Chain piecing for faster sewing of quilt blocks

Chain piecing your blocks
Chain Piecing! How you ask?

To illustrate this method I will use Block A – Log Cabin Block from the #purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018.

Step 1 – Calculate the total number of patches for your quilt

To calculate the total number of patches required your quilt you will need to work out as shown in the table below:

  • Number of patches required for each template = X.  
  • x  Total number of blocks required for your quilt = Total number of patches required for each template.
Block A
Template Number of Patches (X) Total number of Blocks  Total number of Patches
A 1 Purple 12 12
B 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
C 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
D 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
E 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
F 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
G 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
H 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
I 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
J 2 (1 Purple, 1 Green) 12 24
K 1 Green 12 12
L 1 White 12 12

Step 2 – Cutting your patches

  • Referring to the table above cut out the total number of patches for each template and layout your patches according to your block plan on your cutting mat.

Step 3 – Chain sewing your patches 

  • Pin patch K onto patch L as shown in image 1.
  • Sew all your patches one by one as shown in image 2 and 3.
  • Once sewn remove the pins and cut the linking threads and iron to flatten the seams as shown in image 4.
  • Repeat the process with patches J, I, H and so forth.
  • This way my log cabin blocks are being sewn much faster by chain sewing (see image 8).

Hope you all find this tip useful.  Please find all previous posts for #purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018  here.

Sewing instructions – Log Cabin Block

Block A completed


  • Block A template is available on no3quiltstudio craftsy store.
  • Cut out templates A – L for Block A from the block template sheet downloaded from no3quiltstudio craftsy store.  Please note:  in the templates I refer to shade 1 for my purple fabrics and shade 2 for my green fabrics.


  • Cut template L by placing it on your fabric and cut around it one time.
  • If you are fussy cutting, place your template on the object you want to show case then carefully cut it out to ensure that the object is in the centre (refer to images below):

  • For templates A – K cut out strips of 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) from the shades of purple and green fabrics and keep aside (refer to image below).

  • Then starting from template K-A, start cutting out the relevant strips to template size as shown in image below:

  • Please note that where the template instructions are to cut x 2, you will need to combine fabric strips of the relevant shades of 1 and 2.
  • Print out your Block A plan and keep it handy so you can keep referring to it whilst cutting and assembling your block.
Block A – Plan
  • Once you have cut out all your strips.  Keep them marked and in order so they don’t get mixed up.


  • You will now have patches A – L ready to start assembling Block A.
  • Referring to image below join patch K to L then press seams to one side.
  • Then join J to the unit LK then press seams to one side.
  • Continue to join I, then H, then G, then F, then E, then D, then C, then B, then finally A (refer to completed Block A image), pressing seams to one side.
  • Measurement of your strips after stitching on one side should be 2 inches (5 cm) wide.  Trim off any access.
  • After stitching on both sides the strips should measure 1.75 inches (4.4cm) wide.


  • This completes your Block A.  Now repeat this process eleven more times and keep the completed log cabin blocks aside.
  • Next up – working on the Block B (scheduled to be posted in April 2018).

As you progress please post your completed Block A on no3quiltstudio group.

You can find tips for sewing the Log Cabin block faster here.

Please find all previous posts for #purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018  here.

Hearts on Fire – Instructions

“Heart on Fire” is a cute cushion cover pattern to brighten up your snuggly armchair or make more than one to brighten up your entire room.

Quilted cushion cover details:
– Cushion cover top finished size: 18 inches x 18 inches.
– Block A finished size: 8 inches x 8 inches (4 blocks needed).
– Border strip size: 1 inches x width of cushion cover.

Fabric requirements:
– 1 fat eight of plain red fabric.
– 1 fat eight of plain orange fabric.
– 1 fat eight of plain gold fabric.
– 1 fat eight of plain brown fabric.
– 1 fat eight of dark grey fabric.
– 1 fat eight of light grey fabric.
– 1 fat quarter of plain red fabric (for cushion back).
– 1 square 20 inches x 20 inches piece of wadding.
– Matching thread.


Block A

Block A comprises of four hearts:
–  Cut out Block A templates A-D which forms one heart (Block A template available on No3quiltstudio Craftsy and No3quiltstudio Etsy store for $3.00 (US)).

To make Block A you require:
Patch A – cut out eight from dark grey fabric and eight from light grey fabric.
Patch B – cut out four from dark grey fabric and four from light grey fabric.
Patch C (total four):
– One from orange fabric and one from red fabric.
– One from gold fabric and one from brown fabric.
Patch D (total four):
– One from orange fabric and one from red fabric.
– One from gold fabric and one from brown fabric.

Unit one: Join A and B to C and press with a warm iron.
Unit two: Join A and B to D and press with a warm iron.

Join unit 1 to 2 and press as shown in the image below:

Prepare all four hearts with alternating colours as shown in the coloured image of Block A.   Once all the hearts are joined up this completes your Block A.

Make four of these blocks and join up to make the centre piece of your quilted cushion cover top.  The finished centre piece size should be 16.5 inches x 16.5 inches.

Cut two strips of 1.5 inches from the orange and brown fabrics.

Join the border strips as shown in the image below to complete the cushion cover top. The finished size should be 18.5 inches x 18.5 inches.

The cushion cover top is completed by doing a swirly free motion quilting on the grey patches and simple hand quilting on the hearts.  The border is finished of by quilting lines using the walking foot.

To sew the Hearts on Fire quilted Cushion Cover please see my tutorial on:

How to Sew Envelope Cushion Covers

Wish you all the fun in sewing the Heart on Fire cushion cover.  Please share your finished cushion cover on No3quiltstudio group on facebook.

Fabric Requirements: #purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018







All those participating please make sure you have commented on my “instructions on how to join page” to be eligible to win the gift voucher from the fat quarter shop.  Giveaway closes 15 February 2018.  Winners will be notified by email.

Fabric requirements:

We will be working on fabric selection the whole month of February 2018.  When selecting fabric for the quilt keep the quilt image close by to make sure you get the right colour values for the quilt.  The quilt requires:

  • 5 shades of purple;
  • 5 shades of green; and
  • Plain white for the background.

For fabric quantity please refer to table below:








My fabric selection:







Please share your fabric selection pictures on no3quiltstudio group page. or email: no3quiltst[email protected]  If your colours are different to the quilt image I will be happy to do your own colour layout so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Participants colour layouts:

All templates will be uploaded on no3quiltstudio craftsy store according to the quiltalong schedule outlined here.

Link to all previous Purple Delight Log Cabin Beauty Quilt Along 2018 posts is found here.

Sewing Envelope Quilted Cushion Covers

Sewing envelope quilted cushion cover tutorial

Materials needed

  • Quilted cushion top;
  • Piece of fabric to cover the back of your cushion top;
  • Matching thread;
  • Scissors;
  • Pins;
  • Tailors chalk;
  • Measuring tape; and
  • Sewing machine.


  1. Measure the top width and 3/4 of the side of your un-stitched cushion 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 top x 3/4 height of the side of the unfinished cushion 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!

If you like this tutorial please share and kindly acknowledge my blog when doing so 🙂

Purple Delight Log Cabin Beauty Quilt Along 2018 Details


#purpledelightno3quiltstudioqal2018 will start 5 February 2018 and wind up June 2018.  Instructions will be posted first 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 n03 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 you are interested.
  • Like my facebook page:  No3quiltstudio; and
  • Join my facebook group: No3quiltstudio group (this is where we will be working on the quilt).

Our friends at the Fat Quarter Shop are kindly sponsoring two $50.00 (US) gift cards for two lucky winners.  Winners will be randomly picked from those who have followed the joining instructions.  Your gift vouchers will be emailed directly to you from the Fat Quarter Shop.The giveaway closes 15 February 2018.  Winners will be notified by email (This giveaway is now closed).

Further details of the quilt along are found here.