Block 4: Double controlled pleats with centre ripple effect – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Ripples closeup

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: double controlled pleats with centre ripple effect

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 ½ x 52 ½.

Needs:

  • one 6 in x 15 in rectangle in red tones for the textured centre square
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the ripples
The pleats for this block are done in the same manner as we did in block 3. The only difference is that the pleats are folded to opposites sides creating a ripple effect.

To make the pleats, mark the fabric at 7/8 and 3/8 inches intervals on both sides of the square, top and bottom.

Make a small cut on each mark.

Start by folding the fabric onto the first mark/cut. The first segment is 7/8 wide (see picture below).

Now fold the fabric into the next fold (see picture below).

Pin each fold as you go.

Make sure marks/cuts coincide neatly so that the folds are the same width.

Once you finish one side, do the same thing on the other but this time make the fold in the opposite direction. This will achieve a ripple effect.

Stitch both sides leaving 3/4 inch allowance on each side.

Then trim to 5 inch square (1/2 inch from each side).

Cut two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border and attach it to the centre square.

Now you need to iron the ripples.

To accentuate the ripple effect use the iron lightly and press to opposite sides as if you were “combing” the ripple.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 4th block in a series of 25 exploring texture in fabric.

Each block is made out of a centre 5 inch square featuring some fabric texture such as pin tucks, smocking, shirring and the like. 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.

See all Textured quilt sampler tutorials for this quilt.

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Bag tutorial round up

Here is a list of bags I have made over the last couple of years:

  1. Expandable tote bag
  2. Patchwork beach bag
  3. Tote bag tutorial
  4. Laptop slipcover with straps
  5. Charm pack tote bag with inside pocket tutorial
  6.  Charm squares and embroidery tote bag

And the last one: Spirit tote bag

 

All the tutorials are free.

If you make any of the bags, please upload a picture to TeresaDownUnder tote bags and my other sewing projects Flickr pool.

Block 3: Double controlled pleats – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Closeup

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: double controlled pleats

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 ½ x 52 ½.

Needs:

  • one 6 in x 15 in rectangle in red tones for the textured centre square
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the pleats

Mark the fabric at 1 and 1 1/2 inch intervals. Do this on both sides, top and bottom.

Now pick up the scissors and make a small cut on each mark like below. Do this on both sides, top and bottom.

The 1 1/2 inch intervals is the fold, the 1 inch interval is the distance between folds.

To make the pleats take the first cut, fold the fabric making the first cut coincide with the second cut.

Pin the fold obtained.

Now move the fold into the next cut and make the fold coincide with the next cut.

Continue like so until you finish all the marks.

Now start from the opposite side and do the same as you did earlier. It will be easier to find the fold as you can use the folded side as a guide too.

Do not press, just flatten the pleats with your hands. You can also apply some steam with your iron at a short distance from the fabric if desired.

Stitch along the side leaving one inch seam allowance. This will allow you to trim the square to 5 inches square when finished sewing the pleats.

Sew the second side with a 1/4 seam allowance. Trim to 5 inch square.

Cut two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border.

Add the border to the centre square.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 3rd block in a series of 25 exploring texture in fabric.

Each block is made out of a centre 5 inch square featuring some fabric texture such as pin tucks, smocking, shirring and the like. 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.

See all Textured quilt sampler tutorials for this quilt.

Share your pictures

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Block 2: Diamond pin tucks – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Closeup of diamond pin tucks

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: diamond pin tucks

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 ½ x 52 ½.

Needs:

  • one 7 in x 7 in square in red tones for the textured centre square
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border

Mark the back of the fabric in diagonal at 1 inch intervals. I did not mark my fabric. I used the polka dots to help me when I pressed the fabric.

Press along the marked line.

Now fold each marked line and pass it through the machine. Stitch very close to the edge.

Your piece of fabric will look wrong when you’ve done one side. I almost started again not realising that the square will correct itself when you stitch on from the opposite sides making diamonds.

Press flat from the back but don’t press too hard so that the pin tucks are completely flattened.

Again mark the back of the fabric with lines at 1 inch intervals and press along the marked lines again. You can see in the picture how the diamonds appear after pressing.

Now do as you did earlier, fold the fabric along the pressed lines and put through the machine very close to the edge.

This will produce the diamonds and will square the fabric.

Closeup of the diamonds.

Trim the fabric to 5 inches square.

Cut two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border.

Sew as per picture and there you have it.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the second block in a series of 25 exploring texture in fabric.

Each block is made out of a centre 5 inch square featuring some fabric texture such as pin tucks, smocking, shirring and the like. 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.

See all Textured quilt sampler tutorials for this quilt.

Share your pictures

Are you making this quilt? Share your pictures on Flickr’s TeresaDownUnder group.

Block 1: Pin tucks – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

This is the first block in a series of 25 exploring texture in fabric.

Each block is made out of a centre 5 inch square featuring some fabric texture such as pin tucks, smocking, shirring and the like. 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

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation:  pin tucks

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

Needs:

  • one 5 in x 7 in rectangle in red for the textured centre square
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the pintucks
Cut one 5 in x 7 in rectangle and mark it on the back at 1 inch intervals.

Fold at each mark and press. You could use pin to secure after pressing though I didn’t feel it was necessary with such a small piece of fabric.

Once you have pressed every line, put each fold through your machine and stitch as close to the edge as possible.

Your piece will be curled up when you finish.

Press the piece from the back but not so hard that the pintucks will be flattened and trim to a 5 inch square.

Now add the white border as per picture.

Textured blocks tutorials

See all Textured quilt sampler tutorials for this quilt.

Share your pictures

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