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Improv RAW EDGE/CRUMB QUILTING paper piecing video tutorial

raw edge improv
I finished this improv piece of raw edge/crumb quilting/whatever this may be called if it’s already got a name.
 
It’s 10″ x 10″ and I quite liked the process.
 
I haven’t washed it yet but I’m pretty sure it’ll hold fine, the quilting is 1/4″ apart.
 
Using fusible interfacing and a bit of glue works fine. If you’re worried about glue in your machine you can use applique glue. Or just use a knitting needle or some other tool to help the loose bits of fabric that aren’t stuck to the interfacing to go under the foot of the machine.
 
I’m now keeping almost every single bit of fabric. I do quite a bit of foundation piecing so there’s always odd bits of fabric that are quite hard to recycle…. until now!

Maybe you’re interested but don’t quite like the raw edge? Check these improv tutorials.

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If you like improv patchwork, check out the projects I’ve made over the years.

Improv projects tutorials

Upcycled travel bag tutorial

Upcycled travel bag tutorial

Semi-improv 9-patch quilt

Quilt-as-you-go patchwork school bag

Urban garden iPad carry case




Improv patchwork headboard makeover



Spanish lace bobbins holder



Improv/free form quilt series

Reversible tray cover using improv piecing and embroidery


Free form patchwork mini quilt – visual creative process



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“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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Two disappearing quilt blocks with pre-cuts

Time to cut and slice.

Both blocks can be made with pre-cuts, one with layer cakes and the other one uses layer cakes. But you can just cut your pieces as well.

Learn how to make two disappearing quilt blocks with charm squares and layer cakes

If you like this technique check out my book for other disappearing blocks.

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.

Order Turnabout patchwork by Teresa Mairal Barreu - TeresaDownUnder

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Have you made any of my quilts or tutorials?

If you make any of my tutorials and upload pictures to Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder on private message me in Facebook with some photos and I’ll post them for everyone to see!

2 disappearing quilt blocks with pre-cuts

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

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Experimental strip block video tutorial

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Storm at sea quilt block in 2 sizes – Video tutorial

Storm at sea is a very popular quilt block. It looks more difficult than it really is.

There are different ways to make this block. The video demonstrates 2 of the methods I’ve used to make the same block in two different sizes.

Do you think you’ll give it a go?

How to make a storm at sea quilt block in 2 sizes

Download the templates

6″ x 6″ block

You can download the templates for the 6″ x 6″ block for free:

The templates include traditional pieces as well as and foundation piecing pieces.

9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ block

Storm at sea quilt pattern

Would you like to make a quilt with this block?

Christmas storm at sea-etsy

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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Hidden wells with 4 strips in solids – video tutorial

Hidden wells is one of my favourite quilts. This technique was developed by Mary Ellen Hopkins in 1989 for her Hidden wells quilt. It can be done with a different number of strips in different or equal widths.

This time I’ve tried playing with high contrasting solids to get a different result.

What do you think?

I’ve done a few hidden wells blocks.

You can play with fabrics to get special effects such as in this ombre palette.

Fabric collection

I made this block as Michael Miller Ambassador and used their silky Cotton Couture solids   from the Michael Miller Colour wheel fat quarter bundle I received..

Check out other fabric combinations on the video.

Other hidden wells blocks I’ve made:

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
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there
Hidden wells with 4 strips variation - video tutorial

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