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Video tutorial: tumbling blocks with no Y seams

Tumbling blocks without Y seams

This tutorial is for making tumbling blocks using strips sewn together – no Y seams.

This technique has been attributed to Rebecca McCreary but also to Marci Baker. The technique is very easy to make. The only requirement is to be accurate with the cutting of the strips.

How to make quick and easy tumbling or baby blocks

Learn how to make baby blocks in less than 3 minutes:

Tumbling block size

Each individual tumbling block size is about 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches.

Materials

You will need a 60 degree ruler or a square ruler with a 60 degree marking.

Piece 1

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in dark red or any other dark colour

Piece 2

  • One 3 inch strip x width of fabric (WOF) in cream/white
  • Two 2 1/2 inch strip x WOF in yellow or any other medium colour

Video tutorial: No Y seams tumbling blocks - easy quilting

 

Video tutorial: Windmill cathedral window – quilt block

Video tutorial: windmill cathedral window quilt block

I like adding texture to quilts and this is one of my favourite 3D blocks. This block is quick and easy to make.

How to make a Windmill cathedral window block

Learn in 2 minutes:

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Materials

  • Four 6 inch squares in dark blue
  • Four 6 inch squares in green
  • Twelve 12 inch squares in light blue

Block size

10 1/2 inch square.

Other examples for this fabric manipulation.

See the tutorial for the block below.
Video tutorial: Windmill cathedral window - quilt block

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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