Lady Bug Quilt Block

I’m so excited to share this Lady Bug Quilt Block with you! It is a simple pattern – great for a confident beginner – and who doesn’t love ladybugs? When I started thinking up ideas for this month’s “bug” theme, I just knew I wanted the ladybug! If you scroll down you’ll find links to lots of other fabulous bug-themed quilt blocks!

This ladybug quilt block is traditionally pieced – you don’t need to do any applique or foundation paper piecing to make this pattern. The entire block is made by cutting regular shapes and sewing them together. However, I did have to slip some eighths into this quilt. When designing quilt blocks, I like to keep to quarter, half, and whole measurements on the quilting ruler. But, to get that fabulous line down the middle of the ladybug’s back, I had to use eighth measurements on two cuts in this block. If you’re shy about cutting a fraction smaller than a quarter, then maybe you’ll love the ruler that was designed for cutting seven-eighths measurements! I have a video that shows you exactly how this ruler works:

You can purchase the seven-eighths ruler in my shop here.

You don’t need the seven-eighths ruler to make this quilt block, but you may find it handy when cutting triangles for your next half-square triangle quilt project.

The lady bug block finishes at 12″, and is completely free! Sign up here to get your free download of the Lady Bug Quilt Block:

 
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Check out all these other great bug themed quilt block patterns:

Ladybug Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Snail by Appliques Quilts and More
Dragonfly by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Aragog by Inquiring Quilter
Bugs in a Jar Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Christmas Beetle by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Bug Jar Quilt Block
Butterfly by Penny Spool Quilts
Beetle Bug by Perkins Dry Goods
Caterpillar by QuiltFabrication
Jewel Beetle by Sugar Sand Quilt Company
Bumblebee Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Arachnid at Patti’s Patchwork
Butterfly Wreath by Jessica of Blue Sky Modern Craft
Marvelous Moth by Blue Bear Quilts

Birds on a Wire Quilt Block

This Birds on a wire Quilt Block is such a fun two-color quilt block to play with! It is fairly simple to make, and the construction is designed so that the wire is pieced last, which makes for a straight wire. No tiny piecing to make sure parts of the wire line up!

You can use whatever colors you like to make your Birds on a Wire quilt block – a blue sky with black or brown birds would look great. I used yellow and purple for some fun contrast. The idea is that these birds on a wire make a fun silhouette.

If you’d like to make a full quilt with birds on a wire, you can make changes to the block. Piece them in a different order, add more of one bird or another, and you’ll get a random assortment of birds on your wire.

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If you’d like more fun bird-themed quilt blocks, check out all these options:

Birds on a Wire by Carolina Moore
Signs of Spring by Inquiring Quilter
Cute Bird by Powered By Quilting
Flamboyance by Becca Fenstermaker
Migration by Patti’s Patchwork
Peacock Quilt Block by Appliques Quilts and More
Blue Bird by by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Chubby Chicken Block by Kaye Collins
Hummingbird Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Flying in Formation by QuiltFabrication
Birds Circling by Nancy Myers
Lorikeets by Sue Griffiths
Fly Away Home by Scrapdash
Puffin Head by Penny Spool Quilts
Birds in the Air by Perkins Dry Goods
There is always one
Budgie on a Branch by Blue Bear Quilts

Wedding Dress Quilt Block

I’m so excited to share this wedding dress quilt block with you! If you’re looking to make a sentimental quilt for a bride, or a wedding quilt, then this wedding dress quilt block is perfect.

You can turn this wedding dress quilt block into all kinds of different items – such as a tote bag or a mini quilt. You can also use it on the back of a wedding quilt as part of the label. It uses large pieces and comes together quickly. It is such a special way to celebrate the bride!

Once you’ve stitched up your wedding quilt block, you can add beading, lace, embroidery, sparkles… whatever you like to customize the gown and make it match the bride’s dress. This is a simple wedding dress quilt block but you can absolutely make this wedding dress quilt block more custom by adding details unique to the bride.

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Making the Wedding Dress Quilt Block

Once you’ve downloaded the pattern, you’ll see how easy it is to make. This wedding dress quilt block uses traditional piecing. You don’t need to print a foundation paper piecing pattern or learn any fancy techniques. This pattern does use half-rectangle triangles, but the pattern walks you through how easy they are to make! With just a few seams, you’ll have this wedding dress quilt block stitched up and ready for your project!

You can make an entire wedding dress quilt – use different fabrics and embellishments for the dresses to add variety. You can use this same pattern for bridesmaid dresses in addition to the wedding dress block, and make a table runner that celebrates a bride and her bridesmaids. Use this bridal quilt block to make a zippered pouch or tote for the bride to use on her big day – every bride needs a place to hold all of her special items for the big day! And it becomes a very thoughtful gift that she can keep to use after the wedding as well.

I made the block using two different sets of fabrics. While the block only uses two fabrics, you can get a lot of interest just by changing the fabric you’re using.

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Check out all these other great wedding themed blocks:

Wedding Dress Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
With This Ring by Inquiring Quilter
Wedding cake by Powered By Quilting
Loopy Hearts by Becca Fenstermaker
Tying the Knot by Patti’s Patchwork
Car with Wedding Couple by Appliques Quilts and More
True Lover’s Knot by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Vintage Hankie Dress Quilt Block by Kaye Collins
Wedding Invitation Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Wedding Chapel by QuiltFabrication
Lucky horseshoe charm by Sue Griffiths
Apple Blossom Quilt Block by Scrapdash
Solitaire by Penny Spool Quilts
Something New by Perkins Dry Goods
Courthouse steps by Sew Joy Creations
Hearts Aflutter by Blue Bear Quilts

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

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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

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

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

Erasmus Bridge Quilt Block

Summer time is a great time to travel – or at least dream of traveling! That’s why I’ve come together with some of my quilting friends to share with you a series of travel-themed quilt blocks. The block I created is the Erasmus Bridge.

I knew I wanted to make a bridge block, and the Erasmus Bridge is one of my favorites. It is an iconic bridge in Holland, which means it pairs great with last month’s windmill quilt block. A combination of old architecture and modern, which is very typical of Holland. In so many areas you’ll find very modern buildings built right next to an old church. Incredible!

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Check out these other fun travel themed quilt blocks:

Bridge Quilt block by Carolina Moore
Lucky is on the road again at Puppy Girl Designs
Scenic Route by Slice of Pi Quilts
Travel to the Woods by Oh Kaye Quilting
Embark by Inquiring Quilter
Delectable Mountains at PhoebeMoon Designs
Treasure Chest Star by Blue Bear Quilts
Wanderlust by Heidi Pridemore
On the Water by Patti’s Patchwork
Come Sail Away by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Wish You Were Here at Pretty Piney Quilts
Pack It Up by QuiltFabrication
Me and Bobby McGee at Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Wild Blue Yonder at Perkins Dry Goods
Take a Hike by Devoted Quilter
Into the Blue at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
T-Shirt Fun at The Quilting Room with Mel 
Stitch and Flip Mountain Block

Windmill Quilt Block

When looking for windmill quilt blocks, most of the blocks I found were more “pinwheel” than windmill. With this month’s theme being “International,” I wanted a windmill quilt block that looked like it could be a “molen” on the “polder.” I had so much fun with this “spin” on the International theme… be sure to scroll down to check out the other international themed blocks from this month’s Quilt Block Mania series!

This quilt block is traditionally pieced – no need for foundation paper. I always prefer making the blocks as straight-forward as possible! However, you will be making two small curved pieces for the windmill roof. Go slow and take your time when piecing these. If you’re worried, cut a couple extra pieces (the pieces are less than 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, so not much fabric at all), and practice until you feel happy with it. Make sure that you clip the curve so that it lies nice and flat.

While I did like the traditional colors of the original block, I couldn’t help myself … I needed to make a block out of some Dutch Blue hues. I used “Her and History” fabrics by Bonnie Christine for the background. I love how this block is pieced exactly the same way, but gets a totally different look! You might not notice that I used the exact same fabrics for the blades of the windmill in both blocks – I only swapped out 3 fabrics to get this different look!

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And be sure to check out these other fun international themed quilt blocks:

Holland Windmill by Carolina Moore
Dutch Mill Tulips by Perkins Dry Goods
International Airport by The Quilted Diary
Three Amigos by Heidi Pridemore
Making Memories by Blue Heron Quilting
World’s Fair by Blue Bear Quilts
Highlander by Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Love One Another by Faith and Fabric
International Space Station by Duck Creek Mountain quilting
Friends by QuiltFabrication
World Trip by Patti’s Patchwork
Hollyhock Flower by PhoebeMoon Designs
Olympic Rings by Slice of Pi Quilts
All Together Now by Inquiring Quilter
Butterfly Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Coming Together by Cotton Street Commons
Friends Around the World by Appliques Quilts and More
Greek Cross by Mom and Me Quilting Co
Caracalla by Pretty Piney Quilts
Walking Together
Mystery Quilt: The Kids

Award Quilt Block

This month’s free quilt block theme is graduation. One of my favorite things about graduation was always the awards that were given out – highest score, most improved, achievements, athletics, and more. So I designed this award ribbon quilt block. You can use the negative space to the left of the ribbon to include the name of the school or institution, and the details of the award. Or, you can just make the award portion of the block, and present it as the award, with a label on the back providing the details.

When I make a free quilt block, I like to use traditional piecing methods because I really want everyone to be able to make them. For this block, I went with Foundation Paper Piecing. If you haven’t yet tried foundation paper piecing, it is a very simple technique and gets you wonderfully accurate results. I have a video on foundation paper piecing that will show you the basics, which is all you need to make this block.

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Check out all these other graduation themed quilt blocks:

Award Ribbon by Carolina Moore
Graduation Day by Sarah Marcina
Super Grad by Heidi Pridemore
Class of 2021
Wise Owl by Blue Bear Quilts
Dear Mr. Vernon . . .
Graduation scroll by Duck Creek mountain Quilting
Grad Cap by QuiltFabrication
Graduating Steps by Patti’s Patchwork
Butterflies are Free by PhoebeMoon Designs
Lucky graduates from Puppy Academy
Party Banner by Slice of Pi Quilts
Success by Inquiring Quilter
Hooray for Me!
Graduation Cap at Oh Kaye Quilting
Up, Up, & Away by Pretty Piney Quilts
I DID IT by Cotton Street Commons
Owl Graduate by Appliques Quilts and More
Shining Star by Color My World

Raindrops Quilt Block

This month’s free block is all about April Showers – with this fun rain-themed quilt block! I had so much fun creating two creative versions of this block for you, scroll down to check them out, get details on downloading the block pattern, and get links to all the other fabulous rain-themed quilt blocks from other designers!

I made this block a couple different ways. I used the pattern to stitch up a block, but accidentally swapped two of the raindrops. Can you tell? I didn’t notice until after I had the whole block stitched together, and decided to leave it. If you stitch a bunch of these blocks together, you can shuffle around the raindrop blocks to get a really unique and varied look (the pattern has several different ideas for changing up the pattern, including two rows of raindrops in one block!

I also created a rainbow of raindrops. Seems fitting since after the rain comes the rainbow.

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And be sure to check out these other great rain-themed quilt blocks!

Rainbow of raindrops by Carolina Moore
Raindrops by Perkins Dry Goods
Rainy Day Walk Home by The Quilted Diary
Raindrop by Blockofthemodotcom
I Love Rainy Days by Heidi Pridemore
Petrichor by Althea Gyde
Gray Skies are Gonna Clear Up by Blue Bear Quilts
Rain from Heaven by Faith and Fabric
Umbrella and Gumboots by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
April Showers by QuiltFabrication
Pouring Rain by Patti’s Patchwork
Spring Crocus by PhoebeMoon Designs
Playing in the Rain by Puppy Girl Designs
Rainy Day by Studio R Quilts
Rain Showers by Slice of Pi Quilts
Rain by Oh Kaye Quilting
Doves in the rain by Sara Flynn
April Showers by Inquiring Quilter
Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow by Devoted Quilter
I’ve Got Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Let it Rain
Splish-Splash by Pretty Piney Quilts
April Showers by Cotton Street Commons
Rain on the Window

Rainy Day Quilt Block Patterns