Tennessee waltz block B: 54-40 or fight block – video tutorial

Today we make the block 54-40 or Fight that, together with snowball from last week, makes our Tennessee Waltz quilt.

Apparently the 54-40 or Fight block a US historical name from 1844 based on political opinions and controversies. 

Let’s get to it!


In case you missed the snowball last week, here it is again.

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

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

Tennessee waltz quilt - 54-40 or Fight quilt block video tutorial

This post has affiliate links.


  1. Hello my favorite quilt pattern person. I have seen the video and I also have the book. Recently in fact today I finished a quilt with one of your blocks that I have done in past years. I looked back on youtube most of your blocks I have tried and I have positive results. Nobody makes a video or quit as much fun as you. Keep it coming😊 Photo of sunflower quilt. Diana

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I highly recommend the specialty rulers (Peaky/Spike Marti Michelle, VBlock (Studio 180) or Tri Recs) They are inexpensive and will provide a lifetime of accuracy and frustration free quilting in making this terrific block.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: