I am so pleased to be kicking off the Patchwork, Please! sew along organized by Lindsey (thank you Lindsey!).
Ayumi Takahashi is the author and not only is she a dear friend, she is one of the most inspiring and encouraging people I know. Her book is full of just that. Inspiring, happy, and impeccable projects with superior fabric choices.
The first project is Ayumi's bell pepper pepper coaster. I don't use coasters much, so I decided to turn it into a hotpad pattern. I mean come on, a bell pepper hotpad??? So cute!!!
So I increased the pattern size by 180% on my printer and got to work. The pattern was super fast and so fun! It's not often that I can make something so cute, fun, and useable in 30-45 minutes. It took me longer to pick the fabrics than it did to sew the pepper up.
To turn the coaster pattern into a hotpad, here are a few basic tips:
increase the pattern size by 180% on your printer
use a 5" piece of cotton tape for the loop
use a 8 3/4"X5" fabric rectangle for the right and left front of the pepper
use a 8 1/2"X4" fabric rectangle for the middle front part of the pepper
use a 10"X13" piece of batting, insulbrite and backing fabric
And here's some exciting news.
I'm offering up a copy of Patchwork Please! (courtesy of Mama Said Sew! thank you Ange!!!), 5 sample packs of Aurifil thread, and a sample card of Pellon interfacing and batting. (due to shipping costs, US entries only please).
Just leave a comment on this post and I'll pick a winner on Friday.
And if that wasn't enough, there's also a giveaway for linking up this weeks project by Sunday June 9th on Lindsey's blog. A $25 GC to Fort Worth Fabric Company and 1 crib size Legacy by Pellon bleached cotton batting. So get sewing!!!
Here are the other participants in the Sew Along, and all together we will cover all the projects in the book.