These tutorials are designed to supplement the ‘Simple Blocks’ that run on the blog whenever we remember. Download a pdf of each one by clicking on the title below. Each tutorial has step-by-step photos. Go to the blog post(s) for the Simple Blocks associated with each tutorial by clicking on the name of the block.

Rotary Cutting tutorials – These first appeared on our sister blog chrisandbarbaraquilts –  Rotary cutting equipmentRotary cutting straight fabric, Rotary cutting strips, Rotary cutting squares, Rotary cutting right angled triangles (Half-square and quarter-square triangles), Rotary cutting 60 degree angles, Rotary cutting 45 degree angles and finally Rotary cutting peaky and spike triangles. But did you know you can also cut octagons with the rotary cutter? Start with a square and . . .   download the step by octagon cutting instructions here.

Block unit (quick piecing) tutorials


4-patch tutorial.   The simple blocks that go with this tutorial are Double 4-patch and Frayed 4-patch.




9-patch tutorialThe Simple Blocks that go with this tutorial are Double 9-patch, Basketweave and Roadblock.



half-square triangle

half-square triangle tutorial.   The Simple Blocks that go with this tutorial are Calico Puzzle, Contrary Wife, Double X, Churn Dash, Clays Choice, Road to California, Schoolgirls Puzzle, and True Blue.


quarter-square triangle

quarter-square triangle tutorialThe simple blocks that go with this tutorial are Practical OrchardTriplet , Ohio Star , Clown’s Choice , Star X, Big Dipper, and Chains and Hourglass.


Flying Geese

Flying Geese tutorial. This tutorial now includes step-by-step to Folded Flying Geese. A general post about the Flying Geese block and unit is here. The simple blocks that go with this tutorial are Sawtooth Star,  Dutchman’s Puzzle, Next Door Neighbour, Big T, Capital T, Cups and Saucers,


three triangles

Three triangles tutorial    Blocks that go with this tutorial are Turnstile, Mystery Flower Garden, Card Trick, Crow’s Nest Key Lime Pie, Card trickCrow’s Nest, Mystery Flower Garden, Martha Washington’s Star, and Star and Pinwheels.


square in a square

Square in a Square tutorial   A general post about the Square in a Square (sometimes known as Diamond in a Square) unit and block is here. Further blocks associated with this unit/block are Improved Four Patch and Coffin Star, Right and Left, New Album, Susannah, Coxey’s Camp and Monkey Wrench (or Snail Trail)

Mary's Triangles

Square and triangles tutorial. Sometimes known as Mary’s Triangles or Jewel Box, this unit appears in a number of blocks. It also makes an interesting quilt just on its own. Among the blocks using this unit are Album, Grandmother’s Choice, Spinning Tops,



If you want to know more about wadding – what sort to use and when – then have a look at this blog from The Cotton Patch. You can click on the link in the blog to download a handy e-book or another link will take you to a wadding glossary.


Having recently tried to explain to someone over the phone how to make binding, we thought it might be a good idea to have some tutorials on binding as well. So if you’ve  finished the quilting and don’t know what happens next – click on the links below to download advice on various aspects of binding a quilt.

making binding strips

butted binding

mitred binding


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