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Selvages, envelope block, paper piecing tips

Hello, hello hello! Weekend sewing was this time more about organizing all my selvages but also making one more block for The Honey Pot Bee by Molli Sparkles.

For March we got fantastic paper piecing pattern: Envelope block from ‘Tweety Loves Quilting’!

Here is my version in all it’s glory! I like this a lot! I thought the red may pop too much but perhaps it’s time to accept  that I do like red.

envelope and letter quilt block by teje

This block is generally easy to make and Alida’s pattern is very good. My headache was to find fabrics. I don’t have many with tekst and first I thought to create a card. But the space for letter is not very big and then I saw this red fabric on my self and decision was made (I had already cut one other fabric). You could add borders for your letter paper but I though I shall have enough challenge to make the envelope. For that I shall show you few of my tips.

This cute duck fabric has been just waiting on the self and from my fabrics, I think it was a good choise for the envelope. Here is how I feel easier to sew the diagonal pieces when paper piecing. Explination is always under the photo. This may look complicated but when you do this, you’ll see that it’s easy and quick.

Because I wanted to fussy cut (use certain parts of the fabric) pieces for the envelope, I had to place them exactly. Triangle on the left is sewn. You can see on the right triangle how I first pressed the seam allowance. On the right photo you see how I folded the paper pattern on the sewing line.

Then turn the paper so that you can fold the fabric on the same line as the paper. On the right you see the lines on the red fabric and on the duck-fabric.

Now you can put the triangle on the red fabric so that the lines match. Open the triangle and put few pins. Don’t sew yet.

Now turn your piece to see it from the paper side and add pins for sewing. Take away the pins from the fabric’s side and sew.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. As you can see the balloon cords didn’t match as hard I tried. My mistake was that the triangle wasn’t exactly straight. We talk about 1 millimetre here! I went to eat and knew I have to fix it. I ripped only some stitches, sew 1 mm lower, pressed and voila, fixed! I sew the stamp with sik sak twice around.

paper piecing tips

My #saturdaynightcraftalong with Lucy from ‘Charm About You’ went with organizing all my selvages. I saw that if I want to use any of them, only way to find something is to empty all the box and arrange them somehow. On the left you see the 3.5″ squares I save from all the fabrics for my project: fabric sampler quilt (haven’t started yet).


Everything is out and in order. Those in the basket I have been already using! Yes, I took the brave step and thought they have been preserved long enough! Started to worry about the expiring date!

selvages by Nero's Post

To find something or looking what to use, there has to be some kind of order (for me). And they can’t stay on the table even how cute they look.

selvages by teje

On the left by colour, from blue, turquoise, green,yellow, red, brown, low volumes and black (2).

In the middle some collections still together and most favourites with few specials.

On the right solids and selvages from the side where is no text (yes I save those too).

*********  !!!  If you don’t use/save selvages, I’m interested !!!  *************

Nero's Post selvages

I use ‘BeFunky’ to make photo mosaics and for editing photos. I don’t edit my photos often but sometimes even the strong light of Greece is not enough or makes too strong shadows.

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Quilt top with girl and puppy

Hi dear friends! I hope you like lots of photos because I do! I enjoy posts with many photos and stories about process etc. So here we go! “Maggie and Puppy” baby quilt top and some details how I did it.

baby quilt

Here the quilt top is almost finished. Puppy’s leash and the ribbon for the balloon will be sewn later. Perhaps it needs also small border.

baby quilt by teje

First it was Maggie and in the very beginning her hair! One scrap gave me the idea for her hair. That scrap was left over piece from drunkard’s path outside piece. Here are now enough photos so I show you that scarp on an other time.

This is totally free piecing. I just cut pieces and started to think how to sew them together and how to add the background.

patchwork girl

Next time I know to plan better so the seams will go more … something.

free piecing

free style patchwork

I was so happy to sew the curve for the skirt that totally forgot to think about the stockings!

patchwork girl

Easy way to make them was to sew the light green scrap on the top of the darker. Then I sew the pink stockings on both sides and trimmed the sides.




Planning for some extras was fun even later I left the hand bag out because it looked too much.

girl with scraps

And here is Maggie.

free pieced girl

The other main thing I wanted to make for this quilt was a dog. I didn’t have any plan or drawing, just cut some pieces and then trimmed them to get the shape that looked like a puppy. Notice the collar is with the same ‘leather’ like Maggie’s turquoise booties!

patchwork dog

And here is Puppy.

patchwork dog

Few houses for the village.

house block

Flower gardens and green for the park. And white! That’s important for me to get lightful and fresh look. Before the white there is always something that bothers me and when I add white it’s fine.

patchwork house

I tried many balloons but at the end it looked best with one pink balloon. I sew the pink balloon like log cabin block and cut it circle/oval. It’s needle turn appliqued on the quilt top. I shall still cut away the fabric from behind the balloon.

baby quilt top

Weather has finally changed and there is spring in the air or in fact it is spring! Sunny and warm weather is the best when you take many puppies for many walks every day. That’s why Maggie and her Puppy needs to wait for a while to be continued.

baby quilt by Teje

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{Sunshine} Baby Quilt

Hi Dear Friends! Until this moment this quilt has no name. But I feel quilts need name and watching these happy, warm colours I thought it is like Sunshine!

Baby quilt with Moomins by Teje

You may feel that you have seen this quilt before because I have made an other similar baby quilt. Economy block is very good to get lovely organized look even you mix lots of fabrics. You can fussy cut and show the cute fabrics in the centre squares.

fabrics for baby girl quilt

Fortunately I found beautiful girlish fabrics from my last trip to Finland and pink Moomins!

economy blocks

How I work: I don’t cut all the blocks in the beginning. I cut, sew and trim some blocks and then put them on the design wall. Then I start to look what it needs. I like to create balance with colours and also with the volume. I try to find arrangement where the same fabric is not next to each others. That’s not always possible.


To get finished block size 8″x 8″, cut 1 (4″ x 4″) square for the centre, 2 x (4″x 4″) cut in half for the inside triangles and 2 x (5″x 5″) cut in half for the outside triangles. Look the square down on left (white with pink centre): that’s trimmed to 5 1/2″x 5 1/2″ before adding the outside triangles.

QUILT SIZE: 37″ x 45″ (95 cm x 114,5 cm)

economy quilt block

Had to take photo with Finnish Fox candies (Pihlaja by Fazer) because happened to have still few! Just ate the last one! I would love fabric with those fox faces!

baby quilt

Hand quilting with Perle Cotton no 8, as always.


Then I came to a question. My quilt labels and cards needs to be updated. Should I order new labels for quilts? I don’t know yet, so for a while I shall go on with handmade labels. I cut octagon and ironed fusible web on the back to be easier to stitch the letters. I folded the edges first so the fusible web hold them also nicely. It’s quite hard to stitch letters, try yourself! How I wished I could do that with sewing machine!

quilt label

Baby girl is born and quilt is delivered. I hope she will be happy with this quilt and laugh with the Moomins.

baby quilt

You may have seen in Instagram that I have continued to play with Moomins. Other baby quilt is on the table. Unfortunately I can’t show that project much yet but I can tell you that it’s fun!

It’s a Valentine’s day week so I wish you Happy Valentine’s Day! Did you see Helen’s sweet Valentine post?! I want to make the pillow she has there! And the little quilt! But first I have a job to do with Moomins and safety pins!

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The Honey Pot Bee

Hello! I have a honey pot full of the sweetest, helthiest honey! Bees have collected it from tasty, Cretan herbs!

patchwork jars


I made also jars with blueberry- and rasberry jam, strawberry marmelade and one jar has candies. Perhaps I’ll make one more with olives.

When having many projects going on, it’s better to create extra design walls. This is small portable board. I sew the little jars together but didn’t connect them yet with the honey pot. Also the self is not sewn because I don’t know yet how I shall place these blocks. For the upper small jars I have add small bottom corners to make them a little bit around.

the honey pot bee

Here are all my ‘The Honey Bee’ blocks until now.

the honey pot bee

Visit the page ‘The Honey Pot Bee’ for all the details and info.

On my big, main design wall is the ‘Dream Catcher’ and I wouldn’t like to take it down because it would be difficult to arrange it back again.

Dream Catcher by Teje

I try to manage with improvised, temporary design walls as long as possible. This one with the baby quilt project, is simply a long piece of fleece (use wadding if you have a spare piece) folded double. Wood stick is in the fold and with a cord-loop it’s hanging on the nail.

design wall

If I hadn’t saved the small scraps from the ‘Pic Nic on the Beach’ quilt, how could I have made the wheeles for Moomin’s car?! He stopped the car because saw one tiny hedgehog walking in the middle of the road!

Moomins car

Today I shall give one baby quilt away and then can concentrate to Moomins’ houses! You know there are always too many ideas and projects we are drawn to! I would love to do paper piecing, eep and foundation. I would love to dontinue ‘Grand Canal’ with diamonds! Perhaps I shall make the C for my letters.

I hope to finish Moomins soon to make still one more baby quilt top until it’s again time for puppies to visit us!

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I love patchwork!

Hi dear friends! My current project made me say it loud ‘I LOVE PATCHWORK’! Take colourful scraps to start and let them lead you! It’s really fun to see how each new piece change the look.


It’s also nice to see the block crispy pressed and trimmed.

star block

Adding the corners change the ‘big’ white square; this time I didn’t want too much white.

star block

And the final touch is to add border around. This Essex linen is one of my favourites! You can find it from Judith’s etsy shop. 

star quilt block

This is the pair for the star. These were so asking to be mini quilts!

scrappy quilt block

But I am making pouch and won’t change my mind this time.


All the pieces are now quilted and I do hope to finish this soon because I want to see how it will look.

Because I really like this star block with bright solids, white and dark background, I thought to draw a quilt plan. I’m late with my ’30 Days of Quilt Design’, so it was good to catch the notebook and colours again. Even it was late night I enjoyed making this. I couldn’t plan yet how to make the little centre squares. Have you done something like this or seen some where how to do the easily?

quilt design #17

About the Quilt Design challenge: I have started to make blocks for the ‘Dream Catcher’ and fortunately it works well. More about that next time.

quilt block

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{Dream Catcher} new project

ow Hello hello! Great to see you! Now I shall tell you about my latest idea which I don’t yet if it is possible to make (for me) or not. I hope to make the test block today. One day when puppies were sleeping, I draw this for the ’30 Days of Quilt Design’ challenge …

30 Days of Quilt Design

For me it looked *** and when I asked from hb what he see’s here, he said the same: dream catcher!

quilt challenge

When I coloured this, I thought the centre could be like blue night and then more colourful dreams around.

Then I didn’t think if this could become a quilt. I really liked how this and started to think how … and in the morning I woke up with a clear plan. Cutting with tamplates and sewing by hand the centre piece. Surrounding pieces should be possible to sew by machine. There are some curves but I’m not affraid. This year I have challenged myself to make curves.

quilt design

An other time when puppies where sleeping, I draw the plan on a big firm paper.

quilt design

I draw it also on a ‘baking’ paper so I have the design for later use after I have cut the templates from the firm paper.

quilt plan

I gave ‘name’ with number and letter for each piece, in the order I shall sew them (as it was foundation paper piecing).

quilt patchwork plan

Then it was time to think about fabrics. I was suggested to use earthy colours. Hmmm did I have any in my stash? I had thought to use blue solids for the centre and other solid for the around areas. But perhaps I’m stucked to solids because of the diamonds and could use now some prints.

fabric bundles

I really don’t know … my stash is limited …


quilting fabrics

… and even I really like this bundle, it’s not exactly what I want now.

dream catcher

I like the different tones of blue for the centre so I trust my istinct and stick to them. Perhaps they don’t need to be all solids to get softer look.

I have cut the templates and created special file for them. I hope to sew a test block this evening to see if this can be made in real or just in my dreams.

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How I Finish Quilt – Easy Tutorial

Hello dear friends! I’m happy to see you and hope you are fine! Are you ready to continue your happy wall quilt? I have finished mine and I shall show you how to finish your quilt = quilting, making the binding and the label.

Strawberry Cake by Teje

First cut from your wadding and backing fabric a little bit bigger pieces than your quilt top. Small quilt top is easy to fix on the table. I use tape to stick the backing fabric and then put the wadding and quilt top on it. I use curved safety pins for basting. Tea spoon helps a lot when closing the safety pins.

mosaic 4

Make a plan how you are going to quilt and put the pins so that they won’t be too much on your way. I didn’t do that as you can see. I hadn’t decide yet how to quilt and then I had to change the safety pins.

I quilted straight lines. For marking them I use hera marker and big ruler. Unfortunately my hera marker was downstairs so I even you don’t have that, you can make a soft line on the fabric also using something else (not too sharp to brake the fabric but sharp/thin enough to leave line). You can mark few lines with pins and then use those stitched lines as a cuide for the next lines. Following seam lines is also great way to stitch straight lines. If you don’t have walking foot you may need to help with a pin or scissors to feed the fabric. Keeping the fabric tighten helps also (like using hoop for hand quilting).

mosaic 5

Have fun with the quilting! Use colours, stitch by hand or machine as you like! Lines, circles, waves … what ever and don’t worry too much if the lines are not strickly straight … this is handmade!


When you have done all the quilting, trim the edges. I had piece of left over scrap binding and thought to make that more scrappy. I add few more colours and cut the stripes shorter to get more scrappy look. I use 2,5″ stripes, folded and pressed double. Place your binding around the quilt so you can see if it’s long enough and to see where you like to have perhaps certain colours.

mosaic 6

Then start to pin the binding stretching it very slightly (this helps that it won’t be wavy when finished). Don’t stretch too much! Take care that all the seam allowances are open.

To make the corners, there are too ways to think:

In the second photo you can see pin on the right edge of the quilt. Lift the binding from here so that you have an angle. If you place down this angle, it should reach the other edge (look all the following photos). Continue to pin the binding to the next side of the quilt.

mosaic 7

Other way to think this is: lift and fold the binding up and then fold it back down. Again there will be exactly the same angel. You can put there one pin to keep it better on it’s place.

mosaic 8

We sew all the edges separately. Look the photos below. Start 1/4″ from the edge and finish 1/4″ before the edge.

Then turn the binding to the back side of your quilt. I press now from the front side so that I know the binding stays well turned and this makes the fabric also a little bit softer (easier to turn and pin). If there are places where the seam allowance is thick or wider, cut a little bit. Pin all around and take care that on the front side your pins are near to the binding (look the photo down left). When I sew the binding I help to keep in on place with a pin.

mosaic 9

Now our quilt is finished … almost. Because we like to hang this, we shall make the hanging sleeve. I make two pieces because I shall hang it from the middle. So I cut two pieces about 5″ – 6″ wide and the length depends on your quilt. Fold and press these pieces first double. Then open them and fole the edges towards the centre (you have now three lines). Fold the left and right edges twice and sew them. Fold the pieces then double wrong sides together! Sew them to get tubes/sleeves. Now your edge seam allowances are inside but the long seam allowance is outside. Open this seam allowance and press with iron (don’t iron the other lines, you still need them).

Now place the sleeves on the back side of your quilt so that the seam allowance is towards the quilt and you see that the folded lines create the space for the hanging wood/stick. Normally we sew the sleeves by hand but if you have made the quilting so that the sewing lines won’t bother, you can sew by machine.

If you add quilting lines after you have made the binding, finish the stitiching so that you drag the thread to the back side, then knot the threads and hide the ends inside your quilt.

mosaic 10

Final touch is the label. Use here your imagination … find inspiration from your quilt or fabrics. You can write with special pens or stitch the text by hand (or by machine). I made pot holder because there was one on my favourite kitchen fabric!

mosaic 11

I sew the quilt label by hand just behind the strawberry so it won’t show through if I take photos etc.

quilt backing

Sun and shadows!

Strawberry Cake by Teje

I hope this tutorial is helpful and inspires you!

First part of this tutorial is ‘HOW I DO PATCHWORK – EASY TUTORIAL’

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