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Assembling the blocks – Turnabout patchwork QAL

This week we’ll assemble the blocks.

Follow the instructions on page 23 of Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist for a diagram showing how to assemble the blocks.

I’ve made a video with some more tips to help you sewing the blocks together.

Assembling the blocks

You can again chain piece the pieces as you assemble the blocks. It’s a great time saver.

When pressing to the sides, swirling seams are great because they make for flatter seams. Check out this technique by Eleanor Burns on the video.

What’s next?

Finish making all your blocks for next week and have them ready to do quilt-as-you-go.

You can share your progress on my Facebook group.

Are you just joining the QAL?

Don’t worry. Check out the previous posts. You can still catch up.

Share pictures of your quilt

Don’t forget to join my Facebook group so you can show photos of your quilts and blocks, see everyone else’s quilts and just share tips and experiences.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

Quilting tips – turnabout patchwork QAL

Have you made your fabric choice?

I’m using an old collection called Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket for my Flying confetti that’s no longer available. I also chose to use a variety of fabrics rather than following the pattern to the letter.

I can make some fabric recommendations that I think would work well for this quilt.

I love Valori Wells Murmur collection. And I love anything Bonnie and Camille. And to honour the name of the quilt, what about the Metallic Ombre Confetti fabric collection by V and Co,

So today we’ll start cutting the pieces to assemble the blocks.

Follow the instructions on page 16 of Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist to make the blocks.

I’ve made a video with some tips to help you make the quilt.

Quilting tips

Chain piecing, pressing, pressing, trimming half square triangles.

Pressing your seams open or to the side? That is the question!

I mostly press my seams open but sometimes I press to the side.

In my video tutorial I’m pressing to the side but feel free to press your seams open. Use a small stitch length to avoid the stitching showing when the quilt is stretched on a long arm frame.

There are many reasons why some quilters prefer one method over the other. Often it goes back to how they learned to quilt.

Some of the reasons to press to the side:

  • If you want to do stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.
  • If you wish to submit your quilt to a show that requires your seams to be pressed to the side.
  • It’s easier and faster.
  • It’s easier to match point by nesting seams.
  • It may make seams stronger.

On the other hand pressing your seams open produces much flatter seams and thinner seams that are easier to quilt by hand.

It’s up to you which method you use.

If you have any experience or opinion about how best to press your seams please leave a comment.

What’s next?

Cut all your pieces, and make all the HSTs and get ready for next week to put it all together.

QAL schedule

Have you missed any Turnabout patchwork QAL tutorials?

Share pictures of your quilt

Don’t forget to join my Facebook group so you can show photos of your quilts and blocks, see everyone else’s quilts and just share tips and experiences.

On Instagram use #turnaboutpatchwork and #flyingconfettiquilt.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

Tips on choosing fabrics for a quilt project – Turnabout patchwork QAL

Today we start the Turnabout patchwork quilt along. Check the video schedule at the end in case you missed it.

So you’ve got the book, we’ve selected the quilt -Flying confetti on page 23, and now it’s time to choose the fabric for your project.

How to choose fabric for your quilts with confidence

Choosing fabrics from my stash is almost the most enjoyable part of designing a quilt.

There’re many ways to choose fabrics that will go well together but let’s just focus on 3 simple ways to find matching fabrics.

To recap:

1. Use fabrics from one single fabric collection

Usually fabrics in the same collection go well together.

2. Using the fabric colour palette

Use the palette to choose the rest of the fabrics that’ll will go well together.

Get a busy print for instance and then match the other fabrics around it.

To match the secondary fabrics try to use tone on tone, solids or less busy fabric. This will ensure that the match is more harmonious.

What about the background fabric?

The majority of the quilts I make have a unifying background fabric.

My favourite colours for the background fabric are whites and creams.

The reason I like whites and creams best is that they add “breathing space” to the quilt as well as making the design pop up.

Black is another good background colour that achieves similar effects to using white or creams.

Applications that help you select a colour scheme

One of my favourite colour tools is Adobe Color. In this application you can create your colour scheme from scratch or upload an image you like and get a colour scheme based on the image colours. It’s a lot of fun to play with it!

Still can’t decide on a fabric collection?

I love Valori Wells Murmur collection. And I love anything Bonnie and Camille. And to honour the name of the quilt, what about the Metallic Ombre Confetti fabric collection by V and Co,

QAL schedule

Share pictures of your quilt

Don’t forget to join my Facebook group so you can share photos of your quilts and blocks, see everyone else’s quilts or just share tips and experiences.

On Instagram use #turnaboutpatchwork and #flyingconfettiquilt.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

Double disappearing nine patch quilt block

This is a new type of disappearing 9 patch. There’s a slicing element to it but then it’s built as a nine patch again.

Don’t forget to trim the first 4 pieces as shown on the video.

How to make a double disappearing nine patch block

If you like disappearing blocks check out my book Turnabout patchwork. It’s a book about slicing and turning blocks.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

Quilt-as-you-go made modern

Quilt as you go made modernI received a copy of Quilt-as-you-go made modern by Jera Brandvig.

While I have tried some of the QAYG techniques before – see video below – the book is very thorough  and detailed. Jera not only describes the technique but she also offers alternatives to the basic block by block quilting.

The book also has lots of diagrams that make it particularly easy to follow the patterns.

To top it all up you get to try the techniques in 13 different projects.

For instance this video demonstrates two similar techniques in the book that Jera turns into 2 beautiful quilts.

Many of the projects use strips of fabric and are perfect for fabric scraps but she also has one very clever pattern for an Ohio star you’d have trouble guessing it was done as QAYG. And by extension you could apply the same technique to other traditional blocks.

If you want to try QAYG this book is a good addition to your library.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Have you made any of my quilts or tutorials?

If you make any of my tutorials and upload pictures to Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder on private message me in Facebook with some photos and I’ll post them for everyone to see!