You may remember my 16 half square triangle sampler quilt. This is the binding I used for it. I love it!
A flange adds a very special touch to the finish of your quilt. It doesn’t take much longer to add a flange than to use regular plain binding. Actually, it takes less time because there’s no hand sewing involved.
Have I convinced you yet? Check it out for yourself.
Video tutorial: machine binding with a flange or faux piping
This is how you add a flange to your quilt quickly and easily:
This tutorial goes only for over 2 minutes but it teaches you the basics of free motion quilting. It also suggests some easy free motion patterns to start with.
How to do free motion quilting video tutorial
You can do free motion quilting on a domestic machine.
You will need to use a darning foot and lower the feed dogs of your machine so you can move the quilt sandwich freely.
Start with small projects.
You can try with one block or potholder. Why not use the Disappearing pinwheel block that appears on the video tutorial to start?
Free motion is not hard but it requires quite a few hours of practice to get confident at it. Think of it as learning to write.
Above all be patient. Your first attempts may be awful but don’t give up. Practice makes perfect.
How to make an easy rail fence quilting block
- 3 strips 15 x 1 1/2 inches of dark fabric
- 3 strips 15 x 1 1/2 inches of medium volume fabric
- 3 strips 15 x 1 1/2 inches of low volume fabric
By combining the strips in different ways and then arranging the resulting squares in different ways you can obtain different blocks and quilt designs.
Quilt designs you can make
This block could also be called disappearing Half square triangles. With this block you can make a few different quilt designs.
How to make a half pinwheels and bows block
Learn how to make a half pinwheels and bows block in 2 minutes:
Materials for one disappearing pinwheel block
- Two 9 inch squares in contrasting fabrics
The finished block is 10 1/2 inches square.
Some quilt designs using this block
Half pinwheels and bows quilt block tutorial
Watch how to make a buzzsaw quilt block also called delectable mountains block in 2 minutes
Buzzsaw or delectable mountains blocks
These 2 pieces are obtained with the video tutorial. These pieces can be arranged in different ways to make different quilt designs.
Quilt designs with this block
This one is an unusual one but a pretty one. You can use different colours for each strip or make it in ombré tones.
This one is a classic layout for this type of block. It can be done scrappy.
Again, this one is a classic design and it can also be made scrappy.
I quite like this one.
And also this one.
If you use this tutorial to make anything, and you post your photos on Instagram please tag me @teresadownunder. I’d love to see what you make.