Two easy beginner quilt blocks

These two blocks are quite different but both are quick and simple.

Which block you like best? Snow ball or Woven quilt block?

Learn to make a Snow ball and a Woven quilt blocks

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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.

Buy individual chapters of my book

Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.

As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:

  • Tools
  • Squaring up blocks
  • Borders
  • Assembly and quilting
  • Binding

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project


  1. Just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying your book! Thanks for your work!

    I’ve discovered in my 60+ years of sewing and quilting that the simplest blocks and patterns can be made even more glorious with a bit of a great fabric added. I just finished a pretty rather ordinary table runner for Christmas, but put a gold flecked border on it and it just changed everything!

    I wish more teachers would emphasize this as a way to encourage new quilters when they see that their work just sparkles! Not necessary on everything, of course, but I have never seen a teacher swap out a fabric in a block to make a big difference. I have a small stash of metallics that I enjoy using, and when I give away a quilt or whatever that I have jazzed up a bit, they always have something to say about the glittery parts, and it just sets a different attitude about their gift.

    I’d like to ask you to do a tutorial on for new sewers on simple ways to dress up ordinary blocks, like snowballing the corners, sashings or borders, or adding occasionally to piano keys, etc. You’re a very good teacher, you must have hundreds of ways to dress up simple blocks!!

    Thanks for all you do for us quilters, old and new!! Patty Crumrine Medford, Oregon, USA

    Sent from my iPad



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