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Free motion basics video tutorial – quilting in 2021

Sometimes I finish my quilts with free motion.

To do free motion quilting on a domestic machine, you will need to use a darning foot and lower the feed dogs of your machine so you can move the quilt sandwich freely under the presser foot.

Check out the basics:

 

Some advice before you start

Start small.

Free motion is not hard but it requires quite a few hours of practice to get confident at it.

Above all be patient. Your first attempts may be awful but don’t give up. The more you practice the better you’ll get at it.


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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Free motion basics video tutorial

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How to make a puff or biscuit quilt video tutorial – part 2

This is part 2 of my tutorial how to make a puff or biscuit quilt.  In today’s tutorial I’ll finish my cat’s puff bed now.

Just a small note: My quilt is small so I didn’t tie it. I’ve washed it and when I do it comes out fine.

For a larger quilt, it may be best to tie it every set of 4 puffs in a square if that makes sense.  This explains how to tie a quilt.

I think my cat Spécial likes it. Do you agree?

Did you miss part 1? Do you need to watch the tutorial again? Here it is:


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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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
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How to make a biscuit quilt part 2

How to make a puff or biscuit quilt video tutorial – part 1

Puff quilts or biscuit quilts are very special quilts and they’re very easy to make as I’ll demonstrate.

For this project I made a puff quilt as a cat’s bed and my cat loves it. I think he particularly loves it in summer because cotton is a lot cooler than his polyester store bought bed.

The tutorial is in 2 parts. Check it out!

Part 1

Part 2


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?

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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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How to make a puff or biscuit quilt part 1

Paper pinwheel quilt block video tutorial

This block is made with half square triangles (HSTs) and squares.

It’s a beginner quilt block.

How to make a paper pinwheel quilt block

Learn to make this block in 2 minutes:

Block size

12 1/2 inches.

Materials

  • 1 white 5 1/2 inch square
  • 1 dark red 5 1/2 inch square
  • 2 medium red 5 1/2 inch squares
  • 8 white 3 1/2 inch squares

This block looks best when both fabrics have high contrast and the darker fabric is only used in the four  half square triangles in the centre of the block. This gives a more 3D look.

Quick and easy paper pinwheel quilt block video tutorial

Video tutorial: paper pinwheel quilt block

Paper pinwheel quilt block video tutorial

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

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
Experimental strip block video tutorial

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