Thursday, May 1, 2014

Patchwork Napkins Pattern Blog Hop & Giveaway


AnneMarie from over at Gen X Quilters asked me to participate the blog hop this week for her new pattern Patchwork Napkins. She provided a copy to me to try and asked me to make at least one of the patchwork designs. But honestly, what good is just one napkin? I had to make them all.


This was a simple project, done in just a few hours. I prepped my fabrics for all the designs at once and did as much chain piecing as possible which made the project go quickly. My favorite was the log cabin, which was also the most time consuming one, but I love how those tiny strips turned out.

After making my Botanics mini earlier in the week, I had a pile of scrap strips from that project just sitting on my desk. Those scraps were perfect for this little project. I opted to make the smaller size napkin mainly because I was working with fat quarters and didn't have quite enough to make the larger, formal napkins. The background fabric is yarn-dyed Essex in flax from RK.

Remember back in my Franken-batting post, I mentioned my edge joining sewing foot? Here it is in action again. This pattern uses a self-binding method I haven't done before. This method requires edge-stitching the binding down on the top of the napkin. With the guide of my edge joining foot, it is reasonably simple to achieve a very straight seam right next to the binding edge. The foot is designed such that you can position the needle in any position on either side of the guide providing a lot of flexibility in how close you choose to stitch to the edge of the fabric (or binding in this case).

Look at that edge-stitching! I'd love to take full credit, but there is no way I'd get seams that straight without this sewing foot. 


I struggled just a bit with the corners. They kept shifting on me as I attempted to stitch the binding. After the first napkin, I used just a drop of Liquid Stitch inside each mitered corner then secured the fabric in place with a binding clip while it dried. After the glue was dry, I was easily able to stitch the corners with minimal shifting. Liquid Stitch is one of my favorite cheater products.

Head over to Gen X Quilters to get more info about this pattern. The pattern is on sale this week for $7! It's a great pattern, and a perfect project for fairly new sewists.

Also, check out the other stops for the Patchwork Napkins Blog Hop!

Blog Hop Schedule
April 28: from blank pages
April 29: Freshly Pieced
April 30: Little Bluebell & Sukie
May 1: Me!
May 2: A Quilter's Table

Giveaway!! Closed
AnneMarie is giving away a copy of her pattern to one of you!

Just leave a comment telling us your favorite patchwork design included in the pattern as well as the fabrics you might use to make a set. Please make sure your email is included in your profile or include it in the comment. This giveaway will close Monday, May 5. Stop by the other blogs on the schedule for more chances to win a copy of this pattern!

46 comments:

  1. Hi Kati, your napkins turned out great. I like how you used a different binding for each napkin, what is your background fabric ? Thanks for the glue tip - I'll have to try that. I have some Florence scraps that I will use if I win the pattern. Thanks, Colleen farmersfeedfamilies@gmail.com

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  2. I'm loving the little log cabins - I MUST make these napkins!!!

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  3. I like the log cabins and all of them :)!

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  4. Very nice, this edge stitcher foot! How pretty your napkins turned out. I love the log cabin, too, and was thinking this may be a good place to use some of the Safari Moon I just bought. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Pretty napkins. I would make a set for my mother. She loves napkins. My favorite is the tiny squares. I would make them with something black and white and for the tiny squares, red prints and solids.
    kidsandsewing@hotmail.com

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  6. I really like the little log cabins, I would like to make some with Scrumptious

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  7. I like the 16 patch. I would probably use Moda solids.
    Thanks for the tip with the edge joining foot!

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  8. Loved your tip! I have used washable Elmer's glue and set it with an iron. It works great and you can put the whole binding down that way and the glue washes out when you wash the project! I love the idea of using an edge foot too. What kind of machine do you use? I loved all the patterns and am helping a friend make some for her daughter's wedding using Kaffe fabric.

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  9. I really like Essex and Indigo is the best- a good solid but interesting background. With a neutral like that bright fabrics like Anna Maria Horner would be good. The 16 patch is my favourite.

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  10. Wow! What beautiful napkins! I adore the 16 patch and the frugal part of me would use whatever is in the scrap bag my friend just gave me.

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  11. They are so very pretty. My favorite is the mini log cabin!

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  12. Wow! What beautiful napkins! I adore the 16 patch and the frugal part of me would use recycle linen, I buy at thrift stores. /but I also have yards of the RK linen I recentyly bought and this is lovely. I have been holding onto Oakshotts linen that would be fun to work with and binding and using some scraps to match the autumn colors of the linen, and add some text print.

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  13. Love all the patterns, but the 16 patch is my favorite.

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  14. I like them all but the log cabin is my favourite!
    I would use some of my precious Chicopee!

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  15. Beautiful! Love the simple patchwork and the log cabin... just my style!

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  16. Like you, my favorite is the log cabin, but that cute little 16-patch is calling me too! I love the look of these blocks with solids, or blenders; somehow that gives the napkins a more modern edge.

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  17. These are amazing! I have some cloth napkins, but none nearly as lovely as these. I think the hst's are my favorite. I'd probably dig through my scraps for something bright and summery. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I'd use Michael Miller's Flight Patterns and his Cotton Couture in Lipstick! The Log Cabin is my favorite. These are lovely.
    T

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  19. The log cabin block would be great fun to do in V and Co ombre in blue for my daughter's birthday!

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  20. That yarn-dyed Essex is delicious! The wee little log cabin block is adorable.

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  21. I like the mini log cabin - good use of scraps!

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  22. I like the squre in a square design. The inner square would be great for a fussy cut block.

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  23. I like the one that looks like a picture frame. It would be good for a fussy cut.

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  24. I've just finished my first log cabin (after four years of quilting!), and I had so much fun I want to say that, but I'm not, because I think it might be a bit bulky for a napkin, so I'm going with the QST block, which is just adorable. I'd take my cue from the sample and use some DSQ fabric that I wouldn't cry to wipe my mouth with, maybe some of the vintagiest ones. Maybe even some vintage linens. Thank you!!

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  25. Love those mini squares! And I would love to fussy cut from the last of my stash of Birch's "Fort Firefly" line!
    Thanks for the chance!

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  26. I like the half square triangle pattern best. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  27. My favorite is the little 16 patch. :) I would use all sorts of scraps -- I love scrappy patchwork! Thanks for the giveaway. sarah@forrussia.org

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  28. I like them all but I like log cabins very much! I could really use this pattern! Comlisajohnson@gmail.com

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  29. I would probably make the log cabins first because I have lots of those thin strips to use up from my scrap stash.

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  30. I really like the 16-patch, and since I've been crushing on the Botanics line lately, I would totally use that too!

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  31. I'd probably do the log cabins. I was in a charm swap awhile back. Those would be great for this project.

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  32. I like the log cabin and I would use linen for the main part and batik scraps for the patchwork. Thanks for sharing your napkins and for the giveaway.

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  33. I love the 16 patch. I have some stashed bits of Tula Pink's Neptune and Salt Water that I think would be perfect. Thanks for the chance.

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  34. Your napkins turned out so cute. I like the log cabin and the 16 patches. I would try them with April Showers by Moda since I just received a charm pack of them. Thanks for the tip on the binding.

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  35. Cute napkins! I love the disappearing nine patch and log cabin! thanks!

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  36. I'd love to make some of these for me, and my mom as well... the log cabin is my fave. madfabriholic at gmail dot com

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  37. I have a navy large floral print that I would use for the background and then solids for the piecing. kcannon@anwsu.org

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  38. I'd use a natural soft fine linen and colourful scraps. I like the log cabin, time consuming but worth it!

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  39. I love the log cabin block the most. I'd use my old stack of Lotta Jansdotter fabric and essex linen to make them. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

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  40. I think my favorite is the log cabin. Thanks for the tip about liquid stitch. I have a bottle of basting glue and always forget about it.

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  41. The napkins you made are beautiful. I like the 16 patch the best. I would make them out of Essex linen. For the block and the binding I would use bright batiks.

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  42. oh yours are so lovely! I like all the blocks, but I think the broken dishes block best. I would make mine in reds/aquas from my stash to match my kitchen

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  43. I love them all but if I have to pick it would be the broken dishes block. I would use lots of colorful scraps!

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  44. I love your colors. The patterns you choice are fun too! thank you fir sharing!

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  45. I like the sixteen block one, and I think this is a perfect scrap buster project.

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  46. that explains all the nice neat STRAIGHT binding on all the bloggers projects

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