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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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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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If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

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Face mask video tutorial

If you’re sick, in order to protect others, the best advice is to stay home and stay away from others.

If you can’t just stay home then you should wear a face mask as well as wash your hands properly and frequently and follow the advice of the health authorities in your country.

Some pharmacies have run out of masks so I thought it would be a good idea to show you  how you can make one quickly and easily using some beautiful fabrics – check out the cat fabric in the video (details below). 

And while you’re at it, and particularly if you can’t leave the home because of restrictions, you could use the time to  make a few for your family and friends.

Learn to make an easy surgical face mask

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Fabrics featured on the video

NOTE: I used cotton fabrics, so they may not be as effective as the material used in medical masks but certainly they’re better than nothing if you’re sick and can’t buy one anywhere.

The World Health Organisation website gives some advice  on when to wear a face mask .

I hope you stay well during the COVID-19 outbreak. All the best!

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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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
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Easy face mask video tutorial

Experimenting with half square triangles (HST)

This block is the result of a what if moment.

You can use fabric strips or maybe you can try with a fabric with really thick stripes.

So many options! Check it out:

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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Experimenting with HSTs

Flowers in my garden quilt pattern

Have you made your first quilt yet? This could be the one!

This is an easy quilt using two classic blocks. Choose highly contrasting fabrics for best results.

How to make a shoofly and a calico puzzle blocks

Flowers in the garden quilt pattern

If you like the look of the quilt you can download the pattern. The pattern includes all the fabric needs and assembly instructions.

Fabric collections for this quilt

Some of the fabrics belong to old fabric collections. The rest of the fabrics belong to:

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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