Category Archives: Holiday Blocks

Free holiday-themed paper piecing quilt block patterns

Thanksgiving Star free paper pieced quilt block pattern

Thanksgiving Star quilt blockThanksgiving Star is a unique variation on the classic Maltese cross design. For this simple 12-inch finished size block, paper piece four of the 6-inch sections and assemble them as shown. Take care in choosing your colors to enhance the folded star effect — two shades of gold and two shades of red have been used here.

Download the PDF ThanksgivingStar quilt block pattern.

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Ghost free paper pieced quilt block pattern

Ghost paper pieced quilt block patternWhooo-oooo —  a (not-so-spooky) Ghost quilt block for your Halloween projects!  To reduce shadowing by the black fabric when paper piecing the ghost, use a good quality white fabric. Trim all seam allowances so that the black seam allowance is slightly narrower than the white.

Download the PDF Ghost quilt block pattern


Ghosts & Jack-O-Lanterns quilt example

Ghosts with Jack-O-Lanterns blocks and a Candy Corn border

Poinsettia Star – free paper pieced quilt block pattern

Design-wise, Poinsettia Star is very similar to my Circle of Geese block — the different effect results essentially from how the colors are placed.  And despite the name, this block is not limited to winter holiday projects, as shown in the variations shown below:

Poinsettia Star quilt block variations


A lap quilt, using Flying Geese sashing blocks and muted, but traditional holiday colors:

Poinsettia Star lap quilt

Download the free PDF PoinsettiaStar quilt block pattern.

The Mayflower – a free paper piecing quilt block pattern

left & right facing Mayflower shipsAs every school-age American child knows, the Mayflower was the grand 17th century merchant sailing ship who brought the Pilgrims from England to the New World. This paper pieced version is especially good for gifts for boys, both young and old, depending on the chosen fabrics.  Enlarged to 24 inches, Mayflower makes a spectacular central medallion for a wall-hanging for a den, or a bed quilt for the boy who dreams of maritime adventures!

Download the free PDF 12-inch Mayflower pattern, provided in both left- and right-facing versions.

Mayflower medallion quilt

Mayflower medallion quilt, with Thanksgiving Star cornerstone blocks