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Two quilting shortcuts you didn’t know about

Check out these 2 shortcuts. One of them makes four 3 patch quarter square triangle at once.

The other one makes two 4-patch quilt blocks

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2 quilting shortcuts video tutorial

2 minute video tutorial: 3 quarter square triangles quilt block

Video tutorial: 2 patch quarter square triangle quilt block

This is a shortcut to make four 3 patch quarter square triangle at once.

It’s the perfect block to make a scrappy quilt.

How to make four 3 patch quarter square triangles quilt blocks

Learn in just over 2  of minutes:

Finished block size

Four 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ squares.

Materials

For 4  blocks:

  • four 3 1/4″ x 6″ rectangles in contrasting fabrics.

With this tutorial you’ll make four 3-patch quarter square blocks

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Video tutorial: 2 broken dishes quilt blocks

Video tutorial: 2 broken dishes quilt blocks - quick and easy quilting

Broken dishes is a classic block.

The tutorial is for 2 types of broken dishes. One of them goes further and can be turned on to more variations of a 4 patch block.

Watch how to make 2 broken dishes quilt blocks

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

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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

Materials

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

Blocks

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

Quilt size

30 inch square plus the binding.

Materials

  • 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

Cut

  • 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

butterflies-hourglass-quilt

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:

Done!

Butterflies mini quilt - free pattern - easy beginner quilt

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

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