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Scrappy star and pinwheel quilt blocks video tutorial

Today we’re going to have fun with these two scrappy blocks: a star block and a pinwheel block.

Both can be made with fabric scraps.

How to make 2 scrappy fun blocks

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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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2 scrappy blocks video tutorial

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3 modern scrappy blocks video tutorial

Time to make 3 fun blocks with lots of potential. Play with colours and take some liberties with some of them. Experiment!

You can use your fabric scraps and some favourite solid colours. Cotton couture by Michael Miller is my favourite solid range.

Download the template

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 modern quilting blocks with fabric scraps 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

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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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Swirl: a block from Turnabout patchwork: simple quilts with a twist

This block belongs to my book Turnabout Patchwork: Simple quilts with a Twist.
I came across the block and its variations through experimentation.

The pieces that make up the block have many bias seams. If you don’t like sewing with bias seams this block isn’t  for you.

I personally find that if the pieces are small, like in this case, handling them presents no issues.

The block is made out of 2 squares of fabric. Yes, just 2 squares of fabric in contrasting fabrics.

How to make a quick and easy Swirl quilt block

Learn how to make a Hunter’s start quilt block in  just over 2 minutes:

Fabric recommendations

You can make the quilt in 2 colours:

Or you can make it in multiple colours:

Block size

The finished block is 10 1/2 inches square.

Swirl quilt pattern

This is one of the quilts from my book Turnabout patchwork using this variation of this block Sarah Myers from  the Quilted Diary made.

Swirl quilt

The pattern is one of 23 quilt patterns in my book “Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist“. The book 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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Swirl quilt, Turnabout patchwork

Two quilting ideas: rounded corners for blocks and prairie points – video tutorial

In this tutorial you’ll learn to make a quick and easy bow tie block but also how to add a rounded corner to any block.

Sewing curves is a bit fiddly but at the same time it’s quite straight forward.

The trick to sewing curves is using lots of pins to make sure that both fabric edges remain flat while being stitched so that you don’t end up with puckering.

And also I’ll show you how to make prairie points and make a block with it.

Let’s get to it.

Pattern download

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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Two quilting ideas: adding rounded corners to blocks and prairie points