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Easy tumbling blocks without Y seams

Today I’m posting about one of my most popular tutorial for a straightforward way to  make tumbling blocks using strips sewn together. 

There’s not one single Y seam with this technique! Yay!

Don’t forget to check out Marci Baker talking about the technique she created below.

How to make quick and easy tumbling or baby blocks

Watch and learn how to make baby blocks in less than 3 minutes:

Easy tumbling blocks without Y seams - easy quilting video tutorials

This technique, developed in 1987 by Marci Baker, is available in the book ABC 3-D Tumbling Blocks … and More! and the pattern Playing with Blocks for purchase.

Tumbling block size

Each individual tumbling block size is about 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches.

Materials

You will need a 60 degree ruler or a square ruler with a 60 degree marking.

Piece 1

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in dark red or any other dark colour

Piece 2

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in yellow or any other medium colour

This technique, developed in 1987 by Marci Baker, is available in the book ABC 3-D Tumbling Blocks … and More! and the pattern Playing with Blocks for purchase.

And here is the explanation by its creator Marci Baker.

 

Easy tumbling blocks without Y seams - easy quilting video tutorials

Step by step visual

Video tutorial: No Y seams tumbling blocks - easy quilting

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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2 double disappearing nine patch quilt blocks

There are lots of disappearing nine patch quilt blocks out there.

But what if you take the disappearing nine patch block and slice it again? You get a double disappearing nine patch block.

Learn 2 double disappearing nine patch techniques

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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2 double disappearing nine patch blocks - video tutorial

Disappearing half square triangle quilt block

Look the block you can make by slicing a half square triangle. It works with different size strips.

Learn how to make a disappearing half square triangle quilt block

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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Disappearing half square triangle quilt block video tutorial

Disappearing 9 patch quilt block

This is a quick and easy block that looks a lot more complicated than it is. It’s also perfect for 5″ squares also called charm squares.

Learn how to make a disappearing 9-patch quilt block

I made a quilt using this block in 2010.

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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Disappearing 9 patch quilt block video tutorial

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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