Block 8: Undulating tucks – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: undulating tucks

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

Needs:

  • 1 rectangle 10 in x 6 in in white/cream
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the undulating tucks
Cut one 10 in x 6 in rectangle and draw lines at 1 inch intervals on the back of the fabric.

You could make small cuts on each end of the markings to make it easier when pressing.

Press on each marking like below.

Start stitching tucks that are 1/4 inch deep. When done, press to one side, then to the other.

Then square the block to 5 inch square.

Mark the square along the middle, at 2 1/2 inches from each side and then mark along the middle or each half, i.e. at 1 1/4 from the middle on both sides.

Stitch along the marked line (see below) in the middle making sure the tucks face the same direction.

Then stitch along each of the lines on the sides making sure the tucks face the opposite direction.

Now, you could attach the borders to the square like I did and later, when sewing the larger border stitch the tucks in opposite direction or stitch a last line on each side with the tucks facing the opposite direction.

What I did was a bit more difficult to handle in the end, and I’ve learned from it. I ironed the tucks facing the opposite side and then pinned them to the border to keep them in place while I stitched the border.

The block is finished.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 8th 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.

Sewing children toys and accessories round up

Why buy a gift when you can make something truly unique to give to your kids or your kids’ friends? Here is a list of free tutorials to make unique gifts:

  1. Spring Chicken
  2. Easter bunny basket
  3. Patchwork bunting
  4. Mini fabric wallet
  5. Pointy Kitty
  6. Panda pillow
  7. Tooth Fairy pillow
  8. Headband in 15 minutes or less tutorial

Block 7: Cross tucking – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: cross tucking

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

Needs:

  • one 10 in x 10 in square in white 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 cross tucks
Mark your fabric on the reverse side at 1 1/4 in | 3/4 in | 3/4 in | 1 in | 3/4 | 3/4 | 1 in …. intervals (see picture) on both directions.

Press along the lines in one direction.

Now stitch with the following seam allowances, starting on the side where the first press is at 1 1/4 inch from the edge and make a 1/4 inch tuck. Then the following two tucks are 1/8 in depth, the next one is 1/4 inch and so on, i.e. depth of tucks: 1/4 | 1/8 | 1/8 | 1/4| 1/8 | 1/8…

Now press all the tucks to one side.

Time to press along the cross lines now to mark where the cross tucks will go.

The pressing may not produce a very squared piece of fabric. This is fine. We will be trimming the square to 5 inches later.

Stitch the tucks with the same depth as before starting with a 1/4 tuck from the side where the first interval was marked at 1 1/4. Then make a 1/8 tuck and another one. The next one will be 1/4 deep, i.e. 1/4 | 1/8 | 1/8 | 1/4| 1/8 | 1/8 | 1/4 and so on.

Iron the tucks to one side again as you did before. Press well.

When finished, square the resulting piece into a 5 inch square. The result may not be quite straight as far as tucks go but that’s fine. This quilt is about texture not perfection!

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

You’re done!

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 7th 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 6: Gathered strip – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: double gathering

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

Needs:

  • 2 rectangles 2 1/2 in x 5 in  in red fabric
  • 1 strip 1 in x 12 in in red fabric
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Double gathering the strip (photos from my Tote bag tutorial)

1 strip 1 in x 12 in in red fabric.

Using basting stitch, sew along the sides of the strip (see photo below).

Pull from the top thread while you hold the strip of fabric.

Pull from both sides and distribute the folds along the whole strip.

Gather the strip evenly to reach 5 inches in length.

Pin to one rectangle and stitch.

Do the same with the other side.

The centre square is ready.

Detail of gathering.

Cut two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border. Attach the borders to the centre square to finish the block.

The block is done.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 6th 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.

Organizer tutorial round up

Here is a list of organisers of different sorts I have made over the last couple of years:

  1. Kid’s draughtsman’s pouch tutorial
  2. Travel organiser
  3. Spanish lace bobbins holder
  4. Crate cover with pockets: knitting storage