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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