Pincushion tutorial

2 six inch squares in 2 matching colours
2 self covered buttons in the same fabrics
Some ribbon

Pin both squares right side together and stitch around leaving a 2 inch opening on one side. Corners are stitched in a curve.

Turn inside out and fill cushion very tightly. Stitch the opening.

Place ribbon edge in the middle of the back of the cushion and cross with the needle to the other side. I used stranded cotton for this but any strong thick cotton will do.

Bring ribbon around the opposite side of cushion and press finger in to hold ribbon in place while putting the needle through. Turn
ribbon all around until it surrounds cushion. Put needle theoug again. You will find that every time you put the needle through you can tighten the thread a bit further. Cut the ribbon close to the stitch.

Do the same with another piece of ribbon making a cross over the cushion. The depression in the middle of the cushion should be formed by now.

Then take a button and pass the thread through the button hole and through the cushion to the other side. On the other side do the same with the second button. Do this a couple more times.


Back of the pincushion

See also my sunflower pincushion.

Disappearing 9 patch for charm quilt


  • 3 Moda Hunky Dory charm packs
  • Homespun fabric to match cut into 5 in x 5 in squares. I used a cream colour.

With 3 charm packs you will be making 25 blocks.

Final size without border: 67.5 in x 67.5 in.

Hunky Dory collection fabrics

Disappearing 9 patch block construction

Make a 9 patch block combining 5 colour charm squares with 4 white ones. Use darker tones for the centre square for contrast.

Iron the 9 patch block and cut it in half and then in half again.

Change the resulting smaller blocks around to form a disappearing 9 patch block like below.

Stitch together and iron flat.

Hot water bottle slipcover – quilted and embroidered

I made this hot water bottle cover using my own tutorial for a stipple quilted hot water bottle slipcover.

The embroidered letter E is from an alphabet colouring page.




Sampler quilt tutorial

This was a quilt made without planning or direction. I used fabrics from my stash as needed.

The only criteria was for predominately blue tone fabric in combination with white on white fabric.

The instructions to make the blocks are from crazy mom’s quilt-a-long.

Flying geese border
I used the No Waste Flying Geese method to make the border. As explained in Blocks & Swaps & Patterns & Tips.

Piano Keys sides border
The border is 8inches wide. The strips that make the border are 2.5 inches when finished.

The back is made of 8inch blue tone squares and 8 inch wide strips of plain white fabric.

The finished quilt

Block closeups

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Block 5

Block 6

Block 7

Block 8

Block 9

Block 10

Block 11

Block 12

Detail of the first border corner

Opposite corner

Back of the finished quilt