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Valentine's day mug rug

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I've been thinking of what to make for upcoming Valentine's day as a quilt. Since I'm a quilt addict, to me every special day means making quilts related to that day. So I've started with this adorable mug rug which is made of two hearts filled with love. This Valentine mug rug didn't take much time to make so you can also have a lot of time enjoying your coffee and then making them for your beloved friends!


I prepared a simple tutorial here for you, I've tried to make it as simple as possible. I used paper pieced heart pattern for this mug rug. First of all, you need to download the pattern below.

FREE TEMPLATE DOWNLOAD

The paper template is used for foundation paper piecing which is my favourite technique since it gives perfect results. There are four pattern blocks in one paper, so you can make two mug rugs of that template.

Cut out your paper templates. The interior part A2 and A4 is the heart shape and here I used red colour, for the other parts I used whi…

7 easy quilt patterns for beginners

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If you are new to quilting and have never made a quilt before, you may not know where to start. Here are a few simple tutorials to get you help started. These are not only simple but also beautiful quilt patterns for beginners. If you are looking for an easy quilt pattern suitable for a beginner, you are at the right place. For beginners, it is a good idea to choose a quilt pattern with large pieces of material or start with a small quilt, like a baby quilt or lap quilt. It is important to choose a simple design so that you do not get frustrated. Once you start, you will see that it is not that difficult to make a quilt.
If you are a more experienced quilter and looking for a quick weekend project, these quilt patterns are good for all experience levels. Ready to start? Check out some of the beginner friendly quilt patterns that I have collected here. They are written with detailed instructions and illustrations that help you follow the each step in a clear manner.
 Enjoy your time!
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carpenter's star quilt block pattern and tutorial

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Quilting is just so fun and once you start, you can' t stop. Beside many ongoing projects I can 't stop myself beginning a new one. Carpenter's Star quilt is my latest favourite and just love it. It has some other names and variations, one of which is carpenter's wheel.

I prepared  tutorial of how to make carpenter's star quilt pattern.  It consists of 64 pieces for 18" finished size.

In fabric choices make sure that you have a good contrast between the background fabric, medium fabric and the dark fabric to ensure th e design of the pattern will stand out. The nice outcome of the pattern depends on your colour choices, so be careful while you are choosing the fabrics.

 The image below shows how the block goes together. Before I start making the block, I usually draw it on paper and colour it, just to see the color combinations and this also helps me figure out the layout. I like to draw, anyway.


For carpenter's star quilt block pattern I chose yellow as …

yo-yo christmas ornaments

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Yo-yos are quick to make and perfect to use for a variety of things including embellishment of quilts or diy ornaments. Here I used yo-yos to make some christmas ornaments, which includes a snowman and a tree.

These ornaments were fun to make. I am sure you will enjoy yourself making these. You can use these christmas ornaments for your tree or give them away as gifts. Below is the materials you will need and a tutorial to make the yoyo snowman ornament.

For snowman ornament you will need:

Scraps of white fabric for snowman.Scraps of fabric for the hat and the scarf.Small black beads or buttons



From the white fabric cut two circles, one is 4" and the other is 3.5".


Make your two yo-yos. If you are new to yo-yos making, have a look at my tutorial to make yo-yos HERE
Make the hat:
Fold 4"x2.5" rectangular in half, meeting shorter edges. Sew along these edges, backstitching at begining and end.
Press seams open and turn right side out. Turn one raw edge up to 1/4"…

Thumbling blocks quilt pattern

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Here is another quilt block I've wanted to try.
I made tumbling quilt blocks using english paper piecing. The thumbling block template is a diamond shape which is made up of two equilateral triangles. There are other methods of making these thumbling blocks, but for english paper piecing you need paper templates. Besides pre-formed templates, you can form your own template by drawing a diamond shape, or you can just use your hexagon templates by cutting a hexagon into three diamonds. Three diamonds will make a tumbling block.


It is important to have three distinct colours of light, medium and dark to have the effect of thumbling blocks. Keep the lightest fabric on top of the block, medium fabric on the left and darkest on the right. This is essential to have 3D effect.

Pin one of the templates to the fabric, cut around the template with 1/2" seam allowence.

Baste around the template with long basting stitches. Some people use glue for basting but I prefer thread basting.

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Quilting terms: A list of quilting terms that every quilters need

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Amish quilts: The quilts which are made by or in the style of the Amish quilters in Pennyslvania, or Ohio and Indiana. Geometric patterns and central medallion square-in-a-square with wide borders is a popular design in the Amish community.

Appliqué: A technique where fabric shapes are cut and sewn on to a background fabric or quilt top. Appliqué can be pieced together by hand, machine, or with fusible web. Appliqué is used to prettify or create interest to a block or quilt.

Attic window quilt pattern: A visual illusion quilt pattern which makes it  seem as if you are looking at the quilt block through a window.

Backing: A quilt consists of three layers: quilt top, batting and backing. The bottom layer of a quilt, backing, is a piece of fabric which is usually a single piece.

Bargello: A type of quilt which creates movement by the way of strips of fabric squares are sewn together. Quilters usually use the same colour going from dark to light.

Basting: Long, temporary stitches are used to h…

how to make fabric yo-yos: an easy tutorial

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Today I'd like to share how I make fabric yo-yos. These yo-yos are perfect to be used with anything from wearable accessories, bags, hommade decoration and for quilts of course. They are perfect to embellish anything. Making the yo-yos is so simple and just takes a little time to finish. Then you can use them anywhere you like.
Here I provide an easy tutorial to make fabric yo-yos.

To begin, prepare your own yo-yo size template. Draw a circle in a white cardstock and cut it out. Keep in mind that the finished size of the yo-yo is almost half size of the paper template. So the template needs to be over double the finished size.While drawing the circle, I used a glass which provides a perfect circle.


Place the template on the wrong side of the fabric, using a washable ink marker. Cut the circle out using your scissors.

Fold under the outer edge to 1/4", using a running stitch to stitch along the outer edge.


Continue stitching with a runnning stitch until you have gone all arou…