Textured quilt sampler free project

This is a sampler quilt that explores texture in fabric.

The quilt has 25 blocks. Each block is made out of a centre 5 inch square featuring some fabric texture. Then a 3 1/2 wide border encloses each centre square.

The colour scheme is red and white/cream alternating reds and white/cream for the centre square and border.

Some of the textures show better on plain colours than on heavily patterned fabric.

Block type: log cabin.

Block size: 11 inches.

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 1/2 x 52 1/2.

The quilt is made with fabric scraps and therefore the tutorial does not include exact fabric needs.

Quilt back: plain calico or muslin. Sew a square that is 55 in x 55 in square.

I used the background fabric excess to make the binding. I will post a tutorial on it later.

Quilting: quilt any way you like around the textured square. I used stipple quilting for my quilt.

Quilt layout

The diagram below shows how I arranged the blocks trying to distribute techniques evenly.

To assemble follow the diagram and stitch blocks on rows and then rows together.

Iron to the darker side.

Show us photos of your blocks and completed quilt at the Textured quilt blocks Flickr pool.

Blocks

Below you will find a photo and a link to a set of instructions on how to make each block. Most blocks are a lot easier to do than it would appear at a glance.

Some require hand sewing. While you don’t need great sewing skills to do any of the blocks you should be confident using a needle.

Block 1: Pin tucks


Block 2: Diamond pin tucks


Block 3: Double controlled pleats


Block 4: Doubled controlled pleats with ripple effect


Block 5: Centered tucks with bow ties


Block 6: Gathered strip


Block 7: Cross pin tucks


Block 8: Undulating tucks


Block 9: Cross shirring


Block 10: Prairie points pinwheel


Block 11: Star gathering


Block 12: Puff gathering


Block 13: Lattice smocking


Block 14: Cluster tucks


Block 15: Diamond smocking


Block 16: Smocked tucks


Block 17: Pleated peek a boo


Block 18: Gathered double edged ruffles


Block 19: Smocked diamonds and puff gathering


Block 20: Origami flower


Block 21: Lozenge smocking


Block 22: Origami pinwheel


Block 23: Lotus flower smocking

Block 24: Fabric origami


Block 25: Echidna block

See also my 4-patch textured quilt for 16 more textures.


33 thoughts on “Textured quilt sampler free project

  1. This is outstanding. I hope to make these blocks at a later date. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays

  2. Oh I’m so thrilled to see this done! Probably not as much as you are. :) This is simply beautiful, stunning, gorgeous and worth a million. No sticky fingers near this one, for sure!
    Your talent is an A++
    Cheers from Oshawa Ontario, Canada

  3. Thank you for taking us along on your journey as you created this. I have been admiring each post and learning experience. I want to definately do this in the near future and thanks for all the wonderful tips and techniques and great tutorials to teach us!!

  4. Gracias por llevarnos de paseo por su increíble trabajo.
    Sus bloques están en mi futuro sin dudas,Gracias.Cariños.

  5. I’m a fairly new quilter, and this is on my 2013 List I just now decided to begin! Yes, I pinned and bookmarked this page! thank you for your generosity in making these tutorials! I hope to one dat return the favors by all you great mentors and artisans!

  6. Thank you for this free project. What a wonderful quilt this is. Very elegant and charming. Can’t wait to make it.

  7. Thank you so much for this project! I am about halfway done with my blocks…the handwork on the smocking blocks really slowed me up. But they are SO beautiful they are worth it. I’ll probably split my blocks into two lap quilts that will be donated to visually impaired elderly folks. I am also using bright solids with high contrast to help them see the blocks. Will send pics when they are completed! By the way, I have already used a couple of the pintuck blocks for accents in other projects. Thanks again for showing us how to blend other sewing skills into our quilting skills!

  8. Hi Thersa
    i did follow your every mail and looked at the blocks you did make – I do not make blankets only small things in patchwork – But I admirer your efford on doing this BIG work on this quilt
    You can very well be a proud girl for making this wonderfull quilt
    Keep up the god work

    Hugs from Lone

  9. Great tutorials! Since one of my monthly block exchanges is coming to an end, I will be starting this project in January. I am so excited to learn all of these textures. Thank you for such detailed instructions. I love you you showed the arranged finished quilt as well. Awesome! I’ll post pics on Flckr as “Shahann”. Can;t wait.

  10. Looks like alot of fun and new things to learn. I heard about it from Kathy above, I read her blog…now I am reading yours…Thanks for the neat patterns…

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  12. This is such a beautiful quilt and one that’s so different than any other I’ve seen. Just a beautiful job. I hope to do some of these blocks but it won’t be for awhile. In time, I’d love to finish them all.

  13. Hi there! I really want to try and make the origami flower sqare that you have the tutorial for. But, if you wash a quilt with that kind of 3 dimentional flower on it, will he flower come apart, of lose it shape, or anything like that? Thanks

  14. I’m about to start with this wonderful project (took time choosing fabrics) and I want to thank you for sharing. Thank you for all your effort and love from Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

  15. De nada Isabel, encantada de que te gustara tanto el proyecto y que lo vayas a poner en practica. Ya enseñarás fotos cuando termines.

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