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Quick and easy paper pinwheel quilt block video tutorial

Quick and easy paper pinwheel quilt block video tutorial

How to make a paper pinwheel quilt block

Learn to make this block in 2 minutes:

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

It’s a beginner quilt block.

Block size

12 1/2 inches.


  • 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

Video tutorial: Hunter’s star quilt block – quick and easy quilting

Video tutorial: Hunter's star quilt block - use Christmas colours to make a Christmas quilt

This 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 Hunter’s star quilt block

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

Materials for one Hunter’s star quilt block

  • Two 9 inch squares in contrasting fabrics

With this technique you’ll end up with lots of bias seams. To handle bias seams more easily you can starch your fabric before cutting it.

Block size

The finished block is 10 1/2 inches square.

Visual process

Video tutorial: Hunter's star quilt block

Butterflies mini quilt – free pattern – easy beginner quilt

Butterflies mini quilt

How to make an hourglass block

Learn in just over 2  of minutes:

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Download Butterflies free pattern

Butterflies quilt free pattern  (pdf).

Block size

6 1/2 inch square


For 2 hourglass blocks:

  • two 7 1/2 inch squares in contrasting fabrics.

With this tutorial you’ll make 6 blocks, 2 in each colour

Butterflies mini quilt


  • 7 hourglass blocks in charcoal
  • 8 hourglass blocks in turquoise
  • 1 hourglass block in red

Quilt size

30 inch square plus the binding.


  • 1/2 yard of cream/white fabric
  • 1/4 yard of charcoal fabric
  • 1/4 yard of acqua or turquoise fabric
  • 1/2 yard of gray fabric for the border
  • 1/4 yard of red fabric


  • Four 7 1/2 inch squares in charcoal
  • Five 7 1/2 inch squares in white/cream
  • Four 7 1/2 inch squares in turquoise
  • One 7 1/2 inch square in red
  • 2 strips 3 inches x 24 inches and 2 strips 3 inches x 30 inches
  • Fabric for the binding (see tutorial below)

Assembly diagram


Hourglass block video tutorial and butterflies mini quilt

Once the top has been sewn together, it’s time to quilt it.

Free motion quilting

I usually finish my quilts with free motion. It’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

If you wish to try, here’s how you do it:

Binding the quilt

Binding the quilt using a sewing machine is the quickest way to finish a quilt. It’s a lot easier to. Watch how it’s done:

Did you like the special binding I used? It’s called a flange though it looks to me like piping. This is how you add a flange or faux piping to your quilt binding:


Butterflies mini quilt - free pattern - easy beginner quilt

Video tutorial: quick and easy spools quilt block

Learn in under 2 minutes how to make this very quick and easy spools quilt block

How to make a spools quilt block

Learn in under 2 minutes how to make this very quick and easy spools quilt block:

To make a full block you will need to make 4 spools.

Block size

The block is 9 1/2 inches.


For one single spool:

  • One 2 x 5 inch strip in a print fabric
  • Two 2 x 5 inch strips in the background fabric
  • Four 2 inch squares in the print fabric

For one block make 4 spools.


This quilt can be made in coordinated fabrics or scrappy.

Add sashing for a different look.

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Free pattern: celtic knots quilt

Celtic knot quilt free tutorial

This is a beginner block and quilt.  Use high contrasting fabrics so the celtic patterns are more visible.

How to make this versatile block

You need to make 36 blocks of 4 pieces each (and 144 pieces in total for the full quilt).

Block size: 18 1/2 inch square, including 1/4 seam allowance.

Number of blocks on this quilt: 9 (144 individual pieces).

Quilt size:  approximately 54 inch square.

Fabric needs:

  • 1 1/4 yards in pinks
  • 1 1/4 yards in greys
  • 1 5/8 yards of white fabric

Quilt binding with faux piping

I’ve fallen in love with machine binding with faux piping. Choose grey tones for the main binding fabric and a bright pink for the flange or faux piping. This is how you make it:

Have you made a quilt with this free pattern?

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