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Block 5: Centered tucks with bow ties -Textured quilt sampler tutorial

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Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: centered tucks with bow ties

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


  • one 6 in x 10 1/2 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 centred tucks with bow ties
Watch first a short 3 minute tutorial on how to make this fabric manipulation:

Cut one 6 in x 10 1/2 in rectangle in cream tones.

Mark the fabric in the following way centering the lines in the piece of fabric:

  • 5/8, 5/8 (left tuck) | 6/8 (space between tucks), 5/8, 5/8 (central tuck), 6/8 (space between tucks), 5/8, 5/8 (right tuck).

Make small cuts on each line.

Starting with the middle tuck, make a light mark from cut to cut, fold making both marks on the sides of each tuck coincide and pin.

Stitch along the marked line.

Do the same for the three tucks.

Press the tucks lightly open.

Mark the centre.

Stitch along the line. Then square the block to 5 inch square and stitch on both sides of the tucks leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Now mark the middle from the centre for each tuck and make a bow tie as in the picture below.

Leave the middle tuck as is.

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

Textured blocks tutorials

See all Textured quilt sampler tutorials for this quilt.

This is the 5th 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.

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


  1. This is wonderful block, and could be a part of garment too. Thanks so much for sharing us this lovely block, and thanks for your efforts


  2. Thank you so much for this. I have five decorative cushions to make, three are done so far. Trouble is after each complicated pattern I swear to never repeat it!This is perfect for cushion number four and I’m fairly confident I’ll find cushion number five somewhere in your blog!


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