fabric manipulation fabric scraps project log cabin quilting tutorial

Block 6: Gathered strip – Textured quilt sampler tutorial

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: double gathering

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


  • 2 rectangles 2 1/2 in x 5 in  in red fabric
  • 1 strip 1 in x 12 in in red fabric
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Double gathering the strip (photos from my Tote bag tutorial)

1 strip 1 in x 12 in in red fabric.

Using basting stitch, sew along the sides of the strip (see photo below).

Pull from the top thread while you hold the strip of fabric.

Pull from both sides and distribute the folds along the whole strip.

Gather the strip evenly to reach 5 inches in length.

Pin to one rectangle and stitch.

Do the same with the other side.

The centre square is ready.

Detail of gathering.

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 borders to the centre square to finish the block.

The block is done.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 6th 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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