'Toy Chest' Cot Quilt Tutorial

I made this cot quilt and wrote the tutorial for the Penny Rose blog back in 2015 - before I was a fabric designer for Riley Blake! Someone recently reminded me of it and gosh I love it so much!

The collection I used for this cot quilt is called 'Toy Chest' - it is long out of print now but if you look around you may be still able to find it. I heard Fabric Pixie still has some in stock. It really is the perfect fabric for a cot quilt, with frolicking lambs, fluffy bunnies, and birds on see saws!

And here is the quilt I designed. I went for a simple design with a vintage feel, and no fiddly points so it's beginner friendly.

It has been quilted on a long arm machine, in a sweet floral swirly pattern.

Here are the steps to make this sweet quilt.

Toy Chest Cot Quilt Tutorial

Finished size 35" x 47"
All seams are 1/4"
RST = Right sides together

Fabric Requirements

All requirements based on fabric 42" wide (WOF)

Fat Quarter bundle of Toy Chest (patchwork centre and pieced border)
3/4 yard Toy Chest Little Lambs Pink (border)
1/2 yard Toy Chest Bunnies & Balloons Aqua (binding)
1/2 yard Ivory Solid Quilting Cotton (border)
41" x 53" batting
41" x 53" backing fabric (1.5 yard if using Toy Chest)

Cutting Instructions

From the Toy Chest fat quarter bundle
24 - 4.5" squares in mixed colours (A)
120 - 2.5" squares in mixed colours (B)
20 - 4 1/4" x 1 1/2" rectangles in mixed colours (C)
14 - 4 1/2 " x 1 1/2 " rectangles in mixed colours (D)

From ivory solid
2 - 24 1/2 " x 1 1/2 " strips (E)
2 - 38 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips (F)
2 - 40 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips (G)
2 - 30 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips (H)

From Toy Chest Little Lambs Pink
2 - 42 1/2" x 3" strips (I)
2 - 35 1/2" x 3" strips (J)

From Toy Chest Bunnies & Balloons Aqua
4 - 2 1/4" x WOF strips (for the binding)

Quilt Top Assembly

The central patchwork of this quilt consists of 24 blocks, laid out in a 4 x 6 grid. Each block consists of a large square surrounded on two sides by two small squares. These blocks are rotated throughout the patchwork to give an overall random effect.
Layout the fabric squares on a flat surface / design wall until you are happy with the configuration of the blocks and colour distribution. Pay attention to directional prints during layout and assembly, so you don't end up with upside-down ducks in the finished quilt.

To make one block, sew two B squares together, then place along one side of the A square RST, sew in place. Press seam towards the B squares. Sew the remaining three B squares together, place along the other edge of the sewn rectangle RST, carefully pinning and checking that the seam intersections match. Sew in place. Press the seam towards the B squares.

Make 24. Place the finished blocks together on a flat surface, rotating them as required. Sew the blocks together in rows, press seams in alternate directions, then sew the rows together, nesting the seams at the intersections. 

Sew an E strip along the top and bottom edges of the central patchwork. Then sew an F strip along the right and left edges.

Sew 10 C rectangles together for the strippy border. Make two. Sew each strippy border along the right and left edges.

Sew 7 D rectangles together. Make two. Sew along the top and bottom edges.

Sew a G strip along the right and left edges. Then sew an H strip along the top and bottom edges.

Sew an I strip along the right and left edges. Then sew a J strip along the top and bottom edges.

Your quilt top is now complete.


Make a quilt sandwich with your quilt top, batting, and backing, and quilt as desired. Join the binding strips using diagonal seams. Press the entire binding in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing. Starting half way down one side of the quilt, place the binding strip on the quilt, raw edge to raw edge. Sew it onto the quilt, mitreing the corners. Join the ends of the binding, fold it over to the back of the quilt, and slip stitch it by hand along the back edge of the binding.

And your sweet quilt is ready! Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Scandi Throw Pillow

I'm a guest blogger today on my fellow Riley Blake designer Amy Smart's blog Diary of A Quilter , where I'm sharing the 10 simple steps to make this Scandi inspired modern cushion!

It's no secret that I love throw pillows - they are scattered all over my house and my 6 year old daughter is especially fond of them. She has a huge collection in her bedroom! I used my Summer Blush fabric collection for my pillow but this design would look really good in solid cottons too.

Head over to Amy's blog for the tutorial! Happy sewing!

Holiday Baking

I'm doing some Christmas baking today so wanted to reshare this old favourite recipe of mine. There are few things I find more comforting than these 'Amaretti', which are Italian almond cookies. Similar to the French almond macaroons but way more almond-y! And super yummy!

When we lived in London my hubby and I were addicted to amaretti from an Italian restaurant/deli chain there called Carluccio's. Alas when we moved to Australia we couldn't get them anymore so I had to learn how to make them. After lots of trial and error I perfected my recipe over the years, which I wrote up for you. If you like marzipan, you will love these sweet cookies! They have a thin crunchy crust with a soft centre. Tip: don't leave the almond extract out - the cookies will still be yum without it, but the extract takes them to a whole 'nother level. Pin the recipe, and enjoy!

Zakka Home Book Tour Round Up

The Zakka Home book tour has come to a close - as you may have seen if you follow my Instagram or Facebook feeds. Oh we had so many wonderful projects!!  I would like to thank all the makers for their talent and incredible support in the launch of my new book. I hope you find their projects as inspiring as I did - there were some really clever twists!

Jemima Flendt - Tied With A Ribbon - @tiedwitharibbon

Minki Kim - Minki's Work Table - @zeriano

Jane Davidson - Quilt Jane - @quiltjane

Elizabeth Chappell - Quilters Candy Box - @quilterscandybox

Lauren Wright - Molly and Mama - @mollyandmama

 Sarah Scott - Piccolo Studio - @piccolostudio_sarah

Alyce Blyth - Blossom Heart Quilts - @blossomheartquilts

Emily Dennis - Quilty Love - @emily_dennis_

Sharon Burgess - Lilabelle Lane Creations - @lilabellelane

Wynn Tan - Zakka Art - @zakkaArt

Amanda Woodruff - A Crafty Fox - @a.crafty.fox

Samantha Dorn - Aqua Paisley Studio - @aqua_paisley

Love Patchwork & Quilting - @lovequiltingmag

Kate May - The Homemakery - @thehomemakery

Ayda Algin - Cafe Nohut - @cafenohut

Faith Essenburg - Sarana Ave - @faithessenburg

Nadra Ridgeway - Ellis & Higgs - @ellisandhiggs

Fat Quarter Shop - @fatquartershop

Laura Cunningham - @laura_zuckerkuss

Bev McCullough - Flamingo Toes - @flamingotoes

Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter - @diaryofaquilter

Riley Blake Designs - @rileyblakedesigns

Michelle Hickson - @coleandtaffy

Christopher Thompson - The Tattooed Quilter - @the_tattooed_quilter

Ange Hamilton - A Little Patchwork - @alittlepatchwork

Sarah Ashford - @sarahashfordstudio

For more inspiration and to see other projects from the book please check my first blog post. Thanks for visiting today!

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