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Smocked quilt blocks

Smocked blocks free tutorials

Check out my 6 smocking tutorials and add a textured touch to your quilt blocks:

These fabric manipulations are part of 2 textured quilts: a log cabin textured quilt sampler and a 4-patch textured quilt

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Smocked blocks free tutorials

 

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.

Materials

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.

Materials

The colour scheme is warm colours, pinks and purples.

Front

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

Back

  • 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.

Sashing

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.