Wednesday, 12 November 2014

318 Patchwork Patterns winner!



Random Number generator has spoken and we have a winner!




Congratulations Teresa! The sew together bag has been on my 'to sew' list forever it's such a cute pattern. I will be in touch soon so World Book Media can send your copy of 318 Patchwork Patterns to you :)

Big thanks to everyone who played!

x Leila






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