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Block 17: Pleated peek a boo – Textured quilt sampler

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Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: pleated peek a boo

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


  • 3 strips measuring 2 ¼ in x 5 in  in cream
  • 2 strips of contrasting red tones fabric 1 ½ in x 5 in in red tones
  • two 5 in x 3 ½ in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 ½ in rectangles for the border
Making the pleated peek a boo

Cut 3 strips measuring  2 ¼ in x 5  in in cream and 2 strips of contrasting red tones fabric 1 ½ in x 5 in.

Stitch the strips together alternating the colours.

Fold on each seam between both colours and press well.

This is what the sewn strips will look like.

Now make a centred pleat like in the photo.

Do this for each pleat and side.

Iron well and trim to 5 inch squares.

Pin to the border making sure that the pleats don’t open. You could make a small stitch on each pleat instead or as well as.

Attach both borders and you have your peek a boo.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 17th 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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  1. So nice!The tutorial is easy to follow.All contents were expressed in a clear and simplified manner.I learned a lot.Thanks for sharing.


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