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Courthouse steps quilt block – beginner series

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Again, this is another addition to the quilting beginner series.

Courthouse steps block belongs to the log cabin family.

There’re many ways to make this block using colour placement and playing with fabrics but for the beginner series we’ll stick to a simple block.

Learn to make a courthouse steps quilt blocks  in less than 2 minutes

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Scrappy bow tie quilt block video tutorial

Scrappy bow tie quilt block video tutorial

I’ve made a couple of bow tie tutorial but this one is particularly special.

This block is not only easy but it has quite a bit of potential to make different quilt designs.

Learn to make a scrappy bow tie quilt block

Learn how to make this easy block in less than 2 minutes:

 

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Gingham quilt block – video tutorial

Gingham quilt block video tutorial

I love gingham, and I love gingham quilts.

The trick to a gingham block is to choose the colours well. You will need a colour in 3 shades, a dark, a medium and a light colour. Choose single colour fabrics with good contrast.

Solids work more effectively though some tone on tone prints may also work well.

In the tutorial I make 2 different sizes but the block can be made in any size.

How to make a gingham quilt block

Do you know how to press the seams on a 4-patch block?

Watch this 2 minute video to learn how to swirl your seams.

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9-patch quilt block with swirling seams video tutorial

9-patch quilt block with swirling seams video tutorial

Swirling seams is a technique Eleanor Burns popularised. It’s a simple way to reduce bulky seams and still press the seams to the side.

Learn in 2 minutes how to do swirling seams in a 9-patch quilt block:

If you like this technique, you can watch the same technique applied to a 4-patch block:

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Video tutorial: half square triangle quilt block – quilting for beginners series

This tutorial is for a very basic half square triangles units.

Half square triangles or HSTs are the foundation for many blocks.

They can be made in many different ways. The technique I demonstrate makes 2 HSTs at once using 2 squares of contrasting fabrics.

How to make 2 half square triangle blocks

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Video tutorial: Half square triangle quilt block - quilting for beginners series