3 patch quarter square triangle quilting

Three quilting shortcuts turned into quilts – video tutorial

Today I’m resharing some very popular shortcuts: a quarter squares shortcut, and an accurate way to make half square triangles in bulk and a disappearing pinwheel block and quilt.

Check the projects you can make with all 3 shortcuts below.

Learn these 3 quilting shortcuts and turn them into quilts

French Garden quilt

French Garden is an easy quilt pattern suitable for confident beginners.

The quilt is traditionally pieced.

French Garden close up

Have a look at the quilt in this short video:

 

Download French Garden quilt pattern

About the quilt

  • Quilt size: 80” x 80”
  • Finished block size: the basic unit size is 3” x 3”.
  • Skill level: Confident beginner.
  • Quilting technique: Traditionally pieced.

The basic units are assembled into 13 larger blocks of different sizes.

The pattern includes yardage needs, quick cutting instructions, assembly instructions, lots of diagrams and a quilt design colouring page.

Bonus content: video tutorials.

Note:

  • Download the pattern to your computer before you print it.
  • Ensure you are printing at 100%.
  • Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat to print.

In a breeze quilt patternIn a breeze quilt, TeresaDownUnder

  • Quilt size: 36″ x 42″
  • Finished block size: 6 1/2″
  • Number of blocks: 20 arranged as 4 x 5

Fabric needs

  • 9 Fat Quarters – see details on the fabric collections I used below.
  • 7/8 yard for the border

To make the quilt, mix the fat quarters and make 20 blocks following the video tutorial.

Arrange in 5 rows of 4 blocks each.

Border

From the width of fabric cut:

  • 2 borders 5 1/2″ x 33″
  • 2 borders 5 1/2″ x 36 1/2″

Sew the narrower borders to the sides first and the top and bottom borders next.


Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Disappearing pinwheel quilt

This sampler has 12 blocks in it, all of them made from a pinwheel block cut into a 9-patch block an rearranged to obtain 11 different blocks. More variations are possible.

Quilt size

56 inches x 42 inches

Block size

The block is 10 1/4 inch square.

Materials for one disappearing pinwheel block

  • Two 9 3/8 inch squares in contrasting fabrics

Notes

The initial 4 half square triangles (HST) obtained need to be trimmed to 6 inch squares.

Block tutorials

Make 12 blocks:

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 1

Block 2 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 2

Block 3 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 3

Block 4: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 4

Block 5: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 5

Block 6: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 6

Disappearing pinwheel variation 7 - video tutorial

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 7

Block 8: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 8

Block 9: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 9

Block 10: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 10

Block 11: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 11 – make 2 blocks in different colours.

Finish the blocks

Add a border to each block.

For each block cut in white fabric:

  • 2 strips 10 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch
  • 2 strips 14 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch

And sew as shown on the picture below.

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Materials

For the one block sandwich

  • A piece of backing fabric the same size as the block  (I used half square triangles for some blocks to make a star)
  • A piece of batting 1 inch larger than the block
  • One finished block

For the sashing

  • One strip of sashing fabric 1 1/8 inch x the length of the block side
  • 1 strip of sashing fabric 1 3/4 inch x the length of the block side

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern
Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern
Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

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 quilting shortcuts video tutorial

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