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Valentine’s day sewing tutorials

7 Valentine's Day sewing tutorial - patchwork, appliqué, improv patchwork, foundation paper piecing

There’s still time for a Valentine’s Day project.

Choose one of the 7 projects I have made. They’re free. Different techniques to choose from: traditional patchwork, improv patchwork, embroidery, fabric manipulation, foundation piecing and reverse appliqué.

Love is the answer… hot water bottle cozy tutorial

With this tutorial you can start learning or polish up three different skills: patchwork, embroidery and appliqué.

Heart pincushion

Make this pincushion with the hot water bottle heart cut out.

Pigeon pair placemat set

Learn reverse applique and improv patchwork technique with this easy tutorial.

Scrappy heart potholder tutorial

The easiest block to start learning foundation piecing. This was my first try and a few more potholders down the track I’m doing a whole quilt using this patchwork technique.

Groovy heart mug rug

Do you like fabric textures and fabric manipulation? This is an easy fabric manipulation to start with.

Foundation paper piecing heart block

Make a potholder, a mini quilt or a lap quilt using this block and master foundation paper piecing while you’re at it.

XOXO lap quilt

This is a beginner quilt. Choose your favourite pink and grey fabrics and make this easy modern quilt. Equally beautiful in reds and blacks/greys.

Block 1 – Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

How to make a disappearing pinwheel block

Learn how to make this block in less than 2 minutes.


  • Two 9 3/8 inch squares in contrasting fabrics

Block size

The finished block is 10 1/4 inch square.

How to arrange the patches to make this block

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Sew in rows and then the rows together.

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Quilt design ideas

You can  make a whole quilt with one single block.

With sashing

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Without sashing

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

Visual process

Block 1 - Disappearing pinwheel quilt sampler

XOXO free quilt pattern – another Valentine’s Day project

XOXO quilt- free pattern

Let’s call this block and quilt XOXO. It’s one of the blocks I made for my Road to Tennessee block post.

This is a beginner block and quilt. Use your favourite pinks to make this quilt for Valentines’s Day.

How to make this versatile block

To make each XOXO block like the one below you need to make 16 pieces (and 144 pieces in total for the full quilt).

XOXO quilt block

Block size: 18 1/2 inch square, including 1/4 seam allowance.

Number of blocks on this quilt: 9 (144 individual pieces).

Quilt size:  approximately 55 inch square.

Fabric needs:

  • 1 1/4 yards in pinks
  • 1 1/4 yards in greys
  • 1 5/8 yards of white fabric

Quilt binding with faux piping

I’ve fallen in love with machine binding with faux piping. Choose grey tones for the main binding fabric and a bright pink for the flange or faux piping. This is how you make it:

Have you made a quilt with this free pattern?

Post photos to Instagram with hashtag #xoxoquilt

Visual process

Road to Tennessee block - modern quilts

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