Category Archives: Nature Blocks

Free nature-themed paper piecing quilt block patterns

Kitty Love, a free paper pieced heart quilt block

Kitty Love paper pieced quilt block patternMiaow!

If you love felines, you’ll enjoy stitching this simple heart block pattern. The eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers are added using your choice of applique, embroidery or permanent fabric markers.

For the PDF pattern to make a 6″ finished size cat quilt block:   KittyLove-PieceByNumber

For some great ideas to easily add embroidery and embellishments to your paper pieced blocks, click here.

Kitty Love Quilt

Petite Posies – finished! (Part 2)

I finished my Petite Posies mini-quilt yesterday (see original blog post), and wanted to share of few of the details with you!

My idea was to have a very uncomplicated border, so as not to compete with or draw attention away from those wonderful 30’s flowers.  Binding or no binding?  Finally I decided on a simple turned-under edge, made with the so-called pillowcase technique (find a terrific tutorial in Quilting Daily’s free e-book Quilt Binding and Finishing Methods.)

Auditioning potential border fabrics took awhile, but eventually I whittled the choices down to these two. I decided the floral worked best, in keeping with the overall floral theme; the diagonal check became the backing.  Both are modern reproduction fabrics.

border fabric choices for Petite Posies

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Petite Posies Mini-Quilt, Part 1

The latest work in progress, made with some of my oldest fabric – a miniature quilt of vintage cottons from the 1930’s and 40’s. It’s made with my Petite Posies freebie pattern (available here), with an extra row of posies added. The pieced part is 8×10″ (finished size), and there’ll be a narrow 1″ border all around with a self-binding and very minimal quilting. I wanted to share it with you now, because if I wait until it’s totally done, you may never see it!

Petite Posies paper pieced mini-quilt

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Daffodil – a free paper pieced block pattern

Daffodil Paper Pieced Quilt Block PatternBeing only a single paper piecing pattern unit, this cute little 6-inch daffodil block pattern is very easy to sew. Its simplicity makes it a perfect choice for the Miniature Garden Maze quilt.

Use three shades of yellow for the blossom and three shades of green for the leaves and stem to give added dimensionality to the design.

The PDF pattern provides both right- and left-facing versions of the Daffodil, which you can download here:  Daffodil-PieceByNumber

Mama Cat and Baby in Basket – a free paper piecing pattern

Mama Cat and Kitten in Basket paper pieced quilt block patternA companion basket quilt block to the Bow-Tie Kitty in Basket block.  Include one in your basket sampler quilt, or make a little girl happy by sewing one block into a simple purse.

The PDF pattern gives block assembly instructions and includes line drawings of the block so you can experiment with your own coloring ideas, using your favorite colored pencils or markers.

Add the face and whisker detailing with embroidery or fabric paint/markers (click here for some tips). Note that the basket bottom (the bottom half-triangle) of this block is interchangeable with the Bow-Tie Kitty’s basket.

Click for the PDF 6” (15.2 cm) MamaCat&BabyInBasket pattern.

Bow-Tie Kitty in Basket – a free paper piecing pattern

Cat in a Basket quilt blockFeature this adorable bow-tied cat in a basket paper pieced quilt block as the central medallion of your next baby or toddler quilt (enlarge to 18” or even 24” at your local copyshop) – meow!

To reduce the number of seam lines cutting across design elements, you’ll be sewing together partially-pieced pattern sections and then finishing the paper piecing in a subsequent step. The process is only slightly more fussy than the usual method of sewing together completely pieced pattern sections, but the final quilt block looks so much better!

Add the cat’s face and whisker detailing with embroidery or fabric paint/markers (click here for some great ideas).  For a simpler basket, use the bottom triangle of the Mama Cat and Baby in Basket block – the two pattern pieces are interchangeable.

Here’s the PDF 6” (15.2 cm) Bow-Tie Kitty in Basket paper piecing pattern: BowTieKitty-PieceByNumber

Honey Bee – a free paper piecing pattern

double honeybeeSew a whole hive of sweet honeybees with this free paper piecing quilt block pattern suitable for adventurous beginners.  The pattern provides both 3- and 6-inch versions, and the 3-inch Honeybee block is a perfect addition to my Escaping Bugs Bottle Quilt pattern, available in my Etsy shop.

If you like, embroider her antennae with black floss, or use a fabric paint pen instead. Read here for some tips on adding embroidery to paper pieced blocks.

Download the free PDF HoneyBee pattern.

Pansy – free paper pieced flower quilt pattern

Pansy paper pieced quilt block

Pansy

This sweet little Pansy block is a perfect design for the Miniature Garden Maze or any other floral quilt or project.  Try a single block for a jacket pocket, potholder, or all-occasion greeting card.  The free quilt block pattern provides 3-inch and 6-inch versions of the pansy flower design.

Download the Pansy block pattern PDF

Petite Posies – a free paper piecing mini-quilt pattern

Petite Posies free paper pieced mini-quilt patternA Petite Posies mini-quilt is perfect for a cheerful little gift (think mug rug!), with the added benefit of using up some of your most colorful scraps.  Add a button or cluster of tiny beads in the center of each blossom if you wish.

Alternate Strips A and B side by side for the overall project size and proportions you want. The graphic at the upper right shows 4 pairs of A and B blocks for an 8″ x 8″ finished square, plus a tiny border all around, but you can make it bigger very easily by adding additional strips, or by enlarging the pattern pieces when printing/photocopying. Plan your fabric and color placement using the coloring page (included) before beginning to sew the blocks.

Download the Petite Posies PDF pattern here.

See my finished Petite Posies mini – blog post with photos.