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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

“Doubly charming” charm pack quilt tutorial


Finished quilt size is 56 x 56 inches.

Quilt top and back


  • 3 charm packs with 42 x 5 inch squares each in total for front and back. The front uses 100 charm squares. I used Moda Boutique charm packs
  • 1 fat quarter of dark fabric for the small squares
  • over 4 yards of off-white fabric

Quilt top block construction

Finished block size (before assembly) is 10 inches.

The top is made out of 25 blocks in total assembled with a traditional centre sashing technique.

For each block you will need to cut:

  • 4 charm squares
  • 4 x 1 ½ inch x 5 inch strips
  • 1 x 1 ½ inch small square

For the whole quilt top you will need:

  • 100  5 inch squares
  • 100 5 x ½ inches white strips
  • 25 1 ½ x 1 ½ small centre squares

Assemble squares to suit your taste. I paired 2 of each fabric design in one single colour where possible. This tutorial illustrates how the blocks are assembled. I did the assembly in the traditional centre sashing technique.

Finished block size is 11 ½ inches.

For the off-white corner blocks and triangles cut:

  • three 16-inch blocks cut on both diagonals
  • two 8 3/8″ blocks cut once on the diagonal

I used How to set on point tutorial to help me calculate the size of the off-white blocks.

Back of the quilt

  • 25 charm squares
  • 20 x 5 inch squares in white
  • 5 inch white/cream fabric strips
  • 10 inch wide strips for the border

Piece as per picture alternating 5 inch white/cream squares and the charm squares.

The quilt is stipple quilted and the binding is the same fabric as the background cream.

Thanks to Julie from Stoneview for helping me adjust the fabric requirements and measurements.

Thanks to Marcia for suggesting the quilt a name.

New notebook cover with appliqué

I used my notebook tutorial.



Tea cozy tutorial


  • 1 or 2 fat quarters, depending on whether your cozy front and back and lining are the same fabric or not.
  • Felt shapes
  • Stranded cotton to match fabric and/or felt shapes
  • Batting
  • Calico (I didn’t use any but may use some next time)


Measure your teapot around the widest part.

Now measure it around its height from side to side.

Divide both measurements by 2 and add 1.5 inches to each.

My teapot is 24 around by 17 high. This translates into a half circle which is 14 wide and 11.5 high.

Make a pattern with the measurements.

My pattern was half a circle. Then I placed both fabrics right side together, folded them and placed the flat long edge of the pattern on the fabrics folded side. Then I cut around it with my rotary cutter.

When finished cutting you need to have 2 pieces from the fabric, 2 pieces from the lining, 2 pieces from batting and 2 from calico, if using calico.

Make a quilt sandwich with the outside fabric, the batting and the calico (if using, otherwise just use the fabric and the batting).

I only used fabric and batting and the sandwich didn’t seem to move as easily on the machine. I’ll try with some calico batting next time.

Quilt as you wish. I used stipple quilting.

If you wish you can make a handle for the top of the cozy. I used 2 felt flowers cut in half.

Place the quilted pieces right side together, place the handle in the middle facing the flat part of the pieces and pin in place.

Stitch around with half an inch seam around the curved edges of the cozy.

Now attach any felt shapes you’re going to use to the quilted side just before the lining is added.

Make the lining

Place the lining with right sides together, pin in place and stitch around the curved part with half an inch seam allowance.

Leave a 4 inch opening at the top so that the cozy can be turned inside out.

Pin the lining to the cozy, like in the photo below, right sides together.

Stitch all around the flat part leaving half an inch seam allowance.

Turn cozy inside out through the opening in the lining. and press the lower edge flat.

Slipstich the lining opening.