FTC Disclosure

Welcome to my stop on the Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop! That Patchwork Place sent me an electronic copy of Teresa Mairal Barreu‘s new book, Turnabout Patchwork, and I agreed to make two projects from the book and blog about them (one today, and one tomorrow!).

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My first project is one of Teresa’s Modern Shoofly block variations, called Flying Flags. The design felt a little nautical to me, so I started out by choosing a navy blue polka dot fabric (Dots by Sandy Gervais for Moda) and Kona solid in Indigo. I started going through my stash for the perfect yellow fabric to set off those dark blues–and not coincidentally, to match my living room–when I spotted an electrifying orange (Grunge Basics by Moda). Alas for my living room decor, it felt like a perfect fit!

Turnabout Patchwork Flying Flags Fabric Choices

Teresa’s instructions to make the block are crystal clear. Since I planned to make a 16″ square pillow, I needed to add some borders, and I decided that an extra bit of orange in a flange would add just the right amount of POP.

Turnabout Patchwork Flying Flags Flange

The top was finished. I opted for some stitch-in-the-ditch and simple straight line quilting with my walking foot and YLI invisible thread.

Turnabout Patchwork Flying Flags Pillow Top

I used my snazzy new invisible zipper foot on my Bernina 550QE to install a zipper and make the cover easy to remove for washing. I’ve installed invisible zippers without this foot, but it really does make it easier. Check out the video below.

Turnabout Patchwork Flying Flags Pillow

In short, I enjoyed making this pillow using Teresa’s block instructions from Turnabout Patchwork. I love the concept of taking a block and slicing it up to create something entirely new–and I’m excited about trying a project combining several turnabout patterns made from the same block at some point down the road.

Teresa and the fine people at That Patchwork Place are generously providing an e-book for me to give away, plus Teresa will send you a pattern of your choice from her Etsy shop! Check out the Rafflecopter widget for all of the different ways you can enter.

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Don’t forget to visit all of the participating bloggers!

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


25 Replies to “Turnabout Patchwork: Flying Flags Pillow

  1. Love your pillow. The colors are great! I have only made a couple pillows. One had a zipper, one with snaps, and one with the envelope technique.

  2. Cut pillow and now I am jealous of that invisible zipper foot! I had an old plastic one and was thinking I may never use it. Now I am wanting an expensive one…..go figure.

  3. I do like to make pillows, but I usually just finish by overlapping fabric on the back. I should try the zipper method on my next one, just to “up” my skill set. Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. I may actually try my hand at the zipper – I just need to go for it! I love your block – I’m always wowed at how different a block looks when it’s cut up again. It makes sense, but really – such a difference!

  5. Pretty pillow! I have made 5 last year, usually with an envelope closure. It’s a good way to try out patterns and blocks, and use them in pillows!

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