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Block 1: twisted pleats – Textured 4-patch quilt

Close up

Block type: 4-patch

Block size: 10 1/2 inches

Colour scheme: reds, greens and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: pleats


  • 2 floral 5 1/2 in squares
  • 1 pale green 5 1/2 in square
  • 1 white 5 1/2 in x 16 in in rectangle

Making the twisted pleats

Starting at 1 3/4 in from the edge, mark the fabric at 1 in intervals (large mark) and then again make a small mark in between both large marks).

Now do the same on the other edge but make sure the large marks are in line with the dots on the other edge.

These are pleats with a twist. This means that both sides of the pleating do not coincide. If you look at the picture below, you will see the black lines are the pleats on the left edge and the red lines make the pleat on the right edge.

Start folding the fabric as per picture.

Fold the fabric on a large mark pressing with your finger and drag the fold on top of the next large mark.


Now do the same with the next large mark and bring the fold to meet the first fold as per picture.

Continue with the next mark.

And the next.

When you finish, stitch 1/4 in from the edge.

Now do the same with the other edge.

Make sure you align the fabric on the edges well as the fabric tends to move because of the twist.

Stitch at 1/4 in from the edge.

This is the result of the facing side.

And this is the result of the “wrong” side.

I’ll be using the wrong side of the fabric manipulation.

Trim pleats to 5 1/2 inches square.

Now place the fabric as per picture below.

Stitch together.

The block is finished.

Textured 4-patch quilt tutorial

This quilt has 16 x 10 1/2 in blocks.

Each block is a 4-patch block in greens and reds. The fabric manipulation is made in a cream fabric.

See all Textured 4-patch quilt tutorials.

See also my first Textured quilt sampler tutorial.

Share your pictures

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


  1. I’ve tried several times to down load your pattern for the beach bag. There seems to be problem pages 2-4. Can you help with this? Thank you, Linda


  2. The pattern is actually not mine. Maybe there’s a problem with the site I’m linking to.


  3. Hi I am from India I have seen ur site recently very much interested .but I have tried twisted pleats several times but i couldn’t make it .can u explain little clearly

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  4. I love your twisted pleats so much I had to try it myself with the intention of incorporating a longer panel of it into a bodice. My sample turned out like 2 rows of staggered pants on the facing side AND the wrong side, LOL. I think I did it the same way you did, so idk how to make it look like yours. When I get time, I’ll try it again. Cheers!

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