Category Archives: stipple quilt

Tile quilt tutorial


This is a quilt for beginners. I made it for the back of my wonky log cabin quilt but I think it can well be a quilt top on its own right. This quilt can be made to any size.

The quilt is about 45 in square.


The materials are for the middle strip of this small lap quilt. For smaller or larger size adjust accordingly.

  • 30 x 4 inch squares
  • 4 x 1 1/2 inch strips cut along the whole width of the fabric in cream for the sashing
  • 2 x 2 1/2 inch strips cut along the whole width of the fabric in cream for the sashing and a bit more for the short sides of the grid

Wonky log cabin scrappy quilt – a beginner’s tutorial

This quilt is suitable for a beginner.

Finished size: 40 in x 40 in.


The colour scheme is warm colours, pinks and purples.


  • Scrap fabrics or 10 to 15 fat quarters in assorted colours: reds, pinks, purples, browns and yellows
  • 1 yard cream fabric for sashing


  • 42 in x 42 in fabric square

Block size: The final block size is 9 inches. There is a total of 12 blocks.

Wonky log cabin block construction

Cut a wonky piece of fabric for the piece in the middle.

Cut two more wonky pieces to attach to the side of the centre.

Cut both pieces slightly larger than the sides of the centre square.

Sew and square sides.

Repeat with the other two sides.

Square sides again.

Calculate how much fabric is needed in the last border to complete a 9 inch block and cut 4 strips that are wide enough to reach the 9 inches.

Repeat as for previous steps cutting and attaching the pieces around the centre.

Cut strips wide and long enough so that some fabric is left over around, particularly for very wonky blocks.

Press the block, square it to 9 inches and cut.

One down 11 more to go.


Cut 12 x 2 1/2 squares of 12 different print matching fabrics.

Cut 24 2 1/2 x 9 inch strips and stitch to one side of each block.

Arrange the blocks as desired. My quilt is laid out as a gradient on the diagonal from yellow to pink. Stitch 4 blocks in a column. Stitch 4 separate columns.

Arrange at this stage the placement of the 2 1/2 in squares to match the placement and colour of the blocks.

One the layout is decided, stitch the 2 1/2 to the left sashing strips.

Piece alternating cream/square/cream/square/cream /square/cream (see picture below).

Now sew the long sashing strips to the first column, then the second, and finally the third. Follow the picture below as a stitching guide.

The quilt is stipple quilted.

Basket of flowers lap quilt for beginners

I made this quilt a long time ago, posted a tutorial and forgot all about it. I thought it was time to share it again.

This is a beginner’s quilt. It is made with pre-cut triangles for the print fabric.  Pre-cut triangles are called turnovers and they are 6 inches wide. One pack of turnovers has 80 triangles in it.

Finished quilt size: 51 in x 45.5 in.

Seam allowance is 1/4 inch.


  • 1 pack of turnovers (Baskets of flowers Turnovers Triangles by Moda) – 80 x 6 inch triangles
  • One yard and a half of cream fabric for the triangles and border (you could also get 1 pack of turnovers in white/cream if you want to make this quilt even easier). I used Moda Bella Snow
  • Cream cotton thread
  • Batting
  • 52 in x 47 in fabric for the back of the quilt


Cut 28 x 6 inch squares from the cream fabric and then cut the square into 2 triangles. You will obtain 56 x 6 in triangles.

Assemble white and print triangles

Stitch a total of  56 squares using the turnovers and the cream triangles.

Place a turnover over a cream triangle and stitch together along the long side right sides together.

Open and press.

Place the squares in rows of 7 squares as per picture below. You will have enough squares to complete 8 rows.

Stitch all rows together.


The quilt at this stage is 39 in  x 44.5 in.

Cut four 2.5 inch strips (two 39 in x 2.5 in strips and two 41.5 in x 2.5 in strips) of fabric in cream.

Note: Double check the width of the finished square made of turnovers before you cut your sashing as the width may vary slightly if the sewing is not very accurate.


After sashing the quilt measures about 47 in x 41.5 in.

With the 24 print turnovers left over, make 12 squares.

Place two turnovers with right side facing together, stitch along the long side.

Open square and press with seams open to avoid bulk.

Now cut the square across the diagonal.

Now repeat the same process again.

Place both triangles together with right side facing together. Stitch again along the long side.

Open and press with seams open to avoid bulk.

The resulting square is 5 inches square.

Assemble border as per picture and using 5 inch strips of fabric in cream.

Cut 10 x 5 in squares in cream/white.

Place squares alternating white and print squares as per picture with 4 print squares on the top and bottom row and 2 on the right and left sides.

When I made the quilt I forgot to measure the border properly. I suggest you stitch the 5 inch squares as per picture below and then measure the length of the required white border to finish each side.

Quilt as required. I usually stipple quilt.

Seven christmas quilting projects

Little Forest wall hanging

Mini Christmas quilt

Peace wall hanging tutorial

Christmas quilted Noel wall hanging

Merry Christmas embroidery tutorial

Elf quilted wall hanging

Embroidered quilt tutorial: Part I and Part II

Revisiting improv patchwork tutorials

A series of blocks and mini quilts made using improvisation techniques.

The techniques do not belong to any book. I just use my scissors and a vague idea in my mind of what I want to achieve which does not always correspond with what the final block looks like, but that’s where the fun is. I try to use 1/4 inch seams but sometimes the seams turn out slightly wider or narrower. I tend to press to the side the seam goes naturally though I also press open where there is a lot of bulk.

The process to create the blocks are demonstrated using lots of pictures.

  1. Free form, free motion patchwork
  2. Free form patchwork mini quilt – visual creative process
  3. improv / free form quilt block number 1
  4. Improv / free form quilt block number 2
  5. Improv / free form quilt block number 3
  6. Improv / free form quilt block number 4
  7. Improv / free form quilt block number 5
  8. Improv / free form quilt block number 6
  9. Improv / free form patchwork headboard cover
  10. Reversible tray cover