Wednesday, 5 November 2014

318 Patchwork Patterns

Hi, and welcome to my stop on the  318 Patchwork Patterns blog hop!

As many of you will know, this very popular book by Kumiko Fujita has been out of print and highly coveted for many years. I am so excited World Book Media decided to bring back 318 Patchwork Patterns in English! For me this has been that one book I find myself going back to over and over again for all my paper piecing needs. If you would like a chance to win the book there's a give away at the end of this post :-)


For my project I chose block #9 from the tea time collection to make this little tea cosy. I enlarged the block by 125% to make the cups 3" finished. I didn't finish each block to be 3" square but added a narrow border instead framing each cup.
If you are looking for some guidance on freezer paper piecing and how to prepare your pattern for sewing do check out Kerry's blog she wrote a great tutorial.



I used both freezer paper and foundation paper techniques to construct the little tea cups. I prefer freezer paper for fussy cutting as I can hold the piece up against the light and see exactly what my finished cup will look like. For the tiniest pieces like the handles on the cups I prefer foundation paper piecing to get a neater result. There's no rule that says you can't use both techniques for one block I do it all the time! Just remember to reverse your pattern for foundation paper piecing.


World Book media have kindly offered to give away a copy of 318 Patchwork Patterns to one lucky winner!
Give Away details:

  • The give away will be open to anyone anywhere but do make sure there is a way for me to contact you should you win. 
  • To enter leave a comment on this post I'd like to hear about your favourite handmade Christmas presents, I need some inspiration ;-) 
  • I like to give my blog followers special treatment so if you follow me you may have an extra entry simply leave a separate comment on this post. (this is not a requirement just a bonus if you'd like an extra chance to win)
  • Comments on this post will be disabled some time around midnight November 11th. The winner will be chosen randomly and be announced here on November 12th.
Give Away comments are now closed!


Before you leave, don't forget to check out all the other lovely projects on the blog hop!


318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop

October 20th Kerry  from http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com/
 Project: How to Freezer Paper Piece
·      October 22nd  Penny Layman from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
 Project: Gardening apron with blocks from Vegetables collection
·      October 24th Angela Pingel from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
 Project: Bunting from Halloween collection (You're HERE!)
·      October 27th Amy Sinibaldi from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
   Project: Tote bag with appliqué blocks
·      October 29th Amber Carrillo from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
Project: Blocks from Christmas collection
·      October 31st Latifah Saafir from www.thequiltengineer.com
  Project: Baby blanket from At the Circus collection
·      November 3rd Charise Randell from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
Project: Make up kit and shoe bag from Girls’ Night Out collection
·      November 7th Amy Friend from http://duringquiettime.com
   Project: Table runner with blocks from Fruits collection
·      November 5th Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
Project: Tea Cozy from Tea Time Collection
·      November 12th Caroline from www.sewcanshe.com
 Project: Tote or pouch with appliqué block
·      November 10th Faith Jones from www.freshlemonquilts.com
 Project: Mini quilt from Vehicle Collection
  November 14th Rashida Coleman-Hale from http://iheartlinen.typepad.com

Good luck!

x Leila

70 comments:

  1. I think you can't go wrong with items people can always use - like a hand-knit scarf, quilted pot holders, a (filled) photo album or scrapbook, a blanket/quilt, handmade ornaments, or something personalized to the individual's tastes (like a handmade brush roll and marker pouches for an artist).

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  2. I've never received any handmade xmas pressies before, but I'm always happy with pouches and stuffs I can use:)

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  3. I'm following your blog via bloglovin:D I love your tiny cups!

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  4. I like to give a lap quilt with a cozy flannel backing for Christmas gifts.

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  5. This year I would gift some Sew together bag, and then potholders are a nice gift.

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  6. Last year I made homemade vanilla extract for Christmas gifts. It keeps forever by topping the bottle off with more vodka. I realize this has nothing to do with sewing but it made a great gift.

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  7. I follow your blog on Bloglovin.

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  8. I love to make flannel rag quilts as Christmas gifts. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  9. I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  10. I'm trying to expand my paper piecing experiences.

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  11. I love your teacups!
    I'm making aprons for my sisters for Christmas!

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  12. HAPPY TO FOLLOW VIA GMAIL!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  13. HI, I'm doing Placemats in Christmas colors+ Oven Mitts too!
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  14. I love the bags you made. I am making pajama pants for all my grown kids!

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  15. My favorite handmade Christmas gifts are Christmas tree ornaments.

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  16. 'm a bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender.

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  17. I'm loving this hop! Last year I made Christmas potholders for friends and mentors.

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  18. Hmm, we don't do many gifts ... But I did just make a dumpling pouch and dress for my niece. Kinda lame, I know, but I'm kind of over the over gifting of the season.

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  19. Last year I made pillows for my 5 grandchildren. Tuffets for the little girls and personalized pillows for the little boys.

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  20. I am currently making a quilt for my sister in law for christmas. That has been a lot of fun, it will be great to give it to her this christmas.

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  21. Pillow cases for the grand kids filled with their gifts. No wrapping that way! Needle keepers and pin cushions for my quilty friends. Working on a memory quilt for one of my sisters. Still in a fog about the rest.

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  22. I would like to make some drawstring bags for Christmas gift.
    Thanks
    joycecym@gmail.com

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  23. I am a blog follower. Thanks for being here and inspiring all of us out here in blogland.

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  24. I love smallish bags made with lots of itty bitty scraps! iPhone cases are popular with my teenager's friends.

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  25. My kids and I enjoy making a round Christmas ornament with antique or old Christmas cards, and we also see some tea wallets and fill with tea and a gift card. Thanks for the chance! Spetzie at att dot net

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  26. I follow you blog via email. Blessings, Karen spetzie at att dot net

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  27. Great small tote bags with amazing book inside. kcvitanovich@hotmail.com

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  28. I like to make quilted pillow covers. I made my mom and mother-in-law each one for Christmas one year. I also made my mom a quilt last Christmas. vkoh159 (at) mchsi (dot) com

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  29. My favorite thing to make are zip pouches, that's what everyone is getting this year AND I'm making from my stash too!
    Love your tea cozy ~ it's really lovely!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  30. I follow you via email! Thanks for the extra entry too!

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  31. I REALLY want to get my hands on this book! I've been eying it since it was only in the Japanese version. Quilts have always been a big hit for Christmas presents around our house. this small box bag was a big hit with one of my girls (It is pretty small) http://www.apalog.com/studio-clip_craft/archive/42
    This year I plan to make the small circular zipper pouch for earbuds for each of my 'kids'. And scarves made from gauze or voile. I hope you share all the great gift ideas. I'm searching for great ideas as well.
    rpsandbag at gmail . com

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  32. I currently follow you by email notification. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  33. I've been looking for this book - the original one - for a while. Wonderful that it is being republished! I would like to make a quilt for a child. Thanks so much for the drawing - please pick my name from the hat!

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  34. Looks like a brilliant book. I have enjoyed seeing all the things made in the blog hop. I would make Christmas baubles utilising the paper piecing patterns and give them as gifts.
    fabricstasher24@gmail.com

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  35. I'm just hearing about this book, but it looks to have many fabulous patterns in it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  36. I love to make pouches as gifts! They are useful and cute! Thanks for the giveaway! The book looks amazing!

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  37. I make potholders with trimmed dishtowels to match & crocheted dishrags. Also like to make Mug Rugs, Pillows, started lil' pouches for this year, & small Wallhangings are fun too. Looove your Tea Cozy!! Have a Friend that uses them...grrrreat idea to make one for her! :)

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  38. I'm fairly new, but I'm going to make some quilted pillows and small pouches for Christmas. I might throw in some pot holders too! I'm trying to keep it simple so it doesn't kill me. Thanks for the giveaway, I love this book it's so cute!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  39. I follow you by email! Thanks

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  40. Thanks for the chance to win! I made luggage tags for gifts a few years ago. With lots of black bags onthe luggage carousel, I thought the tags would help in finding the right suitcase. They were nice small projects that could be finished pretty quickly.

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  41. I'm a follower!
    jpshirley@ymail.com

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  42. Honestly anything handmade is fabulous. I don't get them often. Last year I recieved a little zippered pouch from my sister made with vintage lace and lined with the sweetest rosebud fabric. She made it especially for my hexie project. She included all the things I love and that is why it was so sweet!

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  43. I found some great patterns for felt dolls on etsy and made some of them for gifts.

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  44. For a quick gift that most people can use I like table runners and potholders.

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  45. I've just finished a table runner made with Christmas fabrics and I think I'll make some matching potholders.

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  46. I'm a new follower on Bloglovin.

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  47. I personally love norwegian style knitted gloves or mittens. But I don't know if you knit.

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  48. I'm working on a quilt for my hubby for Christmas. thanks for the chance to win

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  49. I like to make aprons for gifts and then make a small bag with the leftover fabric for a gift bag. kthurn@bektel.com

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  50. I am a new follower by email. kthurn@bektel.com

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  51. I make packs of everyday dinner napkins! thank you!

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  52. This tea cozy is adorable!! You are so clever! My favorite Christmas gift to make is for children. I make an owl pillow and include one of two of my favorite owl stories, depending on the age of the child.

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  53. I like making drawstring bags for gifts.

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  54. Love your project and love paper peicing! Thanks for the chance!

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  55. This book is going straight to the top of my Christmas list. Love what you did with these tea cups. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  56. Hi!!!! I love your little tea cups!!!! Too cute!!!!!

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  57. Hi!!! I am a follower and this book sounds like a lot of fun!!!!! Thank You

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  58. Love your tea cozy! So cute! I've made tablerunners and zippered pouches for gifts. Both of these are quick projects.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. I'm a new follower via BlogLovin.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. HI lovely tea cosy and thank you for the chance to win. Have just discovered your blog lovely photos
    clairejcorry (at) gmail(dot)com

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