Chicken Quilt Block – Free Quilt Block

If you’re making a barn quilt, farm quilt, or animal quilt, you’ll absolutely want to include a chicken quilt block in your quilt. And, nowadays, you’d want to include a chicken quilt block in a quilt with all your favorite pets! I have several friends and family members who keep chickens as pets – and as egg-laying garden friends! You can change the colors of the quilt to match your favorite types of chickens. And by using different prints in these different colors, you can make a very interesting chicken quilt.

To make your chicken quilt more interesting, you can use different background fabrics. Or you can use the same background fabric throughout the chicken quilt to give it a more cohesive look.

Free Chicken Quilt Block Pattern - Always Expect Moore

This chicken quilt block finishes at 12″ x 12″ square. After stitching the block together, you can square it up to 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ before stitching it into the quilt. There is negative space around all four sides of the chicken in this block, which can help when squaring up.

This block is for intermediate or confident beginner quilters. It does have some pieces that are as small as 1″ square, so you’ll want to be comfortable with small piecing to stitch this block. Be precise when cutting your fabric, starch it well, and use an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance to have an accurate finished quilt block.

Free Chicken Quilt Block Pattern

This Chicken Quilt Block Patten is a free pattern available to anyone signed up for my newsletter list. If you’re not already on the list, you can use the form below to sign up. You’ll be added to the list and immediately get the download link for the Free Chicken Quilt Block Pattern. Head to your inbox to find the email (check our spam folder just in case) and you’ll have the link to the free chicken quilt block pattern that you can download today, and start sewing!

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More Pet and Animal Quilt Block Patterns

If you’re interested in more pet and animal quilt block patterns, there are other designers offering fun 12″ block patterns. You can click the links below. Some of these patterns are only free for a limited time, so be sure to go download the block patterns soon!

Chicken Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
First Snow by Inquiring Quilter
Clown Fish by Powered By Quilting
Bunny Buddies at Patti’s Patchwork
Cute Turtle by Appliques Quilts and More
Doghouse Quilt Block by Kaye Collins
Scottie Dog
Dog Bone by QuiltFabrication
Bird Feeder by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Birdie Block by Blue Bear Quilts
Fishies at Perkins Dry Goods
Parlor Panther Queen at Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Perky Pig by Masterpiece Quilting

Contrast Quilt Pattern

The Creative Grids Simple 7/8″ ruler is the easiest way ever to cut your squares for Half-Square Triangles. No more trying to see the tiny line – Creative Grids has made the 7/8″ lines the star of this ruler! Watch to see how to cut 7/8″ squares to make perfect half-square triangles every time. You won’t believe how these easy 7/8″ squares are! This is the quilting ruler that you never knew existed, but always needed!

This quilt is made using half-square triangles. These are a super simple and basic unit in quilting. The trickiest part of good half-square triangles is making sure you get accurate cuts. I recently discovered the 7/8″ Ruler from Creative Grids that makes it simple to get accurate 7/8″ cuts for half-square triangles! The genius behind this ruler is so simple – instead of making the 1″ marks the star of the show, it focuses on the 7/8″ marks! If you make just a few half-square triangle quilts, you’ll be so excited to have this ruler – it will save you from mis-cuts and make your squares so much more accurate!

I show you how to use the Creative Grids Simple 7/8″ Ruler in this video:

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And, if you want to use your Creative Grids 7/8″ ruler right away, you’ll want the Contrast Quilt pattern!

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Forest for the Trees Quilt

This quilt has been on my mind for months, and I’m so excited to share it as a Ruler of the Month quilt! Many times, when you see a quilt like this, it has been either foundation paper pieced or the pieces have been cut with a template. With 100 trees in this quilt, I didn’t want to use a tedious method to make these blocks! So, I re-purposed the Creative Grids Strippy Stars tool to make this quilt using strip piecing methods! Strip Piecing is much faster than foundation piecing or cutting templates, which means this quilt goes together much faster. And, because of the way the Strippy Stars template is designed, you also avoid sewing any unsupported bias edges. Which means that your blocks will stay square!

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If you’re not familiar with the Strippy Stars tool, or want to get reacquainted, you can watch my video on this fabulous tool here:

I sell the Strippy Stars Tool in my shop. You can also find the Stripy Stars Tool at the Fat Quarter Shop and you can find the Strippy Stars Tool on Amazon. I love this tool so much I’ve actually made two other patterns using this ruler. The Patriot Mini and Pocket Advent Calendar are both available on my site.

And while I could have left these 100 trees in a grid format, that feels far too orderly for a forest quilt. So, I made sure that the trees got a random, staggered look to them. Much more fun and modern than a grid of identical tree blocks!

The Forest for the Trees quilt is a great winter quilt, with so many fabulous pine trees. But, I also love it as a cabin quilt! This past year my family visited the mountains two different times, and had a fabulous time staying in different cabins. This quilt is the perfect cabin quilt!

You can choose to make all your trees from the same fabric, but I loved making this tree quilt with an assortment of different Art Gallery Fabrics green prints. From blenders to solids to florals and geometrics, the different designs give an overall scrappy feel without being overpowering.

I hope you love this quilt as much as I do! I’m offering it for free for a limited time… use the form below to join the email newsletter list, and I’ll send you the pattern for free.

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Hot Dog Quilt Block

This Hot Dog quilt block was simple to draw, but so much more complicated to figure out piecing instructions for. When I make these monthly quilt blocks, I try to create blocks that are somewhere between beginner and intermediate. Some are a little more beginner, most are a little more intermediate. I like giving you the opportunity to try something new on a small project like a single block. We’ve tackled curved piecing, tiny piecing, foundation paper piecing, and more with these blocks.

When I first drew this Hot Dog Quilt Block I thought it was fairly straightforward. Just triangles and rectangles. Should be easy enough, right? But getting those mustard stripes to line up “just so” on this block turned out to be a bigger challenge than I thought it would be! I could have made this a foundation paper pieced block. But I think that having to print the block out makes it less accessible – not everyone has access to a printer or foundation paper. Simple cutting and squaring up is usually easier. I’ve done my best to write clear instructions that will help you make this block, step-by-step.

I think a confident beginner can probably make this Hot Dog Quilt block, but don’t worry too much if your mustard is a little haphazard. Real hot dogs don’t have perfect mustard, either!

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And, if you like playing with your (quilt) food… be sure to check out these other great food-themed quilt blocks:

Hot Dog Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Corn off the Cob Quilt Block at Scrapdash
Pumpkin Pie by Appliques Quilts and More
Ice Cream Cones by QuiltFabrication
Citrus Wedges by Patti’s Patchwork
Peppers at Blue Bear Quilts
Pineapple at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Strawberry by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Home for the Holidays by Inquiring Quilter
Red Delicious at Perkins Dry Goods
Pumpkin Quilt Block
Little Lemons by Love Sew Modern
Sew the Carrots Go Round Block at Patchwork Breeze
Cake Quilt Block at Masterpiece Quilting
Avocado at EvaPaige Quilt Designs

Harlequin Quilt

If you’re looking for a simple quilt pattern to use with novelty prints or large focal prints, then the Harlequin Quilt is perfect! It makes a nice long lap quilt, can be made in a day, and has large piecing that allows focal prints and novelty prints to really shine.

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The Harlequin Quilt uses the Folded Corner Clipper to make the stitch-and-flip corners a breeze! No need to draw lines on the back of every square, the Folded Corner Clipper by Creative Grids lets you trim up each corner to 1/4″, which essentially marks and trims the corner all at once! You can get the Folded Corner Clipper here in my shop. Or you can purchase the Folded Corner Clipper at the Fat Quarter Shop.

You can see how easy it is to use the Folded Corner Clipper to make Snowball blocks, Flying Geese, and Half-Square Triangles in this video:

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Halloween Gnomes Quilt

I wanted to play with the Gnome die on my Accuquilt GO! machine, but I wasn’t ready to start on Christmas quilts yet. So, I thought I’d try stitching up a gnome using Halloween fabric. I made one, and immediately fell in love with how it looked! I knew I wanted to make more, but I wasn’t sure what I’d do with them.

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Even though I wasn’t sure what I was going to make, I cut out hats, bodies, beards, feet, and noses from Halloween fabrics. I used Art Gallery Fabrics Spooky N Sweeter fabric as well as other Art Gallery Fabrics that coordinated. I fused Heat N Bond Lite to the back of all the fabrics before cutting.

For the background, I cut fabric 6″ x 10″. After seam allowance, this leaves a 5 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ block which is an odd size. But, I wasn’t worried about combining these blocks with blocks of a different size. I also didn’t worry about the position of my Halloween Gnomes. Some are closer to the top and some are closer to the bottom. I just kept them at least a 1/2″ from the edge to make sure there was plenty of room for seam allowance.

I did want to combine the gnome blocks with some other blocks. I had made two spider projects for Accuquilt – the Spider Cluster Table Runner and the Dangling Spiders – and I had some leftover spiders cut out. So, I added spider appliques to some of the blocks. You can find the Accuquilt Spider Die here.

I picked out a total of 30 blocks – 5 rows of 6 blocks each – and used 1 1/2″ strips that I had leftover from making the Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner as sashing to put them all together.

I’ll be quilting it using large black stitches on my Baby Lock Sashiko machine, which will complete the Halloween look on the quilt. And, I still have some leftover gnome blocks that I’ll make zippered pouches with, just for fun.

If you’d like to make a quilt like this, or play with any of these designs, then you’ll want to get the Accuquilt dies I used. I used the Accuquilt Gnome Die as well as the Accuquilt Spider Die.

Headphones Quilt Block

I’m so excited to share this fun Headphones quilt block as part of the Sew Much Fun Quilt tour! There are lots of quilting-themed quilt blocks that have been shared as part of this tour. Sewing Machines, thread, and notions are all essential tools for quilters. But when I thought about making a quilt block that represented what I had in my sewing room, I wanted something a little different. I asked my friends what non-traditional (but essential) tools they have in their sewing room, and as we were brainstorming, Kendall mentioned Headphones. Which is where the idea for this head phones quilt block came from.

I agree! Headphones are a big part of sewing for me, too. I’m often watching a show or movie while stitching away. I love putting on headphones, tuning out the rest of the world, and spending the day cutting, sewing, and pressing. A headphones quilt block absolutely belongs in a sewing-themed quilt!

This block is part of the Sew Much Fun Quilt Tour. Each week a designer will be sharing a quilting-themed block. You can get all the details here.

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If you’d like to make a sewing-themed quilt, you can collect the weekly 6″ sewing themed quilt blocks by following along. A sewing-themed quilt made from sewing-themed quilt blocks is the perfect gift for a quilter or to make for yourself! And by just making one block each week, you’ll build up a stash of blocks that you can use to make a sewing themed quilt or other sewing-themed quilty projects.

Here are the other blocks that have already been shared:

Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio – Sew Much Fun and bonus logo block
Faith and Fabric – Spool of Thread
Slice of Pi Quilts –Thimble
Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio LLC – Sewing Machine
Limeleaves Designs – Thimble in Christmas style
Appliqués Quilts and More – Pin cushion with strawberry
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting – iron
Patchwork Breeze – pencil
Katie Mae Quilts – Seam ripper

Here are the links to the next several weeks…

Scrapdash – Spool and Bobbin Block
Penny Spool Quilts – bobbins (FPP)
Craftapalooza Designs – Hand with heart

Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner

When summer turns to fall, all the candles and pumpkins come out. If you’re ready to put out all the fall decor, add this Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner to your fall decor this year! Fun to make using all of your harvest-toned scraps, this Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner can be stitched up in a day. It is simple enough to quilt on your domestic machine, bind, and get on your table the same day you start!How to use the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool

Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool

This Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner is part of my Ruler of the Month series. Each month I pick a ruler, show you how to use it, and offer a free pattern so you can try out your new ruler skills! This month I’ve done something different. The ruler I chose is a ruler I have featured as the Ruler of the Month before – it is the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.

The Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool makes faux-curved blocks. You still do all straight cutting and piecing. But, because of the way that the pieces are stitched together, it makes a curved-looking design. A great way to make curved shapes without sewing any curved blocks. And, this is a fabulous way to use your favorite scraps to make a new project!

We’re using the 4″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool. If you don’t already own it, you can buy the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool in my shop – and I offer free shipping in the US on all orders!

If you’ve never seen the Creative Grids Curvy Log Cabin Ruler in action, you can watch this video to see how easy it is to make these “curvy” blocks that go together as easily as a Log Cabin block!

Scrappy Pumpkin Table Runner Pattern

This pattern is beginner-friendly. All the steps for making the pattern are broken down in this full-color pattern with lots of diagrams. If you prefer to read the text of a pattern, look at the images, or a combination of the two, you will enjoy the Scrappy Table Runner Pattern.

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Ball & Chain Quilt

This month’s new quilt is the Ball and Chain Quilt. It uses the Scrap Crazy 6 Template from Creative Grids. The Scrap Crazy 6 template is designed for using scraps, but you can also use yardage like I did here to make a more curated looking quilt. And, these Scrap Crazy 6 Quilt Templates allow you to easily cut out pieces – you don’t need to double-check that you have the right markings on the ruler when you’re using these templates. Just cut out your pieces and you’re ready to quilt!

The Ball & Chain quilt is made using a simple method for making quilts. First you make all of the rows, and then you put the rows together to make a quilt. Many of these rows are made out of quilt blocks, but there are sashing-like strips between the rows. These give the eye a place to rest because the rest of the quilt has so much going on. Which is hard to believe because this quilt is really only made using 2 blocks!

Learn how to use the Scrap Crazy 6 Template by watching the video I created. You’ll see that these templates are perfect for scrappy quilts, but also so much more!

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Hamburger Quilt Block

When I think of picnics, I think of barbecue. And when I think of BBQ, I think of hamburgers! I had so much fun creating this hamburger quilt block. It has all of my favorite hamburger toppings – lettuce, tomato, and cheese (of course!). After quilting, if you like, you can add some french knots to the top bun to make it look like it has sesame seeds!

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There are lots of fun picnic-themed blocks in this month’s Quilt Block Mania. Check them all out below:

Hamburger Block at Always Expect Moore
Popsicle Picnic at Slice of Pi Quilts
Picnic in the Park
Let’s Fly a Kite at PhoebeMoon Designs
Picnic by Inquiring Quilter
Picnic Bouquet by Blue Bear Quilts
Kebabs at Patti’s Patchwork
BeeHive by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Picnic Basket at The Quilting Room with Mel
Watermelon Wedge from QuiltFabrication
Labor Day Picnic
I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
Picnic Fun at Perkins Dry Goods
“Cheers!” at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Lemonade FPP Block at Penny Spool Quilts