Piecing Traditional Quilt Blocks with Video Tutorials

Sometimes a visual aid is better when learning a new quilt or piecing technique. Penny Haren, author of Quilt Block Fusion created five informative quilting video tutorials to accompany the quilt patterns in her book.

These quilting technique videos use paper templates and rulers to make heirloom-quality quilt blocks, such as a Dresden Plate and Grandmother’s Flower Garden, without the difficulty. Her simple techniques to make these traditional blocks save an ample amount of time.

Ready to pick up new piecing techniques? Take a look at these previews of Penny’s videos and dive right in!

Dresden Plate Quilt Block


Pick your flavor: a rounded Dresden Plate or pointed Dresden Plate. Penny has two videos explaining how she makes each Dresden Plate in 15 minutes. Use the free templates, a glue stick and a little bit of appliqué to make this traditional block. Watch both videos to learn how to make either Dresden Plate quilt block without waste of fabric or time. Watch the video tutorials now!

Grandmother’s Flower Garden


The Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt block is the quintessential traditional block. In Penny’s video tutorial, she shows you how to use 3 paper templates to make this block. The hexagon pieces are swiftly stitched together as Penny demonstrates how this traditional block doesn’t have to take a lot of time. As she says, “It’s a TV watching activity!” Start watching this tutorial!

Paper Piecing


Take a look at this two-part video for a comprehensive lesson on paper piecing. Penny demonstrates every step of the process, from choosing the right foundation paper to finishing the project with the last stitch. This quilting video ensure success for beginning paper piecers. Though the tutorial accompanies a pattern from Penny’s book, Quilt Block Fusion, it is a great tutorial for any quilter looking to venture into paper piecing. Learn how to paper piece today!

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