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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.

Earth and sky quilt tutorial

I made this quilt top for the back of a quilt but I liked it so much that I decided this could be a quilt on its own right.

Finished quilt size: 51 in x 45.5 in.

Seam allowance is 1/4 inch.


  • Fabric scraps in blues, greens, browns and yellows.
  • One piece of  yellow fabric 53 in x 18 in
  • One piece of blue fabric 53 in x 18 in
  • 5 strips of white fabric measuring 2.5 in x 53 in
  • batting piece 53 in x 47 in
  • backing fabric piece 53 in x 47 in

Cut 68 fabric scraps in rectangles measuring 3.5 in x 2 in. Use a similar amount of blues, greens, browns and yellows.

Cut 68 cream fabric rectangles measuring 3.5 in x 2 in.

Assemble as per picture above alternating rectangles in colour and white with about 17 print rectangles per column.

Stitch alternating columns of white and rectangles as per picture above to obtain a large rectangle.

Assemble as per picture above.

Detail of quilt

The quilt sandwich 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.

Embroidered fabric tea cozy tutorial

Embroidered fabric tea cozy tutorial

  • Half a yard of your favourite fabric
  • Matching lining fabric
  • Scraps for the top petals
  • Embroidery floss in matching colours
  • Batting
  • Teapot cozy pattern (pdf). The pattern is for a pot 11 ½ x 21 ½ (see below on how to measure your teapot)
Choose a fabric where the embroidery will show well. I chose the fabric below mostly because the white leaves were perfect to add the embroidery to.
I worked with 3 embroidery floss strands and used a variety of embroidery stitches to fill in the white leaves.

Detail of the embroidery.

Measuring your teapot

Measure your teapot around the widest part and add one extra inch:  21 and a half.

Now measure it around its height from side to side and add an extra inch: 11 and a half.

Divide both measurements by 2 and add 1 inch to each.

My teapot is 22 ½ around by 12 ½  high. Using these figures I made the teapot pattern (pdf). If this pattern doesn’t fit your teapot, which is quite likely, you can use the method I just explained to create your own pattern.

Cut panels

Using the pattern cut 2 pieces of the outside fabric and 2 of the lining fabric.

To cut, fold the fabric in half and place the pattern on the fold as per picture below. Cut around the pattern.

Add batting

Cut two rectangles of batting larger than the front panels and pin to the fabric.

Quilt and trim.

Making the top petals

Cut 3 4 inch squares.

Fold twice into a smaller square.

Now round the corners.

With a strong thread gather the fabric as per picture.

Do the same with each square and stitch them together as you go.

Sewing the panels together

Place one panel right side up, then place the petals in the middle facing the bottom of the panel.

Place the second panel with the wrong side up and pin in place.

Cutting the lining

Using the pattern cut 2 more panels for the lining. Pin in place.

Stitch around leaving a 3 inch opening at the top to turn the cozy inside out.

Pink the corners after stitching.

Adding the lining

Place the quilted side of the cozy inside the lining as per picture below. Align the edges well and pin in place.

Stitch all along the edge.

Turn inside out through the 3 inch hole in the lining.

Stitch the opening in the lining.

The lining will be slightly larger than the quilted cozy so it will overflow at the base. Use this bit of extra lining to add a small border as per picture. Just iron the extra lining and topstitch.

Top detail.

The teapot is finished.