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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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  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
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Single cast on – easy knitting tutorial

I posted a question on Facebook and Instagram about knitting, crochet and embroidery tutorials and many of you were interested in learning so this is my first knitting tutorial.

It’s aimed at the total beginner.

This week we’ll start learning a single cast on in preparation for garter stitch on the next video.

What do you think?

What about my quilting tutorials? Quilting tutorials will continue as before.

Abbreviations on patterns

Single cast on - easy knitting video tutorial

Mini nine patch quilt block – Tiny quilt QAL

Welcome to the first block in the Tiny Quilt QAL.

The block’s finished size is 3″ x 3″.

All the blocks are made with foundation piecing. In such small sizes it’s a lot easier to get an accurate block that using traditional piecing.

I used regular copy paper but in small sizes it can be a bit thick. You can use special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer.

Let’s get to it!

How to make a 3″ nine patch block

Note: I recently started to use an Add a quarter ruler, the yellow ruler in the video, after some followers recommended it and I have to say it’s a true time saver.

Tiny quilt templates

Download the traditional and foundation  templates from my Etsy shop.

Don’t forget to join my Facebook group so you can show photos of your quilts and blocks, see everyone else’s quilts and just share tips and experiences.

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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Double disappearing nine patch quilt block

Are you in the mood for this? I’m sure you’ve seen disappearing nine patch blocks below, but have you seen double disappearing ones?

What about triple disappearing, just kidding but not quite… stay tuned 🙂

How to make a double disappearing nine patch block

If you like disappearing blocks check out my book Turnabout patchwork. It’s a book about slicing and turning 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

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

Three star quilt block – video tutorial

Everyone loves star quilt blocks.

This tutorial shows you 3 blocks you can use in one single quilt or to add to your sampler.

Quick and easy, give them a go even if you’ve just started quilting.

Learn to make 3 star quilt blocks

Cutting instructions

Eccentric star

  • 1 square, 2 ½” x 2 ½“ for the centre
  • 1 square each in 4 prints, 3″ x 3” for the half square triangles
  • 4 squares, 3″ x 3″ for the half square triangles

Sawtooth star

  • 4 squares, 4″ x 4″ for the half square triangles
  • 4 squares, 4″ x 4″ for the half square triangles
  • 4 squares, 3 ½” x 3 ½” for the corners
  • 4 squares, 3 ½” x 3 ½” for the centre

Friednship star

  • 2 squares, 3″ x 3″ for the half square triangles
  • 2 squares, 3″ x 3″ in for the half square triangles
  • 4 squares, 2 ½” x 2 ½” for the corner squares
  • 1 square, 2 ½” x 2 ½” for the centre square

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
3 star quilt blocks - video tutorial