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Three quilting shortcuts turned into quilts – video tutorial

Today I’m resharing some very popular shortcuts: a quarter squares shortcut, and an accurate way to make half square triangles in bulk and a disappearing pinwheel block and quilt.

Check the projects you can make with all 3 shortcuts below.

Learn these 3 quilting shortcuts and turn them into quilts

French Garden quilt

French Garden is an easy quilt pattern suitable for confident beginners.

The quilt is traditionally pieced.

French Garden close up

Have a look at the quilt in this short video:

 

Download French Garden quilt pattern

About the quilt

  • Quilt size: 80” x 80”
  • Finished block size: the basic unit size is 3” x 3”.
  • Skill level: Confident beginner.
  • Quilting technique: Traditionally pieced.

The basic units are assembled into 13 larger blocks of different sizes.

The pattern includes yardage needs, quick cutting instructions, assembly instructions, lots of diagrams and a quilt design colouring page.

Bonus content: video tutorials.

Note:

  • Download the pattern to your computer before you print it.
  • Ensure you are printing at 100%.
  • Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat to print.

In a breeze quilt patternIn a breeze quilt, TeresaDownUnder

  • Quilt size: 36″ x 42″
  • Finished block size: 6 1/2″
  • Number of blocks: 20 arranged as 4 x 5

Fabric needs

  • 9 Fat Quarters – see details on the fabric collections I used below.
  • 7/8 yard for the border

To make the quilt, mix the fat quarters and make 20 blocks following the video tutorial.

Arrange in 5 rows of 4 blocks each.

Border

From the width of fabric cut:

  • 2 borders 5 1/2″ x 33″
  • 2 borders 5 1/2″ x 36 1/2″

Sew the narrower borders to the sides first and the top and bottom borders next.


Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Disappearing pinwheel quilt

This sampler has 12 blocks in it, all of them made from a pinwheel block cut into a 9-patch block an rearranged to obtain 11 different blocks. More variations are possible.

Quilt size

56 inches x 42 inches

Block size

The block is 10 1/4 inch square.

Materials for one disappearing pinwheel block

  • Two 9 3/8 inch squares in contrasting fabrics

Notes

The initial 4 half square triangles (HST) obtained need to be trimmed to 6 inch squares.

Block tutorials

Make 12 blocks:

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 1

Block 2 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 2

Block 3 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 3

Block 4: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 4

Block 5: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 5

Block 6: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 6

Disappearing pinwheel variation 7 - video tutorial

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 7

Block 8: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 8

Block 9: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 9

Block 10: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 10

Block 11: Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Disappearing pinwheel block – variation 11 – make 2 blocks in different colours.

Finish the blocks

Add a border to each block.

For each block cut in white fabric:

  • 2 strips 10 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch
  • 2 strips 14 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch

And sew as shown on the picture below.

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

Materials

For the one block sandwich

  • A piece of backing fabric the same size as the block  (I used half square triangles for some blocks to make a star)
  • A piece of batting 1 inch larger than the block
  • One finished block

For the sashing

  • One strip of sashing fabric 1 1/8 inch x the length of the block side
  • 1 strip of sashing fabric 1 3/4 inch x the length of the block side

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt

Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern
Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern
Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt - free pattern

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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Three quilting shortcuts video tutorial

Two modern quilts: colour chart and garden fence – video tutorial

Garden fence is a simple quilt very easy to make. Check the different variations at the end of the video using different fabrics.

As a Michael Miller brand Ambassador for 2020 I made Colour chart, a very simple quilt using just 2 of their 2 1/2″ pre-cut strips with Michael Miller’s beautiful Marble collection jelly rolls and Cotton couture white jelly rolls.

Colour chart quilt

Directions to make the quilt

Quilt size: 48″ x 61″.

Fabric needs

Cut the 31 strips into 1 1/4″ strips.

You will need 13 strips divided into 25 strips for the horizontal sashing.

The rest of the strips will be used in the vertical sashing and border.

Follow the video for assembly instructions.

The vertical sashing calls for 1 1/4″ x 57″ strips. Sew 2 strips together and cut to size once joined to the next strip.

Use the Colour chart colouring page (PDF) to plan the distribution of colour into a pleasing pattern. Check out the video for suggestions.

Download

Garden fence

Credit: Hyacinth quilt designs

Hole in the wall quilt pattern

If you would like to make a full quilt with a similar block, check out Hole in the wall.

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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2 modern quilts: colour chart and garden fence - video tutorial

Felt embroidery tutorial

Using felt die cuts and embroidery is a lot of fun. It’s a perfect project to make with your kids or grand kids.

Here’s a basic demonstration of how to embroider a basic felt flower.

Tutorial

Materials

  • Felt die cuts in assorted colours. You can buy  the die cuts here,  here and here.
  • Sequins (optional)
  • Beads (optional)
  • Stranded cotton in matching colours

You can either plan ahead the final design or just improvise like I do.

The following are just recommendations rather than a tutorial on how to embellish a felt flower.

Start with a collection of die cuts in felt. My die cuts are store bought but this can be done with hand cut felt shapes just as well.

Before stitching the felt shapes together, arrange them in any way you feel fit.

Place layer after layer.

At this stage we’re only working out which design works best.

Another combination.

Once you are done you’ve chosen your petal combination you are ready to add sequins, beads and embroidery stitches.

Embellishing the flowers

If you work with several shapes pin them to the previous layer.

Then, stitch the top layer to the base using decorative stitches.

There are a number of stitches you can use for the outline of the petals. My favourites are running stitch or blanket stitch.

I used running stitch for the darker petals.

And blanket stitch for the green petals.

Now attach the next layer, and the next. In this case I stitch layer 3 and 4 at the same time by adding some long stitches and attaching beads on each petal on the top flower.

When stitching each layer you can decide if you will embellish each layer completely separately or at the end or you’ll do a mix. I find it is easier to embellish during and after all layers are stitched together.

Sometimes it’s best to wait to place the top layers to know how much space will be left for certain embellishments. For instance you can add a small bead about anywhere but a sequin requires more space.

For instance I embellished the second last layer first because I wanted to use long stitches that would be visible under the petals of the green top flower.

I added sequins and beads to layers 1, 2 and 3 after all layers had been stitched together.

Close up.

Use more or fewer sequins/beads or embroidery as required.

Use interesting colour combinations.

Now I just to have to figure out what to do with all the flowers! Any suggestions?

Felt embroidery video tutorial

Minky and patchwork infinity scarf – Video tutorial

This is the first time I make something wearable in patchwork. It’s a reversible infinity scarf. 

I’ve never used minky in my sewing and it’s a tricky but I used lots of pins to stop the piece from moving and it was fine. All imperfections are hidden by the fur so it’s very forgiving to work with too.

Let’s make an infinity scarf

Fabric collections

I used Michael Miller fabrics and minky to make this infinity scarf.

I really like the Snuggle Bella minky, it’s thick and

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
Minky and patchwork infinity scarf video tutorial

Small Plus sign quilt – Video tutorial

I love English Paper Piecing (EPP).

I always haven an EPP project nearby. It usually keeps me from falling asleep while watching TV!

And also it’s always handy having some projects at hand when travelling, particularly if you spend a lot of time in public transport.

So how to EPP?

Start with this very easy project. Perfect for using your small scraps.

Download template

What paper to use?

I print my EPP shapes on cardstock.

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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