Block 19: Smocked diamonds and puff gathering

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This block requires hand stitching.

This is a block combining smocked diamonds and puff gathering. Both fabric manipulations have been done in past blocks:

Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: smocked diamonds and puff gathering

Quilt size: The finished quilt is 52 1/2 x 52 1/2.

Needs:

  • A piece of fabric in red tones for the centre square.
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Because of the size of the print used, I can’t give a starting size for the centre square. Start on the corner of a large piece of fabric and, when finished, cut it to shape.
Making the smocked diamonds
See diagram below to stitch each diamond.

Stitch a diamond alternating each flower. For more details check Diamond smocking block.

Make enough diamonds to cover a 5 inch square.

Stretch the smocked piece on a padded surface and pin well.

Steam the piece with your iron.

After steaming let it dry.

This is the back of the smocking.

Making the puffs

Stitch around each flower or design element with at least 1/2 inch in diameter. For more details on puff gathering check Puff gathering block tutorial

Puffs are only done on alternate diamonds (see picture).

My choice of fabric is very busy and it is hard to see but if you look closely you will see that the puffs show up in a kind of grid pattern.

Stretch the piece on a padded surface and pin.

Steam with your iron.

Let it dry and then square it to 5 inch square.

The grid made by the puffs is more noticeable on this photo.

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

Block 19, Smocked diamonds and puff gathering, is done! Phew!

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 19th 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.

Share your pictures

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

Embroidered “Eveil” pillow case

The objective of this project is creating a matching pillowcase for a duvet cover.

This is the original plain pillowcase and the duvet cover.

This is a wider shot of the duvet cover print.

Design 1.

Design 2.

Design 3.

How I did this

I drew the flowers as a series of lines I would be embroidering and some dots for the centre.

The small flower is going to be embroidered with long and short stitch. No lines here, only the outline.

And again, I drew some lines for the petals and a stem.

Stitches used

For the petals and centre

  • Chain stitch
  • Stem stitch
  • Running stitch
  • French knots

For the stem

  • Blanket stitch

For the small flower

  • Long and short satin stitch
  • Running stitch for the outlines

Thread

  • Stranded cotton in variegated blue, plain blues and some mauve

Detailed photos of the embroidery

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.

Needs:

  • 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.

Share your pictures

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

Hot water bottle cozies round up

Hot water bottles cozies make great birthday and Christmas presents for adults as well as kids.

  1. Love is the answer… hot water bottle cozy tutorial
  2. Cherries quilted hot water bottle cozy
  3. Patchwork hot water bottle cozy tutorial
  4. Stipple quilted hot water bottle cover
  5. Embroidered hot water bottle cover