pineapple quilt block paper piecing tutorial

Pineapple quilt block is one of the most remarkable pattern of all the quilts. At first pineapple quilts may look complicated but they are comparatively easy to make. Actually, pineapple quilt blocks are a variation of log cabin quilts. The only difference is that the corners are cut off. When you contrast the colors between the rows, it can be striking. They are perfect to play with colors and you can create amazing pineapple quilts with your own choice of colors.
There are some techniques to make pineapple quilt blocks; but most preferably paper piecing is used to obtain precise and sharp edges. Thanks to paper piecing techniques, we can make that pattern accurately. If you have never made a pineapple quilt block, this is a beginner friendly tutorial for you. The design is so sweet and hard to resist.

Pineapple block paper piecing tutorial Although this pattern looks complicated, you can easily learn how to make a pineapple paper pieced block with this step-by-step tutorial. If you…

10 free halloween quilt patterns

Since Halloween approaches, I thought it would be a good idea to share some free halloween quilt patterns. I have collected some of free patterns that are perfect for this festive holiday.  By adding these to your Halloween decoration, you can make a big difference in your house. Maybe you find the inspiration in one of these to start a hallowen quilt.
To go to a pattern, click on the title above the photo of the quilt.
 So here we go:

Jack o'Lantern mini quilt by Rose Johnson

This pumpkin mini quilt pattern will look great as a wall hanging, placemat or tabletopper. It measures 11"x 11"

Spooky wall hanging by Heidi Pridemore at Windham Fabrics

It measures 24"x 52". This Halloween wall hanging is really spooky!

Spooky spider mini quilt at Seasons homemaker

This is an applique black spider on white background. A quick and easy project to be finished in a few hours.

Itsy Bitsy Spiders wall hanging at AJ's Boutique

The finished size is 19"x 26". Until s…

labyrinth quilt block pattern tutorial

Today I finished the quilt top for my labyrinth quilt block and I also prepared a tutorial for making this labyrinth quilt block. There are many version of quilts know by that name. My tutorial explains one version of labyrinth quilt pattern which is a star with two interwoven borders.
While making the labyrinth quilt block pattern I used squares and HSTs (half-square triangles). So there are two standard measurements for cutting instructions of the fabrics which, to me, is less complicated. Hope this labyrinth quilt block tutorial will be useful for you.

So here we go!

My block is a star with two interwoven border areas made from 2"x2" squares. The labyrinth quilt block finishes at 12"x12". The block is made from three different colours. I used green, red and grey. The photo below will help you organize and assemble the units.

Cutting instructions Fabric A - Outer border and background of the star (mine is grey)
20 pieces of  2"x 2" squares10 pieces of 2…

how to make half square triangles for quilts

Half square triangles (HSTs) are probably one of the most frequently used patchwork components. There are various ways of making these HSTs, but this technique is the favourite one for quilters. In this technique, briefly, you sew two squares of fabric together  diagonally . When you cut, you have two identical HSTs.

      Here is the tutorial to make half square triangles easily.

Cut the squares according to the measurements and colors needed. Here I use 2.5"x 2.5" squares. When you sew them, you have 2"x 2"  HSTs. Pair two squares, right sides together. Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the wrong side of the fabric.When calculating the HSTs you need to remember that each pair of squares produces two triangle square units.

Sew two squares together a quarter inch from the guide line. Sew both sides of the line. Cut along the guide line so you have two triangles. Open up one unit and press carefully, seams open.  Trim the &quo…

Giraffe baby quilt pattern

Another baby quilt I finished to be gifted to a lovely friend's baby.  I love animal patterns, they are so cute and suitable for baby quilts. That is, the main theme for baby quilts are animals in my quilts. There were bunnies, ducks, snails, turtles and now a giraffe. Be sure that more of them will be coming.

The finished quilt measures 50" x 40" (100 x 125 cm). So it is good for toddlers as well.

This baby quilt can be used for both boys and girls. There is a giraffe and a tree in the pattern. I wish I had added some moe leaves to the tree. I think it would look much nicer- or the giraffe ate the leaves!!- There is a little bird on the tree. A rabbit and a butterfly are embrodiered to the fabric. There are also some clouds above. And it is completed. It was fun to make with machine applique.

Ducks baby boy quilt pattern

Baby quilts are adorable, as cute as possible, quick to finish and perfect as gifts. This quilt is suitable for baby boys and toddlers. It measures 50" x 40" (100 x 125 cm).

I machine appliqued the three ducks, one mother and two ducklings. I used yellow and orange for the ducks. Below are the detailed pictures of the ducks.

I also added some flowers around the ducks. They are orange and yellow and can be felt by hand. They are also machine appliqued. The white parts are quilted but I left the border unquilted so that it is fluffy.

I mostly prefer using animal patterns with baby quilts since they are so cute. I enjoyed making this quilt and hope you enjoy it, too.

sunbonnet sue cushion

Sunbonnet Sue is always one of my favourites. I like seeing this pattern on every kind of quilting. This is one of my earliest works, it was gifted years ago to my sister and I coincided this cushion ,n her house. I though I should add this to my patchwork diary and share it with you.

Sunbonnet Sue wears a colorful and flowery dress because it is a spring day. She is with her boyfriend and she gives a flower to the boy. The boy wears blue clothes.  (Is it only me that makes up stories with Sunbonnet Sue?!) It is a beautiful sunny day with a lot of flowers and butterflies around. They are so happy in this spring day!

Here are some detailed pictures of the cushion I made. I appliqued Sunbonnet Sue and the boy to the fabric and added some details to the scene. I embroidered some flowers, a butterfly, a little snail, some birds, clouds and a smiley sun.  
Free pattern for Sunbonnet Sue and the boy is HERE

It is up to you and your imagination to create the scene with Sunbonnet Sue. Whatev…