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From 5 fabric strips to quilt block video tutorial (Hidden wells)

Vídeo tutorial: make a block out of 5 strips of fabric

A while ago I made a similar block with 4 fabric strips of the same width. This time I tried with 5 fabric strips of different widths and this is one of the blocks I got.

The choice of fabrics is important. It works best with high contrasting fabrics and colours.

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How to make this block from 5 fabric strips

Learn how to make this block in 2 minutes:

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Materials

  • 1 red 1 3/4 x 10 inch strip
  • 1 light green 2 1/2 inch x 10 inch strip
  • 1 yellow 3 1/2 x 10 inch strip
  • 1 light red 2 1/2 x 10 inch strip
  • 1 dark green 1 3/4 x 10 inch strip

Block size

12 1/2 inch square.

Arranging the block

After the tutorial you get 4 pieces, two of each:

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

Arrange the 4 pieces to make the block:

Video tutorial: make a block out of 5 strips of fabric

 

Quilt layouts with this block

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

From 5 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial - easy quilting block

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From 3 fabric strips to quilt block – video tutorial

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

Another experimental block or blocks this week.

I’m looking to give it a name. Some fellow quilters have suggested a number of them: Half stripped, The Zipper block, Ripper Zipper, Reflections, Chameleon, Disguised, Topsy turvey, Arrows, Tricuadra, The Envelope, Flip-a-Dee-doo-da!, My joy, Strip Tease, Robbins of life, Directions.

This uses the half square triangle (HST) technique again. The results are quite interesting. This is a block that is very versatile and has many possibilities.

How to make this block and others with just 3 strips of fabric

Learn how to make this block in just over two minutes:

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High contrasting fabrics work best for this type of blocks.

Have a look at some  blocks that can be made with this tutorial (more arrangements can be seen on the video).

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

Some quilt layouts

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorial

From 3 fabric strips to quilt block - video tutorialVideo tutorial: from strips to quilt block

From strips to quilt block: two blocks and the same

2 strip blocks to make with jelly rolls

These two quilt designs are made with the same block. Can you believe that?

Both are made the same way though he result is quite different.

This is how you make them:

Block 1

Block 2

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Block 1

Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Block 2

From strips to quilt block tutorial
From strips to quilt block tutorial

You can see more quilt designs for these 2 blocks on these posts that I wrote a while ago:

Video tutorial: From strips to quilt block (Hidden wells)

From strips to quilt block tutorial

This is a different take on a fun block I posted about. It’s such an easy block and it has so many possibilities, I had to go back to it and explore a bit more.

This technique was developed by Mary Ellen Hopkins in 1989  for her Hidden wells quilt.

How to make this block

Learn how to make this block in two minutes. You only need 4 fabric strips sewn together and sliced into half square triangles (HSTs).

After doing the tutorial you will obtain 8 half square triangles  of in total, 4 of each colour:

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

Arrange the 8 HSTs to obtain the 2 blocks below:


From strips to quilt block tutorial

Alternative block

This is another block you can make with this tutorial. You can see the tutorial for this one as well:

From strips to quilt block tutorial

Alternative block design

From strips to quilt block tutorial
From strips to quilt block tutorial

Quilt designs possible

With the blocks above you can make the quilts below:

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

Using different fabrics

By choosing the fabrics well, you can make striking looking blocks:

Block 1
From strips to quilt block tutorial

Block 2
From strips to quilt block tutorial

Quilt designs

From strips to quilt block tutorial

Alternative arrangement
From strips to quilt block tutorial

From strips to quilt block tutorial

I’m not finished with this block. I will be experimenting more in the near future. Stay tuned.

From strips to quilt block tutorial - you can make many quilt designs with just the half square triangles you obtain after making this tutorial

Quick and easy “Doubly striped Half Square Triangle block” (Hidden wells)

Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

This block can appear to be a bit complex at first sight but it’s quite simple to do. All you need is 4 strips of fabric the same size sewn together. Use high contrasting fabrics for better results. My choice of fabric makes this block a bit hypnotic, don’t you think?

How to make the Doubly striped Half Square Triangle / Hidden wells block

Learn how to make this block in just over one minute:

Make the tutorial twice and make a different block altogether! Learn how:

Some ideas for extending this block

This block can be made into a scrappy quilt by using your fabric scraps or jelly rolls. I do find however than this block works a lot better, and I mean A LOT, if you plan your fabrics and colours.

Colours

For instance, use fabric that are high contrast and alternate them:

  • acqua and black,
  • red and white,
  • red and black,

actually any light colour and black or white would work well.

Use only 2 fabrics, one print and one white or black.

Try with solids. Black and white would look great.

Use complimentary colours or interesting colour combinations. Checks, strips, polka dots, types of fabrics work great.

Work with tone on tone fabrics or with few colours.

Do blocks in 2 different colour schemes that work together and combine the pieces.

Strip width and number

You can play with the width of the strips. To keep it symmetric you need to make sure that your outside strips are the same width and the inside strips are the same width as well.

You can use more than 4 strips too as long as they are even numbers and you keep the width symmetric as well.

Note: Since I made this block I’ve been told repeatedly that this technique was developed by the 3 dudes however I have come across earlier examples of this type of block going back to 1989 and Mary Ellen Hopkins and her quilt Hidden wells. Go to google and look up Hidden wells and you’ll see so many quilts using this technique. They’re spectacular.

As you can see the possibilities for this block are quite incredible. The quilt layouts are also varied.

Quilt layout with sashing

Layout 1

Quilt with sashingQuilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Layout 2

Quilt with sashing in black. Other colours can be used to match your choice of fabric for the block.

Quilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Quilt layout without sashing

Quilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

Alternative placement of blocksQuilt design - Easy block tutorial - from fabric strips to quilt block

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.

Order Turnabout patchwork by Teresa Mairal Barreu - TeresaDownUnder

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Have you made any of my quilts or tutorials?

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Visual process

From strips to quilt block - half square triangles block