My year of Gifting Embroidery – January – Part Two

As I mentioned in my last post, this month I have two birthdays in my life, my young next door neighbour (for whom we made the basket last week), and my beautiful niece Bethany, who will be 14 on the 12th of January.  Bethany’s favourite movie is “Mean Girls”, so I am making her a snuggle rug for watching movies on the couch, using movie quotes.  Now I know what you are thinking – isn’t that copyrighted?  And from my personal understanding of the law (I am not a lawyer, nor am I looking at advising anyone on the law, or inflaming a discussion), I am using a small sampling of the work, for a personal project, and I am not planning on profiting from this.  In no way to I recommend creating quilts like these, and selling them.

The Quilt


You will notice that the quilt is made up of 9 blocks, and then stripped together using 6 fat quarters.


  • 9 x 13″ square blocks of black homespun (100% cotton) fabric
  • 1/2 m black homespun for binding
  • 6 fat quarters
  • sewing thread to match your homespun
  • embroidery thread to suit your project (I have used pink)
  • 2m flannel for the backing of your quilt.
  • 1.5m wadding


  1. This project is a wonderful way to get to know the lettering features in your machine.  Firstly write down the 9 quotes you will be using in your project.
  2. Using the lettering feature, in either your machine or the software that came with your machine, type in each quote.
  3. Save each quote as an embroidery file.
  4. Stitch out each of the quotes.
  5. Press all 9 blocks, and trim to being 12×12″
  6. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut each of the fat quarters into 3″ strips.
  7. Using two strips from each colour way, join strips into one long strip.
  8. Use the long strip to firstly join each row together, and then each column, until you have a square.
  9. To create the border, join the rest of the strips together along the long seam, and then cut into 3″ strips, giving you a long strip with 2.5″ blocks of different colour.
  10. Join the border strips together to form one long 3″ strip.
  11. Working from side to side, and then top/bottom, add the border to your quilt.
  12. Press
  13. lay out your flannel, with the wadding on top of it, and then lay the quilt on top.  Pin all 3 layers together.  Quilt using your favourite method.
  14. To bind your quilt, cut 5 x 3″ strips across the width of your fabric.  Join together in one long strip.
  15. Fold your strip in half lengthwise, and attach to the front of the quilt, before folding over and hand stitching to finish.

I hope you enjoy this project, and I would love to hear how you could use a project like this.

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