Do you have any polka dots in your stash? This fabric manipulation is a lot of fun. I’ve also used it in my quilts. It’s a beautiful addition to any quilt and it looks very special.
How to make polka dot smocking
While I made this with a polka dot print, you can make it with other type of print that can be used as a grid as well.
Don’t stop at quilting, you can use this fabric manipulation on a bag, or on clothing.
And a print that can also be used as a grid.
If you’d like to try this fabric manipulation and 24 more:
- Check out the fabric manipulation tutorials in one single PDF.
And watch a closeup of all the fabric manipulations.
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My book Turnabout Patchwork
“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.
Buy individual chapters of my book
Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.
As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:
- Squaring up blocks
- Assembly and quilting