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churn dash quilt block tutorial

By Hatun Comak → Thursday, July 28, 2022


Churn dash is a classic quilt block which has been around for about 150 years. And it is still popular. It looks nice and it is so simple to make. Here you can find a super simple tutorial for churn dash quilt block. 

Fabric requirements and measurements are available both for 6" x 6" blocks and 12" x 12" blocks.

Cutting instructions for 6"x6" churn dash quilt blocks

Background (white) fabric:
  • 1 square 2,5" x 2,5"
  • 2 squares 3" x 3"
  • 1 strip 1,5" x 10"

Contrast (red) fabric:
  • 2 squares 3" x 3"
  • 1 strip 1,5" x 10,5"

how to make churn dash quilt block

We have cut and prepared all our fabric and now we can start sewing the pieces together.
  • First of all sew the two strips together.

  • Match up two sets of 3"x3" squares right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the white fabric and sew on both sides of the line. ( All the sew allowances must be 1/4")
  • Cut squares in half on the diagonal line so that you have four half-square triangle blocks.
  • Cut strips into four squares measuring 2,5" x 2,5". Also square up HST blocks to 2,5" x 2,5".
  • Layout 2,5"x2,5" blocks in three rows as can be seen in the image below. 

  • First assemle the rows and then sew the rows together. And you have already finished!

Cutting instructions for 12"x12" churn dash quilt blocks

Background fabric:
  • 1 square 4,5"x 4,5"
  • 2 squares 5"x 5"
  • 1 strip 2,5"x 18,5"

Contrast fabric:
  • 2 squares 5"x 5"
  • 1 strip 2,5"x 18,5"

12" × 12" churn dash quilt block tutorial

  • Sew the two strips together. Match up the 5" × 5" squares together. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the white fabric and sew along on both sides of the line.
  • Cut squares on the diagonal line and you have four half-square triangles. Press the  seams open and cut the exess pieces.
  • Cut strips into four squares 4.5" × 4.5". Also square up HST blocks 4.5"× 4.5".

  • Layout blocks in three rows. Sew them together.

And you have finished! Super simple and quilt block to make.

cat pillow sewing tutorial

By Hatun Comak → Friday, July 15, 2022

A perfect project for cat lovers. These handmade cat pillows are fun to make and also great as gifts. I'm sure many of you like cats and as you see these lovely cat patterns, you will probably want to sew one either for yourself or someone around who loves cats.

These are numerous cat sewing patterns around in various shapes, sizes and models. Even choosing the one to make is not easy since you probably cannot decide which one to make since they are all lovely. 

Here finally I chose to make one, an 14"x14" square pillow with a cat hiding behind it. You can only see the cat's head, paws and the tail. I enjoyed making it and most probably continue sewing cat cushions with different paterns. Here I want to share the pattern and how I made the cat pillow with step-by-step tutorial.

How to sew cat pillow

  • First you need to prepare the cat's head, paws and tail. For that, download the free pattern I share below. Print out, cut out the pieces. For the head, attach the template to the fabric and cut out a front and back piece. 
  • Before sewing the head pieces together, hand stitch the cat's eyes, or you can use buttons.
  • Right sides together machine sew front and back of the head pieces together. Leave downwords unsewn, this part will be attached to the pillow. Turn the head right side out and then stuff it with fiberfill.

  • Do the same process for the tail  and the paws. So now you have the cat's head, tail and two paws ready.
  • The finished size of the tail is 14" X 14". So cut the front piece 15" X 15" and for the back the same.
  • Lay the front side of the pillow with right side on. Place the head, paws and tha tail as seen in the image below. Put the back side on, right sides together. Pin the edges so that the cat's, paws and tail wont move while sewing around the pillow. 

  • Sew all around the pillow and turn it from the opening below. You have already finished! Now place the pillow inside and it is ready!

    You can use this as a part of your home decoration or give it as a gift to a cat lover. This lovely pillow will be placed on my son's bed who is an absolute cat lover. It was fun to make it and you can be sure that more cat pillows will be coming.

how to bind a quilt by machine

By Hatun Comak → Sunday, July 3, 2022


Are you one of those who usually stops when it comes to binding? You are not alone with this! We are a huge community that is so eager to finish a quilt but binding. When it comes to binding, the last step, I usually stop there, wait for a while, wait a little bit and finally I finish when I have to. 

Binding is the final step when creating a quilt. It prevents the raw edges from unraveling and fraying. What's more, this final touch makes the quilt more beautiful. Binding is made from several strips of fabric, sewn together which makes a strip long enough to cover around the quilt. 

The easiest and quickest way is machine binding. With this tutorial learn how to bind a quilt in an easy and quick way.

Step-by-step tutorial for machine binding

1. Prepare the strips

The most common width for quilt binding is 2 1/2".. Measure around the quilt and add around 10" more to the length of the strip. I cut the strips and sew them together to get the length needed. Fold the  2 1/2" strip in half and press with iron.

2. Attach the binding strip to the quilt back

You need to start by attaching the binding to the back of the quilt. Start from the middle of the long side of your quilt. Line up the binding and quilt raw edges.

3. Clip or pin to the quilt back

Leave a 6" tail from the beginning of the binding which will be needed when you attach the binding ends. Start sewing with 1/4" seam allowance.

4. Pay attention to the corners

The secret of beautiful machine bound quilts is perfectly mitered corners. So please pay attention to these steps. Before you get to the corner, stop with the neddle down and mark the binding 1/4" from the edge. Sew until you reach this line and sew off the quilt at 45 degree angle.

Fold the binding up and away from the quilt at a 45 degree angle. So you will see a triangle in the corner. Fold the binding back down over the corner and line up the raw edges. Pin to hold. Begin 1/4" from the top.

Continue attaching the binding in this way. Stop stitching when you are around 10" from the starting point.

5. Join the binding ends

There are several methods for joining the binding ends. I attach the binding using a 45 degree seam.With this method you get a beautiful, seamless finish. Start with trimmnig the binding tails. In this step you should be precise. Binding strips should overlap by the same length of their width. In other words if your binding strips are 2 1/2" wide, they should overlap by 2 1/2".

Mark the cutting line and cut off the excess piece. With wrong side of the quilt facing up, flip the quilt so the two binding tails are pointing away from you and open up the two binding strips. Pay attention to the placement.

Overlap them at right angles- right sides together. Pin them together, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner. 

Stitch the two ends together on the marked line and trim the seam allowance to 1/4". Press the seams open and align with the raw edge. Finish sewing the binding to the back.

6. Binding to the front of the quilt

Wrap the binding to the front of the quilt. From the middle of the long side begin securing with pins or clips, around 6" apart until you get to the corner.

7. Preparing to miter corners

Fold the bottom binding up and over the seam line and go straight across, make a fold where it meets the other side. Bring the other side over to meet at the corner, pin to secure.

8. Sew the binding

Using a 2,5-3 mm stitch length sew along the binding. When you get to each corner, take one stitch past the corner point, drop the needle and turn the quilt. Continue sewing all around the quilt.

This binding method is beginner-friendly and tried to explain every step in detail. I hope it is helpful for you. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Applecore english paper piecing tutorial

By Hatun Comak → Monday, May 23, 2022

 Here comes my latest tutorial! English paper piecing method is always my favourite since you can take your work whereever you go and I like the process of building the work slowly, piece by piece. This time I started my work with applecore pattern and while doing it I also prepared a tutorial for you. It is easy work to me, but if you are new to english paper piecing method, you can have a look at my ENGLISH PAPER PIECING TUTORIAL for beginners. If you are familiar to this method, go on please. One of my favourite shape in english paper piecing is applecore, after hexagons. Hexagons are much easier to sew than applecores since there is sewing curves here. With this tutorial you will learn how to handle these curves successfully.

Here we go!

How to make epp applecores 

I always make my own templates for english paper piecing. You may not have enough patience and want to get ready made templates, but I prefer to work on each step by myself. You can download the templates for free. 

The applecores I'll be using are 2" applecores. You need to print out the template and cut it. You should be careful while cutting the curves.

Take your template and place it on the wrong side of the fabric. You can precut 4"×5" rectangles for each applecore.
Mark with a pencil a 3/8" seam allowance. 1/4" seam allowance is too small to work comfortably.

Pin the paper to the wrong side of the fabric and cut out along the seam allowance.

Now you need to make small 1/4" cuts in the seam allowance so that you can form the fabric to the paper piece. You shouldn't cut too deeply.

In this step you may also use glue stick. However, I prefer thread basting. Fold the seam allowances on the paper and glue or baste it. Repeat this for both inner curves.  Then cut the outer curves, fold and baste.

The tightness of the point of the applecore is important. When you finish basting, remove the pin and press with iron. It makes it easy to  sew applecores together. After making enough applecores, you can start putting them together.

How to sew applecores together

Now let's join our applecores together. Below you can see how to join the two shapes together.

Place the two applecore pieces as shown above, right sides together. Sew right along the two opposing sides. Whipstitch all the way along  one side, reposition as you need.

First pieces are joined! You can sew applecores in rows, addind one shape each time. When one row is completed, you add the rows together.

For now I started making applecores with no plans in mind but I progress with this work still not much in mind. I enjoy the process and it will end with something nice, I am sure of that. You do not always start with a plan. Lastly I would like to remind you some points to be careful about.

It is important to remember:

  • When basting or gluing the shape, ypu should  have nice, tight and folded corners.
  • Do not cut the  seam allowances too deep, or else the fabric may tear.
  • You can remove the templates when all sides are sewn. This also makes sewing easier.

hexagon grapes mini quilt

By Hatun Comak → Sunday, February 27, 2022


As a hexagon fan, it is always exciting to try new patterns. Besides certain patterns I also enjoy making fruits with hexagons. I made hexagon pineapples before and this time give a try to grapes. I think I will be continuing with different fruits. Here you can see hexagon grapes.

1/3 half inch hexagons make a bunch of grapes. Hexagon grapes are made with english paper piecing. Half inch hexagons are free to download. Once you have the templates, prepare your hexagons by english paper piecing method and sew the hexagons together.  13 purple hexagon  for the grapes and two jewels for the leaves are needed. If you are new to english paper piecing, this english paper piecing tutorial may be helpful.

I used different shades of purple. Arrange the hexagons as a bunch of grapes. Join them together in rows and then sew the rows. Then add two pieces of jewels to make the leaves. 

Press with iron and remove the basting thread and the papers. It is always a good idea to press before and also after removing the papers. It helps keep the shapes. 

Now it is ready for applique. Place the grapes on the fabric and pin it in place. In this step you may baste it or not. It is up to you. I always baste the pattern on the fabric and then start applique.

The last step is quilting it. I haven't finished quilting it yet, too impatient to share. 

I hope you enjoy it.