Foundation piecing blocks with curves

New York beauty and Pickle dish are two classic blocks.

They’re not the easiest blocks but foundation piecing makes them blocks doable if you don’t have a lot of quilting experience.

In fact the blocks are a mix of foundation and traditional piecing. The curves are pieced traditionally. I use lots of pins but you may get away with using fewer pins, even just one for the centre and one for each corner. You’ll have to adjust what works for you.

I get asked often what type of paper I use and what I do with it at the end.

Mostly I use copy paper but you can buy special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer if that makes it easier.

How to make New York Beauty and Pickle dish blocks

Download the foundation paper templates

Both templates are available on my Etsy shop.

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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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Turnabout patchwork technique

This is one of my favourite techniques. So much so that I’ve written a book about it.

This technique is about playing with blocks, about trying things out, about what ifs.

How to sew, slice and turn a block

If you like disappearing blocks check out my book Turnabout patchwork. It’s a book about slicing and turning blocks like this one.

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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Turnabout patchwork technique

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.

Order Turnabout patchwork by Teresa Mairal Barreu - TeresaDownUnder

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Experimenting with HSTs

Cast off or bind off – easy knitting tutorial

So far we’ve learned to cast on, garter stitch and slipped stitch with garter stitch.

To get better at knitting it’s essential to practice as much as possible.

Typical issues when you start are knitting too tightly, adding stitches or dropping stitches.

With time all these issues disappear.

You can still make it easier for yourself while you’re starting out by using larger needles than required so that your piece isn’t as tight.

Also use quite plain yarn in light colours so you can see the yarn better as you knit.

And if you drop a stitch the best option at the start is to undo all the way to where you dropped your stitch and pick up your stitches from there.

Start with something small such as a scarf for a doll or for yourself in garter stitch. Once you’re confident with the stitch you’re ready to learn purl.

Let’s learn how to finish off a knitting piece in a straight line.

Now put into practice all the knitting you’ve learned so far.

Cast on some stitches on your needle. For instance 35 or 40 stitches, stretch them a bit on your needle to see if that’s the width you’d like your scarf to be.

If too wide, undo a few. If too narrow add a few more stitches.

Knit as many rows as you need for a scarf in garter stitch and when done bind off the piece as you learned above.

Abbreviations on patterns

Mini Square in a square quilt block – Tiny quilt QAL

Square in a square is a classic block. It looks pretty cute in this size.

The block finished size is 3″ x 3″.

The video demonstrates how to make the block with foundation piecing. In such small sizes I find it’s a lot easier to get an accurate block that using traditional piecing. but traditional templates are also available on my Etsy shop.

I used regular copy paper but in small sizes it can be a bit thick.

You can use special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer.

Let’s get to it!

How to make a 3″ Square in a square block

Note: I recently started to use an Add a quarter ruler, the yellow ruler in the video, after some followers recommended it and I have to say it’s a true time saver.

Download the template

Traditional templates

Traditional templates are available on my Etsy shop.

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.

Mini quilt block Square in a square

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

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