Half square triangles and squares – video tutorial

Just make a big batch of half square triangles and together with a bunch of squares you get these great looking pieces of patchwork.

You can use triangles and squares alone to make any number of quilts.

One of my quilt patterns are almost exclusively made with squares and triangles or half square triangles.

French Garden is an easy quilt pattern suitable for confident beginners.

Have a look at the quilt in this short video:

Download French Garden quilt pattern

About the quilt

  • Quilt size: 80” x 80”
  • Finished block size: the basic unit size is 3” x 3”.
  • Skill level: Confident beginner.
  • Quilting technique: Traditionally pieced.

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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Half square triangels and squares

Ice cream and microwave bowl cozy – video tutorial

Microwave bowl cozies can double up as ice cream bowls.

Microwave bowls make great Christmas gifts and are perfect gifts for teachers.

On this video I make two different types of bowls. One is turned inside out and the other one is finished with bias tape.

Use 100% cotton fabric, thread and batting so it doesn’t burn in the microwave.

I only use them to heat up food for 2 or at most 3 minutes with no issues. You’ll have to test how long for you can put your bowls in the microwave.

If you use the bowls for cold food you don’t need to worry about the above. I wanted to use these bowls for cold food so I used metalics instead of 100% cotton but I’ve put them in the microwave for over 3 minutes at full blast and they were fine.

How to make a microwave or ice cream bowl cozy

I tested the bowls in the microwave and the fabric is fine. The metallic paint seems to do well in the microwave as well.

Fabric collections

With a 10″ pre-cut stack of 42 pieces you can make 21 bowls! Let’s get sewing.

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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Microwave and ice cream bowls - video tutorial

Broken dishes quilt block with layer cakes – video tutorial

Is it too early for a Christmas quilt?

Since lock down every day feels like a week and every week like a month.

Today I have a classic block which is perfect to make a quick quilt.

The demo uses pre-cut 10″ squares, also called layer cakes, from the Michael Miller Collection Fairy Frost Metallic. In red and green this would make a great Christmas quilt.

See an alternative and classy colour scheme with this collection in creams, greys and blacks.

Check out all the variations for this block at the end of the video.

How to make a broken dishes quilt block

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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Broken dishes quilt block - video tutorial

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Hunter’s star: a block from Turnabout patchwork: simple quilts with a twist

This block belongs to my book Turnabout Patchwork: Simple quilts with a Twist.
I came across the block and its variations through experimentation.

The pieces that make up the block have many bias seams. If you don’t like sewing with bias seams this block isn’t  for you.

I personally find that if the pieces are small, like in this case, handling them presents no issues.

The block is made out of 2 squares of fabric. Yes, just 2 squares of fabric in contrasting fabrics.

How to make a quick and easy Hunter’s star quilt block

Learn how to make a Hunter’s start quilt block in  just over 2 minutes:

Materials for one Hunter’s star quilt block

  • Two 9 inch squares in contrasting fabrics. You can use 10-inch pre-cuts for a quicker block.

Fabric recommendations

You can make the quilt in 2 colours:

Or you can make it in multiple colours:

Block size

The finished block is 10 1/2 inches square.

Rose garden star quilt pattern

This is one of the quilt ps from my book Turnabout patchwork using this variation of this block.

Rose garden star - Turnabout Patchwork book, Teresa Mairal-Barreu

The pattern is one of 23 quilt patterns in my book “Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist“. The book 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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Snowball and nine patch quilt – video tutorial

Snowball blocks combine very well with many other types of blocks like a simple nine patch block.

You can make it in coordinated fabrics or scrappy like mine.

How to make an easy snowball and nine patch 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.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Snow ball and nine patch quilt

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