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Free motion basics video tutorial – quilting in 2021

Sometimes I finish my quilts with free motion.

To do free motion quilting on a domestic machine, you will need to use a darning foot and lower the feed dogs of your machine so you can move the quilt sandwich freely under the presser foot.

Check out the basics:

 

Some advice before you start

Start small.

Free motion is not hard but it requires quite a few hours of practice to get confident at it.

Above all be patient. Your first attempts may be awful but don’t give up. The more you practice the better you’ll get at it.


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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Free motion basics video tutorial

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Paper pinwheel quilt block video tutorial

This block is made with half square triangles (HSTs) and squares.

It’s a beginner quilt block.

How to make a paper pinwheel quilt block

Learn to make this block in 2 minutes:

Block size

12 1/2 inches.

Materials

  • 1 white 5 1/2 inch square
  • 1 dark red 5 1/2 inch square
  • 2 medium red 5 1/2 inch squares
  • 8 white 3 1/2 inch squares

This block looks best when both fabrics have high contrast and the darker fabric is only used in the four  half square triangles in the centre of the block. This gives a more 3D look.

Quick and easy paper pinwheel quilt block video tutorial

Video tutorial: paper pinwheel quilt block

Paper pinwheel quilt block video tutorial

2 sewing DIY gift ideas – video tutorial

If you’re in need to make something handmade for someone else, or for yourself, this tutorial will help!

Hot water bottle cozies seem like a thing from the past but they’re always good to have around in case you have some back pain or you need to warm up quickly after a very cold day out.

And who doesn’t need a tote bag? The tutorial is for a simple bag that uses charm squares. You can make it in an afternoon.

Did you enjoy the tutorials?

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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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
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2 sewing DIY gift ideas video tutorial

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Two easy sewing projects video tutorial

I always make my own bias tape. I used to do it the old fashioned way cutting each strip and sewing it together one by one. Then I came across this method a long time ago but I never really gave it a go until recently. But I’m sold now.

Making continuous bias tape is so quick and easy and it can be made for any width of bias tape and starting with any size square.

The second project is an origami bag you can make with just 6 large squares using 6 fat quarters.

You can make the bag in a couple of hours and use your favourite prints you can’t get yourself to cut into little pieces.

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

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

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Two Hidden wells quilts with solids – video tutorial

This technique was developed by Mary Ellen Hopkins in 1989 for her Hidden wells quilt.

Hidden wells can be done with a different number of strips in different or equal widths.

I’ve made this block before in prints in different widths and different number of strips if you’d like to check the tutorials.

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

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
Two hidden wells quilts with solids - video tutorial

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