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Video tutorial: Lattice smocking

Video tutorial: Lattice smocking

How to make a lattice smocking quilt block

Learn in 2 minutes how to make lattice smocking:

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Materials

  • one 7 in x 7 in rectangle in red tones for the textured centre square
  • two 4 1/2 x 3 inch strips
  • two 9 x 3 inch strips

Block size

9 inches.

I used this technique in a fidget quilt.

Lattice closeup

Making the lattice
Draw a 7 in x 7 in grid on a piece of fabric and mark it as per photo. Lines are 1/2 inch apart on both directions.

Diagram

Sew the lattice in groups of 4, i.e. 1 – 2, 3 – 4, 5 – 6 and 7 – 8. Then move to the next 4 lot, i.e. 9 – 10 , 11 – 12, etc and complete each pair of lines up to the end of the grid. Then start from the left again in groups of 4 until the end of the line.

Arrow = pick up both dots together and stitch together and then do another stitch so the stitch doesn’t open

Red dotted line = pick up dot without joining with previous dot, ie carry the thread to the next dot

When moving from one pair of stitches, e.g. moving from 2 to 3, or from 5 to 6, always make a double stitch on the first dot, i.e. on 1, 3, 5, etc. and then make another double stitch after you join a pair, e.g. 1 and 2, 3 and 4, etc.

This is how it goes

Put needle through 1 and then pick up number 2. Pull both dots together and do a double stitch.

Now carry the thread to number 3 and pick it up but do not pull, just do a double stitch on number 3. Now pick up 4 and pull thread to stitch 3 and 4 together. Double stitch there. Now carry the thread to 5 and double stitch. And so on.

You will start seeing the pattern after you complete the first line.

Once you have stitched the grid, you need to stretch the square rather than iron it.

Pin the lattice to for ironing board or other padded surface and steam it with your iron. Let it dry.

Once it is dry, trim it to 5 inches. Iron the edges no more than 1/4 inches around well before stitching 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.

This is one of my favourite blocks so far. The texture is very rich and it looks great in red.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 13th 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 19: Smocked diamonds and puff gathering

Close up

This block requires hand stitching.

This is a block combining smocked diamonds and puff gathering. Both fabric manipulations have been done in past blocks:

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: smocked diamonds and puff gathering

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

Needs:

  • A piece of fabric 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
Because of the size of the print used, I can’t give a starting size for the centre square. Start on the corner of a large piece of fabric and, when finished, cut it to shape.
Making the smocked diamonds
See diagram below to stitch each diamond.

Stitch a diamond alternating each flower. For more details check Diamond smocking block.

Make enough diamonds to cover a 5 inch square.

Stretch the smocked piece on a padded surface and pin well.

Steam the piece with your iron.

After steaming let it dry.

This is the back of the smocking.

Making the puffs

Stitch around each flower or design element with at least 1/2 inch in diameter. For more details on puff gathering check Puff gathering block tutorial

Puffs are only done on alternate diamonds (see picture).

My choice of fabric is very busy and it is hard to see but if you look closely you will see that the puffs show up in a kind of grid pattern.

Stretch the piece on a padded surface and pin.

Steam with your iron.

Let it dry and then square it to 5 inch square.

The grid made by the puffs is more noticeable on this photo.

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

Block 19, Smocked diamonds and puff gathering, is done! Phew!

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 19th 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 13: Lattice smocking – Textured quilt sampler

Lattice closeup

This block requires hand sewing.

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: lattice smocking

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

Needs:

  • one 7 in x 7 in rectangle in red tones for the textured 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 lattice
Learn lattice smocking in 2 minutes:

Draw a 7 in x 7 in grid on a piece of fabric and mark it as per photo. Lines are 1/2 inch apart on both directions.

Diagram

Sew the lattice in groups of 4, i.e. 1 – 2, 3 – 4, 5 – 6 and 7 – 8. Then move to the next 4 lot, i.e. 9 – 10 , 11 – 12, etc and complete each pair of lines up to the end of the grid. Then start from the left again in groups of 4 until the end of the line.

Arrow = pick up both dots together and stitch together and then do another stitch so the stitch doesn’t open

Red dotted line = pick up dot without joining with previous dot, ie carry the thread to the next dot

When moving from one pair of stitches, e.g. moving from 2 to 3, or from 5 to 6, always make a double stitch on the first dot, i.e. on 1, 3, 5, etc. and then make another double stitch after you join a pair, e.g. 1 and 2, 3 and 4, etc.

This is how it goes

Put needle through 1 and then pick up number 2. Pull both dots together and do a double stitch.

Now carry the thread to number 3 and pick it up but do not pull, just do a double stitch on number 3. Now pick up 4 and pull thread to stitch 3 and 4 together. Double stitch there. Now carry the thread to 5 and double stitch. And so on.

You will start seeing the pattern after you complete the first line.

Once you have stitched the grid, you need to stretch the square rather than iron it.

Pin the lattice to for ironing board or other padded surface and steam it with your iron. Let it dry.

Once it is dry, trim it to 5 inches. Iron the edges no more than 1/4 inches around well before stitching 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.

This is one of my favourite blocks so far. The texture is very rich and it looks great in red.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 13th 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.