Tutorials From Across Quilty Land

One of the best parts about the online sewing community is how generous everyone is with posting free tutorials on their blogs. After finding a few new ones (to me) this week, I thought it’d be fun to share some links.

1. Crossed Quilt Block by Ellen at The Long Thread
2. Scrap Jar Stars by Amber at A Little Bit Biased
3. Japanese X and + Scrappy by Amy at Badskirt
4. Ribbon Star by Lee at Freshly Pieced
5. Texas Star by Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches
6. Spiderweb Block by Heather at House of Ala Mode
7. Square Square Paper Piecing Template by Tamiko of Patchwork Notes (For those of you that have never paper pieced and want to make Tamiko’s block, you can find beginner paper piecing directions here or here.)
8. Herringbone Block by Holly at Bijou Lovely

Those stars above would be great additions to the stars we are making for the Solstice Stars Series. Aren’t we lucky to have such a talented group of friends online? Makes me very happy!

Have you written a great quilt block tutorial or have you found one that has inspired you? I’d love to hear about more in the comments!



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    January 20, 2012

    Good range of tutorials 🙂

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      Debra Bento

      January 20, 2012

      Thanks for the tutorials. Can’t wait to get started on the crossed quilt block!

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    January 20, 2012

    Lots of talent out there!

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    Carolyn S.

    January 20, 2012

    Thanks so much for putting these all together. I’ve got a bunch randomly scattered around my Pinterest board, too.
    I love Pinterest and one day I might actually organize all the fun, because I have “starred” a lot of blogs that have tutorials also, and then there’s the downloaded pdfs either printed out or in a folder on my computer. There should be no lack of information or inspiration!

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    January 20, 2012

    Great collection of tutes there, I hadn’t seen some of them before, thanks for sharing :o)

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    January 20, 2012

    Thanks for sharing these great tutorials! One of the things that got me back into quilting was being able to find so many wonderful resources and ideas (& free tutorials!) online. I just wrote my first tutorial last week: http://cityhousestudio.blogspot.com/2012/01/scrappy-asterisk-tutorial.html

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    January 20, 2012

    i’m so happy to have discovered badskirt this week! i used my fabric obsession’s tutorial for a sunrise star (http://myfabricobsession.blogspot.com/2011/02/tutorial-sunrise-star-pillow.html) to make the first block for my first sampler quilt (http://heartbreakhomestead.blogspot.com/2012/01/starry-skies-sampler-block-no-1.html).

    thank you for sharing your finds!

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    January 20, 2012

    Wonderful collection, I was thinking of doing something herringbone so I will pop along and take a look.
    I have a couple of simple ones on my blog, a 6 pointed star and a simple pinwheel.
    Have a great weekend. kx

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    Maureen Cracknell Handmade

    January 20, 2012

    What a great collection of tutorials!!

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    January 20, 2012

    Thanks for this! I have one tutorial to share, for a mini ‘x’ quilt: http://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2011/11/mini-x-quilt-top-tutorial.html.

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    January 20, 2012

    Thanks for the links! One can never have too many quilt block tutorials!
    Last summer I started the Skill Builder Sampler and have many tutorials and links to tutorials listed here: http://sewnbyleila.blogspot.com/p/skill-builder-sampler.html

    Some of my favorite block tutorials that I have written are:
    Arizona: http://sewnbyleila.blogspot.com/2011/07/block-4-arizona-we-can-do-it-skill.html
    Double Star: http://sewnbyleila.blogspot.com/2011/08/9-double-star.html
    Diamond Dash (aka easiest paper pieced block ever): http://sewnbyleila.blogspot.com/2011/10/15-diamond-dash.html

    I have also linked up to many well written tutorials (why reinvent the wheel?) including your Starry Night block. Thanks for all your great tutorials!!!

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    January 20, 2012

    Thanks for the links!

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    January 20, 2012

    I totally agree about the generosity of quilty bloggers. I have so many things I want to try, and I think I’ve just added several more from your list.

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    January 20, 2012

    fabulous round up! and I was just thinking about ellen’s crossed quilt block this morning on my way to work. maybe some pillows for meeee! 🙂

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    January 20, 2012

    i used a similar spiderweb block tutorial by elizabeth hartman on sew mama sew (http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2010/04/spiderweb-block-sew-along/) and instead of drawing those lines on EVERY triangle, i made a template out of a square of cardboard with the diamond cut out. So i just lined it up and traced the lines on every triangle… make sense? I don’t have a picture online. Made it soooo much quicker!

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    January 20, 2012

    So, I had a couple minutes and pulled all my tutorials into one board, and then pinned this post onto to capture the links to even MORE tutorials. I have tutorials for ever now!

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    January 20, 2012

    I love tutorials, I think its so great to share. I recently started Tutorial Tuesday, a weekly link up for anyone thats written or used a tutorial so hopefully others can find some new tuts to look at. I have also written a couple in the last few weeks, a checkerboard block and a union jack block. Im off to check out Tamikos tutorial now, thanks for the links

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    January 20, 2012

    Oh, cute! I hadn’t seen those scrap jar stars.

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    cinzia allocca

    January 21, 2012

    Thanks for the links! I love the Japanese X, especially. I was just working on a new modern block today. I’ll post about it soon!

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    January 22, 2012

    I’ve tried a few of these! Thanks for the info, ginna get everyone now!