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Video tutorial: 2 Valentine’s Day quilting projects

Two Valentine's Day projects

Do you need a Valentine’s Day project? Here you have not one but two!

Both projects are suitable for beginners.

1 – Win my heart quilt project

5 quilt sizes: Mini, throw, twin, queen and king.

Block finished size: 7 ½” H x 6 ½” W.

Quilt pattern: Win my heart - beginner quilt

2 – Heart foundation project

Heart finished block size: 7 1/4 inch square.

Download the heart foundation pattern (PDF) and print it at 100%.

Close up of heart block

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

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Video tutorial: Strippy heart quilt block

Strippy heart quilt block video tutorial

As we get close to Valentine’s Day why not try out foundation piecing to make this cute heart block?

Learn foundation piecing in a couple of minutes:

Template

Download strippy heart template (PDF)

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My favourite videos of 2016

10 favorite quilting video tutorials of 2016 Sewn up TeresaDownUnder

1. Quick and easy jelly roll block – combination of block 1and 2 video tutorial

2. Video tutorial: Hexagon blocks 1 and 2 made with equilateral triangles – easy quilting

3. Large Half Square Triangles HST batch video tutorial

4. Video tutorial: swirl quilting block – quick and easy

5. Buzz saw or delectable mountains quilting block tutorial

6. Video tutorial: From strips to quilt block

7. Half and Half Square Triangle quilt block

8. Video tutorial: Kaleidoscope quilt – easy quilting

9. Video tutorial Hunter´s star quilt block

10. Video tutorial: Hexagon blocks 3 and 4 made with equilateral triangles

Valentine’s Day project: foundation paper piecing for beginners with free heart pattern video tutorial

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

A new block today using one my favourite patchwork techniques: foundation paper piecing.

Finished block size: 7 1/4 inch square.

Free pattern

How to make the heart foundation paper piecing block

This is a short 4 minute video tutorial showing how you do foundation paper piecing:

Close up of heart block

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

You can make a mini quilt or a full quilt. Mix and match colours. Use your fabric scraps to make this heart block.

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

Possible quilt design

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

“Constructivist” envelope cushion cover

The finished cushion is 16 inch square.

Download Chevron block pattern (pdf). You will need to make 2 patterns (2 pieces per pattern). Print pattern on printer paper.

The block is a beginner paper pieced block. If you’ve never done paper piecing, this block is easy enough to learn the technique.

How to make the chevron block

Whatch  a short 3.45 minutes video that demonstrates how to make this pattern using foundation paper piecing.

Materials

Front of the cushion

Cut for each of the four pieces you need to complete two blocks:

  • Area 1: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (yellow)
  • Area  2: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in charcoal
  • Area 3: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in beige
  • Area  4: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (white)
  • One 5 1/4 inch x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in yellow and another one in white

Batting and backing

  • One 17 inch square piece of batting
  • One 17 inch square piece of fabric

Back of the cushion

Cut:

  • One 12 inch x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in yellow
  • One 10 x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in white

Making the cover

First make the pattern twice and lay the pieces in a chevron pattern as shown on the picture.

Stitch the 4 pieces together and remove the paper pattern.

Stitch a rectangle in yellow and a white one on each side of the chevron row  matching the colours (see photo below).

Press well.

The next step is optional but I prefer quilted cushions.

Now make a quilt sandwich by placing the fabric backing right side down, the piece of batting on top and the front of the cushion on top.

I quilted the piece along the chevron lines using my quilting foot to mandate the spacing between lines. The spacing is about 1/2 inch wide.

You don’t need to quilt the whole surface. I didn’t.

When finished, trim batting and backing to 16 1/2 inch square.

To make the back of the cushion, take the two rectangles for the back and make a 1/4 inch fold along the edge of each rectangle and press.

Stitch along using a zig zag stitch.

Place the front of the cushion side up, then place the yellow rectangle on top, right side down. The folded edge should face the middle of the cushion (see photo below).

Make sure the colour matches with the yellow on the front.

Place the white piece on top in the same way.

Pin well and stitch all around the square leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

Turn inside out.

Voilà!