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BIRDS AND BANKSIA BLOCK: Island Home Part 8

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

Part 8 is a pretty applique block but there's more to this tutorial than meets the eye!

The videos are free for everyone to learn and enjoy on YouTube, click on the video at the bottom of this post to watch.

In the part 8 tutorial we show how to square an applique block with a regular patchwork ruler.

It’s a quick 10-minute tutorial and it’s a handy skill to add to your patchwork and quilting repertoire.


You'll also see a quick recap of the 1 to 3 quilt as you go method, as we join the applique block to the Diamond Star Block. This is an easy, fully machine sewn, no sashing method.


If you're interested in easy applique, then don't miss our applique video, it's moving, inspiring and educational. You'll realise that there is a deeper meaning to pretty pictures that are made with fabric! One comment we received was that it was better than a TV show!

We also think that our Birds and Banksia applique would make a beautiful cushion.

(The course notes are available separately and contain full size pattern sheets)


This video shows how to make an easy cushion with no piping or zipper.


We are very excited with how the Island Home mystery quilt is coming together! The Birds and Banksia block takes pride of place at the top of the quilt.



Interested in the Island Home course notes? This is how you get them:


Pay as you go

The course notes are available to purchase on our website here.

Become an Island Home Facebook Member

More info here

Already an Island Home Facebook Member:

Head to the private Facebook group, click on GUIDES to download the course notes.

Please note: Facebook members do not have access to the Island Home members section on our website because we are phasing it out).

Early Bird Members:

Click here. (You must be logged in to our website to access the course notes)

If you are in the Island Home Facebook group, you can also download the course notes there.


We hope that you enjoy episode 8 of the Island Home series.

Have a creative week!

Monica and Alaura xo



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Donna Hansen
Donna Hansen
Dec 21, 2022

I’m 75 and just started quilting a few years ago. I couldn’t quilt a full finished quilt on my machine due to attempting to pin it together on floor or bed. Back and neck problems. Your quilt as you go method has aloud me to be able to finish a quilt. Thank you so much. Y grandchild can now have a memory of me in a quilt.

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Monica Poole
Monica Poole
Dec 21, 2022
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You are most welcome!

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