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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.

Valentine’s Day project: foundation paper piecing for beginners with free heart pattern video tutorial

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

A new block today using one my favourite patchwork techniques: foundation paper piecing.

Finished block size: 7 1/4 inch square.

Free pattern

How to make the heart foundation paper piecing block

This is a short 4 minute video tutorial showing how you do foundation paper piecing:

Close up of heart block

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

You can make a mini quilt or a full quilt. Mix and match colours. Use your fabric scraps to make this heart block.

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

Possible quilt design

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

Leaf block – Foundation paper piecing pattern

Leafy medallion quilt

Make Leafy medallion quilt using one single block

One simple block, many possibilities. You can play with colours and placement for this one.

How to do foundation paper piecing

You can learn the principles of foundation piecing on this 2 minute video. These principles can be applied to any foundation piecing blocks no matter how complex they are.

Materials

Make the pattern 4 times to make one block. Each patter has 3 pieces. For one pattern cut:

  • Piece 1: 5 1/4 inch square of fabric
  • Piece 2 and 3:  4 inch square cut into 2 triangles of background fabric

Pattern

The pattern has 2 identical pieces:

  • Download the  Leaf block (pdf) – make sure you print the pattern at 100%

The diagram below is one possible block you can make with this pattern.

Putting together this block takes a very short time and it’s a perfect block for a beginner in foundation paper piecing.

The video above explains in detail how to start, the placement of the first piece on the back of the pattern, when to trim off excess fabric, etc.

I made one block like the diagram using different colour fabrics.

I pinned and stitched the white triangles at the same time.

Press well and trim off along the pattern’s edge.

This is another possible block layout.

How to use this block

You can use this block in many ways. Depending on the choice of colours and placements the quilt designs can be very different.

Have a look at 11 different quilt layouts you can do with this pattern. Each quilt is about 36 inch square, a bit more for those with sashing.

Leafy medallion quilt – version 2

Leafy medallion quilt - version 2

Wheat spikes

Wheat spikes quilt

Double accordion

Double accordion quilt

Leafy medallion version 2

Medallion quilt version 3

Cross roads

Crossroads quilt

Crossroads variation

Crossroads version 2

Dashed lines

Leafy medallion

Dashed lines 2

Colourful medallion quilt

Colourful medallion quilt

Let me know if the video tutorial helped you learn foundation paper piecing.

Happy piecing!