Block 10: Prairie points pinwheel – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation:  prairie points pinwheel

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

Needs:

  • 4   2 ¾ in squares in white
  • 4  2 ¾ in squares in red for the prairie points
  • two 5 in x 3 ½ in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 ½ in rectangles for the border
Making the prairie points

Cut 4   2 ¾ in squares in red.

Fold the square in half and press.

Then mark the centre of the folded rectangle and fold towards the mark line making a triangle on each side as on the picture.

Arrange the prairie points with the openings facing the white fabric making a pinwheel as in the photo and pin each prairie point to the white square.

Stitch each prairie point to the white square.

Now stitch in pairs as per photo.

Stitch both rectangles into a pinwheel and press well.

Now add the border.

And you have finished the prairie points pinwheel block.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 10th 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.

Share your pictures

Are you making this quilt? Share your pictures on Flickr’s TeresaDownUnder group.

Embroidery tutorial round up

I tend to use embroidery mostly to embellish sewn items. Here is a list of items I have embellished using embroidery or where embroidery is the main element.

  1. French cuisine embroidery tea towel
  2. Reversible tray cover using improv piecing and embroidery
  3. Napkin embroidery
  4. Reversible tray cover using improv piecing and embroidery
  5. Love is the answer… hot water bottle cozy tutorial
  6. Embroidered eye mask tutorial
  7. Fabric keychain with embroidered flower
  8. Noel embroidery mounted on canvas
  9. Mini Christmas quilt
  10. Peace wall hanging tutorial
  11. Charm squares and embroidery tote bag
  12. Christmas quilted Noel wall hanging
  13. Elf quilted wall hanging
  14. Embroidered quilt tutorial: Part I and Part II
  15. Merry Christmas embroidery tutorial
  16. Embroidered hot water bottle cover

Block 9: Cross shirring – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Cross shirring closeup

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: cross shirring

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

Needs:

  • one 7 in x 7 in square in cream / white
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the cross shirring

Cut one 7 in x 7 in square.

Using a baste stitch start stitching at 1/4 inch from the edge in one straight line.

Continue to stitch at around 1/2 intervals until the end. No need to mark the lines. The last stitching line should also be 1/4 inch from the edge.

When finished, start pulling the bottom thread from each stitching line. Do this from each side. Spread the gathering all along the stitching line. Stop gathering the fabric once the width is 5 inches.

Do this for all stitching lines.

Now do the same as before but in the opposite direction.

Again, pull the bottom thread of each stitching line and gather the fabric until you reach 5 inches width.

Make your square edges as straight as possible so it is easy to attach the border to it and the block irons as flat as possible.

Cut two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border and sew to the centre square.

Your block is done!

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 9th 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.

Share your pictures

Are you making this quilt? Share your pictures on Flickr’s TeresaDownUnder group.

Block 8: Undulating tucks – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: undulating tucks

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

Needs:

  • 1 rectangle 10 in x 6 in in white/cream
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the undulating tucks
Cut one 10 in x 6 in rectangle and draw lines at 1 inch intervals on the back of the fabric.

You could make small cuts on each end of the markings to make it easier when pressing.

Press on each marking like below.

Start stitching tucks that are 1/4 inch deep. When done, press to one side, then to the other.

Then square the block to 5 inch square.

Mark the square along the middle, at 2 1/2 inches from each side and then mark along the middle or each half, i.e. at 1 1/4 from the middle on both sides.

Stitch along the marked line (see below) in the middle making sure the tucks face the same direction.

Then stitch along each of the lines on the sides making sure the tucks face the opposite direction.

Now, you could attach the borders to the square like I did and later, when sewing the larger border stitch the tucks in opposite direction or stitch a last line on each side with the tucks facing the opposite direction.

What I did was a bit more difficult to handle in the end, and I’ve learned from it. I ironed the tucks facing the opposite side and then pinned them to the border to keep them in place while I stitched the border.

The block is finished.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 8th 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.

Share your pictures

Are you making this quilt? Share your pictures on Flickr’s TeresaDownUnder group.

Sewing children toys and accessories round up

Why buy a gift when you can make something truly unique to give to your kids or your kids’ friends? Here is a list of free tutorials to make unique gifts:

  1. Spring Chicken
  2. Easter bunny basket
  3. Patchwork bunting
  4. Mini fabric wallet
  5. Pointy Kitty
  6. Panda pillow
  7. Tooth Fairy pillow
  8. Headband in 15 minutes or less tutorial

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