Category Archives: patchwork block

Experimental quilt block video tutorial

This block has so much potential. You can use different fabrics, solids, prints, same tone, scrappy -the sky is the limit.

The mini quilt above is made with 4 modern 12 inch blocks. Each block is made with four half square triangles (HSTs).

How I made this block

Fabric needs

  • Ten 10 inch x 1 1/2 inch strips in assorted prints or colours (the scrappier the better)
  • One 10 inch square piece of white fabric

This tutorial makes 4 HSTs which, arranged in different ways, make different blocks. Each block can make one or more quilt layouts.

 


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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Experimental strip block video tutorial

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Butterflies mini quilt – free pattern – easy beginner quilt

Butterflies mini quilt

How to make an hourglass block

Learn in just over 2  of minutes:

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Download Butterflies free pattern

Block size

6 1/2 inch square

Materials

For 2 hourglass blocks:

  • two 7 1/2 inch squares in contrasting fabrics.

With this tutorial you’ll make 6 blocks, 2 in each colour

Butterflies mini quilt

Blocks

  • 7 hourglass blocks in charcoal
  • 8 hourglass blocks in turquoise
  • 1 hourglass block in red

Quilt size

30 inch square plus the binding.

Materials

  • 1/2 yard of cream/white fabric
  • 1/4 yard of charcoal fabric
  • 1/4 yard of acqua or turquoise fabric
  • 1/2 yard of gray fabric for the border
  • 1/4 yard of red fabric

Cut

  • Four 7 1/2 inch squares in charcoal
  • Five 7 1/2 inch squares in white/cream
  • Four 7 1/2 inch squares in turquoise
  • One 7 1/2 inch square in red
  • 2 strips 3 inches x 24 inches and 2 strips 3 inches x 30 inches
  • Fabric for the binding (see tutorial below)

Assembly diagram

butterflies-hourglass-quilt

Hourglass block video tutorial and butterflies mini quilt

Once the top has been sewn together, it’s time to quilt it.

Free motion quilting

I usually finish my quilts with free motion. It’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

If you wish to try, here’s how you do it:

Binding the quilt

Binding the quilt using a sewing machine is the quickest way to finish a quilt. It’s a lot easier to. Watch how it’s done:

Did you like the special binding I used? It’s called a flange though it looks to me like piping. This is how you add a flange or faux piping to your quilt binding:

Done!

Butterflies mini quilt - free pattern - easy beginner quilt

Three basic quilt blocks for beginners – video tutorial

Are you starting out? If so, these basic blocks are a great introduction to quilting.

Rail fence, pinwheel and 9-patch blocks are as easy as it gets.

Learn to make all three in no time:

New book out on December 3

“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.

You can preorder on Amazon.

Or preorder on Bookdepository and get it delivered for free.

Preorder Turaabout patchwork by Teresa Mairal Barreu - TeresaDownUnder

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Reflections and delectable mountains quilt blocks

Reflections and delectable mountains blocks

These two techniques are similar and both produce beautiful blocks.

You can make these two blocks very quickly and the resulting quilts are beautiful.  Check out the variations at the end of the video.

How to make a reflections block and a delectable mountains block

If you liked the previous blocks you may also like a buzz saw block:

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New book out in December

“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.

You can preorder on Amazon.

Or preorder on Bookdepository and get it delivered for free.

Preorder Turaabout patchwork by Teresa Mairal Barreu - TeresaDownUnder

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Pickle dish quilt block video tutorial

Video tutorial pickle dish quilt block

While this isn’t the easiest block out there, using paper foundation piecing makes it substantially easier.

How to make a Pickle dish block

It really pays to learn paper piecing. No block will be too hard once you know how how to paper piece.

 

Downloads

  • Pickle Dish foundation piecing template (pdf). Temporarily unavailable.

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