Block 4: rabbit ears – Textured 4-patch quilt

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Block type: 4-patch

Block size: 10 1/2 inches

Colour scheme: reds, greens and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: gathering

Cut:

  • 1 gingham 5 1/2 in squares
  • 1 pale green 5 1/2 in square
  • 1 cream 6 in square
  • 6 in gingham triangle
  • 6 in pale green triangle
  • 2 x 6 in cream triangles (cut a 6 in square and cut in the diagonal to obtain 2 triangles)
  • 2 x 5 in squares in cream
  • 4 x 4 in squares in cream

Making the rabbit ears

Cut the 2 x 5 in squares and 4 x 4 in squares and cut each on the diagonal.

Fold in half.

Stitch both open sides leaving a 1/4 in allowance

Now cut the corner to avoid bulk when turning inside out.

As close to the edge as possible cut along the longer side.

Turn inside out.

Press flat.

Now with a strong thread, gather the fabric along the long edge as per picture.

When you are done pull and stitch both corners.

This is what you will get when you do all the triangles.

Now, with all the pieces cut as explained above, lay them all on the mat as per picture below.

Now it’s time to stitch all together.

Place the rabbit years as per picture trying to align them well (better than in the picture!) against the triangle edges.

Stitch leaving a 1/4 in allowance.

Do the same for both triangles.

Then place the pale triangle over the rabbit ears with right side facing down.

Do the same for the gingham triangle.

Pin.

Now stitch leaving a 1/4 seam allowance.

Trim off excess fabric from the edge.

Place all the pieces that make the block.

Stitch the first row. Then the second. And finally both rows together.

The block is done.

Press well to flatten bulky seams.

Textured 4-patch quilt tutorial

This quilt has 16 x 10 1/2 in blocks.

Each block is a 4-patch block in greens and reds. The fabric manipulation is made in a cream fabric.

See all Textured 4-patch quilt tutorials.

See also my first Textured quilt sampler tutorial.

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Block 3: ribbon loops – Textured 4-patch quilt


Close up

Block type: 4-patch

Block size: 10 1/2 inches

Colour scheme: reds, greens and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: ribbon manipulation

Cut:

  • 2 floral 5 in squares
  • 1 pale green 5 in square
  • 1 white 5 in square
  • 1 in x 24 in strip in floral fabric
  • 1 in x 24 in strip in pale green
  • 1 in wide ribbon cut in 4 strips 14 in long (do not cut yet – read ahead)

Making the ribbon loops

The loops are approximate so it is recommended that you do a test before you cut the ribbon.

Get the cream 5 inch square and the end of the ribbon roll and place it at at least 1/4 from the left edge of the square.

Hold the ribbon in place while you fold it up. Remove the pin and pin the fold.

Now fold the ribbon back down, remove the pin and repin on this spot.

And finally fold the ribbon back up again making sure the previous fold and the fold on top overlap.

Pin the fold there. This is the fold you need to pin at every stage.

Repeat as many times as folds you make. I made 5 but you could have more or fewer, depending on the size of each fold.

The trick is that both folds overlap because we will be stitching the ribbon on that overlap.

I did move the pin heads to the other side (see the picture) to get them out of the way when I placed the second ribbon.

A couple of things.

Leave 1/4 inch on each side of the square.

Adjust the gap between ribbons in order to cover the square surface as much as possible.

Once you’re happy with the loops, stitch along the overlapping folds.

The loops are ready.

Making the block

Stitch both strips of fabric together. Press open to reduce bulk.

Now cut the strip in 4 pieces, 5 in long each. And two more 1 inch long piece.

Place as it will be stitched making sure the pale green side is placed against the floral squares and the floral strip side against the green square.

Make sure you alternate the 1 inch pieces that go in the middle as per picture.

Piece the long middle piece as per picture.

Now stitch as per picture above and voila!

The block is finished.

Textured 4-patch quilt tutorial

This quilt has 16 x 10 1/2 in blocks.

Each block is a 4-patch block in greens and reds. The fabric manipulation is made in a cream fabric.

See all Textured 4-patch quilt tutorials.

See also my first Textured quilt sampler tutorial.

Share your pictures

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Block 2: waves – Textured 4-patch quilt

Close up

Block type: 4-patch

Block size: 10 1/2 inches

Colour scheme: reds, greens and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: waves

Cut:

  • 4 pale green 5 in x 1 1/2 in strips
  • 1 gingham 1 1/2 in square
  • 3 gingham 5 in squares
  • 1 cream 5 in square
  • 4 cream 1 1/2 in x 14 in strips with machine overcast finish on one edge

Strips with overcast finish

Making the  waves

First try out a placement for the strips in a wavy fashion.

Place them over the cream square.

Adjust them to cover the raw edge of the previous strip.

Try to cover the whole square.

When you like the placement, remove all strips and place one by one using pins and stitch to the background fabric.

You will need to lift different parts of the strip in order to stitch each strip to the fabric.

The first strip has been stitched.

Do the same with the second one.

Continue to add strips until you use them all and the square is covered.

The square is covered.

Trim to 5 inches.

Place the different pieces as per picture and stitch together.

The second block is done.

Textured 4-patch quilt tutorial

This quilt has 16 x 10 1/2 in blocks.

Each block is a 4-patch block in greens and reds. The fabric manipulation is made in a cream fabric.

See all Textured 4-patch quilt tutorials.

See also my first Textured quilt sampler tutorial.

Share your pictures

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Block 1: twisted pleats – Textured 4-patch quilt


Close up

Block type: 4-patch

Block size: 10 1/2 inches

Colour scheme: reds, greens and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: pleats

Cut:

  • 2 floral 5 1/2 in squares
  • 1 pale green 5 1/2 in square
  • 1 white 5 1/2 in x 16 in in rectangle

Making the twisted pleats

Starting at 1 3/4 in from the edge, mark the fabric at 1 in intervals (large mark) and then again make a small mark in between both large marks).

Now do the same on the other edge but make sure the large marks are in line with the dots on the other edge.

These are pleats with a twist. This means that both sides of the pleating do not coincide. If you look at the picture below, you will see the black lines are the pleats on the left edge and the red lines make the pleat on the right edge.

Start folding the fabric as per picture.

Fold the fabric on a large mark pressing with your finger and drag the fold on top of the next large mark.

Pin.

Now do the same with the next large mark and bring the fold to meet the first fold as per picture.

Continue with the next mark.

And the next.

When you finish, stitch 1/4 in from the edge.

Now do the same with the other edge.

Make sure you align the fabric on the edges well as the fabric tends to move because of the twist.

Stitch at 1/4 in from the edge.

This is the result of the facing side.

And this is the result of the “wrong” side.

I’ll be using the wrong side of the fabric manipulation.

Trim pleats to 5 1/2 inches square.

Now place the fabric as per picture below.

Stitch together.

The block is finished.

Textured 4-patch quilt tutorial

This quilt has 16 x 10 1/2 in blocks.

Each block is a 4-patch block in greens and reds. The fabric manipulation is made in a cream fabric.

See all Textured 4-patch quilt tutorials.

See also my first Textured quilt sampler tutorial.

Share your pictures

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

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