Free Pumpkins Quilt Block

With the kids starting school, Fall approaching (the first day of Autumn is September 22nd), and Halloween just around the corner, I’m ready to add some pumpkins to my decor! I created this fun Pumpkins quilt block that you can easily turn into a jack-o’-lantern quilt block by adding some fabric paint, creative quilting, or applique. This is part of the Quilt Block Mania series, and this month we’re sharing Halloween themed quilt blocks. Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out the other blocks in the series!

I love that with a little bit of quilting, these pumpkins make a perfect pumpkin wreath! I can’t wait to turn this one into a quilt!

I love getting lots of detail into my quilt blocks. And just like last month’s Stacked Books quilt block, that means there is some small piecing. The best way to get accuracy with small pieces is to starch your fabrics first. Check out this video where I show you how easy it is to starch your fabrics for precision piecing.

I also have a fabulous pattern with 10 different projects you can make using 12″ quilt blocks just like this one! After you fill out the form to get your Pumpkin Patch Quilt Block pattern, you’ll get all the details on my 12″ Quilt Blocks Projects!

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Check out these other fun Halloween quilt blocks!

“Which Hat?” at Pretty Piney
Black Cat at Inquiring Quilter
Ring of Pumpkins at Always Expect Moore
Haunted House at Powered by Quilting
Three Treats at Sew Brainy
Bat at Slice of Pi Quilts
Day of the Dead Skull at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Gypsy Wagon Fortune Teller at Orange Blossom Quilt
Monster at Seams to be Sew
Patchwork Pumpkin at Quilted Diary
Stacked Pumpkins at Perkins Dry Goods
Spooky Star at Block of the Mo .com
Leaf Ghost at Off the Wall Quilt
Leaf and Vine at Quilt Moments
Frankenstein at Around the Bobbin
Bat by Heidi Pridemore
Candy Corn by Quilt Fabrication
Dark night by Cotton Street Commons
Pumpkin by Sew on the Go
Pumpkin and Bat by ScrapDash
Pumpkin Chain by Stash Bandit
Happy Jack-o-lantern by Patti’s Patchwork
Foundation Pieced Creepy Eyes by Amarar Creacions
Spooky Trees by Aunt Em’s Quilts
Upside Down Witch by Appliques Quilts and More
Scaredy Kitty by Tacy Gray
Sun-Boo-Net Sue by Blue Bear Quilts
Spider by Oh Kay Quilting
Candy, Pumpkins, and Witch Hat by Utah Quilt Appraiser

California Poppy Quilt Block

Hey quilting friends! I’m so excited about the California Poppy Quilt Block that I’ll be sharing with you today! This is part of a project I’m doing with a whole bunch of other Quilt Pattern Designers. Every week someone is sharing another block representing another state in the US, and all the blocks are free! If you follow along, you’ll be able to make a whole quilt representing all 50 states! Super fun, right?

I moved to California at age 4, and lived in the desert for most of my school-aged years. I’ve since moved around to different parts of California – and boy are they different! California has just about every kind of terrain you could want! Of course people know all about California beaches. We also have fabulous mountains for hiking and winter sports, rocky hillsides perfect for growing grapes (and making wine), beautiful agricultural lands, and the lovely desert where I grew up.

So, when I was tasked with coming up with a single 6″ quilt block that would represent the whole state, I was stumped! What is one symbol that can represent the whole state? And then I remembered our state flower – the California Poppy. When I was a child going on road trips with my family, there would be fields full of these beautiful flowers. People would plan trips to come out and see the poppies. It is very much part of California – and very much part of my childhood growing up here.

The California Poppy Quilt Block is a 6″ block, and is traditionally pieced. I used fabulous Art Gallery Solids to piece my version. You can get your free pattern below, and also get added to our mailing list of fabulous quilters.

 

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The poppy isn’t just the state flower for California. It has become a symbol of memorial. Originally, it was used to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War One, but has come to memorialize those lost in all conflicts since. It is specifically connected to the Royal British Legion, who say that the Red Poppy is a symbol of remembrance and hope.

Poppies in different colors have different meanings as well, Purple is to remember animal victims of war (in earlier wars, horses and dogs were common parts of the war effort), the Black Poppy is for Africa, Black, and Carribians lost in wars, and the white poppy is both a symbol of remembrance and a symbol of peace.

To honor all of these uses of the poppy as a symbol, I created the Memorial Poppy pattern. You can make your poppy in whatever colors you like, and surround them with a heart.

You can also use this pattern to take any of the 6″ state blocks from this series, and add a heart around it. When finished, the block measures 12″ x 12″. You can purchase the Memorial Poppy Pattern in my shop here.

One of the questions I get asked often is how to piece with such small pieces of fabric! This block finishes at 6″, and that means that some of these pieces are pretty small! My biggest tip when working with small pieces (and bias pieces, though this pattern doesn’t have any pieces sewn on the bias) is to starch my fabrics well. I made a video on starching fabrics that will show you my starching techniques.

If you’re just joining in the Around the Block – US tour, you can find all the details over at the Around the Block Headquarters.

If you’d like to find last week’s pattern you can go to Kissed Quilts, the week before can be found at Appliques Quilts and More. If you want to know where you’ll find next week’s pattern, it will be at Off the Wall Quilts, and the following week will be at Sarah Ruiz Quilts.

Bold with a Twist

I’m excited to share with you the August Ruler of the Month Quilt, Bold with a Twist! The quilt is made using quarter square triangles and the 45/90 degree ruler from Creative Grids.

The 45/90 degree ruler is a fabulous ruler for making half square and quarter square triangles from strips. A super simple way to cut your quilt pieces! To see how the 45/90 degree ruler by Creative Grids works, I show you how in this video

You can use my affiliate links to purchase your new ruler, and the Spot on Dot. Get the 45/90 ruler at the Fat Quarter Shop or get your 45/90 degree ruler on Amazon. You can also get the Spot on Dot at the Fat Quarter Shop.

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Stack of Books Quilt Block

Ready for a fun block? This Stack of Books Quilt Block is perfect for a back to school quilt, for a reading quilt, a graduation quilt … there are so many fun ways to use a Stack of Books Quilt Block! Today I’m including it as part of the Quilt Block Mania series. Several dozen other pattern designers and I are all sharing free 12-inch quilt blocks with a “Back to School” theme. And while this year’s “back to school” looks a lot different than those of the past, these blocks can still be put together to make a great teacher appreciation quilt, administrator appreciation quilt, or auction quilt to support your PTA – because even though most schools here in the USA have gone virtual, the teachers, staff, and most PTAs are still working hard to support our kids!

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Quilting Your Block

I have turned my block into a table topper, using one of the simple patterns in the Ten 12″ Quilt Block Projects pattern, and I’ve started quilting it with some free motion quilting.

If you’ve always wanted to try Free Motion Quilting, then you should check out this fun “What Quilting Motif are You?” quiz! If you enter your email at the end, you’ll get a video that shows you how to quilt that design! Super cool, right?

Precision Piecing Tips

You may have noticed some small pieces in this quilt block. If you want to know how I got my precision piecing done on this Stacked Books Quilt Block, I’ll tell you the answer: Spray Starch! In this video I show you how easy it is to starch fabrics, and I answer the most asked spray starching questions…

More School Themed Quilt Blocks

Check out all these other fabulous designers who are also offering school-themed quilt blocks:

Crayons by Slice of Pi Quilts
Lockers by Powered by Quilting
Math Problem by Pretty Piney
Chalk Board by Inquiring Quilter
Stack of Books by Carolina Moore
Pointy Pencil Block by Sew Brainy
Geometry by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pencils by Quilting Room with Mel
School Bus by Orange Blossom Quilt
Book with Animal by Seams to be Sew
Stack of Textbooks by Quilted Diary
Shades of the Sun by Charisma Horton
Basketball by Devoted Quilter
Apples by Perkins Dry Goods
Box of Crayons by ScrapDash
Apple with leaf by Blockofthemodotcom
Crayons by Off the Wall Quilt
School Time Schoolhouse by Quilt Moments
School House by Utah Quilt Appraiser
Pencil by True Blue Quilts
Owl by The Whimsical Workshop
Calculator by Quilt Fabrication
Crayons by Linda B Creative
Applique Computer by DooHikey Designs
Modern Apple by Cotton Street Commons
Glue by Quilting Mod
School Girl’s Puzzle by Sew on the Go
Snack by Quiltfox Design
Backpack by Oh Kaye Quilting
Math Signs by Patti’s Patchwork
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Backpack by Tacy Gray
Schoolhouse by From my Carolina Home
Girl’s Favorite by Blue Bear Quilts
Origami Paper Plane by Amarar Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts



Puzzletje Quilt

The Dutch Puzzle block is what inspired this quilt. The center of this quilt is a recolored version of a Dutch Puzzle, and then I added a ring of additional flying geese around the outside… since this is a wall-hanging size quilt, I named it the Puzzletje quilt. Obviously the “puzzle” comes from the Dutch Puzzle block, and the “tje” is the suffix that means “small” in Dutch! And while the Dutchies reading this will say that I’ve spelled it wrong (Puzzeltje is how this would be spelled in Dutch), I’m going to be just fine with that. But feel free to tell me in the comments anyway … I totally get it.

The Puzzletje quilt uses the Creative Grids Flying Geese Trim Tool. This is such a simple tool to use when making flying geese. I love that the measurements and quantities needed are right there on the ruler. And, regardless of your favorite method for making Flying Geese, this ruler is perfect for trimming them up! You can see two different methods for making Flying Geese blocks in the video below.

I always recommend you purchase your quilting supplies from your local quilt shop. However, if you don’t have access to a local quilt shop, purchasing your ruler through my affiliate link helps support this site. You can buy the Creative Grids Flying Geese Trim Tool at The Fat Quarter Shop or you can purchase the Creative Grids Flying Geese Trim Tool on Amazon.

You can purchase the Puzzletje Quilt Pattern by heading to my pattern shop, or by clicking the link below!

Check out all my past Ruler of the Month quilts here, and go check out all the fun patterns in my Carolina Moore Patterns shop.

Quilt Block Mania – Summer Tent Quilt Block

I’m so excited to share Summer Tent Quilt Block with you! A couple weeks ago, I got together with some quilting friends and decided we’d put together some FREE Summer-themed quilt blocks to share with all of you! All of these blocks finish at 12″ x 12″. You can download them all, or just your favorites. If you scroll all the way down you’ll find links to all the fabulous quilt blocks in this series!

This Moonlit Tent block was inspired by one of my favorite summer activities – camping! We had to put our camping plans on hold this summer, but we’re hoping to get back to putting up tents, making s’mores, and sleeping out under the trees very soon! In the meantime, this camping-themed quilt block will have to do, I suppose?

You can combine this quilt block with others in the series to make your own summer-themed quilt. Or, you can use a single quilt block to make a mini quilt, a tote bag, or a pillow!

To make this camping inspired tent block, you’ll be making half-rectangle-triangles. You’ve probably made half-square-triangles before. Half-rectangle-triangles are a whole different thing. For many reasons. One, is that when you make them you have to be very careful about making your right-facing triangles and your left-facing triangles. You can’t just turn your unit 90 degrees like you can with a HST. Another is that if you want perfect points (and we all want to at least try for perfect points, right?), you have to be very careful when squaring up your blocks. You need to be aware of the seam allowance as you square, because the seam isn’t at that perfect 45 degree angle like it is with an HST. I have some tips in the pattern that will help you as you make your block.

I’ve also put together a video that shows you how to find success with these tricky HRT blocks! You can watch it here… and if you’re not already a subscriber to my YouTube channel, click over to YouTube to subscribe! I have lots of fun stuff coming up you won’t want to miss!

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And check out all the other fabulous blocks in the series!

Here are links to all the blocks in the Quilt Block Mania Summer Series:
Camping Tent by Carolina Moore
Beach Umbrella by Jennifer Fulton
Flip Flops by Becca Fenstermaker
Summer Cocktail by Marian Pena
Beach Ball by Laura Piland
Popsicle by Sherry Shish
Curvy fish by Velda Roy
Angelfish by Lisa Amundson
Bucket and Shovel by Heidi Pridemore
Wonky Beach Umbrella by Jamie Siel
Starfish by Leanne Parsons
Sailboat at Sunset by Glenda Wilder
Yacht by Sue Griffiths
Food/Ice Cream Truck by Laura Strickland
Crab by Afton Warrick
Sleeping bag and star by Sarah Vanderburgh
Funky Flower by Kathryn LeBlanc
IceCream Cond by Sarah Marcina
Sunglasses by Celine Perkins
Sun by Charisma Horton
Hello Summer by Amarar Creacions
Tall Ships by Kris Driessen
Life Saver Preserver by Sandy Fitzpatrick
Dragon Fly by Julie Luoma
Up in The Air by Judit Hajdu
Surfboard by Susan Arnold
Beach Treasures by Linda Bratten
Two Scoops by Shari Butler
Free to Fly by Marcea Owen


The Patriot Mini Quilt

I’m so excited to share with you this month’s ruler of the month quilt! The Patriot Mini Quilt is a quilt inspired by the American Flag. This mini quilt makes a great wall hanging, but is also perfectly sized to hang on your door for a patriotic holiday (or anytime, really)! And as a mini quilt, it comes together wonderfully fast!

I planned this quilt out over a month ago. And the world has changed a lot since then. With so many of us becoming aware (or more aware) of the systemic racism that is deeply rooted in this country, and the peaceful protests that have been overshadowed by the violence of looting and rioting, I wondered if this was still the right time to share a quilt pattern with roots in the US flag, with the word patriot in its name. But after careful consideration, I think that now is even more appropriate than I could have imagined when I designed the quilt. We, as a nation, are rediscovering where our roots come from, and examining our patriotism. In these few short weeks we have had an awakening. And it is our responsibility to stay awake.

This pattern uses the Creative Grids Strippy Stars Ruler. I encourage you to purchase your ruler and supplies at your local quilt shop. However, if you need to purchase online, here are affiliate links which give me a small commission when you buy the Strippy Stars Ruler at Fat Quarter Shop or the Strippy Stars Ruler on Amazon.

And, I’ve made a video showing you how easy it is to use the Strippy Stars Ruler – this may be my favorite of the rulers so far! These nine-patch stars come together so easily!

I hope you enjoy the pattern! If you make it, please share your finished version with me on Instagram and Facebook!

You can purchase the Patriot Mini Quilt by heading to my pattern site, or by clicking below!

The Envy Quilt

The Envy Quilt is my latest quilt in the “Ruler of the Month” series. I absolutely LOVE this quilt! It finishes a lovely 68″ x 68″, and uses over a dozen different fabrics – nearly all of them are smaller 1/2 yard and 1/4 yard cuts. So, this is a great quilt to put together using stash fabrics, which is exactly what I did!

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When making this quilt, I had to redesign it over FOUR times to get the look that I wanted. But, I think the results were worth it! I know you’re not supposed to pick favorites … but this may be my favorite ruler of the month quilt so far!

In the Envy Quilt pattern, I’ve included coloring sheets and swatch sheets to help you figure out your fabric placement. I can’t wait to see the Envy Quilt in different colorways!

Making this quilt requires the Kites Plus Ruler from Creative Grids. You can purchase the Kites Plus Ruler from your local quilt shop. If your quilt shop doesn’t carry it, here are links for you to purchase the Kites Plus Ruler at The Fat Quarter shop, or the Kites Plus Ruler on Amazon.

It is super simple to use, I show you how in this video:

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Who Wore it Better

I’m so excited to announce the “Who Wore it Better” quilt as the latest in the Ruler of the Month Series! If you’re new here, each month I make a quilt using a new ruler and teach you how to use that ruler in a video! These quilts are perfect for trying something new and adding a new ruler to your collection! This month’s ruler is the Creative Grids 4, 5, 6″ Pineapple Trim Tool.

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A big reason I’m so excited to share this pattern with you is that it means the quilt is now DONE!! And this quilt was not my favorite to make. Any of my friends can tell you how close I was to naming this quilt “The Stupid Pineapple Quilt.” Because in the process of making this quilt I discovered that I really, really, really hate making pineapple blocks. They are like a log cabin block that needs constant trimming, and never ends. So, quilter beware – the pineapple block is not for the feint of heart!

However, the good news is that this pineapple quilt comes together faster than an all-pineapple quilt. It only requires half as many pineapples to make because we’re alternating the pieced pineapples with fussy-cut fabrics. I went with pineapples from Katie Skoog’s latest line for Art Gallery Fabrics – Hello Sunshine. This fabric is so bright and sunny and perfect!!

Also, all the pineapples (both pieced and fussy cut) are framed. Which also makes the quilt come together faster. I really did all I could to help us non-pineapple-lovers make a pineapple quilt.

The good news is that now that it is complete, I can move on to my next quilt! I’ve learned that my favorite quilt is always the next one I’m planning, and my least favorite quilt is always the one I’m working on right now! HA!

Here is a quick video that shows you how the pineapple quilt comes together:

I encourage you to purchase your ruler and supplies at your local quilt shop. However, if you need to purchase online, here are affiliate links which give me a small commission when you make purchases by clicking these links:
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Head over to my pattern shop to purchase the Who Wore it Better Quilt Pattern!

Color Block Twist

This fat quarter friendly pattern is the perfect weekend baby quilt to whip up! To make the Color Block Twist quilt, you need 4 solid fat quarters and 5 patterned fat quarters, plus 3/4 yard of outer border, and the Straight Out of Line ruler by Creative Grids. And wouldn’t you know it – that is our Ruler of the Month!

For my version of the Color Block Twist quilt, I used Art Gallery Pure Solids in Banana Cream, Grapefruit, Mirage Blue, Warm Wave, and Festival Fuchsia, and combined them with Playroom fabrics by Mister Domestic for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Each month I pick a Ruler of the Month, and I make a video that shows you how to use the ruler. And then I create a pattern using that ruler. This month’s pattern is the Color Block Twist!

I love how quickly this pattern came together. And it has such a contemporary feel, with the wonky four patches and the negative and positive blocks … and yet it is super simple to make!

If you want to learn how to use the Straight Out of Line Ruler, I made this video that shows you how easy it is. And if you watch through to the end, I share a little bonus on how you use the Stripology Squared Mini ruler to square up blocks. You’ll love this simple technique!

I encourage you to purchase your ruler and supplies at your local quilt shop. However, if you need to purchase online, here are affiliate links which give me a small commission when you make purchases by clicking these links:

On Amazon: Straight out of Line ruler and Stripology Squared Mini

At Fat Quarter Shop: Stripology Squared Mini

You can purchase the Color Block Twist Pattern in my Pattern Shop here.