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Block 11: beaded origami – Textured 4-patch quilt

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Block type: 4-patch

Block size: 10 1/2 inches

Colour scheme: reds, greens and neutrals

Texture/fabric manipulation: fabric origami


  • one red 6 in square
  • one 6 in pale green square
  • a 10 in cream square
  • a left over two triangles square from block 10
  • 16 small white beads

How to make this diamond fabric manipulation

Watch this short 3 minute video and learn:

Making the fabric origami

Cut a 10 in cream square and draw a grid with 1 inch intervals.

Pick up stitches in a criscross fashion as per picture.

Pull together and make a tight knot.

Continue to the end of the row.

This is what the right side will look like.

There’s no shape to it, I know. And it will be a bit tricky to find the shape.

In some instances you will see the diamond emerge like in the picture below. If not, you’ll have to try and find it by pulling the corners of each corner that you just stitched together previously.

Finding the folds and pushing them to the correct sides as per picture may help.

To help you, find the folds at the edges of the origami square as per picture.

You may find the diamonds are not perfectly square.

The back of the piece will look like this.

As you find the diamonds, it may help to iron them flat.

Here is the piece. Press well.

Now it’s time to stitch the beads.

As well as stitching the beads, we’re going to stitch each fold together as per picture.

And here is what the end result is.

Trim the square to 5 1/2 inches.

Now, take the green and red squares and place them right sides facing together. Trace a diagonal and pin in place.

Stitch 1/4 in from the diagonal on each side.

Cut through the diagonal and trim corners off. You will obtain 2 squares.

Now, for block number 10 we had one extra square left. Use that one and the 2 you just made to obtain the block below.

Stitch together and that’s it! Block 11 is done.

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.


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