Category Archives: sewing

Experimenting with half square triangles (HST)

This block is the result of a what if moment.

You can use fabric strips or maybe you can try with a fabric with really thick stripes.

So many options! Check it out:

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.

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Experimenting with HSTs

Flowers in my garden quilt pattern

Have you made your first quilt yet? This could be the one!

This is an easy quilt using two classic blocks. Choose highly contrasting fabrics for best results.

How to make a shoofly and a calico puzzle blocks

Flowers in the garden quilt pattern

If you like the look of the quilt you can download the pattern. The pattern includes all the fabric needs and assembly instructions.

Fabric collections for this quilt

Some of the fabrics belong to old fabric collections. The rest of the fabrics belong to:

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

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Video tutorial: Scrappy strip block 2 ways

Have you been throwing your fabric scraps? Don’t, you’ll need them to make these blocks.

Learn to use all those assorted fabric scraps to make 2 scrappy strip quilt blocks:

Order 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.

Order Turnabout patchwork 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!

Scrappy strip block 2 ways video tutorial

Sawtooth star quilt block – video tutorial

This is a classic block. Use a favourite print to showcase in the centre square.

How to make a Sawtooth star quilt block

The video demonstrates how to make this very easy Sawtooth star block.

Use strong contrast between fabrics for best results.

How to use this block?

Check out my My lucky stars quilt pattern.

This quilt is suitable for confident beginners.

my-lucky-stars-pattern-1

Buy My lucky stars quilt pattern

Buy Aim for the stars quilt pattern on Etsy.

  • Size: 66″ x 66″
  • Quilt technique: traditional piecing or foundation paper piecing
  • Skill level: Confident beginner.
  • Fabric collection: I made the quilt on the cover from my old stash but I designed with Moda Farm Fresh collection in mind and the main diagrams use that fabric collection. This collection has very suitable black and white fabrics, even acqua that will make a beautiful quilt.

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.

Order Turnabout patchwork 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!

Sawtooth star quilt block - video tutorial

Ohio star quilt block – video tutorial

How to make a Ohio star quilt block

The video demonstrates how to make this very easy Ohio star block.

Use strong contrast between fabrics for best results.

Note: on minute 0:8 it says 5 1/2” squares. It should say 5 1/4”.

How to use this block?

Check out my My lucky stars quilt pattern.

Buy My lucky stars quilt pattern on Etsy.

  • Size: 66″ x 66″
  • Quilt technique: traditional piecing or foundation paper piecing
  • Skill level: Confident beginner.
  • Fabric collection: I made the quilt on the cover from my old stash but I designed with Moda Farm Fresh collection in mind and the main diagrams use that fabric collection. This collection has very suitable black and white fabrics, even acqua that will make a beautiful quilt.

my-lucky-stars-pattern-1

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.

Order Turnabout patchwork 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!

Ohio Star quilt block - Video tutorial