Friday, 23 January 2015

Scrappy 2015 – time to destash those scraps

2015 is the year of the fabric scrap and I am on the lookout for anything that helps me destash my scraps.  So I didn’t think twice when accepting the Sew-My-Stash first challenge of the year – a Valentine project using nothing but little more than scraps.
Country Love Hearts Mug Rug
Obviously it had to be a mug rug – I am the Patchsmith after all!  What better way than to update my Love HeartsMug Rug pattern using nothing but pink, turquoise and red scraps.  The background for the hearts is a rogue charm square that was languishing in the bottom of my scrap box - even the binding is from off-cuts.
I'm get the feeling that Scrappy 2015 is going to be a year full of fabric, fun and friends. We are only three weeks into the year and I've had so much fun already.

If you want to join in this Sew My Stash challenge you better get your skates on - all projects should be finished by the end of Sunday 25th January.  But don't worry - you can always join in the next one.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Block-a-Day is up-to-date

Block 22 - Schoolhouse
I caught up – Block 22 Schoolhouse completed today.  From hereon in it is just one block a day for the next 343 days – easy-peasy!  Have to say I am loving it.  It is scrap-organising extraordinaire!  Fancy a gander ("gander" = slang for look)?
Block 15 - Boxed-in
I just had to slip in a little patchwork.  I think this block is my favourite so far.
Block 16 - Apple (Carol Doak)
Block 17 - Nine-Patch.  A little more patchwork from me.
Block 18 - Shamrock - another Carol Doak 3" block.
Block 19 - Birdhouse (Carol Doak)
Block 20 - Big Mug
Original 6" pattern from Block Central reduced by half!
Block 21 - Crocus (Carol Doak)
What a great way to see how fabrics look together.  These are my Patchique fabrics.
So there you have it.  22 blocks - one for each day of the year so far.  If you fancy joining in - with a block-a-day, block-a-week or even a block-a-month then be sure to pop over to the Flickr group and say "hello".  

Until next time ......

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Paper-piece and patchwork fun

I was four blocks into my 2015 BAD (Block-a-Day) project last time we chatted.  Well I have been playing with my fabric scraps and now, five days later, I am fourteen blocks in.  Fancy a butchers hook (cockney rhyming slang for ‘look’)?  
(All blocks are 4½” including borders unless stated otherwise.)
Block 6 - House (Carol Doak design)
Block 7 - Birthday Cake (patchwork 6" x 7")
This block was minimized from the FQ Shop's charity Snapshots QAL
Block 8 - Sewing Machine (paper pieced 6" x 5")
This block was minimized from a Regina Grewe design
Block 9 - Quarter Square Triangles from
two orphaned HST blocks left-over from the Wishes QAL.
Block 10 - Tree (Carol Doak design)
Block 11 - Cup-and-Saucer  (minimized from a Piece-by-Number Design)
Block 12 - Squares-within-a-Square
Block 13 - Feature Square (Carol Doak design)
I added some very simple stitching to this one.
Block 14 - Log Cabin Tree (minimized from a Linda Causee design)
You can see all blocks made to date over on Flickr, Pinterest or Instagram (#patchsmithbad2015).

This is so much fun but it hasn't made a dent to my fabric scraps yet!