Easy fabric scraps projects

Quilted pillowcase with charm squares

These pillowcases can be made with left over charm squares from a quilt project and could be made to match a quilt.

Headband in 15 minutes or less

To use your favourite fabric scraps, it only requires a very small amount of fabric.

Mini fabric wallet

Not my pattern though it is very easy to make. Use fuzzy cutting for a beautiful looking wallet.

Wild flower pincushion

I made this pincushion long time a go and I’m still using it. It’s quite large and looks really pretty on the cutting table.


41 fabric manipulation tutorials


All 41 textures belong to two textured quilts I made:


Texture 1: Twisted pleats

Texture 2: Waves

Texture 3: Ribbon loops

Texture 4: Rabbit ears

Texture 5: Pin tucks in two colours

Texture 6: Silky grooves

Texture 7: faux cathedral window variation

Texture 8: trapunto

Texture 9: netting ribbon

Texture 10: windmill cathedral window

Texture 11: beaded origami

Texture 12: shell smocking

Texture 13: clover

Texture 14: prairie points

Texture 15: improv fabric folding

Texture 16: honeycomb smocking

Texture 17: Pin tucks

Texture 18: Diamond pin tucks

Texture 19: Double controlled pleats

Texture 20: Doubled controlled pleats with ripple effect

Texture 21: Centered tucks with bow ties

Texture 22: Gathered strip

Texture 23: Cross pin tucks

Texture 24: Undulating tucks

Texture 25: Cross shirring

Texture 26: Prairie points pinwheel

Texture 27: Star gathering

Texture 28: Puff gathering

Texture 29: Lattice smocking

Texture 30: Cluster tucks

Texture 31: Diamond smocking

Texture 32: Smocked tucks

Texture 33: Pleated peek a boo

Texture 34: Gathered double edged ruffles

Texture 35: Smocked diamonds and puff gathering

Texture 36: Origami flower

Texture 37: Lozenge smocking

Texture 38: Origami pinwheel

Texture 39: Lotus flower smocking

Texture 40: Fabric origami

Texture 41: Echidna block

On making the Farmer’s Wife Quilt Sampler

The quilt is finally being used!

It has taken over 2 years to complete all the blocks in the book and it feels like an achievement for sure. This is the largest and most complex quilt I’ve ever made.

There are some things that I have learnt from making the 110 blocks in the book and which I explain below the ridiculously long graphic with photos of the majority of blocks.


I have spent many hours making these blocks. Some are quite quick and easy to make, others can take 2 or 3 hours.

In which order I made the blocks

Before I started I thought of making the easy blocks first and the hard ones last, or the other way round but then, after looking at the order the blocks appeared in the book I realised that block difficulty was mixed, so I decided to just make them in the order of the book which, by the way, is alphabetical.

I made the blocks in batches. I first cut a handful of them and then I stitched them.

After I had had enough making blocks I put them away for a few days or weeks, even months, while I concentrated on other projects.  My only deadline was to finish the quilt by July 2014.

Failed blocks and unpicking pieces

I only had to make 2 blocks twice though I had to unpick many pieces regularly. I also had to add a small strip of fabric to a couple of blocks which turned out a lot smaller on one side than the 6 1/5 inch square they’re supposed to be.

Sewing and cutting accuracy

This quilt has helped me improving accuracy though many of the pieces in my blocks don’t match exactly and I had to press some blocks into submission.

As much as possible I pressed the seams open to reduce bulk.

While I was making the blocks I always had the impression that my blocks weren’t exactly square and that I would have problems putting them together with the sashing. This hasn’t been the case though. Except for a couple of blocks, the rest have been just fine.

Quilt style and block placement

I chose to make a scrappy quilt using white as my base colour to add some light and breathing space to the blocks. I used Moda Bella Snow.

While the quilt is scrappy I tried to use some colour scheme for each block such as reds, blacks/grays, greens, or a mix of complimentary colours such as violet and yellow, red and green and so on.

I grouped the blocks by colour starting in the middle of the quilt top with reds and then the other colours around the red with brown and blacks on the outer ring.

Corner triangles

The corner triangles are also scrappy. I saw this in another finished FWQS quilt and quite liked it.

Patchwork vs quilting

Choosing fabrics, making blocks and assembling the top is always my favourite part. And quilting is my least favourite. The arm in my machine is only 9 inch wide so I thought a queen size quilt would be quite a challenge to quilt. It was probably the reason it took me so long to complete.

The quilt was very heavy but overall it was far easier to quilt than I anticipated. My stippling doesn’t look as professional as if it had been made by a professional using a long arm machine but it’s still a beautiful quilt. And I it has encouraged me to make more this size.

Next post I’ll show you my top 10 favourite blocks in the FWQS.