Quick and easy patchwork quilts – with a “turnabout” twist (+ giveaway!)

Sew . . . what is Turnabout Patchwork? Sounds kind of intriguing, right?

Turnabout Patchwork

Here’s the gist: you start with a simple block—a Snowball, a Nine Patch, a Shoofly, you get the idea—easy. Then you slice, turn, and sew slices back together. That’s when you see the magic happen!

Turnabout Patchwork blocks
This block started as a huge half-square triangle!

It’s hard to believe such complex-looking quilts can come from such easy-to-sew blocks, but Aussie quilter Teresa Mairal Barreu’s turnabout techniques transform even the most basic blocks into showstopping quilts. In some cases slicing isn’t even necessary—just turn units as directed for unique designs!

From Turnabout Patchwork

Each chapter focuses on a single block; just follow along to sew, slice, turn, and sew again. And with the 23 quilt patterns included, you can make lap quilts, runners, and more with the turnabout blocks you create.

We’re happy to have Teresa here as a guest writer today to tell you more about her new book and her twisty-turny techniques!

Teresa Mairal BarreuTurnabout Patchwork is all about playing with blocks. I was excited by the prospect of creating a series of original patterns and designs with this slice-and-turn technique.

On my YouTube channel, TeresaDownUnder, I’ve shared my excitement and quilting discoveries with patchwork devotees for many years. Turnabout Patchwork represents a new adventure—and the possibility of connecting with existing followers and new quilters alike.

Playing with blocks—making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (or sometimes two smaller blocks)—can yield endless quilt tops. It’s very satisfying. Here’s a little video example of the blocks and quilts in the book:

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The basic blocks I present are a great introduction to quilting. Quarter Snowball, Shoofly, and Nine Patch blocks are as easy as it gets. You can learn to make all three and transform them into Turnabout blocks in no time.

Turnabout Patchwork block

You’ll find that most of the projects in Turnabout Patchwork are suitable for beginners or even first-time quilters. Let the block party begin!

Turnabout PatchworkThanks for sharing a peek into your turnabout world, Teresa!

We’ve got a copy of Turnabout Patchwork to give away to one winner today! To enter your name in the drawing, tell us in the comments:

What’s the last quilting technique you tried for the first time?

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to join Teresa on a turnabout adventure, purchase Turnabout Patchwork at our website and we’ll send you a link to instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Marlene, who says:

“Recently tried paper piecing….challenging”

We’ll email you about your prize, Marlene—congratulations!


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