3 modern scrappy blocks video tutorial

Time to make 3 fun blocks with lots of potential. Play with colours and take some liberties with some of them. Experiment!

You can use your fabric scraps and some favourite solid colours. Cotton couture by Michael Miller is my favourite solid range.

Download the template

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.

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

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Three modern quilting blocks with fabric scraps video tutorial

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Easy tumbling blocks without Y seams

Today I’m posting about one of my most popular tutorial for a straightforward way to  make tumbling blocks using strips sewn together. 

There’s not one single Y seam with this technique! Yay!

Don’t forget to check out Marci Baker talking about the technique she created below.

How to make quick and easy tumbling or baby blocks

Watch and learn how to make baby blocks in less than 3 minutes:

Easy tumbling blocks without Y seams - easy quilting video tutorials

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.

Tumbling block size

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

Materials

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

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.

And here is the explanation by its creator Marci Baker.

 

Easy tumbling blocks without Y seams - easy quilting video tutorials

Step by step visual

Video tutorial: No Y seams tumbling blocks - easy quilting

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.

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

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

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Halloween patchwork brooch video tutorial

If you purchased my brooch template set you would’ve seen it includes 2 Halloween templates, so I thought it’d be fun to make one today.

The finished brooch is 2″ X 2”.

Check out how easy it is to make a Halloween brooch.

Buy the full 18 template set

2" quilted brooches video tutorial

Get the templates to make 18 quilted brooches. The set includes 2 Halloween brooches.

What else do you need

  • batting scraps

1 1/2″ quilt magnets

Quilt magnets video tutorial

Get the templates

Get the templates to make 18 fridge magnets or a mini quilt.


3″ quilt blocks

Tiny quilt templates

Download the traditional and foundation  templates from my Etsy shop.

Is 1 1/2″ too small for you?

What about my 3″ quilt blocks Tiny quilt?

Tiny quilt - 3" x 3" blocks

Get the 3 sets of blocks

Miniature quilt blocks

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.

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

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there
Halloween patchwork brooch video tutorial
Patchwork Halloween Brooch video tutorial

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Face mask – template free – video tutorial

Face masks are great to protect others and yourself from a number of viruses as well as allergens.

This year face masks have become mandatory in some countries and I’ve started to test out other ways to make them so I can find the most comfortable type.

This time I’ve made a template-free 3D mask.

I’ve made it in 2 sizes: small (S) and medium/large (S/L). Check the video for details and method.

Learn to make an easy cloth face mask

Fabrics featured on the video

  • May Gibbs Blossom Babies Yellow on Cotton.
    I hard time choosing just one fabric from this collection. All the May Gibbs range has beautiful prints and the cotton is very soft and great to work with.
  • Desert Dew Flame by Ellie Whittaker – Nerida Hansen. This fabric is 100% GOTS certified organic cotton printed with low impact dyes.

More information

The use of face masks and respirators in the context of COVID-19, Department of Health, Australia

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.

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

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there
3D face mask video tutorial

Chevron quilt block – video tutorial

This is a very simple block and a versatile one. It works just as well with coordinated fabrics or scrappy.

How to make an easy chevron quilt block

Fabric collection

The Nerida Hansen fabrics on the video are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton printed with low impact dyes. A joy to work with.

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.

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

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there
Chevron quilt block video tutorial

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