Farmer’s wife quilt sampler – more blocks!

41 blocks of the Farmer’s wife quilt sampler done so far… I think I need a rest.

More information about how I am making this quilt.

View all the blocks I have done so far.

Flower Garden Path

Flower Pot

Four Winds


Friendship Block

“Handmade with love” Pink Chalk Studio contest

Pink Chalk fabrics run a holiday tutorial contest: Handmade with love the week leading up to Christmas 2011.

The Pink Chalk Team selected 5 favorites in 3 categories, and… this is the exciting bit… my Patchwork Christmas tree softie tutorial was selected as one of 5 in Category 3: Deck the Halls (Holiday Decorations). My trees didn’t win the competition but I enjoyed participating. Congratulations to the winner!

Pink Chalk Studio site

Embroidered eye mask tutorial



  • fabric scraps for front, back and binding
  • embroidery floss
  • 14 ¼ inch elastic band

Download eye mask pattern (pdf).

Cut pattern out, place on the facing fabric and draw around it.

You can use any marker as the line will not be visible after you add the binding.

Using matching embroidery floss, stitch around the edges of the designs or in whatever pattern you like.

Detailed embroidery.

I only stitched on some of the designs.

And I used a variety of stitches as well as colours.

When finished, make a sandwich with the backing, batting and the facing fabric. Pin to hold together.

Stitch around the eye mask one quarter inch from the marked line.

Now you have the sandwich stitched together, it is time to trim the fabric.

Cut around the stitching line leaving a bit less than one quarter inch allowance.

Cut a 20 inch long bias strip.

Stitch the binding in place.

Fold the bias tape around the other side of the eye mask when done and pin.

At this stage insert the elastic band.

Pin in place.

Stitch by hand and you’re done!

Quick and easy no sew Christmas ornament

No sew Christmas ornament - tutorial

These are called quilted Christmas ornaments and you can make them in different ways.

I followed Random Rambling’s tutorial but there are others you can follow such as Project wedding or the one on Make Stuff. Plenty to choose from. You can watch a video which clearly demonstrates how to make a ball from beginning to end. You don’t have a polystyrene ball? Use a CD instead of a ball to make this ornament!

I have made a number of them and I can say that:

  • using 2.5in squares instead of 3in squares for a 3 inch ball achieves better results
  • high contrast fabrics and colours work better
  • they make great Christmas presents
  • they are great craft projects to make with children
  • they are a good way to relax and get into the zen zone
You can get very creative with this ball as a quick Google search demonstrates.

No sew Christmas ornament - tutorial

No sew Christmas ornament - tutorial

No sew Christmas ornament - tutorial

Cute Christmas bunting tutorial – lettering – Part 2

Christmas bunting tutorial - free motion embroidery applique

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

In this part we’ll be finishing the bunting.

Firstly we will be making flags with the message MERRY XMAS.

Download the lettering and bunting templates (pdf), print it and proceed to fuse it to the flags as you did in Part 1. You will need to transfer R and M twice as there’s only one copy of each letter in the download.

Cut 9 flags and fuse the letters to the flags.

Cut 9 triangles of one sided fusible interfacing and iron to the back of each flag.

Then draw the inside lines of each letter to make it 3D as per pattern.

Stitch around each line and around the edge of each letter as per picture below).

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Now you will need to add some backing to each flag. Cut 13 triangles in a matching fabric or calico.

Place front and back flags right sides together and stitch around 2 sides leaving the top open to turn inside out. Trim the pointy end of the triangle before turning inside out.

Turn inside out and push the corner out with a pointy blunt instrument. Iron flat.

Top stitch each triangle around 3 sides leaving a one quarter seam allowance.

Trim the open end of each triangle.

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

The triangles are ready to be placed on a string.

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Making the string

The strip of fabric we need to place the triangles in is 140 inches long.

The width of the strip is 1 ½ in wide.

Fold the strip of fabric in half and iron, then fold each side inside again and iron.

Fold the strip in half and pin it in the middle. Use this mark to place the first flag.

After pinning the first flag, continue to place a flag on each side leaving 3 ½ inches separation between flags.

After all flags have been pinned, top stitch along the strip.

Fold both ends of the string to make a hook as per picture.


All done.

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery


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