charm pack quilt charm pack sewing free-motion improv patchwork quilting tutorial

Finishing the semi improv 9-patch quilt

This is my semi improv nine patch quilt.


I’ve published individual tutorials for each of the blocks and below you’ll have the instructions to finish it:

And the quilt back.

Quilt top

Now you have completed all blocks it’s time to arrange them.

Lay them on the floor and place them in a way that is pleasing to you.

Stitch together in rows.

Back of the quilt

Get 6 charm squares and the little strips of fabric left from the trimming of the charm squares we used for the top. Cut a few extra trimmings in the strip colours.

Cut seven 4 1/2 in x 5 in rectangles in the background fabric.

Now take one or more trimmings.

Cut the cream rectangle in two. Choose a random spot where to split the rectangle each time.

Place the trimming in between.

Do this for each of the 7 inserts. Then stitch the trimmings.

You can add more than one trimming.

Now stitch charm squares and inserts in a row. Iron flat.

Now cut two pieces to stitch to each side of the strip. Each piece should be 19 3/4 in x 52 in. Stitch and iron.

Assemble the quilt sandwich and quilt using your preferred method.

I used free motion.

I also used a very quick way to make the binding by machine.

Detail of quilt

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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

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