Block 16: honeycomb 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 10 1/2 in x 8 in cream rectangle
  • one 4 1/2 in red square
  • one 4 1/2 in pale green square
  • two 3 in red squares
  • two 3 in pale green squares
  • two 5 1/2 in x 3 in pale green rectangles

Making the honeycomb smocking

On the right side of the fabric, draw a grid at 1/2 in intervals using a water soluble pen.

Stitch the smocking using the diagram below. Stitch 1 and 2 points together. Then move the thread to the next 1, on the wrong side of the fabric, and double stitch on 1 again to anchor the thread. Keep reading for details on this process.’

As the smocking is done on the right side, use stranded cotton of the same colour of the fabric.

Double stitch on the first dot. Then pick up the next dot and pull both dots together.

Double stitch.

Put the thread through to the back of the fabric.

Then put the needle through the next dot.

Now anchor the thread first by double stitching on the dot. And then stitch to the next dot and pull together. Do that till the end of the row.

On the next row alternate the dots (refer to the diagram above).

Stitch about 8 rows in this way and then stretch on a mat and wet or steam.

When dry remove from the mat.

Trim to 6 inches.

Cut all the required pieces that make the block (refer to cutting instructions above).

Cut the 4 1/2 squares in diagonal.

Arrange pieces as per picture.

Trace a diagonal on the back of the honeycomb piece.

Stitch at 1/4 in from the diagonal on each side to stop the smocking coming apart when the square is cut.

Cut through the diagonal.

Arrange all pieces and piece together.

The 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.

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Block 15: improv fabric folding – 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:

  • six 3 inch pale green squares
  • six 3 inch red squares
  • eleven 4 inch squares (more or fewer if you reach the 4 inch square)
  • one 5 inch square of felt
  • two 4 inch x 1 1/4 inch strips
  • two 5 1/2 inch x 1 1/4 inch strips

Making the improv fabric folding

Cut a 5 inch square in felt.

Now fold it twice to cut it into a square.

Roughly cut the corners as per picture.

Trim the circle as much as needed.

Now make a cut up to the centre of the circle.

Overlap both sides of the cut by 1 inch.

Stitch together.

This previous step is supposed to lift the texture though I’m not sure I was successful.

Now place a 4 inch square on top of the felt circle.

Stitch all four corners to the circle.

Now take another 4 inch square and fold it on the diagonal as per picture.

Place it on the previous square and stitch both corners to the previous layer and to the felt.

Continue to do the same with the next piece.

If possible when sewing the corners to the base, do so through all layers underneath.

It was looking a bit dull at this stage so I thought of folding some of the fabric back.

Fold back and stitch down tight.

Do with all three placed pieces. This can also be done from the start for each pieced added.

Now continue to add pieces in the same fashion.

Your piece will start looking a bit like this.

Add up to as many pieces you need to achieve the desired effect and until you get at least a 4 inch square.

Once you have a 4  inch square you can stop adding pieces.

Mark the square.

Pin the two 4in x 1 1/4in strips as per picture.

Stitch leaving 1/4 in allowance from each strip. Trim off the excess fabric.

Do the same with the other two strips of fabric.

Trim off excess fabric.

Press seams flat.

Now place all the squares as per picture.

Stitch into larger squares and then 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.

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Block 14: prairie points – 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: prairie points

Cut:

  • one 6 1/4 in red square
  • one 6 1/4 in pale green square
  • four 3 in red squares
  • eight 3 in cream squares

Making the prairie points

Take one cream square.

Fold it in half and press.

Fold it lightly and press the top corner with your finger.

Open and fold towards the mark as per photo and press.

Do the same with the other side.

Press well.

The prairie point is done.

Do the same for 3 more squares.

Now take the red and green 6 1/4 in squares and place them right side facing together.

Mark a diagonal line, pin and stitch on each side of the diagonal at 1/4 in from the line.

Cut through the diagonal line.

You will obtain two squares made out of 2 triangles. Press open.

Cut through the diagonal again as per picture below for both squares.

Rearrange to obtain 2 more squares as per picture below.

Now arrange block layout.

Stitch prairie points to cream squares.

Now stitch small squares in rows first.

Then all pieces together.

The 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.

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Block 13: clover – 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 6 in cream squares
  • twelve 2 in cream squares
  • one 6 1/4 in floral square
  • one 6 1/4 in pale green square
  • 24 sequins

Making the clover

Take 3 of the 12 two inch cream squares you cut.

Place them on top of each other and roughly cut the corners making a circle.

Take one and fold it in half.

Using some strong thread baste stitch as per picture.

Pull together and gather. Put the needle through again to keep the gathering.

Do the same with the other two circles and then add them in a clover shape.

To hide the raw edges, stitch 6 sequins in the centre.

Do the same for the other 3 clovers.

Now we need to assemble the block.

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.

Press open and cut on the diagonal again.

Cut the 6 in cream squares on the diagonal.

Arrange block as per picture.

Stitch together starting with the white triangles and the half triangles red and green to make 4 squares. Then stitch the squares in two rows and the rows into the block below.

Now stitch the clover on each corner, on the seam.

The 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.

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