Showing posts from June, 2018

foundation paper piecing tutorial

If you have been hearing about foundation paper piecing and wondering what it is, how it is made, you are at the right place. When I have seen those perfect shapes on fabric with no mistake, especially shapes of animals, trees, flowers and the complicated geometric shapes, I gave a wow to those who made them. I thought they were the masters of quilting until I learned about foundation paper piecing.

Foundation paper piercing is so rewarding when you see what patterns you can make. It takes a little practice the first time you try it but when you learn the basics, you can achieve any shapes that looks complicated.
Foundation paper piercing designs are the combinations of several smaller pieces which are sewn one on top of the next while gradually building a design. Each piece of the designs  is labelled with a number that you sew in numerical order.
Here is my step by step tutorial for you. I must say that I am not a professional but I'd like to show in my way how I make this. Hop…

quilted zipper pouch tutorial

I am one of those that work on more than one project at a time. When I do not want to do anything but just relax, I make hexies with nothing on mind. Then the time comes to use these hexies. Today I've wanted to make something simple and quick. Day by day I like making zipper pouches. This zipper pouch with hexie flowers came out nice. I hope you like it , too. I want to show you how I made it in case you want to make your own.
Now let's start!
Here I used 2 inch hexies for the front piece- 7 for the flower and 4 for the corners.

When you sew hexies together, open the hexie seams that are on the outside of the piece and press it all flat.

Then trim the panel into a rectangular. I added a 2 inch frame to the patchwork panel as I wanted it not to be so small. You can either add a frame or make it without a frame.

Now you are ready to quilt it. To make your quilted pouch, cut batting a bit larger than the front piece and baste it.  Quilt the piece the way you like it. I did some…

cactus mini quilt

Nowadays I am a big fan of cacti. Actually I am a big fan of everything lately :-) I want to make all of those wonderful quilts I come across on the net. I do foundation paper piecing, english paper piecing and hand applique. Cactus patterns are especially take my attention those with hand applique and also fpp patterns. This mini quilt with cacti includes different types of cacti. They are hand appliqued and hand stitched around the patterns to make them look more beautiful.
I have enjoyed making these cacti seperately they look so cute to me.
Normally I applique the patterns and then quilt it but here I tried something different. Firstly I prepared the base; made the quilt sandwich and machine sewed by making straight lines on the fabric and then added the binding.  Finally I appliqued the cacti on the base.

While I was planning the layout of the cacti, my 4 year old son was playing with them. It was such an enjoyable game for him. We tried different variations together and decided…

foundation paper pieced butterfly blocks

I continue playing with fpp blocks, which is great fun to me. The moment I came across these Butterfly Charm Blocks by Lillyella, I thought I must make one. She presents the pattern free. You can download it by clicking on. There are three different butterfly blocks, here you see two of them. The blocks measure 5 inches when they are finished. So be ready to deal with small pieces. Colour choices are also important to make a lovely butterfly. It all depends on your tastes. For the first one I chose plain purple and lilac and for second one I preferred yellow, orange and fabric with flowers. I am pretty happy with the result. 

One of the best part of quilting for me is to decide the choice of colors and fabric because right color and fabric choices make your work better.

I plan to use these lovely butterfly blocks for a zipper pouch that will be given as a gift. I couldn't wait to finish the zipper pouch before sharing it here. When I finish it, this post will be updated. Till the…

paper pieced rose pattern

I've recently been busy with foundation paper piecing trying new patterns each day. Epp has always been my favourite but foundation paper piecing is something else. It is like solving a puzzle. Seeing the images coming to life step by step at the back of the paper is great fun and excitement to me.
Lately I was attracted by this lovely rose paper piecing quilt  by Jitka designs and I could not resist to make one for myself.
The rose pattern by Jitka Designs is free to download. If you are a beginner it may look complicated but once you get familiar with the principles of fpp, it is quite easy to sew. You download the pattern, print it out and start working on it.
The pattern includes four sections. When you finish piecing the sections seperately, piece A-B sections together first, then add C and finally D.
I love the result. I haven't decided what to do with this beautiful pink rose. It may turn into a mini quilt for rug mug. Using it on a ziller pouch or a bag would be great …

hexagon pincushion tutorial

Making hexagons is addictive. Once you start making, you want to make more and more. I made a pincushion with little hexagon flower. It is such a relaxing and satisfying little project of english paper piecing to work on. This is a quick little project and it is enjoyable to make.
I prepared a tutorial for this little project which is quick and easy to make. It would also be a nice gift.

1- Prepare 7 hexagons. I used 1 inch hexies for the hexagon flower. If you are new to english paper piecing, check out this How to make hexagon flower tutorial. This will guide you through the process of making hexagon flower. After making hexagon flower, press with iron and remove the papers. 2- Cut out two pieces of fabric measuring 5 inch. 3- Pin your hexagon flower in place to the right side of the front fabric.
4- Hand stitch the hexagon flower to the center of the pincushion front. You stitch in a way that your stitches cannot be seen.

5- Putting the second square on the front one, right sides looking…