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Scrappy bow tie quilt block video tutorial

Scrappy bow tie quilt block video tutorial

I’ve made a couple of bow tie tutorial but this one is particularly special.

This block is not only easy but it has quite a bit of potential to make different quilt designs.

Learn to make a scrappy bow tie quilt block

Learn how to make this easy block in less than 2 minutes:

 

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Video tutorial: Scrappy wedding ring quilt block

Video tutorial: Wedding ring quilt block

Time to make a fun block. This is a take on the traditional wedding ring block. I made it in an improv fashion using the paper ring as a stabiliser.

Use a combination of strips and triangles as you go around the ring. Then sew the circular pieces to the ring. I tried using fewer pins around the curves for one of the pieces  and it was ok, so lots of pins aren’t necessary though it feels safer.

How to make a scrappy wedding ring quilt block

Learn in 3 minutes:

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For a finished 7″ x 7″ block ensure you print the templates at 100%.

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Gingham quilt block – video tutorial

Gingham quilt block video tutorial

I love gingham, and I love gingham quilts.

The trick to a gingham block is to choose the colours well. You will need a colour in 3 shades, a dark, a medium and a light colour. Choose single colour fabrics with good contrast.

Solids work more effectively though some tone on tone prints may also work well.

In the tutorial I make 2 different sizes but the block can be made in any size.

How to make a gingham quilt block

Do you know how to press the seams on a 4-patch block?

Watch this 2 minute video to learn how to swirl your seams.

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Video tutorial: Morning star quilt block

Video tutorial: Morning star quilt block

This is one of those blocks that gives the impression of curves where there’re none. I chose to make it with paper piecing because it’s just easy. It’s also a good block to learn foundation piecing with.

When you cut the fabric pieces, cut them at least 1/2″ larger than the triangle including the seam allowances.

How to make a Morning star block

Learn in just over 3 minutes:

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Morning star foundation paper piecing template (pdf)

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Morning star quilt block video tutorial and template

9-patch quilt block with swirling seams video tutorial

9-patch quilt block with swirling seams video tutorial

Swirling seams is a technique Eleanor Burns popularised. It’s a simple way to reduce bulky seams and still press the seams to the side.

Learn in 2 minutes how to do swirling seams in a 9-patch quilt block:

If you like this technique, you can watch the same technique applied to a 4-patch block:

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