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

The Turned Up Quilt

Introducing the Turned Up quilt! This fun quilt is easy to make using the Perfect Rectangle Ruler by Creative Grids. What’s that you say? No rectangles in sight on this quilt? I know! But this ruler cuts those perfect half-rectangle-triangles to complete the Turned Up quilt.

The quilt is made using seven half-yard cuts of fabric and finishes at 45″ x 45″ – making a perfect baby quilt or focal wall hanging. Use a gradient of your two favorite colors to put together this quilt that has a whole lot of interest! You’ll also get to play with partial seams when making this quilt. A super simple technique that will make you feel like a quilting rock star when you say “I made a quilt with partial seams” to someone who has no idea what that is. Because partial seams are actually super, super easy.

To learn how to use the perfect rectangle ruler used to make this quilt, watch this video:

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This is such a fun quilt to stitch up as a baby quilt or wall hanging.

Choosing Fabric Marking Pens

If you’re looking to mark your fabric, you have a lot of choices when it comes to fabric marking pens and other tools for marking your fabric. Not all fabric marking pens are created equal, and different pens are ideal for different purposes. Are you marking the back of the fabric for half-square-triangles or are you marking the front for quilting? Is the fabric light or dark? What about options for when you are in a pinch?

When testing marking pens, you want to understand how visible they are on both light and dark fabrics, and how easy they are to remove after you no longer need the marks.

In this video, I show you what the different marking pens look like on dark and light fabric, and how well they do (or do not) erase from the fabric.

Here are affiliate links for purchasing the different pens shown in the video:
Micron Pen – permanent and used for writing on labels.
Felt-tip Water Soluble Pen – for the front or back of quilts. This one makes nice dark lines. You can also find it here.
Second option for Water Soluble Pen – for the front or back of quilts.
Fine-tip water soluble pen – for marking precise lines.
Frixion Pen – watch the video for details on using this pen – recommended for the back of the fabric only. You can also find it here. If you want several colors, you can purchase this set of pens or this set of frixion pens.
Chalk Pencil – can be used for the front or back of quilts. You can purchase lead in different colors if you like.
Mechanical Pencil – uses graphite, and can be used to mark the back of fabric.

Marking pens are a very popular way to mark fabric, but another option for marking the top of a quilt before quilting is a Hera Marker. This is a great way to draw lines for walking foot quilting, as well as mark of sections of the quilt for free motion quilting. You can watch this video to see how easy a Hera Marker is to use:

You can use these affiliate links to purchase the Hera Marker from the video or the Clover Hera Marker.

Orchid Quilt Block

I’m ready for springtime and flowers! That’s why this month I made this Orchid Quilt Block to go along with our flower quilt block theme for Quilt Block Mania! Over 25 designers are joining in with their take on a flower themed quilt block, and I designed this really fun Orchid Quilt Block for you! Also, if you change out the colors, you could easily change this block to be an African Violet!

Like most of my patterns, this block is traditionally pieced. You don’t need to know how to foundation paper piece to make this block. And, there are no small pieces! The smallest piece you cut to make the Orchid quilt block is 2 1/2″ – so not small at all! You can change up the block to make it in many different colors for a really fun quilt. And different patterned fabrics would work well as solids to get different beautiful floral blocks. You really can’t go wrong when you’re stitching up orchids.

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If you enjoyed this block, you’ll want to check out my quilt pattern shop as well!

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Follow these links to see all the other fabulous quilt blocks in this series!

Orchid Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Rose Garden by Slice of Pi Quilts
Happy Flowers by Carolyn Burgess
Double Flower by Devoted Quilter
Faux Flowers by Blockofthemodotcom
Mod Tulip
Enchanting Echinacea
Rosebud Wreath at Patti’s Patchwork
Flower Power – Cotton Street Commons
Dottie’s Garden by Heidi Pridemore
Poppies by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pretty Posies at Perkins Dry Goods
Mittens Smells the Roses at Puppy Girl Designs
Wildflowers by Studio R Quilts
Sweetheart Rose by QuiltFabrication
Flower Patch at Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Scattered Petals by Snowy Days Quilting
Scrappy Tulip by Katie Mae Quilts
Happy Bloom Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Buzz along
Everything’s Coming Up Roses by Inquiring Quilter
Spring Posies by Blue Bear Quilts
Four Roses
Pieceful Crocus Focus
Improv Bloom by Love to Color My World
Sue’s Field of Flowers by The Quilted Diary

Cat’s Crossing Quilt

The Cat’s Crossing Quilt is the newest in the Ruler of the Month series! It uses the Cat’s Cradle ruler from Creative Grids. Using 1/2 yard cuts of fabric in nine different colors, you get this striking and dynamic quilt!

Learn how to use the Cat’s Cradle ruler by watching the video below … if you watch closely, you’ll see a couple cameos by our new kitten! It seemed only fitting to include them in the video, since the ruler is the “Cat’s Cradle” ruler!

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If your local quilt shop doesn’t carry the Cat’s Cradle ruler, you can use my Fat Quarter Shop affiliate link to purchase the Cat’s Cradle ruler.

If you’d like the Cat’s Crossing pattern, you can purchase it here:

Quilting Resolutions NOT to Make

It is natural to want to make resolutions at the beginning of the year. New Year’s Resolutions and even Birthday Resolutions are always popular. And as quilters, it is natural for us to have some quilting resolutions.

But not all resolutions are created equal. I’m going to share some quilting resolutions NOT to make this year, and why. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments!

Going on a “Fabric Diet”

Better health, including exercise or eating better are common New Year’s Resolutions. Some bring that into the quilting world with a “fabric diet.” This often means abstaining from buying new fabric for a certain period of time.

If sticking to your stash fabrics helps to push you creatively, then by all means push yourself! But if your stash doesn’t inspire you, then there may be better ways to achieve your goals.

If you want to make space on your fabric shelves or in your fabric drawers, and hope that a fabric diet will help you to make room as you sew through your stash, consider a destash instead. Sort through your fabrics, removing any that no longer bring you joy. These might be fabrics that are no longer your style or colors, or even gifted fabric that you just don’t see yourself sewing with. You can sell these fabrics in an online marketplace, or you can donate them to a quilt-making charity. This will create the space you need in your stash, without sewing something you don’t love.

Perhaps you overspent over the holidays, and are choosing a fabric diet as a way to tighten your household budget. Instead of pushing yourself to sew with fabrics you bought years ago and no longer love, you can sell these fabrics online. Then use the money you make from selling your old fabrics to purchase new fabric prints that you’re excited about. This way your old fabric can find a new life in someone else’s stash, and you don’t miss out on a new line from one of your favorite designers!

Finishing Old Projects

We quilters are known for having UFOs. These are Unfinished Objects. Also known as PIGS (Projects in Garbage sacks), PhD (Projects Half Done), or a WIP (Work in Progress). If you have a stack of projects you started and still love, it can feel incredibly satisfying to make a list of these projects, set deadlines, and finish them.

However, if you have old projects that you’re procrastinating on because you no longer love them – it is okay to release them. Finished quilt tops can be donated as charity quilts to be quilted by a longarmer and bound by a volunteer. A stack of quilt blocks can become an inspiration for someone else’s next quilt or sewing project. If you’re struggling to complete it, maybe it isn’t yours to complete. If they are dragging you down, it is okay to allow old quilts to find new life in the hands of someone else. Working on a project you don’t love makes it a WOMBAT (Waste of Money, Batting, and Time).

Sewing every day

Sewing every day could be an excellent New Year’s resolution! Making a daily date for you and your fabric to hang out each day in the New Year sounds incredible. If creating and sticking to a schedule is something that works for you, and you can set aside sewing time each day, then absolutely do it! But, if your life doesn’t allow for this kind of daily time, don’t sweat it. And if you attempt this resolution, be sure to give yourself permission to move on guilt-free if there are days where you can’t find the time to sew. You don’t want your resolution to sew something you love to make you feel guilty or bad in any way.

Don’t buy fabric or a pattern or fabric without a plan

Sometimes you come across a pattern or fabric that really speaks to you. But maybe you don’t have time to work on a new pattern now, or the pattern isn’t the right size for your next project. Maybe that fabric doesn’t work in your current quilt and doesn’t match anything in your stash. With a resolution limiting your purchases to what makes sense, you would have to skip a purchase of this new pattern and new fabric.

But quilting doesn’t have to make sense! Quilting is a hobby where you cut up perfectly good fabric just to sew it back together again. Most of us have at least one family member who doesn’t understand why we do what we do. It is okay to lean in to the nonsense and get that pattern or that fabric with no immediate plan. Sometimes the plan comes later.

What’s Your Quilting Resolution?

As you read through this list, perhaps you let go of a resolution that no longer makes sense. Or maybe you’re holding steadfast to those quilting resolutions. Whatever you choose, I hope you continue to have fun on your quilting journey!

And if you’re looking for a great way to start your Quilty New Year … consider getting your quilting tools cleaned up and ready for a year of sewing!

The Stunner Quilt

When designing this quilt back in October, I remember looking at the layout and thinking to myself “oooh… that’s a stunner.” And that is how this quilt got its name.

The Stunner Quilt is the newest of the Ruler of the Month Quilts. Number 11 in the series, this quilt uses the 45 degree Kaleidoscope Triangle Double Strip Ruler. And yes, that is a mouthful! The ruler itself looks incredibly odd – with three peaks added to the side of what looks like a fairly standard Creative Grids ruler. Which is what drew me to this ruler in the first place. I love quilting oddities! It turned out that this ruler made incredibly complex looking blocks come together very easily. And combined with Sharon Holland’s new fabric line “Kismet,” it truly was the stunner I had hoped for. This quilt feels like laying down in a pile of leaves on a perfect fall day.

You can learn about how to use the 45 Degree Kaleidoscope Triangle Double Strip Ruler here:

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If you’d like to make the quilt, you can purchase the pattern below in my shop.

I Spy Quilt Book Review

I am so excited to share with you this super fun I spy book! I first heard about this book (that the ladies from On Williams Street wrote) a couple months ago, and when I saw pictures of the blocks, I squealed out loud! When my boys were little I made an i spy quilt with different fabrics I collected and traded – but making an i spy quilt with pieced blocks is such a clever idea! You can absolutely make all the different blocks for a large quilt, or you can pick and choose blocks to make for a special kiddo, such as just the animal blocks for an animal lover.

I was offered a free copy of the book to play with, which of course I said yes to! How fun are these blocks??

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The blocks finish at 4″, which sounds really small. But, once I started sewing them I saw that it really was the perfect size. And they don’t feel small at all. They sew together very quickly, making them a great block-a-day project to do with a group of friends. Gather up some friends who all want to make the quilt, have everyone purchase the book, and then have fun making your way through the book one block at a time.

The book comes with the printable templates you need to make all the blocks. The blocks print two to a page, which is awesome for not wasting your foundation paper.

While the blocks in the book have all been made using solids, you can absolutely pick out fun prints to use in your blocks as well. I was committed to using at least one print in each, and was using mostly fabrics from my scrap bin. It was super fun finding prints that worked for each block.

To make the blocks, or the whole quilt, you will need:

I Spy Book (For 10% off use the coupon code ISPYBLOGHOP – good through Dec 16.)
Foundation Paper for printing the patterns (Quiet Play and Carol Doak both have great foundation papers)
Add-a-quarter ruler in yellow or in pink (and you may want the add-an-eighth ruler for the more detailed blocks)

If you’ve never done foundation paper piecing before, I have a video that will take you through the basics of how Foundation Paper Piecing works. It is such a fun technique for making “non-regular” shaped blocks like this.

Some others got to check out this super fun book as well, and are sharing their thoughts – go see what they have to say!

November 30: Kimie and Missy of On WIlliams Street December 1: Audrey Mann of The Cloth Parcel December 2: Jen Frost of Faith and Fabric December 3: Bea Lee of Bea a Quilter December 4: Sarah Goer of Sarah Goer Quilts December 5: Joanne Harris of Quilts by Joan December 6: Susan Smith of Stitched by Susan December 7: Simone Fisher of Simone Quilts December 8: Lissa LaGreca of Lovingly Lissa December 9: Catalina Barcelo of Amarar Creacions December 10: Laura Strickland of Orange Blossom Quilts December 11: Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts December 12: Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore December 13: Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis December 14: Kim Niedzwiecki of Go Go Kim

Chained Up Quilt

This super fun “Chained Up” baby quilt is inspired by the Irish Chain design. And, it is made with super-simple four patches. The 4 patches are made two different ways, with the smaller 4 patches being made using the Turbo 4-patch ruler.

I made the Chained Up quilt as this month’s Ruler of the Month pattern. You’ll love how easy it is to make!

To make this quilt, you’ll need the Turbo 4-patch ruler. You can get the Turbo 4-patch at the Fat Quarter Shop or buy the Turbo 4-Patch on Amazon.

I this video, I show you how easy it is to use the Turbo 4-patch ruler. Even if you don’t want to make this quilt, it is a super fun ruler to use when making a scrappy quilt.

You can purchase this pattern in my shop here:

Locked Stocking for Christmas

If you are looking for a fun teen gift, white elephant gift, or just a way to make Christmas morning even more interesting, this Locked Up Stocking is perfect! It has a flap that folds over the top and is then latched in the front and secured with a lock. You can hide the key at the end of a scavenger hunt, in a special box under the tree, on the tree itself, or use the clues included in the pattern (or make your own) for a combination lock!

This pattern is simple to follow, and fairly easy to put together. But, I filmed a video that shows you how it all works. You will still need the pattern for the stocking template, the cuff measurements, and all the clues. But this will help you with the step-by-step sewing.

The stocking has plenty of room for gift cards, stocking stuffers, or even a lump of coal. These stockings are sure to be a hit on Christmas morning!