About this blog

Born and raised in Spain, I learned knitting, crochet and embroidery from my sewer, knitter, lace-making mother.

After moving to Australia as an adult, and after a long “craftless” spell, I caught the crafting bug again, and I became interested in quilting and fabric.

Crafting keeps me sane. I love spending my spare time sewing and designing. I have more crafting projects in my head than I’ll be ever have time to put into practice.

I’ve authored a book  called  “Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist”.

The book 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.

Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist by Teresa Mairal Barreu (TeresaDownUnder)

You can see all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Last but not least, you often ask what sewing machine, or ruler, or whatever tool I use.

You can see here a list of the quilting tools you can see on my videos.

When I’m not sewing I can be found drawing, painting, sculpting, embroidering or felting.

I love feedback so please feel free to comment on any of my posts and offer as many suggestions and ideas as you like.

Contact me

If you want to contact me you can use the form below.


  1. Enjoying your video tutorials sew much! I’m always looking forward to your next one. Teresa, Thank you for the work you do to help and inspire us quilters all over the world. Sent from Darlene in Conway, South Carolina, USA

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  2. love your blog, your patterns, your video tutorials. Thanks so much – wish you would write a book and teach at Quilt Festival in Houston, TX

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  3. Just found you through Pinterest. I have many precuts and how-to books, but can’t get started. Your videos just gave me a shot in the arm – let me at those jelly rolls. Thanks so much for your inspiration. Your clever videos are amazing.

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  4. How sweet of you to post these block patterns that even myself a senior can understand


  5. Watched you on You Tube and loved your techniques and cannot wait to start on the 3D Hexagon Block……You make it so simple.


  6. I would love to receive an ebook copy of your new book. It would be a great addition to my collection.


  7. Wonderful videos Teresa, so clear and concise. Is there a ‘home’ page or somewhere to start browsing this site?


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