Monday, 22 April 2013

Flower Vases and Sew Alongs

Patchsmith pattern featured in April 2013 Online Quilt Magazine
I had my first magazine article published this month in the Online Quilt Magazine.  I included this lovely Three Vases Mug Rug pattern alongside my 'What is a Mug Rug' article.  The magazine details a very pretty version of Three Vases which uses Tapestry fabrics (shown above).  

However, I also made this country version from a rectangle of linen together with odds-and-ends from my scrap box.  I seem to return to red and green, gingham and checks, time-and-time again and I never seem to tire of them.

I am looking forward to using some of my favourite country fabrics in the Zakka 2.0 sew along.  The postie has finally delivered my book so I am all ready.  Last year's Zakka sew along was so much fun and I have missed it.  Zakka 2.0 looks to include plenty of patterns and projects to keep us busy - many of which will make nice Christmas presents. 
Zakka Sew Along 2012
I am already planning on adding a modern-country twist to some of the projects.  So why not join in – it doesn’t start until June so you have plenty of time. 

Can't wait until then?  Then how about the Sew Can She Crazy Quilt Block sew along – which looks so much fun.  Included is a great little tutorial on making a crazy block by the Sewing Loft - you quilt it as you go along - what a good idea. 
This is a very relaxed sew along running from 20th April through to 18th May so no pressure - plus there are some great prizes for the finished projects. I don't know about you but I am drowning in fabric scraps ranging in size from 1” square to 4” square plus pieces of left-over binding strips and I have a great little project in mind.  

Of course, if these two are not to your liking you could always whip up a journal cover in this month's Across the Pond Sew Along - now that really is one very, very relaxed group!

Sew until next time ........


  1. Hi Amanda, the mug rugs are lovely. I like the new beach house one too. I have just bought the first Zakka book because I saw the first Sewalong and loved the projects. I think I need to join in this second Sewalong. Thanks for the other links too.

    1. Be careful with the first Zakka book Val - there are a few errors in it. You might want to check out the Flickr thread before starting a project.
      You can also check out my past posts or email me anytime.

  2. Hello - Val sent me over :) Congratulations on getting your pattern published! Great work!!

  3. Oh how exciting to be in the Online Quilting Magazine!!!
    That is such a cute pattern... perfect for lots of occasions and as a gift!!


  4. That is so exciting that you got an article published! Congratulations!


  5. I'm so looking forward to more zakka projects! I love the way we've been influenced by the last one to use more linen in our work, and your linen version of the 3 vases is especially appealing!