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Video: Textured quilt sampler – 25 free fabric manipulations

Textured quilt - 25 free tutorials

This quilt was an excuse to improve my hand sewing skills and try out 25 different fabric manipulations. Often fabric manipulations look hard to do but in fact they are quite straightforward. The manipulations on this quilt are 5″ square. That satisfies my 2 main criteria: the piece, while small, it’s large enough to learn the technique and it’s quick to make too.

I have been asked many times how the quilt will withstand wear. I made this quilt in 2012 or 2013 and it’s still in good shape. I had it on a wall for a couple of years, and it’s been on a couch since I took it down. It survived a transcontinental move.

It’s true, I don’t handle it much and I haven’t washed it either.

You can see for yourself on the video that the fabric manipulations are still in very good condition.

This quilt is perfect as a fidget quilt.

Tutorials

Have a close look at the quilt and get all the free fabric manipulation tutorials.

Quilt closeup

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Video tutorial: Origami pinwheel quilt block

Video tutorial: origami pinwheel quilt block

How to make an origami pinwheel quilt block

Block size

7 inches

Fabric needs

  • 4 x 3¾ inches squares for the pinwheel
  • 4 x 3¾ inches squares, for the background fabric

Closeups

Video tutorial: origami pinwheel quilt block

 Video tutorial: origami pinwheel quilt block

An origami pinwheel turned into a log cabin block

Video tutorial: origami pinwheel quilt block

Video tutorial: origami pinwheel quilt block

How to use this block in a quilt

Video tutorial: origami pinwheel quilt block

Video tutorial: origami pinwheel quilt block
Video tutorial: origami pinwheel quilt block

Christmas gift ideas: 5 free sewing tutorials

French poetry napkins

This is a quick project that particularly French teachers will enjoy. To complete the project you will need 5 store bought napkins and some stranded cotton for the lettering and drawings.


Embroidered eye mask

A few fabric scraps are enough to make this quick project. Use fabric with a large print for best results.


Felt bookmark

This project is very easy and perfect for a teacher or anyone who enjoys reading. I used felt die cuts and stranded cotton in matching colours.


Folded star pot holder

This potholder is not difficult to make but it is time consuming so if you intend to make one set an afternoon aside to concentrate on it.


Quilted hot water bottle

Fabric scraps and some batting is all you need to make this quick project.