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Quilting shortcuts collection video tutorial

Have you seen these alternatives to make these popular quilt blocks?


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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Quilting shortcuts collection video tutorial

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

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
Free motion basics video tutorial

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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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Two star blocks: Split star and blueberry pie – video tutorial

These two star blocks, Split star and Blueberry pie, are two of my star block favorites.

Use high contrasting fabrics for best results.

 

 


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

Crumby sawtooth star quilt block video tutorial

This is a classic block but I’m making it modern by using crumb quilting for the centre of the star.

What do you think?

So let’s make a crumby sawtooth star quilt block:

Learn crumb quilting

In case you missed my tutorial on crumb quilting, here it is again.

So how can you use this block. You can make a mini quilt but you can use this block in a quilt.

My lucky stars pattern

Sawtooth star is one of the blocks in My lucky stars quilt.
The pattern can be easily adapted to use crumb quilting by replacing just some parts of each block. See some designs below.

Crumby sawtooth star quilt block video tutorial