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.
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.
How to make this block
- Three 7 inch squares of print fabric
- Two 7 inch squares of orange fabric
- One 7 inch white fabric
10 1/2 inch square.
All block tutorials for this quilt.
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.
Then sew HSTs in rows.
And then sew rows together.
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Quilt designs using this block
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
- 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.
The tutorial produces the next 4 pieces that can be assembled into different layouts to make different quilt designs:
You can arrange the four pieces in very different layouts to make a quilt.
Possible quilt layouts
Flying geese plus quilt
White diamonds quilt
White diamonds and crosses quilt
Medallion quilt inverted
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!
These are my most popular tutorials of 2015. Some of them remain popular year after year.
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:
This is my most popular block tutorial. Learn how to make it in less than 2 minutes:
I have made 2 quilts using different fabric manipulations for each block.
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.
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.