Saturday, 8 October 2016

Cozy Cocoa Mug Rug

Another week and another Cozy Christmas block in the Cozy Christmas sew-along.

I am using the blocks to make mug rugs using quick-fuse applique and I thought I might share a few tips for this block if you are also using the same method. 

Firstly I wanted my cup more ‘mug shaped’ so I traced around shape B18 onto the paper-side of my fusible webbing.  I then measured ¼” in from either side at the top and drew a straight light down until it met the sides. 

Don’t you think it looks more mug-like this way?

Lori’s stitch-and-turn applique method used bias binding for the handle (details over at Bee-in-my-bonnet) but as I am using quick-fuse it was simple enough to create a handle shape and trace it.  (Click HERE if you want the handle shape).

To create the mug I cut three rectangles 5” x 4½”; 5” x 1” and 5” x 1½”.  I stitched them together to create a mug patch measuring 5" x 6":

For my marshmallows I used white felt and shape B1 so they look fluffy just like marshmallows.

Once the mug applique was done all I was left to do was decide which sidebar from my One Block Mug Rug Patterns book I would use.  It didn’t take long to choose a crisp ‘Columns’ sidebar in candy stripes. 
The Columns Sidebar from my One Block Mug Rug Book
And there we have it – another Christmas mug rug ready and waiting for the festive season.  Until next time .....................

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The Patchsmith's Scrappy Acorn Block

How about a little bit of autumnal fun? 
My 6" Scrappy Acorn Block pattern is available for immediate download from HERE.   And the really good news to warm you all up is that it is 
 So what are you waiting for – grab those fabric scraps and play.

(Don't forget to tag @thepatchsmith on Instagram so I can see all your acorns.)

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Splendid Sampler Blocks 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66 and 67.

I know, I know - I’m missing block 60.  It is an embroidery block and it will get done but only after my current pattern writing is finished.  So let me show you the blocks I have made:

Block 59 – ‘Circle of Friendship’ designed by Michele Muska.  Lots of little hand-stitched Dresdens - great for using up scraps.
The Splendid Sampler Block 59 - Circle of Friendship

Block 61 – ‘Traveller’ designed by Pat Sloan.  I was just finishing off one of my new patterns when Block 51 popped up so I used scraps I had to hand.   Hence the 'country' look to this block. 
The Splendid Sampler Block 61 - Traveller

Block 62 – ‘Hens and Chicks’ designed by Heidi Kaisand.  I am not keen on stitching small triangles on the bias so I paper-pieced the four units instead and patched them together. It worked well.
The Splendid Sampler Block 62 - Hens and Chicks

Block 63 – ‘The Icing on the Cake’ designed by Kim Christopherson.  I added a smidgeon of raspberry icing and a Patchsmith heart.
The Splendid Sampler Block 63 - The Icing on the Cake

It reminds me of my Cupcake Mug Rug Pattern from my Hobby & Fun pattern book.  
Heart Cupcakes Mug Rug

Block 64 – ‘Rising Star’ designed by Kathy Brown.  This looked tricky but was actually easier than I anticipated.  The secret is to cut accurately and maintain an exact ¼” seam allowance.
The Splendid Sampler Block 64 - Rising Star

Block 65 – ‘Stripes and Flowers’ designed by Siobhan Rogers.  The pattern provided two methods for piecing this block and I chose the paper-piecing option. I'm glad I did as the next block (Block 66) took all my patchwork patience.
The Splendid Sampler Block 65 - Stripes and Flowers

Block 66 – ‘Happy Thoughts’ designed by Vanessa Goertzen.  This is such a good looking block but those little flying geese are so small to patch.  My happy thought was that this block might be better suited to paper-piecing.
The Splendid Sampler Block 66 - Happy Thoughts

Block 67 – ‘Bobbin Chase’ designed by Scott Hansen.  I got the ‘bobbin’ blocks round the wrong way but I think it works just as well this way.
The Splendid Sampler Block 67 - Bobbin Chase

You can see all my blocks together over at my Splendid Sampler Pinterest Board.  But for me it is time to get back to pattern writing.

Until next time .....