Video tutorial: shell smocking

This block is part of my Textured 4-patch quilt. I know a lot of people think smocking is hard so I made this video to demonstrate how EASY it is.

Video tutorial: Shell smocking

Watch the video, it’s less than 3 minutes long.

Close up

Next time I will show you how to make other types of smocking as well as other fabric manipulations that you can use on your quilting to add your quilt a special touch.

Block 9: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

Block 9: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

How to make this block

Materials

  • Three 7 inch squares of print fabric
  • Two 7 inch squares of orange fabric
  • One 7 inch white fabric

Finished block

10 1/2 inch square.

All block tutorials for this quilt.

Instructions

Make the tutorial twice to obtain 16 HST in orange and floral fabrics (you will use 12 HSTs for this block)  and once more to make 8 more HST in white and floral fabrics.

Trim off HSTs and place into the pattern below.

Block 9: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

Then sew HSTs in rows.

Block 9: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

And then sew rows together.

Block 9: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial
Block 9: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

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Quilt designs using this block

Block 9: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

Block 9: 16 HST quilt sampler tutorial

One easy modern block, many quilts

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

When I made this block a couple of weeks ago, I saw so much potential that I gave it a go again, this time using print fabrics in red and black and white as the main fabric.

The mini quilt above is made with 4 modern 12 inch blocks. Each block is made with four half square triangles (HSTs).

How I made this block

Fabric needs

  • Ten 10 inch x 1 1/2 inch strips in assorted prints or colours (the scrappier the better)
  • One 10 inch square piece of white fabric

This tutorial makes 4 HSTs which, arranged in different ways, make different blocks. Each block can make one or more quilt layouts.

After I finish playing with this block -and I don’t think I’m done yet!- I’ll most likely make a quilt, or two. It will be difficult to choose a particular block or colour scheme.

Block pieces

The tutorial produces the next 4 pieces that can be assembled into different layouts to make different quilt designs:
One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Block assembly

You can arrange the four pieces in very different layouts to make a quilt.

Block 1

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Block 2

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Block 3

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Block 4

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Block 5

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Block 6

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Possible quilt layouts

Kites quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Flying geese plus quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

White diamonds quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

White diamonds and crosses quilt

Mini quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

 

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Ribbons quilt

 

Mini quiltOne modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Medallion quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Medallion quilt inverted

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Kaleidoscope quilt

Mini quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Zigzag quilt

Mini quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Quilt

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Other blocks

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

One modern block, many quilts - video tutorial

Video tutorial: English paper piecing hexagons

English paper piecing (EPP) hexagons

English paper piecing (EPP) is easy to make and a lot quicker than you would expect.

How to make a scrappy flower hexagon quilt

 

You can download the hexagon template (google doc). Print the required size (there are 4 sizes on the template, mine is 1 inch hexagon) on thick or plain paper and cut – I use plain printer paper.

There are 20 hexagons per A4 sheet so print a few copies and cut a bunch of hexies in advance.

An important point to make: Before printing make sure you’re printing at 100% to avoid surprises.

Materials for a flower

  • Seven 2 1/2 inch squares of fabric: one for the centre and 6 for the petals
  • Hexagon template
  • Cotton thread

My scrappy flower hexagon quilt

My quilt is already over three years in the making.

I work on it when I’m watching TV or while on holidays away from my sewing machine.

I’ve calculated the number of 1 inch hexagons I need to cover 100 in square and the figure is a whooping 3815. That is about 545 hexagon flowers at 7 hexies per flower. I have made about 408 flowers so far. So that leaves 136 more flowers to go!

 

 

Most popular tutorials of 2015

Most popular sewing tutorials - textured quilts, book cover, tablet stand, patchwork tote bag

These are my most popular tutorials of 2015. Some of them remain popular year after year.

Tablet stand or tablet pillow

This tablet stand is my most popular tutorial of all times. I have made a few different versions of it. This year I even made a video  tutorial:

Disappearing 9-patch variation block

This is my most popular block tutorial.  Learn how to make it in less than 2 minutes:

41 fabric manipulation tutorials

I have made 2 quilts using different fabric manipulations for each block.

Patchwork tote bag tutorial

I made this bag using charm squares. It is an easy bag to make and it’s very roomy. Use your creativity by mixing and matching fabrics.

Notebook cover tutorial 

Quick and easy notebook cover perfect as handmade gifts.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorials in 2015 and  you keep enjoying them next year.

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