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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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How to make 4 quilts starting with a single shoo fly block

The tutorial today is for a disappearing shoo fly block.

I’ve made many disappearing blocks over the years, I’ve even got a book on the technique. Disappearing shoo fly remains one of my favourite blocks. 

Learn how to make the block:

If you like the block and would like to make a quilt -or even 4 quilts!- check out  The four seasons of the heart quilt pattern.

The pattern has instructions to make 4 different quilts using the 4 variations of the disappearing shoo fly quilt block we just learned. Each block layout makes a very different quilt.

Get the pattern

About the pattern

Skill level: beginner.

Quilt sizes: crib, lap, twin and queen.

Finished block size: 11 ½”.

Quilt style: traditional piecing with quick cutting instructions.

Charm squares and fat quarter friendly.

You can use the colouring pages at the end to choose the colour scheme.

Quilting: I quilted this quilt using free-motion.

In the 14 page pattern I have included lots of diagrams and written quick cutting instructions as well as links to 1 of my video tutorials that demonstrate how to make the blocks.

Also in the pattern you will find colouring pages that you can use to decide on a colour scheme for the quilt.

Quilt pattern: The four seasons of the heart

My autumn equinox quilt by Liz Horgan.

Four seasons of the heart quilt pattern

How to make 4 different quilts with a nine patch quilt block video tutorial - Turnabout patchwork


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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Foundation piecing miniature quilting – video tutorial

These mini blocks are 1 1/2″ and 2″ finished. They’re a lot of fun to make. You can use them as magnets or brooches or anything that takes your fancy.

The video demonstrates how to make the blocks with foundation piecing.

In such small sizes I find it’s a lot easier to get an accurate block than using traditional piecing.

On next video we’ll make a quilt with the brooch templates. Stay tuned!

But first let’s make the blocks!

How to make a finished 1 1/2″ and a 2″ miniature block

Foundation piecing paper

I used regular copy paper but you may find it to be a bit thick.

You can use special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer.

Foundation paper ruler

Note: I recently started to use an Add a quarter ruler, the yellow ruler in the video, after some followers recommended it and I have to say it’s a true time saver.

Buy the full 18 template sets

Download 2 free templates to try out

3″ quilt blocks

Is 1 1/2″ and 2″ too small for you?

What about my 3″ quilt blocks Tiny quilt?

Tiny quilt - 3" x 3" blocks

Tiny quilt templates

Download the traditional and foundation  templates from my Etsy shop.


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
Foundation piecing miniature quilting video tutorial

Medina Fall star quilt block – Morocco series – video tutorial

My Medina Fall Star mini quilt is a variation of the Marrakech Magic Star mini quilt and a zellij that is ubiquitous in Morocco. Let’s learn how to make this block.

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You can purchase the Medina Fall Star quilt templates from my Etsy shop. This download contains the foundation templates to make the Medina Fall Star quilt block and mini quilt as well as a quilt colouring page. Finished block size: 16″ x 16″. The block construction is demonstrated on video only. An internet connection is required to make the block medina fall star blog

Hexagon block with partial seams – video tutorial

This hexagon block is great to use your fabric scraps. It can be made at any size.

As well as making a beautiful block you’ll learn to sew partial seams. Partial seams look tricky but they’re actually really easy to sew.

Let’s get to it!

Template

Order 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.

Order Turnabout patchwork by Teresa Mairal Barreu - TeresaDownUnder

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