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Assembling the blocks – Turnabout patchwork QAL

This week we’ll assemble the blocks.

Follow the instructions on page 23 of Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist for a diagram showing how to assemble the blocks.

I’ve made a video with some more tips to help you sewing the blocks together.

Assembling the blocks

You can again chain piece the pieces as you assemble the blocks. It’s a great time saver.

When pressing to the sides, swirling seams are great because they make for flatter seams. Check out this technique by Eleanor Burns on the video.

What’s next?

Finish making all your blocks for next week and have them ready to do quilt-as-you-go.

You can share your progress on my Facebook group.

Are you just joining the QAL?

Don’t worry. Check out the previous posts. You can still catch up.

Share pictures of your quilt

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.

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

Mini nine patch quilt block – Tiny quilt QAL

Welcome to the first block in the Tiny Quilt QAL.

The block’s finished size is 3″ x 3″.

All the blocks are made with foundation piecing. In such small sizes it’s a lot easier to get an accurate block that using traditional piecing.

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″ nine patch 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.

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

Quilting tips – turnabout patchwork QAL

Have you made your fabric choice?

I’m using an old collection called Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket for my Flying confetti that’s no longer available. I also chose to use a variety of fabrics rather than following the pattern to the letter.

I can make some fabric recommendations that I think would work well for this quilt.

I love Valori Wells Murmur collection. And I love anything Bonnie and Camille. And to honour the name of the quilt, what about the Metallic Ombre Confetti fabric collection by V and Co,

So today we’ll start cutting the pieces to assemble the blocks.

Follow the instructions on page 16 of Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist to make the blocks.

I’ve made a video with some tips to help you make the quilt.

Quilting tips

Chain piecing, pressing, pressing, trimming half square triangles.

Pressing your seams open or to the side? That is the question!

I mostly press my seams open but sometimes I press to the side.

In my video tutorial I’m pressing to the side but feel free to press your seams open. Use a small stitch length to avoid the stitching showing when the quilt is stretched on a long arm frame.

There are many reasons why some quilters prefer one method over the other. Often it goes back to how they learned to quilt.

Some of the reasons to press to the side:

  • If you want to do stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.
  • If you wish to submit your quilt to a show that requires your seams to be pressed to the side.
  • It’s easier and faster.
  • It’s easier to match point by nesting seams.
  • It may make seams stronger.

On the other hand pressing your seams open produces much flatter seams and thinner seams that are easier to quilt by hand.

It’s up to you which method you use.

If you have any experience or opinion about how best to press your seams please leave a comment.

What’s next?

Cut all your pieces, and make all the HSTs and get ready for next week to put it all together.

QAL schedule

Have you missed any Turnabout patchwork QAL tutorials?

Share pictures of your quilt

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.

On Instagram use #turnaboutpatchwork and #flyingconfettiquilt.

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

Tiny Quilt Sew Along

It’s a bit crazy but I’m starting another sew along! This one will have 11 posts and we’ll learn lots of things.

You’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at foundation piecing or just consolidate your skills.

You’ll learn about self binding, and other bits and pieces along the way.

Or maybe you’ll just join for the fun!

The quilt has 9 three inch blocks assembled with sashing.

I made all the blocks with foundation piecing. In such small sizes it’s a lot easier to get an accurate block that using traditional piecing.

I normally use regular copy paper but in small sizes it can be a bit thick. You can use special paper for foundation piecing if you prefer.

During the QAL you’ll be able to download the foundation piecing templates for free.

Downloads

Not fond of foundation piecing? Don’t worry, you can download the traditional templates from my Etsy shop.

Tiny Quilt sew along schedule

Facebook group

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.

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

Turnabout Patchwork Quilt Along Schedule

I will be running a quilt along for my quilt Flying Confetti starting on 4 July.

If you’d like to quilt along you’ll need to get my book Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist and then follow along with me over several weeks.

Check out the QAL schedule.

As well as making a quilt, the QAL will focus on different techniques such as swirling seams, pressing seams, quilt-as-you-go, binding by machine, faux piping binding among others.

I hope you join me!

Facebook event – sign up here, it’s free! You still can join in without signing in Facebook.

Share pictures of your quilt

Don’t forget to join my Facebook group so you can share photos of your quilts and blocks, see everyone else’s quilts or just share tips and experiences.

On Instagram use #turnaboutpatchwork and #flyingconfettiquilt.

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