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How to choose fabrics for the Mysteries Down Under quilt

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First of all I’d like to thank everyone who has subscribed so far to my first mystery quilt that starts on 19 August.

Some of you wanted to know how to choose the fabrics for this quilt.

The list I provided with yardage a few days ago is only indicative.

To design the quilt I picked a colour scheme -below- because I knew some of you like to make quilts with coordinated fabrics.

I prefer my quilts scrappy and that’s how I’ll be doing my tutorials.

I won’t use the palette on my videos but I will provide a drawing of each block with the palette below on my blog.

Mysteries Down Under quilt colour palette

The fabrics belong to the solids Bella collection by Moda. The colours are Mustard, Strawberry, Porcelain, Aqua, 30’s blue, Admiral blue, Royal, Boysenberry, Sprout, Teal and then there’s Essex Yarn Dyed by Robert Kaufman.

An alternative palette using batiks could be:

Mysteries Down Under quilt colour palette alternative

Or just choose your own.

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!

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 the 2 simplest ways to find matching fabrics.

1. Use fabrics from one single fabric collection

Usually fabrics in the same collection go well together.

2. Using the fabric colour palette

Another easy way to choose fabrics for a quilt is to use the coloured circles that are printed on the selvage. Those coloured circles are the palette for that fabric.

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.

You have 2 examples below showing the main fabric and secondary fabrics based on the palette for the main fabric. See how I matched the colours in the circles to the major tone of the secondary fabric.

Mysteries Down Under quilt - choosing fabrics

As you can see, it’s a lot easier to match fabrics when you choose one busy fabric and then a secondary fabric with one, two or 3 colours.

Mysteries Down Under quilt - choosing fabrics

If your fabric doesn’t have a colour palette on the selvage, you can still match it by finding the palette yourself.

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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.

I hope you enjoy making the quilt!

How to follow my blog

If you don’t want to miss any tutorial that makes this quilt, your best bet is to follow my blog so you receive an email in your inbox when the next tutorial is out.

This video demonstrates how to follow or subscribe to my blog:

New book out on December 3

“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.

You can preorder on Amazon now.

Stay tuned for more!

Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist by Teresa Mairal Barreu (TeresaDownUnder)

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Mysteries Down Under quilt starts on 19 August

Mysteries Down Under is my first mystery quilt and it starts on 19 August.

I won’t reveal the full quilt until the end so the mystery remains throughout the project.

The tutorials for this quilt will be released over the next few weeks. The tutorials can be used to make the quilt but can be used independently as well.

I’ve used a number of techniques in the tutorials. If you find some techniques too hard you can always replace the block with another 6″ block from the quilt.

Quilt details

Sill level: confident beginner.

Blocks: 42 blocks (5 x 7 plus a 5″ border).

Finished block size: 6″ x 6″.

Quilt size: 53″ x 60″.

Approximate fabric needs for colour coded quilts based on a useable width of fabric of 40″ – 42″:

  • Background fabric: 2 3/4 yards
  • Colour 1 (pink): 1 yard
  • Colour 2 (acqua): 1 yard
  • Colour 2A (lighter acqua): 1/8 yard
  • Colour 3 (navy): 1/2 yard
  • Colour 4 (medium blue 1): 5/8 yard
  • Colour 5 (yellow): 1/8 yard
  • Colour 6 (burgundy): 1/4 yard
  • Colour 7 (green): 3/8 yard
  • Colour 8 (teal): 1/8 yard
  • Colour 9 (admiral blue): 1/4

If you make your quilt scrappy like me you don’t need to worry about fabric needs.

How to follow my blog

If you don’t want to miss any tutorial that makes this quilt, your best bet is to follow my blog so you receive an email in your inbox when the next tutorial is out.

This video demonstrates how to follow or subscribe to my blog:

All tutorials

Get all the Mysteries Down Under tutorials.

New book out on December 3

“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.

You can preorder on Amazon now.

Free shipping? Preorder on Bookdepository.com

Stay tuned for more!

Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist by Teresa Mairal Barreu (TeresaDownUnder)

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!

Make a large batch of half square triangles in no time – video tutorial

Make a big batch of half square triangles at once - video tutorial

Half square triangles are essential in quilting. There’re many ways of making them.

Some have bias seams some don’t.

This particular method produces 48 half square triangles though you can adapt it to as many or few HSTs as you like.

Learn how to make half square triangles (HST) in bulk

This is a very easy technique that produces many HSTs at once. Learn in 3 minutes:

HST finished size

3″ x 3″.

Materials

2 fabric rectangles 16″ x 24″ each in contrasting colours.

Medallion mini quilt

To make this mini quilt you need 36 HST.

Make 48 HST at once

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Make 48 half square triangles at once! Step by step video tutorial

Make 48 half square triangles at once! Step by step video tutorial

Learn how to make 48 half square triangles (HST) at once

This is a very easy technique that produces 48 accurate HST. Learn in 3 minutes:

HST size

3 1/2 inch square.

With this technique you can easily make half square triangles in any size.

Materials

2 fabric rectangles 16 inch x 24 inch each in contrasting colours.

Quilt idea

To make this mini quilt you need 36 HST.

This shows you the potential of this patchwork technique.

Make 48 HST at once

Block 5: 16 HST quilt sampler

Block 5: 16 HST quilt sampler

How to make this block

Materials

  • Two 7 inch squares of print fabric
  • Two 7 inch squares of white fabric

Finished block

10 1/2 inch square.

All block tutorials for this quilt.

Instructions

Make the tutorial twice to obtain 16 HST.

Trim off HSTs and place into the pattern below.

Block 5: 16 HST quilt sampler

Then sew HSTs in rows.

Block 5: 16 HST quilt sampler

And then sew rows together.

Block 5: 16 HST quilt sampler
Block 5: 16 HST quilt sampler

If you would like to follow the tutorials, you can subscribe to my blog, to my Facebook page, to my Instagram or to my Youtube channel.

If you want to join in, feel free to post pictures on my 16 HST quilt sampler group. Or post on Instagram with tag #16hstquiltsampler

Quilt designs using this block

16 HST quilt sampler tutorial - quilt design

16 HST quilt sampler tutorial - quilt design

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If you want to join in, feel free to post pictures on my 16 HST quilt sampler group. Or post on Instagram with tag #16hstquiltsampler