I am so excited to be part of the blog hop to promote Teresa Mairal Barreu’s fabulous new book, Turnabout Patchwork.
The clear instructions and unpretentious style make this book a super beginner’s choice. Teresa’s playful approach to quilt design means it’s also an inspiring read for those of you who love to create your own unique projects. After reading this book, you will never look at quilt blocks in quite the same way again!
One of the great things about Teresa’s sew, cut, twist approach is that you can apply it to so many different blocks, far beyond those covered in the book. Turnabout Patchwork contains an impressive number of projects but learning Teresa’s techniques opens up a limitless amount of design possibilities.
‘Sweet Bows’ Pillow
When it came to choosing projects, I loved Teresa’s ‘Sweet Bows’ adaptation of the classic snowball block. These straightforward little blocks came together in no time.
My version differs from Teresa’s as I emphasised the spinning pinwheel motif in the ‘Sweet Bows’ block. Mixing the clean colours of the quilting cottons with the texture of linen gave the pillow a vintage feel. If you follow this blog, you will know that I love that look!
Four blocks were just perfect to make an 18″ cushion for an antique chair my husband picked up which he is inordinately proud of it! I quilted around the pinwheels and then added a wavy grid in a neutral thread over the entire cushion front to emphasise the movement in the blocks.
I completed the pillow with a simple pieced envelope back closure. If you’re thinking I was a bit skimpy with the teal floral fabric, well I was as I love it so much and can’t bear the thought of running out. A mere pillow back did not seem worthy of a big strip of such a cherished print!
I have a FREE pdf copy of Turnabout Patchwork to give away. To enter, add a comment below and one winner will be chosen by using The Eldest One as a random number generator. (He might be too sophisticated for such frivolity these days in which case one of the others will oblige.) Please make sure you include your email address in your comment so I can notify you if you are the lucky winner.
You can purchase your copy of Turnabout Patchwork here.
Do you enjoy traditional piecing? Do you have a favourite block? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Check out another version of Teresa’s cute ‘Sweet Bows’ quilt at Kate Colleran’s Seams like a dream.
See more of the designs in Turnabout Patchwork by visiting the other stops on the blog hop, the full schedule is at the end of this post.
Check out more pillow designs in my shop.
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UPDATE: Congratulations, Rosalind! You were the winner of the copy of Turnabout Patchwork. I hope you love your new book!
The Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop Schedule
January 30 – Quarter Snow Ball
February 1 – Modern Shoofly
- Gretchen Wylegala blog: Snug Harbor Quilts
February 2 – Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares
Rose Garden Star
- Anne Boundy blog: Said with Love
- Becca Fenstermaker blog: Pretty Piney
February 4 – Striped Fabric Block
Xs and Os
- Cheryl Brown blog: QuilterChic
- Stephanie Jacobson blog: Steph Jacobson Design
February 6 – Coordinated Strips
- Afton Warrick blog: Quilting Mod
Diamond and Crosses
Knots and Crosses
February 8 – Double Disappearing Nine-Patch
- Sherry Shish blog: Powered by Quilting
Two for One
- Mania Hatziioannidi blog: Mania for Quilts