improv patchwork

A fan and an improv quarter log cabin video tutorial

Today we’ll learn two different skills:

  • curved piecing
  • improv piecing

For the improv log cabin block all you need is a square or rectangle piece for the centre and a bunch of strips of any width and length to make a quarter log cabin block.

You can stop at any size. My block is 11 1/2″ finished but you can stop earlier or later.

The fan block belongs to my quilt Wheels. You’ll see that sewing a fan isn’t that difficult.

My fan is 9″ x 9″ and it’s pieced traditionally. The large size of the block makes sewing curves easier.

Improv log cabin finished block size

11 1/2″ x 11 1/2″

Fan block finished size

9″ x 9″

Wheels quilt

This quilt is fat quarter friendly.

Wheels quilt pattern - teresadownunder.com

Quilt details

Quilt size: 48” x 48”.

Finished block sizes
6” x 6”, 6” x 9” and 9” x 9”.

Number of blocks
36 (6 columns x 6 rows).

The blocks are traditionally pieced. The pattern includes 2 fan templates.

The pattern includes alternative colour schemes.

Purchase and download the digital pattern

Wheels quilt pattern - teresadownunder.com

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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.

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

Improv quarter log cabin video tutorial

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