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Mini log cabin quilt block – Tiny quilt QAL

Log cabin is a classic block. I love the small version of this block with tiny strips.

The block finished size is 3″ x 3″.

The video demonstrates how to make the block with foundation piecing. In such small sizes I find it’s a lot easier to get an accurate block that using traditional piecing. but traditional templates are also available on my Etsy shop.

I used regular copy paper but in small sizes it can be a bit thick.

You can use special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer.

Let’s get to it!

How to make a 3″ log cabin block

Note: I recently started to use an Add a quarter ruler, the yellow ruler in the video, after some followers recommended it and I have to say it’s a true time saver.

Download the template

Traditional templates

Traditional templates are available on my Etsy shop.

Don’t forget to join my Facebook group so you can show photos of your quilts and blocks, see everyone else’s quilts and just share tips and experiences.

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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  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

Quilt-as-you-go without sashing – Turnabout patchwork QAL

This week we’ll assemble the blocks into a quilt top.

Follow the instructions on page 23 of Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist to assemble the quilt top.

Assembling the quilt top

This QAYG technique is kind of half way between regular quilting and QAYG because the backing is added in one piece. But the backing is added with few stitching lines making it still an easier assembly method if you don’t have a long arm quilt.

Fabric recommendations for this quilt

I love Valori Wells Murmur collection. And I love anything Bonnie and Camille. And to honour the name of the quilt, what about the Metallic Ombre Confetti fabric collection by V and Co,

Share pictures of your quilt

Don’t forget to join my Facebook group so you can show photos of your quilts and blocks, see everyone else’s quilts and just share tips and experiences.

On Instagram use #turnaboutpatchwork and #flyingconfettiquilt.

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

Square in a square quilt block – video tutorial

This is a classic block that can be used on its own, as a filler block or as part of another block.

How to make a Square in a square

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

Single cast on – easy knitting tutorial

I posted a question on Facebook and Instagram about knitting, crochet and embroidery tutorials and many of you were interested in learning so this is my first knitting tutorial.

It’s aimed at the total beginner.

This week we’ll start learning a single cast on in preparation for garter stitch on the next video.

What do you think?

What about my quilting tutorials? Quilting tutorials will continue as before.

Abbreviations on patterns

Single cast on - easy knitting video tutorial

Assembling the blocks – Turnabout patchwork QAL

This week we’ll assemble the blocks.

Follow the instructions on page 23 of Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist for a diagram showing how to assemble the blocks.

I’ve made a video with some more tips to help you sewing the blocks together.

Assembling the blocks

You can again chain piece the pieces as you assemble the blocks. It’s a great time saver.

When pressing to the sides, swirling seams are great because they make for flatter seams. Check out this technique by Eleanor Burns on the video.

What’s next?

Finish making all your blocks for next week and have them ready to do quilt-as-you-go.

You can share your progress on my Facebook group.

Are you just joining the QAL?

Don’t worry. Check out the previous posts. You can still catch up.

Share pictures of your quilt

Don’t forget to join my Facebook group so you can show photos of your quilts and blocks, see everyone else’s quilts and just share tips and experiences.

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