I trust you have all had a lovely Christmas and are managing to squeeze in some sewing time!
I’m delighted to say that I am still really enjoying sewing with the stunning William Morris Charm Pack even if things have gone ever so slightly “off plan”!
As the thought of having 336 quarter square triangles piled on my cutting board waiting to be stitched together was enough to bring me out in a cold sweat, I simply ignored the pattern’s instruction to cut 84 Charm Pack squares into 4 triangles.
Instead, I placed a patterned square and a ‘Grunge’ (plain) square face to face and stitched them together on all four sides using a quarter inch seam.
I then cut the squares into four triangles. Afterall, it would work out the same, wouldn’t it?
My improvising actually gave me HALF square triangles instead of the QUARTER square triangles which are used in the pattern.
As it is, this is a happy mistake in my opinion as my finished piece will not look as ‘busy’ as the piece in the pattern.
The question now is – which block do I make with my half square triangles?
Hummm…. Time to get the thinking cap (and kettle!) on!
‘Til next time,
After a somewhat unexpected break, I’m back blogging and sharing what’s going on behind the scenes at Love Stitching!
Well, I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE these stunning fabrics which have just arrived in from Moda!
In fact, I went home last night, sat in front of the fire after tea (dishes can wait, can’t they!) and got started…!
With the ‘table topper’ FREE pattern from Moda in mind (details below), I set about my evenings ‘work’!
Although the pattern told me to cut each charm Pack square twice diagonally to make a total of 336 quarter square triangles, I thought I would do things a little bit differently!
Instead, I opened up both of the Charm Packs (above) and carefully pinned each William Morris patterned piece right sides together with a piece of the very lovely ‘Grunge’ fabrics (below).
This evening I very much plan to get the sewing machine threaded up and get moving on to the next stage…
The plan is to sew a quarter inch seam around ALL FOUR edges and then I will cut my now-stitched-together-squares twice diagonally…..
Will keep you posted with my progress!
Click here for FREE Moda William Morris Table Topper Pattern
A brand new Moda Mini Charm has arrived at Love Stitching!
(and I simply couldn’t resist….)
At the end of last week, I welcomed these stunning ‘Snowfall’ Mini Charm packs into the shop and got a wee chance to set the machine up in the shop.
It took me no time at all to piece together what will be a gorgeous Christmas table runner!
Now that the 42 Mini Charm squares have (almost) been pieced in 14 rows of 3, all that needs to be done is a wee bit of quilting, the binding attached and, there you have it, one table decoration worthy of conversation and admiration is complete!
Of course, this super simple and super quick table runner can be made using any of our Mini Charms – just follow the link below for yet more choice and selection!
Click here for more Moda Mini Charms
TOP TIP: When you view our pre-cut goods online, hover the mouse over the images to reveal a second image containing the entire fabric selection. What a clever hubby!
Is it nearly Christmas yet? Well, in sewing terms, YES, it is!
With the brand new range of Scandi Christmas 2017 fabrics just in from Makower UK, I’ve already had the sewing machine threaded up and am delighted with this Christmas quilt!
The pattern was sketched out over dinner at Mum’s house a few Friday nights ago, the quilt top which you see below was completed by Monday and I absolutely loved every minute of sewing this one up!
As a fabric shop owner and a quilter, I write my patterns with the standard size of a metric Fat Quarter in mind so that there is a minimal amount of fabric left over!
Hope you like!
FREE Christmas Pattern – Part One:
You will need 12 different metric Fat Quarters – I used 5 red and 7 grey
Cut the FQs into 4″ squares. You will get 20 squares per FQ – left over squares can be used to piece part of the quilt backing
Sew squares together following colour placement as shown in photo
I am currently adding borders, backing and binding – I will post Part Two of the pattern and the quilt’s final size as soon as I get it finished!
I know that our wonderful ‘Love Stitching Ladies’ enjoy a wee bargain so recently I’ve been preparing these beautiful half metre fabric pieces, wrapping them in our ‘signature’ pink ribbon and selling them at the bargain SALE price of only £4 each.
More fabulous fabrics will be prepared into £4 parcels soon but this Makower UK Sew Retro haberdashery fabric has already been hugely popular!
Although not yet available on our website, please do not hesitate to contact me via email with your order should you wish to make on (or two!) of these wonderful parcels yours!
Hello and welcome to my very first blog post! Finally I get to put a massive ‘tick’ beside the entry ‘get blogging’ on my ‘to do’ list!
The aim of my blog is to give you an exclusive ‘sneak peak’ at what goes on behind the scenes here at Love Stitching so expect lots of photos of brand new fabrics being unpacked, pattern design sketches, patchwork ideas and generally sewing chat! I even plan to bring you a lovely selection of FREE patterns very soon.
In the meantime though, these fabulous ‘Mixed Bag’ by Studio M for Moda fabrics are the very latest to have graced my cutting board and I’m delighted to say that a beautiful basket of Fat Quarters have been loving prepared!
Head over to our website by clicking the link below for more information.
Trust you like! I have lots more fabrics arriving this week so there will be another post soon!