Helen Helen’s Sugar Bowl is a 2-color, 2-fabric quilt set on point. It measures approximately 72 x 72 inches. This block is known as “Pin Cushion” but EQ7 calls a 2 x 2 version “Sugar Bowl.”

This design uses the either one of the Inklingo Orange Peel Collections. I provided cutting and printing information for the Orange Peel Deluxe Collection as that is the one I have. I colored the blocks in EQ7 with fabrics from Toscana by Northcott.

Helen [McEvoy] Duthie is my maternal grandmother. She was born in 1909 in New Brunswick, Canada. She lived in and around the area known now as Miramichi. She married Lawrence Duthie in 1935. They had 5 children–my mom is the oldest. The house that my grandparents lived in had no central heating or indoor plumbing. I guess grandpa never thought it was important… There were chamber pots under all the beds and I think the water pump was in the kitchen or a back porch/mud room area. [I should ask my mom.] Grandma cooked on a wood burning stove. My grandma was a strong woman. When my grandmother passed away in 1979, my mom inherited a set of grandma’s dishes. My daughter-in-law has them today–including Helen’s sugar bowl.


Helen’s Sugar Bowl

72 x 72 inches

9020-26 Toscana Hot Sauce9020-26 Toscana Hot Sauce

9020-10 Toscana White Picket Fence9020-10 Toscana White Picket Fence

Purchase and download:

Orange Peel Deluxe Collection

You also use the Orange Peel Basic Collection

The Inklingo Handbook

Cheat Sheet

(Download from website
or print from collection)

For more information about Inklingo, click here.

Copy the information below to a printed Cheat Sheet.
To figure fabric yardage, see the section “Planning a Quilt” in the Inklingo collection.




# of Shapes

Cut & Print

Page # in shape collection

Fabric 1

  Combo B 36 sets 36] 8.25 x 8.5″OR18] 8.25 x 16″ if yourprinter can handlethat length of fabric OP Deluxe: 34 & 35
Half Peel 52 6] 7.25 x 13″ &1] 7.25 x 6.75″ OP Deluxe: 38 & 39
Background Half 24 12] 5 x 14″ OP Deluxe: 42 & 43
Background Quarter 4 1] 5.5 x 9.75″ OP Deluxe: 40 & 41
8″ wide borders 4 8.5″ wide [minimum width as some like to add extra for an appliqued border] cut from length of fabric to avoid piecing. Border Applique PDF
Binding strips 8 strips



Fabric 2

  Combo B 36 36] 8.25 x 8.5″OR18] 8.25 x 16″ if yourprinter can handlethat length of fabric OP Deluxe: 34 & 35
Background 13 6] 6.75 x 13″ &1] 6.75 x 7″ OP Deluxe: 44 & 45
Half Peel 52 6] 7.25 x 13″ &1] 7.25 x 6.75″ OP Deluxe: 38 & 39
5/8″ or 3/4″ bias stem 325″
[generous estimate]



1.75″ Circle 4 1] 5 x 5″ Circles: 44 & 45
1.5″ Circle 16 1] 8.5 x 8.5″ Circles: 40 & 41
1.25″ Circle 40 2] 7.5 x 9.5″ Circles: 36 & 37
.75″ Circle 72 2] 8 x 8″ Circles: 28 & 29
.5″ Circle 64 1] 8 x 8″ Circles: 22 & 23

Want to check my math? The Helen’s Sugar Bowl Math PDF is here.

Quilt blocks are pictured on the Math PDF.

Helen’s Sugar Bowl Border Applique PDF

Additional Colorways

Helen2 recolor
Helen’s Sugar Bowl

Recolor 1

Changing the border color to white

9020-26 Toscana Hot Sauce
9020-26 Toscana Hot Sauce

9020-10 Toscana White Picket Fence
9020-10 Toscana White Picket Fence


How to Rotary Cut Curves Inklingo Video


Sewing Curves Without Pins

This is how I sew curves. (I dislike pinning!) I use a 3M Command Strip pasted along the side of my presser foot to help as a guide also. You need to be sure to use your 1/4″ presser foot if you are going to use a Command Strip as a guide. When I am done sewing curves, the Command Strip removes easily from my machine bed.


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