Back to School- with a New Backpack!

There is nothing better than having a brand new backpack filled with freshly sharpened pencils and clean-paged notebooks to start school. I loved going to school so much that I became a teacher!

Back to School may look different this year but we need to encourage our youth to be excited about learning. Maybe they can even learn to sew their own backpack block!

For Quilt Block Mania I designed a paper-pieced backpack. Although it may seem difficult at first glance, it is totally doable. If you have never done any foundation paper piecing before, I encourage you to watch my video tutorial (at the end of the post) on the topic to get started. Although there are a couple of very small pieces- notably the zipper pulls, if you just take your time and go block by block, number by number, you will be surprised how easily this block comes together.

Getting Started. We were asked to use a certain colorway and this was the closest I could get from my “inventory”.
Sometimes, even when you are the designer, you cut off the wrong part and have to do a bit of picking.
Here are the blocks all sewed, trimmed and set out. I should have made the tag a different color from the background. Oh well- I got confused for a second!
HereI am with the completed block.

This quilt block pattern will be free until September 2, 2020 when the next block comes out. After that it will be $2.99.

Don’t forget to check out these other great 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 Block of the Mo
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 Girls 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 Amara Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts

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