fabric manipulation fabric scraps project log cabin quilting tutorial

Block 2: Diamond pin tucks – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Closeup of diamond pin tucks

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: diamond pin tucks

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


  • one 7 in x 7 in square 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

Mark the back of the fabric in diagonal at 1 inch intervals. I did not mark my fabric. I used the polka dots to help me when I pressed the fabric.

Press along the marked line.

Now fold each marked line and pass it through the machine. Stitch very close to the edge.

Your piece of fabric will look wrong when you’ve done one side. I almost started again not realising that the square will correct itself when you stitch on from the opposite sides making diamonds.

Press flat from the back but don’t press too hard so that the pin tucks are completely flattened.

Again mark the back of the fabric with lines at 1 inch intervals and press along the marked lines again. You can see in the picture how the diamonds appear after pressing.

Now do as you did earlier, fold the fabric along the pressed lines and put through the machine very close to the edge.

This will produce the diamonds and will square the fabric.

Closeup of the diamonds.

Trim the fabric to 5 inches square.

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

Sew as per picture and there you have it.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the second 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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