Block 25 – Stem and leaves – Mysteries Down Under quilt

As promised today the Mysteries Down Under quilt continues with a new foundation piecing block this year.

This is an easy block to learn the basics of foundation piecing, but if you don’t want to learn you can download the traditional templates instead.

Make 2 copies of this block for the Mysteries Down Under quilt.

How to make a stem and leaves quilt block

Downloads

Coordinated fabrics

Sprout and porcelain.

Stem and leaves - Mysteries Down Under quilt

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Stem and leaves - foundation piecing block - Mysteries Down Under quilt

Improv paper piecing video tutorial

I’ve made a few improv projects over the years.

Do you have a lot of scraps you don’t know what to do with? Here is how you can use them.

Learn to do improv patchwork with 2 great projects

This is is just one way to do improv patchwork but quite an easy one.  You can use a piece of paper as stabiliser or nothing at all.

Download

If you like improv patchwork, check out the projects I’ve made over the years.

Improv projects tutorials

Upcycled travel bag tutorial

Upcycled travel bag tutorial

Semi-improv 9-patch quilt

Quilt-as-you-go patchwork school bag

Urban garden iPad carry case




Improv patchwork headboard makeover



Spanish lace bobbins holder



Improv/free form quilt series

Reversible tray cover using improv piecing and embroidery


Free form patchwork mini quilt – visual creative process



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.

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Butterflies mini quilt – free pattern – easy beginner quilt

Butterflies mini quilt

How to make an hourglass block

Learn in just over 2  of minutes:

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Download Butterflies free pattern

Block size

6 1/2 inch square

Materials

For 2 hourglass blocks:

  • two 7 1/2 inch squares in contrasting fabrics.

With this tutorial you’ll make 6 blocks, 2 in each colour

Butterflies mini quilt

Blocks

  • 7 hourglass blocks in charcoal
  • 8 hourglass blocks in turquoise
  • 1 hourglass block in red

Quilt size

30 inch square plus the binding.

Materials

  • 1/2 yard of cream/white fabric
  • 1/4 yard of charcoal fabric
  • 1/4 yard of acqua or turquoise fabric
  • 1/2 yard of gray fabric for the border
  • 1/4 yard of red fabric

Cut

  • Four 7 1/2 inch squares in charcoal
  • Five 7 1/2 inch squares in white/cream
  • Four 7 1/2 inch squares in turquoise
  • One 7 1/2 inch square in red
  • 2 strips 3 inches x 24 inches and 2 strips 3 inches x 30 inches
  • Fabric for the binding (see tutorial below)

Assembly diagram

butterflies-hourglass-quilt

Hourglass block video tutorial and butterflies mini quilt

Once the top has been sewn together, it’s time to quilt it.

Free motion quilting

I usually finish my quilts with free motion. It’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

If you wish to try, here’s how you do it:

Binding the quilt

Binding the quilt using a sewing machine is the quickest way to finish a quilt. It’s a lot easier to. Watch how it’s done:

Did you like the special binding I used? It’s called a flange though it looks to me like piping. This is how you add a flange or faux piping to your quilt binding:

Done!

Butterflies mini quilt - free pattern - easy beginner quilt

Two English Paper Piecing (EPP) projects video tutorial

If you’ve never done English paper piecing or EPP these are two easy projects you can try.

Cobblestones

Each octagon has a side that measures 1″ and the squares are 1″ x 1″.

Hexies pincushion

The hexagons are 1 1/4″.

How to make these 2 English paper piecing (EPP) projects

These projects are perfect to do while travelling, camping, in front of TV or at any other time.

These are beginner projects.

2 English paper piecing projects video tutorial

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.

You can order on Amazon.

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Two Road to Tennessee quilt blocks – video tutorial

Road to Tennessee is a classic. It is also a very versatile block that you can place in many ways to come up with very different layouts.

You can use two colours to give some depth to the block as well.

Both blocks are suitable for beginners and are perfect to start quilting.

How to make these two Road to Tennessee blocks

Road to Teneessee quilt blocks

New book out now

“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.

You can order on Amazon.

Stay tuned for more!

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