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Valentine’s day projects to try and learn at the same time

Valentine's Day sewing tutorial

There’s a Valentine’s day project for everyone in this post.

Many different techniques to choose from: traditional patchwork, improv patchwork, embroidery, fabric manipulation, foundation piecing and reverse appliqué.

Pigeon pair placemat set

Learn reverse applique and improv patchwork technique with this easy tutorial.

Check out this short 2 minute video tutorial on improv patchwork first to see  how easy it is. You can use those small scraps you’ve been keeping…

Scrappy heart potholder tutorial

This is an easy project to start learning foundation piecing. This was my first try and a few more potholders down the track I’m doing a Dear Jane quilt using this patchwork technique.

Strippy hearts quilt

Make a small quilt this Valentine’s say. Get the pattern

Groovy heart mug rug

Do you like fabric textures and fabric manipulation? This is an easy fabric manipulation to start with.

Foundation paper piecing heart block

Make a potholder, a mini quilt or a lap quilt using this block and master foundation paper piecing while you’re at it.

Check out how easy it is to make this block in this short video tutorial and download the free heart foundation piecing template:

Yet another heart block

This one is made with freezer paper foundation piecing. Get the template.

Win my heart quilt

Watch a short video on the quilt:

Get the quilt pattern.

XOXO quilt- free pattern

XOXO lap quilt

This is a beginner quilt. Choose your favourite pink and grey fabrics and make this easy modern quilt. Equally beautiful in reds and blacks/greys.

Check out how to easy is to make a block for a XOXO quilt with this 2 minute video tutorial:

Love is the answer… hot water bottle cozy tutorial

With this tutorial you can start learning or polish up three different skills: patchwork, embroidery and appliqué.

Heart pincushion

Make this pincushion with the hot water bottle heart cut out.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

Order Turnabout patchwork by Teresa Mairal Barreu - TeresaDownUnder

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  1. I have made 2 of the 9patch. I am happy to say , Your book arrived today! I love your blocks. I have been following your videos for a few years now. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Oh good!! Thank you for dropping by to leave me a comment. I hope you get many happy quilting hours out of the book 😊


  3. Hi Teresa
    I ordered your new book last month from book depository and it has continued to say in publication. I have cancelled it as I’m not sure how long it will be until available. Do you know a stockiest in Australia that I could contact to purchase it?

    I love your videos, you may patchwork look so much simpler. I am still very much a beginner in the patchwork world.

    Have a lovely day. Lenore


  4. Hi Lenore, Amazon will send to Australia. Maybe your local bookshop can order it for you too. I checked with Booktopia and while you can buy it there they will need to put on a special order for you. I think Amazon is your best bet.


  5. Oh good! Thank you for letting me know 😊 I wish you many happy quilting days this year. And if you feel like it post pictures of your quilts on my Facebook page 🌷


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