Block 25: Echidna block – Textured quilt sampler

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Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: fabric folding

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

Needs:

  • one 5 inch square in white
  • about 80 1 1/2 inch squares in neutrals and some reds to add some interest
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the echidna 
Cut about 80 1 1/2 inch squares in neutrals and some reds to add some interest.

Take one 1 1/2 inch square and fold in half into a triangle.

Then fold it again into a smaller triangle.

Just press with your fingers.
Pin small triangle to the cream square as per picture. Start at the bottom edge.
Add a full row of small triangles.

Stitch as close to the triangle edge as possible.

Then do the second row filling in the spaces between the first row triangles.
Stitch as close to the edge as possible.

Continue like that.

Just go all the way to the top edge of the square.

Turn square around to trim edges off.

The centre is done.

Cut border.

Attach border to square.

Closeup of finished block.

This was the last block in the quilt. Next time I will put the quilt blocks together in a possible combination.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 25th block and the last one in a series of fabric manipulations 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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Block 24: Fabric origami – Textured quilt sampler

Fabric origami quilt block

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Fabric origami quilt block

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: fabric folding / fabric origami

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

Needs:

  • two 10 in x 10 in squares in contrasting neutral tones for the centre square.
  • 5 1/2 square to appliqué the origami
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the origami centre
Cut two 10 in x 10 in squares in contrasting neutral tones and place with right sides facing together.

Fold twice into a square to find the centre and pin.

Open the square and trace a circle as per picture.

The mark is the line where you will cut. Sew within 1/4 inch from the marked line leaving a 2 inch opening to turn the circle inside out.

Then cut around the marked line.

Turn inside out.

With an invisible stitch close the opening.

Iron circle well.

Find the centre of the circle again.

Open the circle and fold one side 1 1/2 inches in as per picture.

Do the same for all four sides and pin in place.

Then do another fold in the opposite direction making a square shape as per picture below.

Now find the point where both folds join (see picture) and make a stitch.

Do the same for all 4 corners.

Now find the middle point between two corners and make a stitch.

Do the same on all sides.

Now look at the corner. Pick up both sides of the fabric and fold out as per picture. It may be a bit tricky to do as the opening is small. Fold out the sides, insert your finger in the opening to give it some shape and pull at the corner towards the outside to mould the fabric into the shape. Do this several times to get the fold right.

Do this for all four corners.

Turn square around. The pin that identifies the centre point should still be there.

Now bring one corner to meet the centre and pin.

Now make a stitch in the corner.

Do the same for all corners.

This is what it should look like when you have stitched all corners in the centre.

The square is a bit bulky because it has not been ironed.

You can press the block on the outer corners a bit to flatten it.

The square is about 4 1/2 inches. We’ll be sewing it to a 5 inch square.

Cut a 5 1/2 inch square and appliqué the origami piece to it.

Now we are ready to trim the square.

Trim square to 5 inches.

Cut the border pieces.

Add border to origami centre, iron seams and you’re done.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 24th 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.

Fabric origami tutorial - quilt block

7 Christmas wall hangings

These embroidery quilted wall hangings look great on walls and doors. All patterns are free.

  1. Little Forest wall hanging
  2. Mini Christmas quilt
  3. Peace wall hanging tutorial
  4. Christmas quilted Noel wall hanging
  5. Merry Christmas embroidery tutorial
  6. Elf quilted wall hanging
  7. Embroidered quilt tutorial: Part I and Part II

Block 23: Lotus flower smocking – Textured quilt sampler

Detail of lotus flowers

This block requires hand sewing.

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: smocking

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

Needs:

  • 10 in x 10 in square in white
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the smocked lotus flower
Cut a 10 in x 10 in square and mark it at 1 inch intervals leaving 1 1/2 inch allowance on the edges.

Now, pick up dot 1 from underneath the fabric and double stitch. Pick up dot 2, 3, 4 and then 1 again and pull together. Double stitch so that the dots stay together.

Now pick up dot number 1 in the next square without pulling. Double stitch. Pick up dot 2, 3, 4 and then 1 again and pull together. Double stitch so that the dots stay together.

And so on until you finish the row.

This is a closeup of how you pick up the four dots.

Then you pull them all together.

You may get a flower pattern just after pulling though often you have to pull the flowers up with your fingers.

After you gather all four dots do a double stitch to keep dots together.

Then put the needle through to the reverse side and go and pick up the next dot number 1.

The smocking is complete. In a 10 inch square you will only be able to fit 16 flowers, 4 per row.

To get the flower pattern, push the fabric from the reverse side with your fingers and then pull it up to give it some petal shape.

Now stretch the smocking on a padded surface using pins and use the iron to steam the fabric. Do not press.

I used a water soluble pen to mark the fabric. To remove the ink I dropped a small amount of water on every marking and the ink just vanished.

Let the fabric dry.

Remove the pins.

Trim to 5 inches square.

You are now ready to attach the border.

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 border and your block is done.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 23th 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.

Felt flowers embellished with sequins, beads and embroidery project

Materials

  • Felt die cuts in assorted colours
  • Sequins
  • Beads
  • Stranded cotton in matching colours

You can either plan ahead the final design or just improvise like I do.

The following are just recommendations rather than a tutorial on how to embellish a felt flower.

Start with a collection of die cuts in felt. My die cuts are store bought but this can be done with hand cut felt shapes just as well.

Before stitching the felt shapes together, arrange them in any way you feel fit.

Place layer after layer.

At this stage we’re only working out which design works best.

Another combination.

Once you are done you’ve chosen your petal combination you are ready to add sequins, beads and embroidery stitches.

Embellishing the flowers

If you work with several shapes pin them to the previous layer.

Then, stitch the top layer to the base using decorative stitches.

There are a number of stitches you can use for the outline of the petals. My favourites are running stitch or blanket stitch.

I used running stitch for the darker petals.

And blanket stitch for the green petals.

Now attach the next layer, and the next. In this case I stitch layer 3 and 4 at the same time by adding some long stitches and attaching beads on each petal on the top flower.

When stitching each layer you can decide if you will embellish each layer completely separately or at the end or you’ll do a mix. I find it is easier to embellish during and after all layers are stitched together.

Sometimes it’s best to wait to place the top layers to know how much space will be left for certain embellishments. For instance you can add a small bead about anywhere but a sequin requires more space.

For instance I embellished the second last layer first because I wanted to use long stitches that would be visible under the petals of the green top flower.

I added sequins and beads to layers 1, 2 and 3 after all layers had been stitched together.

Close up.

Use more or fewer sequins/beads or embroidery as required.

Use interesting colour combinations.

Now I just to have to figure out what to do with all the flowers! Any suggestions?