Sewing Envelope Style Cushion Covers

Sewing envelope style cushion cover tutorial
  1. Measure the top width and 3/4 of the side of your unstitched cushion cover top as shown in the diagram below.









2. You will now have two rectangle pieces of fabric, measuring the top width of your unfinished cushion cover top x 3/4 height of the side of the unfinished cushion cover top.  For this tutorial they will be referred to as back piece 1 and 2.

3. Take  back piece 1 and fold one of the long edges to one and half inches and iron.  Turn it in by a quarter inch (approximately) and sew in a straight line as shown in image 1 below:

Back piece 1







4.  Take back piece 2 and again fold one of the longer edge, about 3/4 inch and iron to flatten it.  Then turn and sew in a straight line as shown in image 2 below:

Back piece 2







5. Take the top side of the cushion cover and lay it on your worktable surface, front side up.  Pin the back piece 1 to the top of the cushion cover.

6. It’s now ready to be sewn on the sewing machine as shown in the images 3 and 4 below.  Sew on all three side making sure you secure the thread by doing back stitches at the start and finish.


7.  Take back piece 2 and pin to your cushion cover as shown in the image 5 below.  Sew on all three side making sure you secure the thread by doing back stitches at the start and finish.

7.  Once you have sewn both the back pieces to the top side of the cushion cover neaten the edges by doing a zig zag stitch all around the cushion cover.

8.  Then snip the corners carefully as shown in the image 5 below.  This helps remove the bulk in the corners when you turn your cushion cover inside out.

9.  Your cushion cover is ready!

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Purple Delight Log Cabin Beauty Quilt Along 2018 Details


#purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018 will start 1 February 2018 and wind up June 2018.  Instructions will be posted 1 Monday of each month.

  • February 2018 – Fabric requirements
  • March 2018 – Block A
  • April 2018 – Block B1 and 2
  • May 2018 – Block C
  • June 2018 – Assembling your quilt top
  • July 2018 – Quilt top show and tell
 Quilt Details
  • Quilt finished size is:  80 inches x 100 inches
  • Block A finished size: 20 inches x 20 inches (12 blocks)
  • Block B1 finished size: 10 inches x 20 inches (8 blocks)
  • Block B2 finished size: 10 inches x 15 inches (8 blocks)
  • Block C finished size: 10 inches x 10 inches (4 blocks)
  • All the work will be done in my quilt group so please join my No3 Quilt Studio Group.
  • Templates will be available on no3quiltstudio shop on craftsy as required during the #purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018.
  • Join me on instagram.
  • When posting on social media please use: #purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018 .

Look forward to seeing you all on 3 Quilt Studio Group, for those not on facebook I will be sending out email updates as well.


Best of 2017 from No3 Quilt Studio

Best of 2017

Thanks Cheryl for hosting this Linky Party.  I must admit I don’t use much of my blog except as a place where I can store my creative thoughts and a resource for my quilty endevours.  But when I look back I feel, I have not done so bad after all.  There are lots of other quilt finishes I have had in 2017 but unfortunately cannot share just yet.  But don’t despair you can join my No3quiltstudio facebook page to not miss out on those updates :).  I am very proud of finally opening my Etsy and Cratsy Shops for PDF Patterns for my Quilts and Quilty products.  My most loved pattern is the Windmill European Pillow Covers Pattern.  To check out other Linky posts click on the Best of 2017 Linky button right at the top.

Digital Pattern – Windmill European Pillow Covers







Posts with the most comments

Two posts which stand out with most comments is my Kites quilt post and my Log Cabin Quilt Along (starting February 2018).  I had the opportunity to make a quilt from Christa Watson’s latest book and that was so much fun and for the first time I am hosting a free QAL which I am quite proud off.  It’s more of a beginners QAL so nothing too taxing but a pleasant, no pressure quilt along.

Kite Quilt







Purple Delight

Posts that provoked the best discussions

In late November (I think) I decided to undertake a survey on “What makes a winning quilt”  by that I don’t mean a winning quilt in shows (and perhaps I should have clarified), I meant what makes it appealing to the people out there.  If you are interested you can see the results here.

Thank you!

Setting goals for 2018-#2018PlanningParty

2018 Planning Party


I am linking up with @quiltingjetgirl #2018Planning Party.  I thought what a good idea, to take stock of my goals for 2017 and to set new ones for 2018.


2017 has been a big year for me personally and professionally.  I don’t think I actually set out any concrete goals but had a wishlist of things that I wanted to achieve.  My professional quilting interest truly took off in 2015, when I entered an online quilting competition with Husqvarna India and I won 4th prize with my “Joy of Flowers Quilt”, which I call my lucky charm to this date.  So here goes:

  • That got me noticed and I landed a quilting gig with the Australian Patchwork and Quilting Magazine and the Australian Handmade Magazine – I have now got quite a few quilts and small projects published in 2016/2017.
  • I then found out that I can actually turn these into digital patterns and can sell online! Talk about serendipity, I stumbled across Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs- “Pattern Writing Blog Series“! and I was like Ok!  can I actually do this? – Was/is a huge learning curve but I now have two digital patterns for sale on my Etsy Store and Craftsy Store.
  • On a personal level I have freed up my time more so I can build my pattern business – I feel blessed that I was able to achieve that.
  • I had a quilt commissioned for completion in 2017.  It was quite a challenging project as I had designed the quilt based on the owner’s needs and also did a lot of Applique on a quilt for the first time – I completed and delivered the quilt 1 December 2017. Yay!  Psst! wait there is more it will be published in a magazine – watch this space.
  • I took part in a blog hop with Christa Watson’s book promotion – I made the “Kite Quilt”.  I also had the opportunity to test out some bag patterns with Home Maker’s Hustle and Moments Design which was a lot of fun.  Learnt a lot about bag making.
  • Gosh sounds like a lot does’nt it? and this was just my quilting wish list.  Not Everthing was sparkly and bright but that’s life always on a journey.


  • Focus on being a better quilt designer:
    • Play around more on EQ 8.
    • Taking a design course.
    • Play with colour/shapes.
  • Focus on more pattern writing:
    • Get at least 10 digital patterns up for sale on my shops.
    • Improve and focus on Modern quilt designs.
    • Get a pattern testing group set up.
  • Be better at Marketing my digital patterns:
  • Pitch more quilt ideas to Magazine’s:
    • Continue with AP&Q and Handmade.
    • Submit to Make Modern etc.
  • Take better care of my health:
    • Walk almost daily.
    • Start Yoga.

Well, I am sure there will be lots of unplanned things which will come up and I will update.

Thanks Yvonne for hosting this, It will be interesting to take a stock take at the end of the Year!


Purple Delight – Log Cabin Beauties Quilt Along

Purple Delight










Quilt Size

80 inches x 100 inches

Quilt Details

Log cabin block size: 20 inches x 20 inches

Border block size: 10 inches x 20 inches

When does it start?

February 2018 and finishes June 2018.  So block these dates out.

How to Join?

Comment on this post below let me know if your interested and like my facebook page:  No 3 Quilt Studio.

Further details will be announced closer to time 🙂  Look forward to have you all participate.


What makes that winning quilt? – survey response

I have been quilting since 2004.  In the first learning stages I was quite happy to just grab a pattern and make from that.  Then the designing bug hit me and I purchased the Electric Quilt Design software and have not looked back since. In all of this there was one thing bugging me and thought why not develop a survey and see what my esteemed quilting friends have to say.

So, thank you all for indulging me and responding to my survey.  For those who had asked me to report back here is the link:  Survey Monkey Results.

Survey Summary:

  • 61 responded
  • 57 answered
  • 54% thought: If design is great you can getaway with any generic fabric.
  • 0% thought: If you use the latest designer fabric, design does not matter.
  • 46% thought: Neither, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

and 8 respondents provided comments.



Making Easy Scrappy Charity Quilts

Completed Quilt

I actually am loving this quilt.  I have used completely random fabrics!  The only thing I have paid attention to is balancing the use of prints and plains.  Well what do you think?  I think next charity quilt coming up is Quilt design 1.  Please feel free to add more patches/blocks to make bigger quilts.  Go on now make yours! and don’t forget to hashtag#easyscrappycharityquilt2018.

ps:  I can’t wait to give this one away 🙂

I have always wanted to make a quilt for charity using the hoards of scraps left over from my quilts.  What better time then now during the season of giving – Christmas!.   Of course it ain’t gonna happen if its not going to be an easy quilt design right?  So I thought why not design a couple of quilts using a simple 5″ x 5″ square.

The completed size of:

  • Quilt 1: 30″ x 60″ made up of 18 four patch blocks; and
  • Quilt 2: 30″ x 60″ made up of 8 nine patch blocks.



  • Quilt 1: Select 17 variety of colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
  • Quilt 2:
    • Select 8 dark value colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
    • Select 8 light value colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
    • Select 1 dark or light value colour of fabric from your scraps.


  • Template is provided on my no3quiltstudio group on facebook.
  • Alternatively you can cut up squares of 5 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches based on the tables provided below.

Table 1 and 2:  provides an indication of how many patches you would require depending on which quilt you are making.


Quilt 1

Fabric Variety

Patch Count


1 & 12


2 & 16


3 & 15


4 &14


5 & 13


6, 7, 8, 9, 10 12



Quilt 2

Fabric Variety Patch Count

Dark Value

8 4 (Dark Value) x 8 = 32
Light Value 8

4 (Light Value) x 8 = 32

Background 1


Constructing the blocks

Four Patch Block
  1. Join patches 1 and 2 to form Row 1
  2. Join patches 3 and 4 to form Row 2
  3. Press open the seams and join both Rows together.
  4. Referring to the Quilt 1 image continue to complete all 18 four patch blocks
Nine patch block
  1. Join patches 1, 2 and 3 to form Row 1
  2. Join patches 4, 5 and 6 to form Row 2
  3. Join patches 7, 8 and 9 to form Row 3
  4. Press open the seams and join Row 1 to 2 and then 3 together.
  5. Referring to the Quilt 2 image continue to complete all 8 nine patch blocks

 Assembling the quilt tops

Quilt 1:

  1. Referring to image of Quilt 1, lay out your four patch blocks.  Each row is made up of 3 four patch blocks.
  2. Continue till you have six rows sewn up.
  3. Then join the rows one by one to form your quilt top.

 Quilt 1:

  1. Referring to image of Quilt 2, lay out your nine patch blocks.  Each row is made up of 2 nine patch blocks.
  2. Continue till you have four rows sewn up.
  3. Then join the rows one by one to form your quilt top.

 Completing your Quilts

To complete your quilt tops please refer to my Making your Quilt Top lessons.

Quilting your Quilt Top

To quilt these quilt tops I am going to do a simple criss-cross pattern with the walking foot.  Alternatively to can also use Free Motion Quilting to complete your quilt tops.


You may have your own preferred binding method or you may wish to checkout Quilt Binding tutorial.

Your charity quilts are now complete!

 How to Join in this fun:

  • Join my facebook group: no3quiltstudio group to get your template (saved under files) and to troubleshoot any issues which may come up; and
  • You may also wish to subscribe to my website for my newsletter for inspiration (subscribe button located in the side bar).


Quilt Binding Tutorial

Piping Method

There are a number of ways to do your quilt binding.  You can use the piping method or the facing method.  In this post I will show you how to bind your quilt using the piping method.

Fabric selection

  • Binding can be multi-coloured or mono-colour.  The multi-coloured binding can be made by using the a variety of colours of fabrics where as mono-coloured binding can be made from just one colour of fabric, depending on what suits your quilt.

Preparing your quilt

  • Neaten your quilt edges (refer to images 1 and 2).
  • Measure your quilt around the edges to ensure you cut enough fabric for your binding (refer to image 3).


  • Using the measurements of the edge of your quilt, cut 2 inch strips from your fabric/s.  Join the strips together and press the seams open.  Then fold the strips in half and press with a warm iron (refer to images 4 and 5).


Referring to the images below start sewing your binding (referring to images 6 to 11):

  • Start from midway of one side of the quilt.
  • Ensuring that the raw edge of the strip is aligned with the quilt’s edge, start pinning the folded binding strip to the edge of your quilt.
  • Fold the start of the strip diagonally in a 45 degree angle and start sewing the binding to the quilt.
  • Once you reach the corner of the quilt, finish off the stitching to a 45 degree angle as show in the image below.
  • Then turn the fabric strip to a 90 degree angle and pin it to the quilt as shown in the next image below.  Once you are happy with the alignment start sewing the binding the rest of the quilt edge.  Continue till you come back to the starting point of the quilt.
  • Once again fold the edge in a 45 degree angle and finish off your stitching.
  • Turn over the binding and secure neatly with slip stitch.








Applique Tutorial

I am currently working on a quilt “Season’s of Canberra”.  The quilt has a sizeable portion of Applique work and this is a real challenge for me! the reason is that although I do love the look of Applique I really do not have the temperament to do lovely delicate Applique.  However, with this pattern it was necessary to achieve the look I am going for, and as a quilt artist never say never to a challenge right!

In this post I am demonstrating an alternative way of preparing your shapes for Applique for a quilt:


  • Applique template
  • Fabric
  • non-iron interfacing


  1. Cut out your Applique shape from your fabric and non-iron interfacing as seen in image 1.
  2. Sew it up placing the non-iron interfacing on the right side of the fabric and sew a quarter inch seam around the shape as seen on image 2.
  3. Trim excess fabric around the shape and snip to ensure smooth curves.  Snip the centre of the non-iron interfacing making sure that you snip just right.  If you snip right to the end then you will not get the tightness in the seams when you turn over as seen in image 3.
  4. Turn over and pull out the edges to retain the shape of your Applique as seen in image 4.
  5. Iron your Applique shape as seen in image 5.
  6. Your applique shape is ready to use as seen in image 6.
  7. You can attach your shape to your quilt by hand or by machine.

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