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Block 24: Fabric origami – Textured quilt sampler

Fabric origami quilt block

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Fabric origami quilt block

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: fabric folding / fabric origami

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 1/2 x 52 1/2.

Needs:

  • two 10 in x 10 in squares in contrasting neutral tones for the centre square.
  • 5 1/2 square to appliqué the origami
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the origami centre
Cut two 10 in x 10 in squares in contrasting neutral tones and place with right sides facing together.

Fold twice into a square to find the centre and pin.

Open the square and trace a circle as per picture.

The mark is the line where you will cut. Sew within 1/4 inch from the marked line leaving a 2 inch opening to turn the circle inside out.

Then cut around the marked line.

Turn inside out.

With an invisible stitch close the opening.

Iron circle well.

Find the centre of the circle again.

Open the circle and fold one side 1 1/2 inches in as per picture.

Do the same for all four sides and pin in place.

Then do another fold in the opposite direction making a square shape as per picture below.

Now find the point where both folds join (see picture) and make a stitch.

Do the same for all 4 corners.

Now find the middle point between two corners and make a stitch.

Do the same on all sides.

Now look at the corner. Pick up both sides of the fabric and fold out as per picture. It may be a bit tricky to do as the opening is small. Fold out the sides, insert your finger in the opening to give it some shape and pull at the corner towards the outside to mould the fabric into the shape. Do this several times to get the fold right.

Do this for all four corners.

Turn square around. The pin that identifies the centre point should still be there.

Now bring one corner to meet the centre and pin.

Now make a stitch in the corner.

Do the same for all corners.

This is what it should look like when you have stitched all corners in the centre.

The square is a bit bulky because it has not been ironed.

You can press the block on the outer corners a bit to flatten it.

The square is about 4 1/2 inches. We’ll be sewing it to a 5 inch square.

Cut a 5 1/2 inch square and appliqué the origami piece to it.

Now we are ready to trim the square.

Trim square to 5 inches.

Cut the border pieces.

Add border to origami centre, iron seams and you’re done.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 24th 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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Fabric origami tutorial - quilt block

Block 23: Lotus flower smocking – Textured quilt sampler

Detail of lotus flowers

This block requires hand sewing.

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: smocking

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 1/2 x 52 1/2.

Needs:

  • 10 in x 10 in square in 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 smocked lotus flower
Cut a 10 in x 10 in square and mark it at 1 inch intervals leaving 1 1/2 inch allowance on the edges.

Now, pick up dot 1 from underneath the fabric and double stitch. Pick up dot 2, 3, 4 and then 1 again and pull together. Double stitch so that the dots stay together.

Now pick up dot number 1 in the next square without pulling. Double stitch. Pick up dot 2, 3, 4 and then 1 again and pull together. Double stitch so that the dots stay together.

And so on until you finish the row.

This is a closeup of how you pick up the four dots.

Then you pull them all together.

You may get a flower pattern just after pulling though often you have to pull the flowers up with your fingers.

After you gather all four dots do a double stitch to keep dots together.

Then put the needle through to the reverse side and go and pick up the next dot number 1.

The smocking is complete. In a 10 inch square you will only be able to fit 16 flowers, 4 per row.

To get the flower pattern, push the fabric from the reverse side with your fingers and then pull it up to give it some petal shape.

Now stretch the smocking on a padded surface using pins and use the iron to steam the fabric. Do not press.

I used a water soluble pen to mark the fabric. To remove the ink I dropped a small amount of water on every marking and the ink just vanished.

Let the fabric dry.

Remove the pins.

Trim to 5 inches square.

You are now ready to attach the border.

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

Attach the border and your block is done.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 23th 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

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Block 22: Origami pinwheel – Textured quilt sampler

Detail of origami pinwheel

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: fabric folding / fabric origami

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 1/2 x 52 1/2.

Needs:

  • 4 x 2¾ inches squares in red and 4 more matching 2¾ inches squares, ie 8 in total
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border

Making the origami pinwheel

Watch this short 2 minute video to learn how to make this block:
This block is a lot easier than the origami flower block.
Cut 4 x 2¾ inches squares in red and 4 more matching 2¾ inches squares, ie 8 in total.

Pick up one square and fold it in half with wrong side of the fabric together. Do not iron.

Now pic up one of the triangle corners and fold it up again as in the picture below.

Pin it to the matching square of fabric.

Do this for all 4 squares.

Now place the squares making a pinwheel and stitch in pairs.

Then stitch the resulting rectangles together.

Cut two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border

Sew the border as per picture.

Put your finger inside each pocket of the pinwheel and smooth the crease with your ginger. This will add volume to your pinwheel. Alternatively you can leave the pinwheel flat though I find it is more attractive lifting off from the base.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 22th 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 21: Lozenge smocking – Textured quilt sampler

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The spacing determines the size of the tube. For a more subtle finish use spacing which is closer.

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: lozenge smocking

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 1/2 x 52 1/2.

Needs:

  • a 10 1/2 inch x 6 inches rectangle in cream tones for the centre square
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border

Making the lozenge smocking

Watch a short video tutorial:

Cut a 10 1/2 inch x 6 inches rectangle and mark at 1/2 inch intervals.

Smocking diagram

There are two kinds of stitching for this pattern. They alternate along each row of smocking. The first type is when you pull two stitches together as per a and b on the diagram. The next stitch is when you go from b to c but do not pull the stitches. In this case you double stitch on c so that there is no pulling.

This is the first example where you pick up a and b and pull together.

After pulling the stitches together, do a double stitch before moving on to c.

With your needle pick up c without pulling.

Double stitch at c.

And so on following the diagram above.

As you go you will see the pattern emerge.

When finished, stretch the rectangle on a padded surface and pin well. Slightly crush the tubes with your fingers to obtain a more rounded shape.

Apply steam with the iron touching the tubes but without pressing.

Let it dry. When dry trim to 5 inch squares.

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

Stitch and the block is done.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 21th 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 20: Origami flower – Textured quilt sampler

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: fabric folding / fabric origami

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 1/2 x 52 1/2.

Needs:

  • a 10 1/2 inch square in red tones for the centre square.
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the origami flower
Learn in 3 minutes how to make this block:
When making origami using paper, the folds remain throughout the whole process because we only use our fingers to press. With fabric and an iron though it is easy to iron over the previous creases removing the crease. Therefore when pressing pay special attention to avoid ironing over previously made creases.
Cut a 10 1/2 inch square and fold it in half right sides of the fabric together. Press well.
Then fold it again to make a square and press again.
You now have two in folds making a cross on the fabric.

Turn piece around and fold in all 4 corners as per picture. Press well but do not press over the previous creases.

This is what your piece will look like.

Turn it around. You still can see the creases from the first folds you made.

Now you need to make two folds that will meet in the center.

This is the first fold. Press keeping the previous creases.

Now fold the other side to meet in the middle. Press again keeping the previous creases.

Now unfold the last two folds. We’re nearly there folding and pressing.

Now fold both sides of the square to meet in the middle, just like you did before, but this time do it with the other two sides of the square.

We have finished folding and pressing. You can see now that with all that folding we have 2 lines crossing on the diagonal plus two more lines making a small square.

Now fold along the pressed lines as per picture making a sort of ear.

Fold the “ear” to the side.

Do this in every corner always folding to the same side.

You will get a windmill like in the photo below.

Now pick up one of the corners and lift it up like in the photo below.

Then push it open to the middle as per photo.

Do the same with all corners.

Time to open each petal.

Pick up every corner and push it towards the back as per picture.

Do this with all 4 corners.

Turn the flower.

Open the folded triangles like in the picture.

The flower is nearly done.

To hold the petals together, make a few stitches in the middle.

Cover a button with fabric or use a regular button.

Sew the button in the middle.

Press the folds in the corners of the square.

Now cut two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border.

To attach the border, lift the petal and fold it forward.

Pin the border.

Stitch using a 1/4 inch allowance.

Iron seams to one side.

Do the same for the other two sides of the border.

Iron seams and you’re done.

 

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 20th 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.