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Turnabout Patchwork Blog Tour

By February 2, 2019March 2nd, 2019blog

I have been following Teresa on Instagram for some time now, and was thrilled for her when she announced her first book “Turnabout Patchwork” was being published by Martingdale!

It is a great book with lots of fun ways to make blocks then cut them and make something even more amazing! The tag line for the book is ‘Simple Quilts with a Twist’ ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep on reading to find out how you could win a copy for yourself!

The book is out now and would be well worth the purchase for a newish quilter wanting to extend themselves and do some fun new things with some simple blocks. Some of these quilts look amazing!

The instructions are clear with lots of diagrams and explanations ๐Ÿ™‚

The block I chose was the Half Square Triangles and Squares block that gets a cool twist to end up with the Rose Garden Star Quilt!

This year I am making a concerted effort to use my stash, so whilst this pattern called for yardage, the blocks are all less than 10″ square, so I popped out my April Showers layer cake (by Bonnie & Camille)!

The cutting instructions said to trim to a little less than a 10″ square, but as the HSTs need to be trimmed again later I left my squares at the 10″ and then did all my trimming at once! Win, win!

And I wanted to make a larger quilt than the pattern; the pattern calls for 16 blocks, however I made 30 blocks! Yep, they are fun and easy after the first few and I just powered through them!

This made my quilt a good size for cuddling on the couch.

And I chose this very curvy pattern to quilt on Lily the Longarm – I didn’t want to distract the eye too much from the rose garden star pattern, so an all over quilting design worked well.

Teresa has generously offered a digital copy of her book to one of you to win! This is open internationally.

Please comment below with which fabric you have hoarded away and are going to use this year! (please note that the comments are held in moderation so will not show up immediately but will show once I have authorised them!). I will select a winner on Tuesday the 5th February.

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED – congratulations Cynthia Knapp! A digital version of the book will be heading your way soon!

And head on over to Teresa’s blog for more information about her book.

Here are all the other wonderful people who are making things from her book on this blog tour!

January 30 – Quarter Snow Ball


Sweet Bows


Sun Dunes

February 1 – Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows

Flying Butterflies

Flying Flags

Flying Confetti

February 2 – Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star



Diamond Star

February 4 – Striped Fabric Block


Xs and Os



February 6 – Coordinated Strips


Diamond and Crosses

Knots and Crosses

February 8 – Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis

Stepping Stones

Two for One


This is another finish for 2019 first quarter Finishalong #2019FALย  #2019FALSWL


  • Sarah Scott says:

    You did such a wonderful job – I am definitely adding this quilt to my must make list!

  • Ann Reynold says:

    I donโ€™t have a big stash of material hoarded away but Iโ€™m working on it! I usually buy it as I need. That is about to change as I just bought a few lots of liberty while away. There might be a pattern in the book I could use the liberty for!

  • karenbbsnow says:

    Great quilt. I’ve hoarded a fat quarter bundle of True Colors …..I finally cut into it last week ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jayne P says:

    I have a layer cake that has been sitting around for a while. This would be a great way to use it.

  • Tracee says:

    I have some b&c Miss Kate flannel that needs to be a snuggly winter quilt this year. I love how these designs are easy sew coupled with clever cutting, just what I need.

  • Bridget Fletcher says:

    โ€œCollective Sunrise โ€œ by Kaffe Fasset. This quilt would look amazing in this gorgeous fabric range

  • Nancy Lewis says:

    I love your quilt, and I know if Teresa designed it, it was easy to make too!! I have made a Hunter’s Star in a solid teal, but I’m really liking your color choices. I have a 30’s repo fabric that I think would look good made up with this pattern.

    • SWL says:

      It was fun and easy (two things I like about making quilts!) I have been wanting to make a Hunter’s Star for ages and this was just perfect! It looks awesome in solids too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer Mussard says:

    Wow – so beautiful. I just dug through my stash and found a Benartex layer cake I picked up at Tuesday Morning awhile back. It might be called Transformation – bright colors and bold prints. It’s gonna be perfect!

    • SWL says:

      Oooh… that sounds like it will look fantastic! I think the brighter the colours the better for this pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karen A says:

    I love the fabric you used for this quilt. I have a collection of Civil war prints that would be great for this quilt.

  • Cynthia Knapp says:

    I have been wanting to make a quilt like this for some time. Thank you for the inspiration. I have been hoarding quite a bit of Kaffe Fassett material and plan to start a quilt this month with it.

    • SWL says:

      It is so good to use the hoarded fabrics! You have a wonderful quilt that is used and looked at way more often than it does sitting on a shelf ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun using up your Kaffe!

    • SWL says:

      And CONGRATULATIONS Cynthia! You are the winner of our competition and you will be receiving a digital version of Teresa’s book Turnabout Patchwork soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love this, and love the sizing up that you did. It looks nice in the book with the border, and your version looks great, too!

    • SWL says:

      Thanks Gretchen! I am not a big fan of borders (unless there is really no other way to make it the size you want!) so I just keep on making blocks to get it big enough!!

  • Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    Great quilt & perfect fabric choice. I have a stash of red, white & blue fabric for a quilt of valor that I will use this year. It will be my 4th QOV project.

  • Debra Campbell says:

    You did that pattern justice – beautiful quilt!

  • TERi says:

    Love your quilt! I have hoarded batiks and really want to use them this year. This would be perfect project.

  • Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    I have been collecting solid fabrics to make a quilt…this pattern would be perfect for them!!! Love your quilt!

    • SWL says:

      Susan this would definitely look awesome in solids!! If I get a chance later this year I think I will do one in solids as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Liz Horgan says:

    Wow–this looks like a great pattern that I’d love to try!
    I have a bunch of fat quarter bundles and layer cakes that I could use!

  • Laura M says:

    I have some Alison Glass fabrics “waiting” for just the right project. Do love the movement in this quilt design.

  • Anne Dawson says:

    I have a few fat quarter bundles I want to use. Love your quilt

  • Donna Vunderink says:

    I love the fabrics in your quilt. Especially, the umbrella fabric. I might have to get some. This must be the year of using your stash everywhere. It’s the theme for our quilt guild this year. I don’t have a particular fabric in my stash to use up this year. It’s just a year of shop my stash first before buying fabric for a new project.

    • SWL says:

      Sadly the umbrella fabric is pretty hard to find these days (April Showers came out in 2013) but shopping your stash means you can find / unearth some beautiful treasures that you have forgotten about! So many wonderful quilts to be made!

  • Bobbi Luckow says:

    This is such a fun look!! I am hoarding my solid color block precuts. I love the secondary patter of the stars.

  • Renee Boyett says:

    I’ve been collection France/Paris, France themed fabrics for a couple years and now have a healthy stash full of them. The size of the blocks and pieces for this pattern will make it very easy to display the larger prints I have. This is definitely a win!

    • SWL says:

      How wonderful! They will make a wonderful quilt! You could even make your blocks a little bigger to make sure you see ALL the print!

  • Adrienne Gorman says:

    I love this quilt and Iโ€™m definitely adding this one to my list. This is a quilt I could use one of those hard to cut into fabric โ€œcoz theyโ€™re too prettyโ€ packs!!

    • SWL says:

      Hehe…. don’t we all have a few of those sitting around! Definitely crack them open and use them….. the fabric always looks even BETTER make up into a quilt!

  • Jane says:

    This is a beautiful rendition of this pattern!
    I have been “hoarding” beautiful rainbow batiks.. perhaps they would be good for a go at this pattern…?

  • Nancy says:

    I have finally used a beautiful jelly roll..(so hard to unroll those lovely things!!) for a Judy Neimeyer quilt! Your quilt turned out great! Thanks for sharing.

    • SWL says:

      Hehe…. I too have a hard time opening up a jelly roll…..they are just soooo pretty! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yours will look fabulous I am sure!

  • Janet T says:

    I have been saving a couple pieces for a quilt for a few years, and got it out last week. I am now looking for the pattern. When I finally find that, I will start that quilt, and hope to finish it before the end of the year. Hopefully……

  • Pamela Reim says:

    I have been collecting a lot of low volume FQs I hope to use as background for an applique quilt.

  • Christi says:

    I have some Liberty squares calling me. Love the Hunter’s Star.

  • Your Rose Garden Star Quilt is gorgeous. The April Showers fabric just makes me sing! Last year I found and fell in love with the Villa Romana line for Robert Kaufman and had to sneak some in to my stash. I think this just might be the pattern that it has to come out of hiding for! Iโ€™ve been following Teresa for a few years and did test one of her patterns. She has me hooked on her make and cut ideas!

    • SWL says:

      That sounds wonderful Carol! Teresa has done a wonderful job with her book and all her patterns! Enjoy making with your Villa Romana!

  • Mary D says:

    I have several fabrics I wanna use in 2019. They are not hoarded fabrics but just haven’t used them. That should change this year. I love this quilt. A hunter’s star using hst. How nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • SWL says:

      I have been enjoying going through my stash and finding some ‘oldies but goodies’ in there! Have fun sewing up yours!

  • Shawn says:

    Beautiful. I need to make this using my Alison glass sunprints fabric

  • Barbara Colvin says:

    I have some Kaffee Fasset and some Anna Maria Horner fabrics that I have been saving for several years (read 8-10). I think this is the year!

  • Kathy L says:

    I have fabric that was my mother’s from back in the fifties. One of these days I will use it.

  • Catherine Odle says:

    I love this quilt! I have sooo much stash I can’t pick a favorite. This year I am finishing really old UFO projects, next year I will use some of that stash.

  • Kathie L says:

    I have some Dutch chintz that I bought in Amsterdam. I need a special project.

  • Kathy h says:

    I have a Christmas layer cake from Me and My Sister that I have been looking to use with a great pattern. This looks like one!

  • Susan says:

    All of my fabric is hoarded and needs to be used up!

    • SWL says:

      Hahahahaha! Just start with one project, use something lovely from your stash and get that buzz of a finished project in gorgeous fabrics. Repeat ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gina S. says:

    I was scrolling through blogs and came across yours with this lovely quilt. I love that you used a layer cake. So very pretty!

  • Linda Williamson says:

    I have some Art Gallery fabrics from Sharon Holland that would look lovely using this pattern. Thanks for sharing your quilt and the giveaway.

  • Susan S says:

    I have some Alison Glass that I’ve been hoarding and adding to and this year I’m going to use it!

    • SWL says:

      Definitely do! Alison Glass fabrics look amazing in pretty much everything I have ever seen them in! Quilts, bags, everything!

  • Allison Evrard says:

    My fabric stash includes an incredible amount of Kansas Troubles fabrics, some from years past that aren’t available anymore. Guess I should use some up!

    • SWL says:

      Hehe…. I do encourage you to use up lovely fabrics… whilst they are lovely to look at and pat occasionally, they are even better made into a project that can be used and loved by more than just ourselves!

  • Ali says:

    Great quilt! I have been hoarding some french fabrics that I bought two years ago – they are a layer cakeof reds and beiges that would make a great quilt!

  • Julie Schloemer says:

    Oh I like this!! Especially in April Showers fabric. I’m tall so I’m always making quilts bigger. Congratulations on your finish on behalf of the 2019 FAL team.

    • SWL says:

      Thanks Julie for taking the time to visit my blog! So glad I used the April Showers… nice to get it out of the stash and into use!

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