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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Your Free Block Pattern

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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


Introducing QuiltMath!

I invented QuiltMath – an easy way to calculate yardage requirements for quilts… that doesn’t actually require any math! Use the simple QuiltMath Pages to easily see how much yardage you need to create your quilt designs.

I have been quilting over half my life. And while I do love a good pattern, I also love creating my own designs. Sometimes, pulling out the graph paper and colored pencils is just the best way to get creative. But then having to calculate the yardage requirements is the worst. And when I want to make the project with my stash, having to re-calculate and re-calculate to figure out how to make it work with the fabric I have on hand is enough to make me give up!

That’s why I created QuiltMath. A simple way to figure fabric yardages without using a calculator.

You can watch this quick video that shows you how it works:

Or, if you’re not into watching a video, here are the basics:

First, draw your design. As you create your design, figure out the scale of your quilt – how large will each block be.

Once you have your quilt sketched out, count how many squares and half-square triangles there are of each color.

Using the chart, find the finished size of each block along the top, and the number needed along the left. Using your fingers, follow where that column and row meet up. Here you will find the yardage needed for that color.

Repeat for each color in your quilt, and then you’re ready to buy your fabric!

If you’re working from stash fabrics, and discover that you don’t have enough of one of the fabrics, you can easily re-color some of your units to use another fabric, or you can change the scale of your quilt – making the blocks smaller will use less fabric.

It is important to note that the yardage requirements are exact. This means that if you’re purchasing yardage at a quilt shop, you’ll want to buy at least 1/4 yard extra to make sure that you have enough fabric for squaring up. If you tend to mis-cut, you may want to buy a little more. After all, having too much fabric is never a problem – it is running out of fabric that is the issue!

You can get your QuiltMath sheets at QuiltMath.com, or scroll down!

If you want to get your QuiltMath sheets, you can click the “add to cart” button below:

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:
On Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YeX9Jb
At Fat Quarter Shop: http://shrsl.com/29307

Head over to my pattern shop to purchase the Who Wore it Better Quilt Pattern!

Quilt Candy Live Trunk Show!

Are you at home looking for some Quilty Inspiration? Or a little bit of interaction with the “real world”? Well, some designers came up with a fun idea for some Facebook Live Trunk Shows where designers come together and share what we’re up to, as well as some fabulous “Quilt Candy” for you to check out!

If you missed my live, you can still catch it on my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/alwaysexpectmoore/

And here are some of the links I mention during my live session:
Learn How to English Paper Piece
Spot on Dot
Ruler of the Month
Gallery Wall Quilt Along
Cricut Maker Block of the Week
Quilty 5k
Carolina Moore Pattern Shop

And because you know I like to “keep it real” here is a photo of me laughing it off as my ribbon is falling off my wall at the beginning of the video! Because live video is always unpredictable!

And if you want to see any of these other fabulous Facebook Lives, check out these links!

April 1

12pm EST Andi Stanfield
1pm EST Nancy Scott
2pm EST Becky Jorgensen
3pm EST Carolina Moore
4pm EST Jackie Kunkel
5pm EST Connie Jonson Sayler
6pm EST Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts
7pm EST Sandra Starley
8pm EST Swan Sheridan

April 2

12pm EST Lisa Ruble
1pm EST Beth Helfter EvaPaige Quilt Designs
2pm EST Diane Bohn/From Blank Pages
3pm EST Deb Eggers/The Cottage Rose
4pm EST Heidi Pridemore/The Whimsical Workshop
5pm EST Kate Colleran
6pm EST Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis

April 3

12pm EST Darcy Hunter
1pm EST Teresa Weaver
2pm EST Annette Ornelas
3pm EST Jo Westfoot – The Crafty Nomad
4pm EST Lynn Kane
5pm EST Geeky Bobbin
7pm EST Laura Strickland
8pm EST Jen Frost

April 4

12pm EST Sherry Shish – Powered By Quilting
1pm EST Bill Locke – Bill Locke Designs
2pm EST Toni Smith/Quiltoni
3pm EST Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis
4pm EST Jennifer Fulton
5pm EST Jessica Caldwell/ Desert Bloom Quilting
6pm EST Monique Kleinhans / Ladybug’s Cabin
7pm EST Heather Long / Coffee and Quilts
8pm EST Marija Vujcic, Mara Quilt Designs

April 5

12pm EST Ebony Love
1pm EST Bill Locke 
2pm EST Marlene Oddie
3pm EST Sandy Fitzpatrick
4pm EST Reed Johnson
5pm EST Diane Harris
7pm EST Kathryn LeBlanc/Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio

April 6

12pm EST Becca Fenstermaker
1pm EST Cherry Guidry
2pm EST Cheryl Lynch
3pm EST Annie Smith
5pm EST Reeze Hanson
7pm EST Melissa Marginet

April 7

12pm EST Margaret Willingham/ Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design
1pm EST Kate Colleran/Seams Like A Dream Design
2pm EST Barbara Cline
3pm EST Barbara Persing
4pm EST Ms P Designs USA/ Sharon Andersen
6pm EST Sandra Starley  
7pm EST Diane Harris
8pm EST Christa Watson

April 8

12pm EST Tina Dillard/Quilting Affection Designs
1pm EST Raija Salomaa/Quilters’ Treasure Chest
2pm EST Robin Koehler//NESTLINGS by Robin
3pm EST Terri Vanden Bosch
4pm EST Jackie Kunkel
5pm EST Leanne Parsons
6pm EST Laura Piland/Slice of Pi Quilts 
7pm EST Ebony Love
8pm EST Tammy Silvers/Tamarinis

April 9

1pm EST Nancy Scott
2pm EST Jayme Crow/ Bella Nonna Design Studio
4pm EST Jen Frost
5pm EST  Annie Smith
6pm EST Karen L. Miller / Redbird Quilt Co.
7pm EST Kathryn LeBlanc/Dragonfly’s Quilting Design Studio
8pm EST Monique Kleinhans / Ladybug’s Cabin

April 10

12pm  Sarah Maxwell
1pm  Teresa Weaver
2pm  Karen Overton
3pm Alison Stothard
5pm Pat Sloan
6pm Cherry Guidry
7pm Toni Smith/Quiltoni
8pm Marija Vujcic/ Mara Quilt Designs

I hope you enjoy the series! Stay safe, and hopefully one day soon we’ll get to do these live and in person!

Log Cabin Heart Quilt

Who doesn’t love a simple heart quilt? And if you ask me, a scrappy heart quilt is even better! This Log Cabin Heart Quilt is quick to stitch up with the help of the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool to get those fabulous curved-looking top blocks! All you need is the ruler, 3/4 yard of assorted heart-colored fabrics, and a yard of background fabrics … oh, and the Log Cabin Heart Quilt pattern!

Of course I went through my stash of Art Gallery Fabrics for this heart mini quilt. You’ll find assorted Art Gallery Fabrics Prints including Matchmade, Meriwether, Maara, and Elements collections. For the background fabric I chose this fabulous Art Gallery Fabrics Denim in Soft Sand. YES! I went with Denim for the background, and it gives this quilt fabulous texture!

The Log Cabin Heart Quilt is also special because it is the first Ruler of the Month pattern! What is the Ruler of the Month? I’m so glad you asked!!

Each month, I’ll be sharing a new fun ruler with you, as well as a quilt or other project that you can make with the ruler! For the first month the pattern will be free. Once the next month’s pattern and video are released, the previous pattern will get moved to my pattern shop for you to purchase.

This month, I’m sharing the Creative Grids 4″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool. This ruler guides you through the process of trimming up a mini log cabin block that looks like a curve!

This is a super fun ruler, and I’ve made a video to show you how to use it to make your Curvy Log Cabin Blocks.

And, of course I show you how the Spot on Dot works with this ruler. Lines on quilting rulers are even more fabulous when you can see them clearly!

I encourage you to purchase the ruler at your local quilt shop. However, if you need to purchase it online, here are affiliate links to purchase the Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool at The Fat Quarter Shop: http://shrsl.com/23l6y or on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2vLMnOs

This pattern was free to newsletter subscribers in February of 2020. If you missed the free download period, you can purchase the pattern in my shop:

Buy the Log Cabin Heart Quilt Pattern here.

I can’t wait to see your fabulous and scrappy Log Cabin Hear quilts!

Introducing the Spot on Dot

Several months ago, I had an idea. Why can’t we magnify right on our quilting rulers? I don’t know about you, but my eyesight certainly hasn’t gotten any better the older I’ve gotten, and my eye doctor say I should expect it to continue to get worse.

Since more accurate cuts lead to more precise piecing and perfect points, I wanted to find a way to get the most accurate cuts possible. Which is how the Spot on Dot was born!

Watch the video here to get all the details on how the Spot on Dot makes accurate cutting so much easier!

I’m so excited to be able to share this product with you! It is currently available for order by retailers – so let your local quilt shop know they need to put in their orders for the Spot on Dot! We’re expecting it will be on your store’s shelves by February 1st of 2020.

The Spot on Dot comes with its own case, and the adhesive rings are easy to clean with mild soap and water. A gentle cleaning will remove any lint that has built up on the adhesive, and your Spot on Dot will start sticking like it was new again!

You’re going to wonder how you managed quilting without your Spot on Dot!

Announcing the Quilty 5k!

I am super excited to announce a new quilting series that I’m starting here, and on my YouTube Channel!

It is called the Quilty 5k! There are 7 blocks in a mile, and 3.1 miles in a 5k. So for the quilty 5k, we’ll be completing 22 blocks. Each will have instructions for stitching it in 3 different sizes, as well as different coloring options and a coloring sheet so you can design your own quilts using the quilt blocks!

Check out all the details in the intro video!

I hope you’ll join in!


Free Motion Quilting II

One of my most popular videos on YouTube is a simple video where I teach 8 simple free-motion quilting designs. Recently, I hit 10,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, and decided to celebrate by following up on that popular video.

This video is a sequel of sorts to the first video. I show you 8+ more free motion quilting designs that you can make that expand on that same swirl motion that I taught in the first video.

I hope you enjoy learning a little more about free motion quilting!