Block 12: shell smocking – 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: Canadian smocking

Cut:

  • one 6 1/4 in red square
  • one 6 1/4 in pale green square
  • one 4 1/2 in red square
  • one 4 1/2 in pale green square
  • one 9 in cream square

Making the shell smocking

Learn how to make shell smocking in less than 3 minutes:

Shell stitching diagram

As you can see in the diagram, shell smocking is stitched in rows.

The black line implies that both points, A and B, C and D, E and F, etc are pulled and stitched together.

The dotted line implies that you drag your thread from the last pulled stitch to the next stitching point, without pulling. Then you need to double stitch on the next stitching point to act as an anchor for the next pulled stitches. All rows are stitched in the same way as illustrated in row 1.

If this is not clear, keep reading below.

Get the 9 in fabric square and draw a grid with lines at 1/2 in intervals. Then draw the diagonal lines as per photo below.

Double stitch on the first dot, then pick up the next dot.

Pull together and stitch. This is A and B pulled together.

Now move the thread to B and stitch without pulling.

Double stitch to anchor the thread on C.

Repeat the previous steps with C and D, and so on.

At the end of Row 1 you will have something like this.

Continue with Row 2 in the same way as row 1, and so on.

Now stretch your smocking on a padded table as per picture below.

Use the steam from your iron to set the smocking. Place you iron close to the smocking with the steam setting on and hoover over the piece. Let the piece get dry and cold.

Then trim the piece to 5 1/2 inches.

Now get the red and greem 6 1/4 in squares and place them with right side facing together. Trade a diagonal and pin.

Stitch on each side of the diagonal using a 1/4 in seam allowance.

Cut through the diagonal line. You will obtain two squares.

Then press open.

Now cut the squares through the diagonal again. You will obtain the four pieces below.

Place as per picture and stitch together to obtain 2 squares again.

Now cut two 4 1/2 in squares, one red one green.

Cut each on the diagonal.

Arrange each as per picture below and stitch.

Place all squares as per picture below and piece together.

The block is finished. And it’s beautiful!

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 11: beaded origami – 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: fabric origami

Cut:

  • one red 6 in square
  • one 6 in pale green square
  • a 10 in cream square
  • a left over two triangles square from block 10
  • 16 small white beads

How to make this diamond fabric manipulation

Watch this short 3 minute video and learn:

Making the fabric origami

Cut a 10 in cream square and draw a grid with 1 inch intervals.

Pick up stitches in a criscross fashion as per picture.

Pull together and make a tight knot.

Continue to the end of the row.

This is what the right side will look like.

There’s no shape to it, I know. And it will be a bit tricky to find the shape.

In some instances you will see the diamond emerge like in the picture below. If not, you’ll have to try and find it by pulling the corners of each corner that you just stitched together previously.

Finding the folds and pushing them to the correct sides as per picture may help.

To help you, find the folds at the edges of the origami square as per picture.

You may find the diamonds are not perfectly square.

The back of the piece will look like this.

As you find the diamonds, it may help to iron them flat.

Here is the piece. Press well.

Now it’s time to stitch the beads.

As well as stitching the beads, we’re going to stitch each fold together as per picture.

And here is what the end result is.

Trim the square to 5 1/2 inches.

Now, take the green and red squares and place them right sides facing together. Trace a diagonal and pin in place.

Stitch 1/4 in from the diagonal on each side.

Cut through the diagonal and trim corners off. You will obtain 2 squares.

Now, for block number 10 we had one extra square left. Use that one and the 2 you just made to obtain the block below.

Stitch together and that’s it! Block 11 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 10: windmill cathedral window – 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: fabric folding

Cut:

  • two red 6 in squares
  • two 6 in pale green squares
  • five 5 1/2 in cream squares

Making the windmill cathedral window

Watch this 2 minute video to learn how to make this fabric manipulation:

Printed instructions

Cut five 5 1/2 in cream squares.

Take a cream square and place it on a mat.

Take another cream square, fold it in half and press it on the diagonal. Then place it on the cream square as per picture. Pin on the corner.

Do the same with the next one.

And the third one.

To place the last one you’ll need to lift the first one as per picture.

Here you have it.

Stitch at 1/8 in from the border all around to hold the pieces well in place before the next step.

Now pick up each edge and fold it back as per picture. Take it as far back as you like. I took it back by a little more than 3/8 in or so.

Here you have a close up of the “window”.

Now you will need to do a bit of hand stitching though machine stitching would work as well. Start stitching just under the previous fold to hide the knot.

And stitch just up to the end of the next fold. Stitch only through the first layer of fabric.

Here is some detail of the stitching.

Stitch the four folds.

Once all folds are stitched, press the folds well and iron the piece well avoiding making any creases along the folds.

Now, take the green and red squares and place them right sides facing together. Trace a diagonal and pin in place.

Stitch 1/4 in from the diagonal on each side.

Cut through the diagonal and trim corners off.

Press squares open and place the pieces as per picture. You will have 1 square left. Keep it for the next block.

Stitch together and you’re done.

Still not clear? Watch this 2 minute video so you can see the fabric manipulation being made.

Detail of the texture

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 9: netting ribbon – 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: ribbon manipulation

Cut:

  • two red 6 in squares
  • one 6 in green squares
  • one 6 in cream square
  • approx 2 1/2 yards of 3/8 in cream ribbon

Making the netting

Take the cream square and make a mark in the middle for reference.

Cut the ribbon slightly longer than 6 in and place as per picture.

Pin to hold in place.

Stitch close to the edge.

Add 2 more pieces of ribbon to each side making a weaving pattern and stitch in place again.

Now, finish the pattern as per picture below. As you can see I have left one side without crossing the ribbon because I’ll be cutting the square in half in that direction.

Place the pale green square on top of the ribbon face of the cream square, ie right sides facing together.

Draw a diagonal line on the side where the ribbon only crosses once as I described above.

Pin to hold in place

Stitch on both sides at 1/4 in from the diagonal line. Cut through the line and press open.

Trim the ribbon bits off.

Now take a red and a green square.

Place them with right sides facing together. Trace a diagonal line, stitch at 1/4 in from the diagonal line on each side.

Now cut on the line.

Place the pieces as per picture and stitch.

Here you have it.

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.