Category Archives: quilting

Whirlwind quilt block with 4 strips – video tutorial

This is a fun block made with fabric strips.

You can make this block any size and use any number of strips.

The look and feel of the block will change depending on the number of fabrics, the types of prints and colours of the fabrics and the width of the fabric.

Check it out and have fun!


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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Foundation piecing techniques

Here I am again with 2 modern blocks that are made with foundation piecing.

I know a lot of you comment often that you can’t get your head around foundation piecing, that it’s hard, that it wastes fabric or that there’s too much paper to tear afterwards.

I understand learning new skills is often challenging but also worth the effort in this case.

Foundation piecing opens a world of possibilities. Blocks that seemed beyond your skills suddenly become possible.

Some techniques don’t require the paper to be torn, and you can even reuse the template over and over.

So let’s explore the 2 techniques I use when I do foundation piecing:

Both blocks belong to 2 quilts patterns:

Mysteries Down Under Quilt pattern

 

Strippy hearts quilt pattern

If you don’t like tracing on freezer paper, you can print the templates directly on to freezer paper for printing.

For a small template you may not want to was a full page, or you may only have access to freezer paper on a roll. In that instanc you can also use freezer paper on a roll to print by ironing the freezer paper to copy paper and then print on it. Don’t press for too long. The first time I tried the freezer paper bonded so strongly with the copy paper I couldn’t remove it after printing.


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 techniques video tutorial

Disappearing churn dash quilt block – video tutorial

You can make disappearing blocks with lots of quilt blocks. For instance a churn dash.

Think what other blocks this technique would work with.

Let’s get to it!

How to do a disappearing churn dash quilt block?

Did it work for you?


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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Disappearing churn dash quilt block video tutorial

Two english paper piecing (EPP) projects – Video tutorial

Well, here you have 2 EPP projects you may enjoy making.

The heart shapes are quite large whereas the hexagon shapes are quite small.

The napkin project is also a good way to get into EPP.  You can make just a few hexies and then asses whether you enjoy it or not.

The tutorial also demonstrates how to appliqué – the hexies are appliquéd to the napkins.

Download the EPP shapes

Printing the shapes

I recommend printing these shapes on thick card stock for better results.

Fabric collections

For the hearts I used two beautiful Michael Miller collections:

For the napkin project you can use ready made napkins  instead of making them from scratch.

Embellishing with EPP video tutorial

I’ve used hexies on other projects as embellishment like this purse.

 

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 English Paper Piecing (EPP) projects video tutorial

Make circles with 2 different techniques

Circles are a bit intimidating to a lot of quilters.

I admit I was a bit intimidated myself until I came across these 2 techniques to make circles.

I personally prefer the technique that uses freezer paper but both produce good results.

Learn how to sew circles 2 ways

Materials

Put your skills to work with this baby quilt.

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Square peg in a round hole quilt pattern

This quilt pattern is for a small quilt: 40″ x 58″. This quilt is easily scalable to a larger size.

Finished block: 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.

Skill level: confident beginner / intermediate.

Included in the 5 page pattern:

  • fabric needs
  • circle and square templates
  • sewing directions presented in a condensed way
  • colouring page

The pattern contains various links to techniques used in the pattern. An internet connection is required.


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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