug

If you are in need of a quick gift for friend, you can’t go far wrong with my Mug Rug Alphabet pattern and a few squares from a fabric panel.  
My alphabet letters fit perfectly on the squares of these
Modern Minis fabric panels.
Cut your letters first, lay them out onto your background fabric, remembering to allow for binding and then cut the background fabric 1” larger than you need.
But I can't stop and chat I must get working on Elizabeth’s named mug rug ...... now that really won't fit on a 10" x 5" rectangle!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Sweetly Stitched Sew Along

You might already know that I've been joining in the Sweetly Stitched sew along over on Instagram (#sweetlystitchedSAL).  Round 3 has just finished and I made a very pretty, lap quilt using the Modern Color Block Quilt pattern from Amy's "Sweetly Stitched Handmades" book.
Okay, so I photographed my quilt upside down.
What can I say?  It is a skill I have!
I  teamed a selection of fabrics from Lori Holt’s new Modern Minis fabric range with some Kona solids.  
'Modern Mini's' by Lori Holt for Riley Blake
The quilt top was machine pieced prior to my holiday and hand quilted during the holiday. 
I used a multi-purpose two stranded cotton for the hand quilting.
And I cheated on the scrappy binding by cutting up one of Lori's Modern Minis panels. 
I only used a small amount of one panel for the binding.
I shall add a little detailing to the border but more about that another time as Round 4 has started and I am making the Crayon Castle Caddy (without the crayons).  

I chose my fabrics this morning ..... 

and I’ve nearly finished already .....
Making the Castle Caddy reminded me of the Zakka SAL from 2012.
I just want to add a little Patchsmith touch here and there before I submit it.

The Sew Along is over on Instagram - are you joining in?  I do hope so - it is so much fun and there are another three rounds to go. 

Until next time ......