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Video tutorial: From strips to quilt block (Hidden wells)

From strips to quilt block tutorial

This is a different take on a fun block I posted about. It’s such an easy block and it has so many possibilities, I had to go back to it and explore a bit more.

This technique was developed by Mary Ellen Hopkins in 1989  for her Hidden wells quilt.

How to make this block

Learn how to make this block in two minutes. You only need 4 fabric strips sewn together and sliced into half square triangles (HSTs).

After doing the tutorial you will obtain 8 half square triangles  of in total, 4 of each colour:

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

Arrange the 8 HSTs to obtain the 2 blocks below:


From strips to quilt block tutorial

Alternative block

This is another block you can make with this tutorial. You can see the tutorial for this one as well:

From strips to quilt block tutorial

Alternative block design

From strips to quilt block tutorial
From strips to quilt block tutorial

Quilt designs possible

With the blocks above you can make the quilts below:

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

Using different fabrics

By choosing the fabrics well, you can make striking looking blocks:

Block 1
From strips to quilt block tutorial

Block 2
From strips to quilt block tutorial

Quilt designs

From strips to quilt block tutorial

Alternative arrangement
From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

I’m not finished with this block. I will be experimenting more in the near future. Stay tuned.

From strips to quilt block tutorial - you can make many quilt designs with just the half square triangles you obtain after making this tutorial

Road to Tennessee quilt block – a world of possibilities

Road to Tennessee block - modern quilts

Road to Tennessee is a beginner block you can make in a couple of minutes.

How to make Road to Tennessee block

The block is simple but the quilts don’t need to be boring. Have a look at some of the quilt designs you can make with this quick and easy block.

Materials

For one block cut:

  • One 5 inch square
  • Two 2 3/4 inch squares in white

Finished block

5 inch square

9 patch blocks

16 patch blocks

Quilt layouts with the 16 patch blocks above

Quilt designs with 9 patch blocks

Road to Tennessee quilt block tutorial
Road to Tennessee block - modern quilts

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Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch variation block

Disappearing 4-patch quilt block

How to make a disappearing 4-patch variation block

Materials

  • two 5 1/2 inch squares in red
  • two 5 1/2 inch squares in red.

Quilt designs

With sashing

Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch variation block

Without sashing

Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch variation block

You can combine both disappearing 4-patch blocks into one quilt. You will need to trim the larger 4-patch variation block.

How to make a disappearing 4 patch block:

Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch variation block

Video tutorial: Disappearing 4-patch variation block

Step-by-step visuals

Disappearing 4-patch variation tutorial.

Quick and easy “Doubly striped Half Square Triangle block” (Hidden wells)

Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

This block can appear to be a bit complex at first sight but it’s quite simple to do. All you need is 4 strips of fabric the same size sewn together. Use high contrasting fabrics for better results. My choice of fabric makes this block a bit hypnotic, don’t you think?

How to make the Doubly striped Half Square Triangle / Hidden wells block

Learn how to make this block in just over one minute:

Make the tutorial twice and make a different block altogether! Learn how:

Some ideas for extending this block

This block can be made into a scrappy quilt by using your fabric scraps or jelly rolls. I do find however than this block works a lot better, and I mean A LOT, if you plan your fabrics and colours.

Colours

For instance, use fabric that are high contrast and alternate them:

  • acqua and black,
  • red and white,
  • red and black,

actually any light colour and black or white would work well.

Use only 2 fabrics, one print and one white or black.

Try with solids. Black and white would look great.

Use complimentary colours or interesting colour combinations. Checks, strips, polka dots, types of fabrics work great.

Work with tone on tone fabrics or with few colours.

Do blocks in 2 different colour schemes that work together and combine the pieces.

Strip width and number

You can play with the width of the strips. To keep it symmetric you need to make sure that your outside strips are the same width and the inside strips are the same width as well.

You can use more than 4 strips too as long as they are even numbers and you keep the width symmetric as well.

Note: Since I made this block I’ve been told repeatedly that this technique was developed by the 3 dudes however I have come across earlier examples of this type of block going back to 1989 and Mary Ellen Hopkins and her quilt Hidden wells. Go to google and look up Hidden wells and you’ll see so many quilts using this technique. They’re spectacular.

As you can see the possibilities for this block are quite incredible. The quilt layouts are also varied.

Quilt layout with sashing

Layout 1

Quilt with sashingQuilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Layout 2

Quilt with sashing in black. Other colours can be used to match your choice of fabric for the block.

Quilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Quilt layout without sashing

Quilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Alternative placement of blocksQuilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Order 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.

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Visual process

From strips to quilt block - half square triangles block

Wonky log cabin scrap quilt

Based on a tutorial by Tallgrass Prairie Studio.