Showing posts from April, 2018

cactus mug rug tutorial

Hi there! My mug rug with cactus applique is ready! Although it is a small project and takes little time to finish, it has the same steps as big quilt. If you are new in quilting and want to start from somewhere, this little quilt may give you some inspiration. Or you just want to make something in a short time. Mug rugs are also great as gifts.

Now I'll tell how to make a mug rug. I hope it will be helpful for you. If anything missing or not clear about the instructions, please let me know, so that I can fix it. Here we go!

The first thing to do is to prepare the top quilt. For this mug rug I preferred cactus applique pattern. For PDF with various cacti patterns, click below.


Choose one of the cacti and prepare it for applique with english paper piecing. Below is the cactus I chose.

Cut a piece of fabric measuring 8"x8". Mug rugs differs in size. This is the measure I used. Place the cactus to the center of the fabric, pin and baste it and then you…

pineapple with hexagons quilt pattern tutorial

Nowadays I like dealing with the things related to fruits; blocks, patterns, appliques, whatever. This is the second pineapple I made and shared in my blog. The first one was a pineapple block and now I designed a pineapple pattern which is combined with hexagons. Actually I was inspired by a fabric pattern and thought why not to make it as patchwork. And I like the result. It may be  turned into a wall hanging, cushion or something that I haven't decided yet but it is pretty cool! Below is the step by step tutorial with pictures for those who would like to make one also.
1- You will need 10 hexies of 1" and 8 triangles. 
2- Hexagons and triangles are paper pieced. When you baste the hexies, triangles and leaves which makes of 5 pieces, sewn together, press them with iron and remove the papers.
3 - Place the pieces on fabric as can be seen in the picture and pin them.

4- Baste the pieces on fabric so that you can applique more easily. Now you are ready to start for appliquin…

pineapple block tutorial

When I finished making strawberry block, I thought I would make some more fruit blocks cuz they are so lovely and cute. So I'll be making fruit blocks nowadays. The second fruit is a pineapple block.  I made Jackie Padesky's pineapple block. Free pattern is available on the internet. Below is the photo of the pattern I drew.

It is as cute as the strawberry block and I really enjoyed doing it. Why dont you give a try, too?
Pineapple block is made the same way with strawberry block. You can have a look at the Strawberry block tutorial here and learn how to make a fruit block . Below are the numbers and measures of scraps that you will need.           16x2" yellow                         2x2.5" green 1               2x2" white           2x2.5" yellow                        1x2.5" green 2               4x2.5" white                                                          1x2.5" green 3 I used six different yellow fabrics, you can choose the numb…

strawberry block tutorial

I’m sure everybody likes strawberries. I saw these strawberry blocks on the net and have been waiting for the right time to make one of them. So here is the result. I think I managed it well and want to share how I made it with step-by-step tutorial in case you would like to make one for yourself.
There is no pattern for this block. It is a combination of 2” squares and half square triangles. You need red or pink, green and white color fabric. It is a perfect pattern to use your scraps also. For red I used 6 different fabrics. You can use more or less depending on your stash. The block is 7.5” x 10.5”in the end. Below are the pieces yo need to cut:
17 x 2” red2 x 2.5” green 14 x 2” white 3 x 2.5” red2 x 2.5” green 25 x 2.5” white 2 x 2”green 3
1    - Cut the pieces of fabrics according to the measurements and colors mentioned above.

2    -Take five white squares of 2.5” and 1 green square of 2.5”. You need to turn these into half square triangles (hst). Draw a diagonal line as seen in t…

easter quilts: bunny wall hanging

Happy Easter to all!

I designed a bunny pattern for a wall hanging. If you want to make something in a short time, this bunny is for you. It is also perfect as a gift. The bunny has a pocket in which some items can be put.
Because sewing should be fun, the pattern is designed with simplicity and practically with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
Download the pattern here

 1- Draw the pattern on the fabric and cut it with seam allowance. Make a three layer sandwich; top, batting and back together and sew them together with the machine. Leave the bottom unsewed so that you can turn the right side from here.

2- When you turn the right side, stitch around the bunny with a thread a the same colour. For the face make some embrodierement.

3- For the pocket, cut the piece and applique it on the bunny. I used big buttons for the rounds and added a ribbon on the neck. So it is ready. Have some fun with my bunny wall hanging.