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Block 25: Echidna block – Textured quilt sampler


Block type: log cabin

Block size: 11 inches

Colour scheme: reds and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: fabric folding

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


  • one 5 inch square in white
  • about 80 1 1/2 inch squares in neutrals and some reds to add some interest
  • two 5 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles and two 11 in x 3 1/2 in rectangles for the border
Making the echidna 
Cut about 80 1 1/2 inch squares in neutrals and some reds to add some interest.

Take one 1 1/2 inch square and fold in half into a triangle.

Then fold it again into a smaller triangle.

Just press with your fingers.
Pin small triangle to the cream square as per picture. Start at the bottom edge.
Add a full row of small triangles.

Stitch as close to the triangle edge as possible.

Then do the second row filling in the spaces between the first row triangles.
Stitch as close to the edge as possible.

Continue like that.

Just go all the way to the top edge of the square.

Turn square around to trim edges off.

The centre is done.

Cut border.

Attach border to square.

Closeup of finished block.

This was the last block in the quilt. Next time I will put the quilt blocks together in a possible combination.

Textured blocks tutorials

This is the 25th block and the last one in a series of fabric manipulations 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.


  1. I’ve seen the scales in crochet patterns and love it, using the technique gives a lots of dimension to a block. This will be my next MUST TRY block. Thanking you for the time it took to provide this technique and instructions. I always learn something fresh with your tutorials.

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  2. Love this technique and I love dragons. Have a collection of them that will be passed down to my oldest grandson Now I am thinking of making him a quilt to go with it. Thank you so much for this idea.


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