All about log cabin quilt

Log cabin quilts are one of the most popular and favourable quilts of all quilt patterns. What makes log cabin fascinating is the possible variations it presents. The traditional design is made by beginning with a center shape-usually a square- and sewing strips in sequence around the square.
There are various designs named such as Barn Raising, Sunshine and Shadow and Straight Farrow. Besides, blocks can be set together in numerious ways to form new patterns. It is simple to construct and offers too many probable patterns to create, so log cabin quilts appeal not only beginners but also advanced quilters.
Log cabin quilts are as old as the times of ancient Egypt. But it is mostly assumed that it dates back to the pioneer days of the United States.
The log cabin quilts had first been widespread in 1860s in the United States during the Civil War and  been popular quickly. They were identified with the pioneer spirit and values of America.

Early log cabins  were made by hand piecing us…

15 upcycling projects from old denim jeans

Are you one of those that cannot throw old jeans? If you just can't let them go like me, do not make them take space in your wardrobe anymore since there are tons of other ways to use them around your house. Denim is a resistant and tough fabric and great for reusing. What's more, it is never out of fashion. It would be a waste to throw them out. I have many old, worn jeans that are not in use but waiting for recycling. That's why I have been looking  around for some time and found a bunch of some great ideas with tutorials to share with you and keeping these great ideas in my blog will remind me to try these projects. Have a look at the list below so that you may get inspired.

1- make a denim fabric basket

Easy, simple and quick project where the legs of the jeans are used. They will match perfectly to your sewing room.

2 - upcycle your old jeans into a bag

Why not to show off with your sewing skills?
3- make a denim organizer
A perfect organizer for your sewing stuff or fo…

patchwork apple quilt block

First, there was a strawberry, then a pineapple and now an apple; actually two- one is bitten. I can't resist making fruit blocks. They look lovely. Sewing fruit blocks is fun and easy to make. There are tons of strawberry and pineapple blocks but I haven't seen many apple blocks around. So I made these two apple blocks, one is complete and the other is a bitten one. I like them as much as other fruit blocks.
For a complete tutorial on how to make a fruit block, have a look at my Strawberry Block Tutorial where I explain how to make HSTs(half square triangles) in details with pictures. We will use the same technique while doing it. Here is how to make the apple block.

Cutting instructions:
from various red scraps cut     : twenty 2" squares and five 2.5" squaresfrom various white scraps cut : seven 2.5 " squares and two 3.3" rectangularsfrom various green scraps cut: two 2.5" squaresfrom yellow scraps cut: two 2.5" squaresfrom brown scraps cut: tw…

fleece lap quilt pattern tutorial

Today I am excited to share with you a cute and fun to make fleece lap quilt pattern and tutorial. I made this lap quilt using my fleece fabric scraps.

I made this lap quilt years ago and it is so useful and keeps warm while we are lying on the coach watching Tv. What especially I like about this quilt is the donkey appliques. So here is how I made it. I hope it inspires you, too to make a fleece quilt.

I cut the fleece fabric into squares measuring 10"x10". There are 13 squares and  12 HSTs at the sides. I placed the squares making diamond pattern. I did not sew the squares together but did some crochet work to put them together. I used the orange color for crochet, same with the donkeys.

Once the lap quilt come together I drew a donkey and heart which are easy and simple shapes to draw. You can draw your donkey also, or it can be a cat or a dog. I did some crochet work around the  heart and donkey patterns. It was easy because fleece wont fray. Then I appliqued them to th…

10 english paper piecing tutorials for beginners

English Paper Piecing is a suitable way for beginners to start since it gives you little chance of mistakes as long as you follow the steps. What's more you will be quite satisfied with the results and it is fun to work by epp. You can carry it everywhere because you sew by hand and also sew by using your scraps in small projects. Here I collected some of my favourite epp projects which are easy and fun to make. Those may be inspiring for someone who would like to start but do not know from where to.
These are small projects to learn more about english paper piecing. While learning it is important to enjoy what you are doing and you have something cute,useful in the end.

1- Hexagon Pincushion by Mypatchworld (that's me :-))

Hexagons are great for beginners and they are so popular nowadays. Especially I like hexie flowers. What you can do with hexie flowers is limitless. Why don't you start with a pincushion.

2- EPP Patchwork Playball by Mypatchworld

Your kids will love pl…

basic quilting abbreviations

Quilters use many abbreviations when they use basic quilting terms. These are practical to use; you may not want to use "half-square triangles" again and again while giving quilting instructions. Instead, you may prefer to use HST; since it is easier. When you come across UFO in a quilting instruction or talking, it doesn't necessarily mean that there is an alien in the sewing room!

For beginners, it may be confusing seeing all these abbreviations which probably make no sense. So here I'd like to share some popular quilting abbreviations that you may come across in quilting instructions and conversations. When you are learning quilting, it helps you save time to know the terminology.

BOM : Block Of the Month BSS : Basic Sewing Supplies Charm Pack : Package of pre-cut squares Charms : Small pieces of fabric, either squares or sometimes hexagons, all different fabrics EQ: Electric Quilt FQ: Fat quarter of fabric (18” x 22”) GFG: Grandmother’s flower garden HST: Half-Square Tr…

house block pattern

I am new to foundation paper piecing and I just love it. I know it takes time to finish one with all these tiny pieces but it does not matter for me. I have no hurry. I like the process itself. To me it is like solving a puzzle and I like it most when I see the result. It comes out perfect as long as you follow the steps right. I've made some other fpp before and the more I make the more I like it. So I will continue finding free patterns on the net, making my own and sharing the links with you. This house block belongs to Wombat Quilts. I like the trees near the house especially. They are super cute and I will be making some more in different colors, because I plan to make a lap quilt with these house blocks. If you want to make this below is the link to the free pattern of the house block.

House Block Pattern

The house block have 13 seperate parts, you sew each of them and then join them together. It finished at 10 " wide. So easier to handle compared to these 5" butte…