Tuesday, 27 August 2013


Running Patch is the best job I have ever had. There aren't enough words to describe how happy I feel knowing I am going to 'work'.
I love my shop. Love my fabrics. Love my customers. Love my studio space. Love to sew whenever I get the chance.
There is always a but isn't there???
It's hard work. Really hard work. Juggling everything with my 4 children, 2 of them still very young, a husband who works away half the week, a stupid cat, a social life (ha) and sleep sometimes gets overwhelming! 
I have help in the shop, Leanne and Sheona are amazing and between us we try hard to keep on top of everything but I need more help.
That's where hopefully 'you' come in...
Patch is looking for bloggers who would be willing to work for fabric and shout outs on this poor,neglected - but soon to be managed properly- blog!!
The job spec goes as follows - every couple of months we send you 2 bundles of fabric - one for you and one to turn into a sample, with a tutorial ( or you can use an online tutorial or book pattern) for the shop/blog. 
We would like you to blog about it which I can then post on the Patch blog linking back to you. 
We will cover all postage costs.
Does this sound like something you would like to do? 
I hope so, if you are interested please email me patchfabrics@hotmail.co.uk with your name and your blog name.
Hope to hear from you soon! 

1930's Playtime


These gorgeous precuts landed at Patch last week.

1930's Playtime by Chloes Closet for Moda does what it says on the tin.... It's a collection of vintage repro prints in lovely pastel and primary colours. 

We have charm squares, layer cakes and mini charms, as well as jelly rolls too (coming on Katy's Jelly Roll workshop?? This line would be a great fabric choice).
I wanted to make something that shows off how gorgeous this collection is.

Dresden Plates are perfect. 
This tutorial from mama said sew is the best I have come across. And there is a printable template to make life easy! 
I cut the blades from a charm pack - 2 from each square so you will get 4 plates from each pack.
All you then need is 30cm of co-ordinations fabric for the circles in the middle. I only ordered precuts (huge mistake on my part) as I was shown the collection on paper and that sometimes makes it harder to see what will work...but anyhow no point crying over unordered fabric ;)
I used a tiny tone on tone dot for the centres.
These plates have been appliqu├ęd onto more plain fabric and will be turned into cushions for a display in the shop.

I had so much fun making these - chain piecing the blades really speeds things up. I'm all about the time saving!!!
And who doesn't love a project that looks like its taken way more work than it actually has!! 

The quilting is very simple - so as not to take away from the fabrics you know...nothing to do with my ability/attention span!!! To finish it off I pieced the back from leftover charms and made a speedy zip fastening cushion.

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