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pineapple quilt progress and pattern

By Hatun Comak → Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The pineapple quilt has been in progress for months. I have been making pineapple quilt block patterns from time to time since I prepared the pineapple quilt block tutorial. The progress is slow and making pineapple quilt blocks is time consuming. But I like the way it's been turning out. Actually it takes some time to finish one block and besides pineapple quilt, I work on some other projects. That's why it takes time in progress.
I like the lively colors of the fabric that I'm using for this pattern. I preferred using two fabrics; one is white and the other is a colorful fabric. The more blocks I add, the better it looks.

I'm planning to make a quilt for my daughter's bed, so I need to make many of these pineapple quilt blocks. But I enjoy making the blocks. I'm not sure about the time that I can finish it but I'm eager to share the process here.

If you would like to have the free paper piecing pattern and tutorial, it is HERE.
Enjoy it!

twisted hexagon coaster tutorial

By Hatun Comak → Saturday, November 9, 2019

Twisted hexagons are made up of one hexagon and six half hexagons of the same size. Twisted hexagons can be made by using english paper piecing method. There are some other ways of doing them, but I preferred english paper piecing method, which I like pretty much. 

I made these lovely twisted hexagon coasters and prepared a tutorial also. This lovely project is beginner friendly. If you would like to make one for yourself, follow the instructions below.

Twisted hexagon tutorial

  • You will need four hexagons for one coaster. I used 2.5 " hexagons for this one. If you need the hexagon templates with free download, it is HERE
  • Cut out your hexagon and cut another three hexagons into two. These are the templates for the twisted pieces of the hexagon. You should have one hexagon and six half hexagon. These will be arranged like this:
  • Since you have the templates of a twisted hexagon, time to start sewing. Choose your fabrics and baste the pieces and sew them together. If you are new to english paper piecing, have a look at my ENGLISH PAPER PIECING TUTORIAL where I explain how to baste hexies and sew them together.

  • After sewing them together, press with iron and remove the paper. Press again. Press seams outward and trim the excess strip end.

  • The next step is making the quilt sandwich. Layer the batting on backing fabric on top of hexagon unit. 

  • With 1/4" seam allowance, stitch around five sides of the hexagon, leaving the sixth side unsewn.

  • Trim excess fabric and batting, turn right side out, press and pin the open edge. Topstitch around whole coaster and you have finished! How about making them for Christmas. They will make perfect gifts.

8 christmas fabric ornament tutorials

By Hatun Comak → Monday, November 4, 2019

It is now the time of the year to start preparations for Christmas. Making preparations beforehand is a good idea either for your own ornaments or to be gifted.
Here is a round up of christmas ornament tutorials that I have found  and like pretty much. They are all free and comes with tutorials. If you have a stash of scraps,  making ornaments is a perfect way to use them up also. Why don't you try then?

Whether you make christmas fabric ornaments for yourself or as gifts, they are fun to make. I have already made some of these and others are on my to-do list. Hope you find some inspiration here.

Enjoy it!

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how to make crib size duvet cover

By Hatun Comak → Monday, October 14, 2019

Making a duvet cover is a simple beginner friendly sewing project. You can sew a crib size duvet cover for your baby or as a gift. It is a simple and quick project to make. I sew this duvet cover as a gift. Besides quilting, such easy quilting projects makes me happy and gives the chance of a break.
Whatever I make something new, I try to prepare tutorials as well, trying to make use of my knowledge and I like sharing ideas. Soooo here we go!


You will need a top and a bottom fabric for the duvet. There are standard measurements for each size but bedding can be varying so before sewing your duvet cover, measure yours in order to be sure that it will fit.

For toddle bed finished size is 33"×42". You need to add 1" to the with 1/2" seam allowance and add 1.5" to the length for seam allowance and 6" for the closure part. So cut two pieces of fabric measuring 34"×49.5"

Before starting it is important to wash and iron.

Start with closure part. Fold one of the width sides in 1/2" ( to the wrong side) and iron. Sew in place. Then fold again 3.5" to the wrong side and iron.

Repeat the entire process to the other piece of your duvet.

Now you need to sew on the bottons. Measure 1/4 of the way on each side and mark with erasable pen. Measure 2" down from the folded part and draw a line between the two marks. Measure 4" and mark between each 4". These will be spots for buttons and buttonholes.

While making buttonholes, I used the buttonhole opening foot of my sewing machine, which makes it quite practical. Sew the bottons to the other piece just opposite the buttonholes.

Take your two pieces of fabric and pin the them, right sides together.

Sew along with 1/2" seam allowance, sew all tia way round except the opening part.

When you have finished sewing, turn your duvet cover right side out and iron.

And it is ready either for your personal use ör to be gifted.

8 modern foundation paper piecing patterns

By Hatun Comak → Thursday, October 3, 2019

I love paper piecing. When I paper piece, I feel like I am playing games. I like seeing the images of the pattern come to life on fabric. Actually foundation paper piecing is my favourite. So I have collected a series of foundation paper piecing patterns that I like most. I have tried some of them, and some are waiting for to be done. What's more, they are all free. If you are new to foundation paper piecing, it is a good idea to start with a simple project that teaches you how to paper piece. FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING TUTORIAL will teach you how to do it.

10 foundation paper piecing patterns

The rose pattern by Jitka Designs is amazing. The image above is my version of rose pattern. You can download the pattern for free and make your own rose with your favourite colors.

You can make a modern foundation paper piecing quilt with the traditional pineapple quilt block. See my tutorial for pineapple quilt block.

This Mini Kaleidoscope Quilt by Wombat Quilts is lovely. Tiny scraps are used in this pattern that looks great. Definitely on my to do list!

Butterfly blocks by Lillyella released four different butterfly blocks and I have made two so far. One of them is used in making zipper pouch. They are adorable.

This lovely pattern is here. Twinkling Tulip by Quilting Jewel. I like how this tulip turned out.

Flying geese is one of the patterns that I like and the quilt variations are numerious. You can make a whole quilt of flying geese or use it as a part of the quilt. Circle of flying geese by Piece by Number looks lovely. Above you see my variation of circle of flying geese.

The pattern is Starry Night by Wombat Quilts . The finished size is 8".

Wonky Log Cabin by 3and3quarters Log cabin quilts are traditional but making them wonky is quite modern. These foundation paper pieced wonky log cabin patterns are not only easy to make but also funny.

Now it is time decide from which of these to begin!

quilted zipper pouch tutorial

By Hatun Comak → Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Zipper pouches are one of my favourite world. They are both practical to use and also perfect as gift. When I am not quilting, I like sewing zipper pouches. What is more, you can also exgibit your quilting skills with zipper pouches by adding some quilting on them.

Here is one of these quilted zipper pouches that I have made. I used that lovely paper pieced butterfly at the front. I added a 1" yellow frame to the butterfly and added 2 1/2" purple frame to make the front piece of the pouch. I used purple fabric at the back. The finished size of the pouch is 9x12". It is pretty bigger than the other ones.
If you would like to make a quilted zipper pouch, the tutorial is HERE. It is quite practical with easy to follow instructions.

If you like the paper pieced butterfly and want to make one for yourself, it is also HERE with free pattern.

witch quilt block

By Hatun Comak → Saturday, September 21, 2019

If you are a quilter, upcoming special days are more special to you since you look for the appropriate quilts to make relating that day. Since it is Halloween time, I feel excited about making quilt blocks related to Halloween. So I have been searching for some witch patterns to make. Below is one of what I have found and made. That witch is lovely and may inspire you too.

A paper pieced pattern which is released for free suitable for the spirit of Halloween. You can download the free witch pattern below.

Witch quilt pattern by Sonja Callaghan

 It is designed by Sonja Callaghan. Here is mine. I preferred to use orange as background colour. I thought it qould be good with Halloween spirit and made the witch dark blue. I like the result. I haven't decided whether to make it a cushion ör mini wall quilt yet. I enjoyed making mt Halloween Quilt. Hope you enjoy your witch quilt, too.

Happy Halloween!

carseat canopy tutorial

By Hatun Comak → Monday, September 16, 2019

Learn how to make a carseat cover for your little baby so that s/he can be protected from the germs and the changeable weather conditions.

Before you start, wash, dry and iron the fabric that you are going to use.

  • Cut the two fabrics (top and back) 35" wide and 42" long.
  • Line up your fabrics, right sides together.
  • Fold the top fabric vertically to find the center and iron a crease. Then cut the crease 19 1/2" (from the bottom) to make the front slit.

  • Place top and back fabrics right sides together and cut the slit up the back fabric so that both have an identical slit. Pin them together.

  • Sew together around the whole fabric, leaving a little space so that you can turn the fabric's right side out.
  • After sewing, flip the fabric right side out and then iron around the edges. When you come to the part that hasn't been sewn yet, fold the raw edges under and iron smoothly, as in the photo below. And topstitch all the way around.

  • Now it is time to sew the strips. Cut two pieces of 6 1/2 x 11" straps. Take one piece fabric and fold it in half vertically and sew along. 

  • Press the strips flat, pay attention to the photo below. The sewing line will be in the middle. Sew along the top side of the strap and flip right side. Turn the open edge inside and sew closed.

  • Sew 3" velcro on each strap. When you have stitched them, one will be on the top of the front and other will be on the bottom of the back.

  • Sew straps on the cover. Fold the cover in half, pin the straps in the middle, 5" apart and centred. Sew them on, just below the upper velcro. To define the exact place of straps you can use the measurements below, as well. Scraps will be 14 1/4" from the top, 10 1/2" from the sides and 19" from the bottom.

  • Finally I made a sailor bow and put it at the top of front opening. 
It is ready to be gifted now. You can make one for your baby or it is also perfect to be gifted.