Shabby Chic Quilt Cover Tutorial

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I have a number of doilies that were crocheted by my mother and mother in law back in the day when it was fashionable to have doilies  set about the house. Doilies were used to stop the surfaces of tables, sideboards from being scratched by the large vases of flowers that always adorned our living room, and to protect dressing tables from being scratched by crystal perfume bottles, hairbrushes etc. Larger doilies were placed on chair and sofa backs and arms.  I remember sitting on the floor at my mothers feet while she deftly crocheted her masterpieces. One of the most popular patterns was the pineapple stitch pattern.

And even though I no longer use the doilies, I didn’t want to dispose of them as both of these wonderful women have passed on, and the doilies bring back such wonderful memories of their talent and their patience.

So I decided to make a quilt from the doilies I had on hand and Paula and I searched for more of these forgotten treasure in the various op shops around town, to supplement the supply.

What you Need:

Main Fabric

  • 10 squares of fabric each measuring 10″ x 10″ – We used damask curtaining fabric as it is heavier than quilting fabric.  If you use quilting fabric you will want to stabilise it so that it is sturdy enough to hold the embellishments.

Contrasting Fabric

  • 10 squares of fabric each measuring 10″ x 10″

Note: you can use all one colour if you wish. I used two different fabrics to give the quilt some added dimension.

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  • Cut 25 strips @ 10″ x 2½”
  • Cut 6 strips @ 48″ x 2½”

Backing – Cut to approx 2″ bigger all round than the quilt top.
Batting –  Cut to approx 2″ bigger all round than the quilt top.
Assortment of doilies, laces and other embellishments that you might like to add.


  • Take 1 of the 10″ squares and  sew on doilies and lace.
  • Repeat for 10 more squares.
  • What I do is lay the embellishments on the block.
  • Just keep rearranging things until they are positioned just as you like them.t
  • Take a photo with your phone or iPad.
  • Sew the pieces onto the square from the bottom up.
  • I machine sewed around the doily to hold it in place.
  • Machine sew the lace pieces in place.
  • For the square below, I machine sewed the large organza flower and hand stitched the smaller ribbon flowers.
  • You could also add pearls and buttons to further enhance your block.

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  • Leave 10 of the 10″ squares plain.
  • Lay out the squares how you want them to look when the quilt is finished.

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  • Sew one of the 10″ x  2½” sashing strips to the side of one of the 10″ squares.
  • Place the fabric pieces right sides together.
  • Sew with a ¼” seam.
  • Do this with all 20 squares

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  • Sew a 10″ x  2½” strip to the outside of the last square in each row.

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  • Sew the squares, with the sashing pieces attached, together to form a row.
  • Lay the squares right sides together.
  • Sew with a ¼” seam.
  • I generally sew the first two squares together and the last two squares together. Then sew both sets together.

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  • Starting with the top row, sew a 48″ x 2½” sashing strip to the top of each row.
  • When you get to the last row, sew a 48″ x 2½” sashing strip onto both the top and the bottom of the last row.

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  • Join the rows by sewing each row of squares onto the sashing strip of the previous row.

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  • I added a 6″ border.

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  • Sew some lace around the border seam. I did try sewing the lace into the seam as I went but this didn’t work out very well. So I opted instead to sew the lace on after I had added the border.


  • Cut batting and batting about 2″ larger than the size of your finished quilt top.
  • Quilt as desired.
  • Bind the quilt.





Reversible Quilt As You Go Quilt With Sashing

 This is a ‘quilt as you go‘ quilt with the sashing added as you piece it together. It is fully reversible and looks great in either soft vintage materials or bright moderns colours.

We have just done line quilting but you can quilt it how you wish.



What you Need

For the Centre of the Quilt:

  • Colour 1: – 20 squares measuring 10½” x 10½”
  • Colour 2:- 20 squares measuring 10½” x 10½”
  • Batting :- 20 squares measuring 10½” x 10½”

Sashing for the complete quilt: –

  • 14 strips @ 1″ x WOF (width of fabric)
  • 14 strips @ 2″ x WOF

How to Assemble the Quilt

Create a quilt sandwich with 1 square of each colour and 1 square of batting.

Make a quilt sandwich as follows:

  • Colour  1 – right side facing down
  • Batting
  • Colour 2 – right side facing up.
  • Line up the edges of the fabric and the batting.

Quilt as you wish or do some line quilting as we have done.

  • Draw lines 1″ apart on the lighter coloured fabric. Line the square up on the mat so that you have approx ¼” on either side. This will give you a centre line at 5″.
  • Pin the three layers together to keep everything in place while you sew.
  • Sew along the drawn lines.
  • Use a walking foot if you have one.
  • Repeat for all the squares.


  • Trim the squares to 10″. Check the video for 2 different methods on how to do this.


Short Sashing Pieces for centre squares.

  • You will need 15 strips at (10″ x 1″)
  • You will also need 15 strips (10″ x 2″)
  • Fold the 2″ strips in half and press to get a nice crisp fold.
  • Place a 1″ sashing strip to the back of the quilt square and the folded strip to the front of the quilt square. Make sure the raw edges are all lined up. The folded edge of the 2″ strips should be facing away from the edge.
  • Sew the quilt sandwich with the sashing in place with a ¼” seam.

Do this with all 20 squares.

  • Lay out the squares how you want them to look.
  • Now we need to join the squares into rows.
  • This step is a little tricky so I suggest you watch the video below to see exactly how this is done.
  • Line up the 1″ strip from the 1st block along the edge of the next block.

  • Pin in place along the edge.
  • Sew with a ¼” seam.

  • Now place the loose sashing piece over the seam lines. You will notice that the seams will fill the space.

  • Topstitch the sashing in place, close to the folded edge.
  • Join all the blocks into rows in the same way.

  • Once all the blocks have been sewn into rows add the long sashing pieces to join the rows together in the same way. as you joined the blocks together.


  • When joining the rows together make sure you line up the sashing strips.

Top and Bottom Borders

  • Colour 1 – cut 2 strips @ (40″ x 6½”)
  • Colour 2 – cut 2 strips @ (40″ x 6½”)
  • Batting – cut 2 strips @ (40″ x 6½”)

Sandwich the pieces together the same way you did when you created the blocks.

  • These layers need to be quilted.  You can do this in any way you wish, I have chosen to create curved lines.
  • You could also quilt the border in the same way you did the blocks, with 1″ lines.

  • Attach the borders to the centrepiece in the same way as you joined the blocks together.

Side Borders

  • Colour 1 – cut 2 strips @ (50″ x 6½”)
  • Colour 2 – cut 2 strips @ (50″ x 6½”)
  • Batting – cut 2 strips @ (50″ x 6½”)
  • Sashing – cut 2 strips @ (63″ x 1″)
  • Sashing – cut 2 strips @ (63″ x 2″)
  • Corner Squares
  • Colour 1 – cut 4 squares  @ (6½” x 6½”)
  • Colour 2 – cut 4 squares  @ (6½” x 6½”)
  • Batting – cut 4 squares  @ (6½” x 6½”)
  • Sashing – cut 4 strips  @ (1″ x 6½”)
  • Sashing – cut 4 strips  @ (2″ x 6½”)

Making up the Long Side Borders

  • Sandwich the batting between one border fabric in colour 1 and one border fabric in colour 2.
  • Quilt as before. Again I am using my Leaves Galore Ruler to create some curved lines.

  • I have used line quilting on the cornerstones, 1″ apart, the same as on the blocks.
  • Attach the sashing to the cornerstones in the same manner as we added the sashing to the squares.
  • Attach the cornerstone pieces to the border piece.

  • Attach the 63″ sashing pieces to the long borders along the side edges of the quilt using the same method that we used previously.
  • Attach the borders to the quilt.


  • Add the binding and you’re done.

If you need help with adding the binding, here is a link to our tutorial how to  machine bind a quilt.





Snuggle Blossom Crib Quilt- Our First Quilt Pattern

We recently spent some time designing and writing up the full instructions for our very first quilt pattern. The Snuggle Blossom Crib Quilt pattern is now available in our Alanda Craft Store.

Usually the best part about making a quilt is choosing the fabric. But in this case we designed the pattern first and then chose the fabrics. We made two quilts, one in soft, muted toning of blues and grey.The second is in vibrant colours using purple and green. We just wanted to test how well the quilt would adapt to the different colour variations. And I have to say I think it works really well in either.

This is a crib sized quilt, so it will make a lovely gift for a new mum-to-be, or for your own new family addition.

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This is the vibrant version. It hasn’t been quilted as yet, but I will upload photos once it has been done.



Connor’s Caterpillar Heavy Hauler Truck Construction Quilt

For my eldest great grandson’s birthday I decided to make him a quilt featuring the Caterpillar heavy hauler truck, construction quilt.

  • The panel features a CATerpillar heavy hauler truck and measured 36″ x 44″

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  • I got a bit carried away with the borders and ended up with a quilt measuring 70″ x 90″, quite a large quilt for a young man. I keep telling myself that it will last him for a few years.
  • The first thing was to trim up the panel. I decided to keep as much as possible of the black outer edge.
  • I thought that keeping the black border add depth to the next border which has the the yellow construction trucks printed on it.
  • This border was 3 ½” finished.

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  • I felt that a 1.5″ yellow border was in order next, just to keep the colour theme going and to add brighten up the next border which is a 4½” mottled grey material.
  • Then I added another 2″ black border.

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  • Everything was coming together nicely, but now the quilt was becoming too square, so to make it more of a rectangle I added the black and yellow “construction” stripes to the top and the bottom of the quilt.
  • These construction strips measured 5¾”.

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  • Then it was just a matter of finishing off with a 6″ border featuring heavy construction vehicles.

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  • The back is dark grey with spots and I added a yellow stripe for interest.
  • Then it was time to have the the quilt top quilted. Chris from Sew ‘n’ Sew Sisters quilted the quilt with construction vehicles and machinery. You can see the detail in the picture below.
  • She used a silver thread and it really makes the quilt pop.
  • I have to say that as always I just love the way she quilts my quilts.
  • The next time you are looking for someone to quilt your next quilt I highly recommend Chris.

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  • Once it was quilted it was time to trim the quilt and bind it.
  • I decided to use black binding. We looked at using the yellow or the grey, but decided that the black definitely added depth to the design.


Toddler Quilt – Axel’s Quilt – I See Animals Baby Quilt

i-see-animals-quilt,craft,sewingOne day you may buy a quilt kit and when you get it home it’s not quite what you were expecting. Well that happened to me. Some time ago I bought a quilt kit which I intended to make up for one of my great grandsons. When I got around to opening it, I was a bit disappointed as the pieces didn’t seem to go together, there was no coherent theme, the instructions were awful and it was just looked like a lot of mismatched, uneven scraps.

I actually considered tossing it in the bin. But Paula insisted we put the quilt together. So I set about cutting the pieces into two sizes of blocks. I found that there weren’t actually enough pieces of material to form all the blocks and I needed  to add some extras from the good old scrap stash.  I  also had to introduce  another colour to make up the 4 patch corner blocks.

As you can see I edged the larger blocks with smaller blocks.  I did consider putting sashing between the larger blocks but it didn’t look very good, so after a bit of discussion we decided to just go with the mish mash of blocks. It’s great to have someone to hash out designs with over a cup of tea.

Like everything, once I started putting it together, it became more appealing and by the time I had the border on, I was quite pleased with the result.

I ditch stitched around the inner border and just finished with a diamond pattern across the quilt. I think the design is fussy enough so it didn’t need too much quilting.



  • Diamond Pattern.

  • Thought I would take a photo of the back. Should have hung it a bit better. I just need to iron it and send it off.