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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.

Some possible variations: Continue reading

Tea and Coffee Cups free paper pieced blocks

Here’s a collection of easy-as-pie tea and coffee cups to paper piece – each of the four designs is pieced as a single unit.  One 8” (20.3cm) or 10” (25.4cm) block makes a nice potholder or mug rug.  Piece a grouping of the four designs in different fabrics for a small hanging for your kitchen.  The patterns as given make 4” (10.2cm) cups, but you can easily enlarge or reduce the patterns when photocopying.

Tea & Coffee Cup quilt blocks

Tea & Coffee Cups

Several years ago, a group of friends and I each pieced 3 blocks for our coffee-klatch girlfriend Julie, who was moving away. The others had sewing but no paper piecing experience.  After a short demo from me, they were off and stitching cups for our mutual friend. I sewed our 6 blocks together into a mini hanging and machine quilted it, complete with steam rising from the cup tops, and it all turned out fabulous!  Julie was completely amazed and deeply touched by her very personal going away gift.

Download the free PDF Tea and Coffee Cups patterns and coloring pages (416K). 

 For more quilt-y tea party fun, download the free Grandma’s Tea Party mini-quilt pattern!

Arabesque paper pieced quilt pattern

Arabesque paper pieced quiltThe dictionary defines arabesque as “a complex and ornate design of intertwined floral, foliate, and geometrical figures.” It’s a fitting name for this paper piecing pattern.  Continue reading

Jack-O-Lantern – a free paper pieced quilt pattern

Jack-O-Lantern quilt blockFor this EASY paper pieced Jack-O-Lantern block, choose 3 orange prints graded from light to dark, and a stem color that stands out well from the background fabric.  Spooooky!

Download the PDF 6-inch JackOLantern pattern.


Shown here with the Ghost block:

Ghosts & Jack-O-Lanterns quilt example

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

Star of the East – a free paper piecing quilt block pattern

star east pairThe paper pieced quilt block Star of the East is ideally suited for holiday projects, but with different color choices, the design can be used in a variety of ways. The asymmetric star block is sewn in 4 sections. Choose two shades of golden yellow for the star, and two of blue for the background.

Shown here are two variations for the background. In the first, the dark and medium shades of blue are alternated around the star. The second variation gives the illusion of a cross behind the star by placing the lighter shade of blue around the vertical and horizontal rays. It’s all in the fabric placement!

Download the 8×12 inch finished size PDF Star Of The East quilt block pattern

Circle of Geese – free quilt block pattern for paper piecing

circle of geese WMI designed the Circle of Geese quilt block almost 15 years ago, and it has become, without doubt, my most popular design. And for good reason — It’s easy paper piecing with a spectacular effect!  Around the web, you’ll find the Circle of Geese block featured in blogs, block exchanges, and more.  For example, Christina at The Sometimes Crafter has done a fabulous paper piecing tutorial for this block on her blog. 

Although the pattern is free, please refer to my Terms of Use if you’re interested in teaching a class using this block, featuring it in a publication, or other not-strictly-for-personal use.  Thank you :-)

Download the free PDF Circle of Geese quilt block pattern. 

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.

Grandma’s Tea Party Mini Quilt

Paper piece a tea party!  Whether you’re inspired by Grandmother’s exquisite china, Alice in Wonderland, Downton Abbey or childhood memories, you’ll enjoy the easy paper piecing in this miniature quilt.  I couldn’t resist adding the Broken Dishes inner border, as much for the name as how it sets off the design! 

The quilt was designed several years ago for a Hoffman California Fabrics promotion, and finishes approximately 23” x 25” (58.4cm x 63.5cm).  Cream or sugar?  Download the PDF Grandma’s Tea Party pattern.

Grandma's Tea Party miniature quilt

Blue Tea Party quilt

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