Video tutorial: Lozenge smocking

Video tutorial: lozenge smocking

This is a fabric manipulation tutorial that I used for a fidget quilt: lozenge smocking.

Learn to make Lozenge smocking in just over 2 minutes

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  • a 10 1/2 inch x 6 inches rectangle in cream tones for the centre square
  • two 3 x 6 1/2 inch strips
  • two 3 x 10 1/2 inch strips

Block size

10 1/2 inches

Lozenge smocking diagram

There are two kinds of stitching for this pattern. They alternate along each row of smocking. The first type is when you pull two stitches together as per a and b on the diagram. The next stitch is when you go from b to c but do not pull the stitches. In this case you double stitch on c so that there is no pulling.


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Happy holidays

Happy holidays

Happy holidays and happy 2017 to everyone!

I hope you have a good time during the holidays. I also hope you can still find the time to create.

Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to stop by and to those of you who’ve left very kind comments about my work.

Thank you also to those of you who purchased my first pattern for sale: Hexagonal Dream. I hope you enjoy making the quilt.

To celebrate the end of the year I’ve made a short compilation of some of the blocks I’ve made this year. I hope you like it.

Video compilation: some blocks I made in 2016

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All the best for the new year.

Video tutorial Triangle in a square quilt block

Video tutorial: triangle in a square quilt block
This tutorial is for a paper piecing block. If you’ve never done any paper piecing, this is the perfect block to learn.

Learn how to make a triangle in a square quilt block in 2 minutes

Learn and see how many designs you can make with this block:

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Triangle in a square quilt block

Video tutorial: tumbling blocks with no Y seams

Tumbling blocks without Y seams

This tutorial is for making tumbling blocks using strips sewn together – no Y seams.

This technique, developed in 1987 by Marci Baker, is available in the book ABC 3-D Tumbling Blocks … and More! and the pattern Playing with Blocks for purchase.

How to make quick and easy tumbling or baby blocks

Learn how to make baby blocks in less than 3 minutes:

Tumbling block size

Each individual tumbling block size is about 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches.


You will need a 60 degree ruler or a square ruler with a 60 degree marking.

Piece 1

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in dark red or any other dark colour

Piece 2

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in yellow or any other medium colour

Video tutorial: No Y seams tumbling blocks - easy quilting

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Video tutorial: Zig Zag half square triangles quilt block – easy quilting

Video tutorial: quick and easy zig zag quilt block with half square triangles

I love thin lines in blocks in high contrasting colours.

In this case I’ve added a think line to a half square triangles (HSTs) and used colour to make a really beautiful HST patterns.

Learn how to make a zig zag half square triangle quilt block in 2 minutes

Lots of different quilt layouts are possible with this block. Check them out at the end of the video.

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