Category Archives: easy quilting

2 Disappearing 9-patch blocks – video tutorials

Video tutorial: 2 disappearing 9-patch blocks

How to make a disappearing 9-patch block


See what quilt designs you can make with this block.

How to make a double disappearing 9-patch quilt block


See what quilt designs you can make with this variation of the block.

Video tutorial: Kaleidoscope quilt block – quick and easy quilting

Video tutorial: Kaleidoscope quilt block - quick and easy quilting

This block starts as two 9 inch squares of contrasting fabrics.

How to make a quick and easy Kaleidoscope quilt block

Learn how to make a half pinwheels and bows block in  over 2 minutes:

Materials for one Kaleidoscope quilt block

  • Two 9 inch squares in contrasting fabrics

This technique produces lots of bias seams. Starching your fabric may help avoid stretching the fabric.

Block size

The finished block is 10 1/2 inches square.

When you make the tutorial 4 times you get this kaleidoscope looking mini quil

Quick and easy jelly roll quilt block 1 video tutorial

Quick and easy jelly roll quilt block video tutorial

How to make this jelly roll block 1

Learn in just over 2 minutes:

Finished block size

About 10 inches.

Materials

For the first rectangle:

– 2 white 1 1/4 x 17 inch fabric strips
– 2 grey 2 1/2 x 17 inch strips
– 1 white 2 1/2 x 17 inch strip

For the second rectangle:
– 2 white 1 1/4 x 17 inch fabric strips
– 2 red 2 1/2 x 17 inch strips
– 1 white 2 1/2 x 17 inch strip

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Some block ideas and quilt ideas that can be made with this technique:

Quick and easy jelly roll quilt block 1 video tutorial

Quick and easy jelly roll quilt block 1 video tutorial

Visual process

Jelly roll block - quick and easy video tutorial

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block – video tutorial

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

Another experimental block or blocks this week.

I’m looking to give it a name. Some fellow quilters have suggested a number of them: Half stripped, The Zipper block, Ripper Zipper, Reflections, Chameleon, Disguised, Topsy turvey, Arrows, Tricuadra, The Envelope, Flip-a-Dee-doo-da!, My joy, Strip Tease, Robbins of life, Directions.

This uses the half square triangle (HST) technique again. The results are quite interesting. This is a block that is very versatile and has many possibilities.

How to make this block and others with just 3 strips of fabric

Learn how to make this block in just over two minutes:

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High contrasting fabrics work best for this type of blocks.

Have a look at some  blocks that can be made with this tutorial (more arrangements can be seen on the video).

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

Some quilt layouts

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorialVideo tutorial: from strips to quilt block

Video tutorial: broken dishes block with a twist

Video tutorial: Video tutorial: broken dishes block with a twist

How to make a broken dishes block

This block is called broken dishes though I added “with a twist” to the name because it is a bit different.

Make it extra different by using striped fabrics:

Learn in just over 2 minutes and see how many quilt layouts yo can make with this block:

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It’s amazing how many layouts are possible. It’s just a matter of trying out different arrangements.

Video tutorial: broken dishes with a twist - quick and easy block

Video tutorial: Broken dishes with a twist - quick and easy quilt block