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Block 18: Gathered double-edged ruffle – Textured quilt sampler

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Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: gathered double-edged ruffle

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


  • one 5 in x 5 in rectangle in cream  tones for the textured centre square
  • one 1 1/2 in x 8 in strip of cream fabric for the ruffle
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the double-edged ruffle
Cut one 1 1/2 in x 8 in strip of cream fabric for the ruffle.
Make a hem on both sides of the strip using a hemming foot  if you have one or by hand.

Then find the middle of the strip and mark a line all along.

Using a basting stitch, stitch along the line.

To make gather the fabric, pick up the bottom thread on one side of the strip and pull. Then do the same from the other side.

Pull the thread and distribute the gathering as you go until you reach 5 inches.

Mark the 5 inch square at 2 1/2 inches and pin.

Pin the gathered strip to the marked spot at 2 1/2 inches.

Continue to pin on a straight line as per picture below.

Now stitch the ruffle to the square as per picture.

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

Stitch the border and voilà!

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 18th 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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