Monday, 1 July 2013

Patchwork Please Zakka Sew Along

And so I am excited to tell you that I am stop number 5 on the Patchwork Please Zakka Sewalong.  When Lindsey and Debbie asked me to be a part of this, I had to tell them to put me on the dunce's list.  No pouches, zippers, bags or other complicated items for me and they very kindly agreed to let me have one of the book's easiest projects.  So, if you're a beginner or nervous sewer (sewer? sewist?), this is the project for you.  


For those of you who don't know, Patchwork Please is the work of Ayumi Takahashi of Pink Penguin, who is incredibly talented and has an amazing way with fabrics which you will discover if you have the book.  So I am making the Diamond Patchwork Placemat.


I have made it exactly as it is in the book and it is a quick easy project to put together with a bit of very simple paper piecing that enables you to achieve the four diamonds running down each side with perfect precision.  I used Liberty lawns and Essex linen for a fresh crisp British look.  In my head I pictured tea at Claridge's.


Instead of the ricrac decoration Ayumi used, I cut strips of Liberty lawn 5/8" wide, folded them in half and set them into the side seams for a little extra decoration.  I quilted in straight lines down the side section and with a diagonal cross hatch in the centre where one would place one's teacup.  


There are giveaways along the way in this sew along and I have four for you.  First I will be picking two winners who will each win one of these Aurifil embroidery floss thread sets.  You will be one of the first people worldwide to get your hands on these as they are a new Aurifil product and can be used for embroidery, cross stitch and hand quilting too.  To enter to win one of these, leave the comment "aurifil"in the comments. 


I will also be picking one lucky winner of this cute fabric and sticker pack from Form and Fabric.  Only open to attendees of the London Fat Quarterly Retreat, to enter to win this fabric pack, leave a comment "#fqrlondon" in the comments section.  


And finally I will be picking a winner of these Pellon charm packs with samples of interfacing and batting.  To be in with a chance of winning these (US only), leave a comment Pellon in the comments on this post.  You may enter all three giveaways but only one entry per person per prize.  

To see all the other Patchwork Please blogposts, past and present, here are the links:

June 3: Penny | Sew Take a Hike :: Bell Pepper Coasters
June 10: Maureen | MC Handmade :: B,L,D Towels
June 17: Anna | Noodlehead :: Lettered Tea Cozy + Pouch
June 24: Angela | Cut to Pieces :: Polka Dot Cafe Apron
July 1: Lynne | Lily’s Quilts :: Diamond Patchwork Placemat
July 8: Lindsey | LRstitched :: Yum Yum Apple Bib
July 15: Sukie | Don’t Ya Know :: Dino-Mite Hat
July 22: Jennifer | Ellison Lane :: Book for Baby Quilt
July 29: Krista | Poppyprint :: My Scrappy Box
August 5: Kerry | Very Kerry Berry :: Swedish Bloom Time Quilt
August 12: Tamiko | Patchwork Notes :: You’ve Got Mail Wall Pocket
August 19: Monica | Happy Zombie :: Happy Hexagon Trivet
August 26: Krista | Spotted Stone Studio :: Piece of Cake Shopping Bag
Sept 2: Lori | Bee in My Bonnet :: Triangle Patchwork Box Pouch
Sept 9: Amy | During Quiet TIme :: Vintage Pencil Case
Sept 16: Svetlana | SOTAK Handmade :: I love My Ipad Quilted Cover
Sept 23: Amber | One Shabby Chick :: Handy Market Tote
Sept 30: Deb | A Quilter’s Table :: Sweet Trips Embroidery Pouch
Oct 7: Leila | Where the Orchids Grow :: Prettified Pincushion

And if you are joining in the sewalong or just want to follow everyone else's progress, head on over to our groups and pages on flickrfacebookThreadbiasPinterest and Instagram using hashtag #patchworkplease.  And don't forget to head on over to Lindsey's blog for the weekly link up with a chance to win prizes from Aurifil and Pink Chalk Fabrics.

274 comments:

  1. Exclude me from any giveaways, but really like your placemat - lovely idea to just the Liberty for tea! And I also really like the contrasting inset instead of ricrac - very nice!! Thanks again!

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  2. Aurifil please, please, please!

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  3. Aurifil, and it looks beautiful!!

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  4. Aurifil please - I love your version of the placemat Lynne, that tiny edging is so effective.

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  5. You did a great job on the placemats!

    Aurifil please :)

    Sarah

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  6. Aurifil please!

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  7. Aurifil please. I would love to try the embroidery thread.

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  8. Aurifil please! That thread looks fantastic :)

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  9. "Aurifil" Please! I love the crispness of your placemat and such a great idea to add the quilting in the middle! Loved visiting your blog and reading your great post!

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  10. Aurifil please. I wish I could come to London, though!

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  11. Lovely Tea Mat, Aurifil PLEASE!

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  12. aurifil Those look very interesting.

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  13. #fqrlondon. I will see you very soon. Hasn't July come around quickly.

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  14. You made such a pretty mat! (I could never use it because I'm too messy! But it's so lovely!)

    Aurifil please!

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  15. Aurifil, please, please, and thank you!

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  16. The placemats look great. Might just be the project to ease me into Zakka. lol
    The Aurifil looks fabulous!
    jan@http://sewandsowfarm.blogspot.com

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  17. Aurifil and love the placemat fabrics!

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  18. AURIFIL

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  19. PELLON

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  20. #fqrlondon

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  21. Oh, the Aurifil would be perfect for my hand quilting class with Mandy, so Aurifil, please!

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  22. Aurifil pretty please! I just finished my AMH with the perfect Aurifil thread!

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  23. Aurifil please. Those threads look lovely x

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  24. Aurifil -yes, please. Like your placemats.

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  25. Very nice placemat. I need to make me a set of placemats and those look perfect. I love Aurifil threads and would to try these out.

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  26. Gorgeous placemat! FQR London please-- countdown in on!

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  27. You make me want to cut into my Liberty bits! Aurifil please :D

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  28. How lucky am I #fqrlondon

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  29. aurifil looks like a good pack there.

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  30. aurifil and I love your placemat with the change! it is almost too perfect to use ;)

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  31. So cute. I've not tried Aurifil. I need to do that. I have this book. I need to use it!

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  32. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Aurifil and Pellon

    amstutzcrew at sbcglobal dot net

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  33. I love your variation of the placemats! And I'd love a chance to win the Pellon pack, please.

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  34. Very pretty placemat!!! I would love the Auriful thread.

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  35. Aurifil please....I need a change of thread as my others are in a right tangle.

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  36. #fqrlondon ... I'll be there soon.

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  37. Aurifil for the giveaway please and I love your place mat.

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  38. Auriful, please. Thank you

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  39. pellon please. thank you

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  40. aurifil please, I would love to try these

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  41. pellon please, I would love to try some more of their interfacings

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  42. Aurifil! Please! Pretty please with a cherry on top?

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  43. Your placemat is gorgeous, love the fine china teaset as well
    Aurifil for me please! We all love a giveaway
    thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  44. One would love the Aurifil!

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  45. Aurifil please! Your placemat turned out wonderfully!

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  46. I love your tea mat! Aurifil, please!

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  47. The Aurifil thead and Pellon Charm pack giveaways look great.

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  48. Love the fabrics you picked for your tea mat.
    Aurifil.

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  49. Love the colors in the palcemat. Simple, yet modern.

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  50. Aurifil, please...Thanks for sharing

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  51. Yay #fqrlondon baby yeah! ahem, fabulous darling x

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  52. Aurifil. Linhs4real@aol.com

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  53. Pellon linhs4real@aol.com

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  54. Aurifil.
    Did you add batting? I'm still piecing mine (and will have a challenge with the side seams because they're only 1/4", stay tuned), but I'm thinking I would like something a bit heftier (and with more absorbency for toddler spills) than what the pattern says.
    ljridge4511 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  55. Pellon is always useful. Thanks.

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  56. They turned out so beautiful! I love the colors you chose... Gotta get that book right away! Since Aurifil is my favorite thread, Aurifil it is! Thanks!

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  57. Wowee how very British! I'm planning on making at least one this week, it is more likely to end up being of the novelty variety. I'd be delighted with Aurifil - thanks!

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  58. #fqrlondon - oh heck I need to get organised!
    thanks

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  59. Aurifil! Exciting news about these.

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  60. I've never used Aurifil, so I would love to try it! Thanks!

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  61. I am a faithful user of Pellon brand, LOVE them!

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  62. Aurifil, Thank you

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  63. Pellon, Thank you!

    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  64. I haven't had a chance to try Aurifil yet and this would be a great start:)
    Thanks!

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  65. Aurifil! Unfortunately I've never used Aurifil yet, so I'd love to try it! Thanks fr the chance!

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  66. I love Aurifil Thread. I wish we had someone locally who would sell it. Instead I have to get it online or drive for 90 minutes. Thanks for sharing.

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  67. Pellon is wonderful to work with.

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  68. #fgrlondon - I wish I was going..

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  69. Aurifil- I'd love to have more options of thread to choose from.

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  70. Aurifil please! :) Gorgeous threads

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  71. Aurifil, please! Thanks! Rcoyle@olemiss.edu

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  72. I would love the opportunity to try the Aurifil thread - I hear all about it in blogland but don't have it available around here.

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  73. I'm a big fan of Pellon, so that would be a fun prize!

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  74. aurifil - thanks for the giveaway

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  75. Aurifil
    thanks for the giveaway.

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  76. Pellon.
    Your placemat turned out great.

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  77. Love your placemat and the changes you made were wonderful Aurifil would be sweet!

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  78. Pellon

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  79. Aurifil please- nice mat could make one to match tea cosy

    Claire
    Clairejcorry(@)gmail.com

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  80. Aurifil! (I so love Aurifil thread!)

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  81. Aurifil please! It is beautiful! vickise at gmail dot com

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  82. Love your placemat. I am a beginner, winning any supplies would be great!
    Teachme2sew @ gmail.com

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  83. Pellon please! vickise at gmail dot com

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  84. Aurifil, please!
    carin(dot)aschan(at)hotmail(dot)com
    http://ullhrvan.blogspot.se/

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  85. Aurifil please, please, please.x

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  86. oh that aurifil looks amazing but I'd be happy with anything!

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  87. Aurafil pretty pretty please

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  88. The Aurifil thread would be lovely!

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  89. I could use some Pellon :-)

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  90. Auriful Please , I love this brand of thread!

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  91. Would love some Pellon please!

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  92. "Aurifil"...simply the best!

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  93. Switching over to all Aurifil in my thread closet!

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  94. Pellon is a solid company that has provided us with great products throughout the years.

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  95. #fqrlondon looks wicked awesome! Wouldn't mind working some hand work with that very cute fabric and sticker pack!

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  96. Ah yes, to try out different Pellon products would also be very sweet :)

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  97. this aurafil thread is beautiful!

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  98. Aurifil - what I could to with that thread!!! love the placemats!!!

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  99. Pellon - would love to win some.

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  100. #FQRLONDON - wish I was going!!

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  101. "Aurifil" Please! I would love to try their embroidery thread. Thanks for the fun giveaway. I have enjoyed following the Patchwork Please sew along. So many pretty things.

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