Monday, 23 April 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 8 - Field Rose

Block 8 - Field Rose

This week welcomes an intermediate block - The Field Rose. But don’t be put off – it uses quick corners which we covered with Block 3 (Watermelon) and I have a great tip for matching the points on those quick corners.
Yellow Field Rose

It is mid Spring here in England and the field roses are not yet out in the country borders. But that doesn’t stop us growing our own.

Creating the center unit of block 8 is exactly the same as creating the core of the Watermelon block except we make quick corners on all four corners of the center A square.
Quick corners make quick work of the middle unit

Once this is done we move onto the petals – of which you will need to make eight petals. Once you have created the petals at step 5 of the block pattern you will find it helpful to press the seams on four of the petal units upwards....
Press the corner seams on four petal units up towards the corners

and the seams on the remaining four petal units downwards..... 
and press the remaining four petal unit seams down towards the petals

You can see the different when they are placed side by side.....
Make four of each

This helps with matching the petal points as you can now nest your corners (butt one seam up against another). Press the joining seam open and your petal unit should look like this at the back ....
Press the joining seam open to reduce bulk.  

and you should find you have perfect points on the front.  
You may need to trim your double petal units everso slightly

(If they do not match exactly don’t worry – it will not notice on the finished quilt. However, if you are creating this block as a focus block for a project you might want to practise a little so cut a few extra C and G pieces.)

Then it is just a case of joining your units together. 
Follow the pattern to create a floral delight.

And remember – field roses come in all colours so experiment with different colour combinations.
An Autumnal Field Rose

Next week we continue with quick corner units when we play with Block 9 – Bullseye.  You can find all the blocks made so far HERE.  And there is plenty of time to join in with the sew-along.  All you need are some fabric scraps and The Patchsmith's Sampler Blocks pattern book.
Available in PDF format for immediate download.Only $12.99

Until then I look forward to seeing your blocks on Instagram (#block8fieldrose) or in the Flickr Group.    

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Patchsmith's Ice Cream Sundae Mug Rug

Summer days are here again ......
Ice Cream Sundae Mug Rug

If you liked the strip applique method for this week’s Patchsmith Sampler Block 7 then you will love this cool and refreshing mug rug.  The Ice Cream Sundae mug rug pattern uses strip applique making this mug rug a quick and easy make.

What is more - it is just as cheap as an ice-cream at only $1.99. 

Monday, 16 April 2018

Patchsmith Sampler Block 7 - Butterfly Garden

Block 7 - Butterfly Garden
Before I showcase this week’s block I just want to check that you all understand the need to safe any PDF pattern file (not just The Patchsmith’s) to your computer and ALWAYS work from the saved copy. The reason is that, when you click on the saved copy on your computer the pattern will open in your PDF reader and this will help you print the applique pages to the ‘actual size’. If you print from the download pattern without saving it, any applique pages will open in your browser and some browsers resize the printed pages EVEN IF you select ‘actual size’. (Find out everything you need to know about downloading and printing patterns here.)  Tip:  To view and print PDF files you will need a PDF reader - Adobe reader is the most widely used and is available free from Adobe.   

Each applique page has a print check box. The line in the box measures exactly 1” when the page is printed to size.   

This is really important as this week’s block uses a border that measures 6½” long. In other words, the border template on page 60 of The Patchsmith’s Sampler Blocks pattern book should measure 6½” long as it fits along the side of the 6½” background square. If you print it shorter there will be a gap in each corner (this doesn’t really matter as the block will still look pretty). However, if you print it to the correct size there will be a very small overlay in each corner and the lines on the tracing should match with the stitched seams of the patched borders.
The corners should overlap very slightly when printed to size. 

This week’s block uses my strip applique technique whereby we patch the applique prior to cutting it out. So for the border you will need sixteen 2” squares.  
I cut my border squares from four co-ordinating charm squares.

Follow the pattern to stitch the squares together in groups of four using a ¼” seam allowance and press the seams open.   
Join the patches into four groups of four
with seams pressed open
Next trace the scallop border template on page 60 of the pattern book four times.  Remember it should measure 6½” long.  Mark the dotted lines onto your tracing.  Cut out the four scallop borders roughly although you should trim the pointed ends exactly. 
Trim the pointed ends exactly to size. 

Next fuse a border onto the WRONG side of your four-patched strip matching up the traced lines with the seams.  The border will only just fit onto each strip as the patched strip and the border are the same length.  (To protect your ironing board you may want to place a scrap of fabric over your board before fusing the tracings in place. This is a good tip for all fusible applique.)
The tracing should measure the same length as the patched strip

Now you can cut out your tracings exactly and peel the backing paper from each strip.
Peel the backing paper off carefully so as not to pull the seams apart

Position one border along the top edge of the background square and another border along the bottom edge of the background square and fuse in place. 
Position the top and bottom borders first

Next place, and fuse, the final two applique borders onto the sides of the block. The borders should overlap very slightly (or at least butt up to each other) if you have printed to the correct size. If you have printed them slightly smaller then you will have a gap at each corner – don’t worry – the block will still look pretty.  Stitch around the inner edge of each border (there is no need to stitch the outer edge)..
Stitch around the inner edge of the four borders

You make the butterfly in a similar way using two rectangles patched together. 
Strip Applique Butterfly

Position the butterfly centrally onto the middle of your bordered block and stitch in place. 
I pieced one border in the wrong order - but it still looks pretty.

A really easy alternative is to create two butterflies and fuse them onto the background square.  (Leave at least ½" between the edges of the background square and the butterflies.)
Two butterflies fit neatly onto the background square.

If you like making butterflies this way then you'll love my Butterfly Patch mug rug.  It makes the perfect Mother's Day gift and is super quick if you follow my quilt-as-you-go tutorial.   
Butterfly Patch Mug Rug pattern - only $1.99

Next week we will be adding a Field Rose (Block 8) to our quilt.  Until then ........