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Tile quilt tutorial


This is a quilt for beginners. I made it for the back of my wonky log cabin quilt but I think it can well be a quilt top on its own right. This quilt can be made to any size.

The quilt is about 45 in square.


The materials are for the middle strip of this small lap quilt. For smaller or larger size adjust accordingly.

  • 30 x 4 inch squares
  • 4 x 1 1/2 inch strips cut along the whole width of the fabric in cream for the sashing
  • 2 x 2 1/2 inch strips cut along the whole width of the fabric in cream for the sashing and a bit more for the short sides of the grid

Wonky log cabin scrappy quilt – a beginner’s tutorial

This quilt is suitable for a beginner.

Finished size: 40 in x 40 in.


The colour scheme is warm colours, pinks and purples.


  • Scrap fabrics or 10 to 15 fat quarters in assorted colours: reds, pinks, purples, browns and yellows
  • 1 yard cream fabric for sashing


  • 42 in x 42 in fabric square

Block size: The final block size is 9 inches. There is a total of 12 blocks.

Wonky log cabin block construction

Cut a wonky piece of fabric for the piece in the middle.

Cut two more wonky pieces to attach to the side of the centre.

Cut both pieces slightly larger than the sides of the centre square.

Sew and square sides.

Repeat with the other two sides.

Square sides again.

Calculate how much fabric is needed in the last border to complete a 9 inch block and cut 4 strips that are wide enough to reach the 9 inches.

Repeat as for previous steps cutting and attaching the pieces around the centre.

Cut strips wide and long enough so that some fabric is left over around, particularly for very wonky blocks.

Press the block, square it to 9 inches and cut.

One down 11 more to go.


Cut 12 x 2 1/2 squares of 12 different print matching fabrics.

Cut 24 2 1/2 x 9 inch strips and stitch to one side of each block.

Arrange the blocks as desired. My quilt is laid out as a gradient on the diagonal from yellow to pink. Stitch 4 blocks in a column. Stitch 4 separate columns.

Arrange at this stage the placement of the 2 1/2 in squares to match the placement and colour of the blocks.

One the layout is decided, stitch the 2 1/2 to the left sashing strips.

Piece alternating cream/square/cream/square/cream /square/cream (see picture below).

Now sew the long sashing strips to the first column, then the second, and finally the third. Follow the picture below as a stitching guide.

The quilt is stipple quilted.

Block 11: Star gathering – Textured quilt sampler tutorial


This block requires hand sewing.

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: star gathering

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 ½ x 52 ½.


  • one 7 in x 7 in square in white
  • two 5 in x 3 ½ in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 ½ in rectangles for the border
  • matching stranded cotton
Making the star gathering
Cut one 7in x 7in square and mark it in a grid at 2 in intervals alternating in rows on the wrong side of the fabric. See drawing below.
The circles are 3/8 in in diameter. They are spaced 2 inches apart from top to bottom and 1 inch apart from left to right.
I drew the circles by hand though you could use a template. I don’t think it will show in the result if the circle is not perfect.

You will notice I drew double circles. This is so because I started with 1/4 inch circles and they turned out too small so I drew them larger.

Now, following the circle lines start stitching with a running stitch. When you reach the starting knot, pull the thread very tight to make a very small puff and then secure the thread by making two more stitches on top of the last one and cut the thread.

I stitched all the puffs on the diagonal though it doesn’t matter how you stitch your puffs.

This is the reverse side of the square.

This is the right side.

Stretch the square on to some padded board or iron table and pin. Then use the iron to steam the square really well without pressing. This is enough to flatten the piece and preserve the nice gathering.

This is what the square looks like after steaming.

The texture is quite subtle because the circles are only 3/8.

And the back.

Now let’s trim the square to 5 inches. Mark the back of the square to 5 inches.


Cut two 5 in x 3 ½ in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 ½ in rectangles for the border.

Attach the border and you’re done.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 11th block in a series of 25 exploring texture in fabric.

Each block is made out of a centre 5 inch square featuring some fabric texture such as pin tucks, smocking, shirring and the like. Then a 3 1/2 wide border encloses each centre square.

The colour scheme is red and white/cream alternating reds and white/cream for the centre square and border.

Some of the textures show better on plain colours than on heavily patterned fabric.

See all Textured quilt sampler tutorials for this quilt.

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