I love to travel. I enjoy seeing new places and seeing how people live in different climates and areas. I have lived in Utah, USA for the past 27 years but I grew up in the beautiful state of Maine. My favorite place to travel these days is back home to see the ocean and the trees. The smell of the pine and spruce trees is like a tonic for my soul.
This month’s Quilt Block Mania theme is travel and I made this very simple block that could be used for a travel themed quilt or pillow, but with a quick tweak of fabrics and some embellishment couold turn this humble block into a Christmas showstopper!
This is a Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) pattern, but if you have never tried it before, this is a great place to start! This is a very simple block and I think you will enjoy trying it. If you need some help, check out this tutorial.
I kind of panicked when I realized the theme for this month was “International.” I couldn’t think of anything to do for the theme. i was designing a butterfly block for a totally different purpose, but all of a sudden I realized it was perfect for Quilt Block Mania. I resized it to 12″ and BAM it was done!
I think most people enjoy seeing a butterfly (or even a pretty moth) fluttering around as the weather warms and the flowers begin to bloom. This is a pretty easy block if you are a beginner to Foundation Paper Piecing. If you are more advanced, you may want to break up the wings into some more pieces or use some embroidery to embellish the wings and to add some antennae.
If you want a smaller or larger block, you can always print the pattern at a different size. I love using the Golden Threads Quilter’s Assistant Proportional Scale which can be purchased from any Handi Quilter retailer to figure out what percentage I need to preint to get the size I want. The original block was designed to be 7.5″ and that is what is shown in this photo of a simple stitch-in-the-ditch sample that I have made for my classes.
The block is free. . . and I have quite a few free blocks available for download. If you subscribe to my once-a-month newsletter you will receive direct links to the downloads and never have to go looking for the freebies.
Below are the links to ALL the free Quilt Block Mania blocks for this month. I hope you have fun and if you make this block, be sure to tag me @ohkayequilting so I can see your work!
This quilt was born of necessity. I wanted a quilt that had space for free motion quilting, but I wanted those spaces to be reasonable to fill- and not overwhelming. I am really pleased with the result and it looks great custom quilted or with an Edge 2 Edge design on it.
The version to the right is the Scrappy Background. It can just be totally scrappy or arranged in an ombre layout. I love this quilt because it reminds me of all the different shades of lilacs. They are my absolute favorite flower!
This quilt was the most difficult of the three I made only because the layout of the squares had to be maintained throughout the process.
On the left is the Two Color version of Tri Again. This could look great with any color combination or even with novelty fabrics.
I really like the contrast of this Two Color version- and I enjoyed quilting it with a high contrast thread. In the pattern there are some ideas for how to make a quilting plan.
Last is the Scrappy Accent version of the Tri Again. I really like this one and it went together really quickly because I didn’t have to worry about the placement of the background pieces.
You will need to learn how to make quarter square triangles (hourglass blocks) to complete this version, but there is a tutorial in the pattern.
I hope that you will enjoy this pattern. It is the first in a series of quilt patterns I am making to allow for negative space quilts that are pretty easy to piece, come together quickly, and fun to quilt. The pattern includes instructions for five sizes: baby, throw, twin, queen, and king.
This month’s Quilt Block Mania theme is Graduation. If you are making graduation quilts or wall hangings this may come in handy. I decided to go with the traditional mortarboard cap.
I know the colors are weird. . . but we are given a palette to work with and I am a rule follower when it comes to things like this!
My recommendation would be to use two similar colors for the cap- like dark gray and black or white and light gray. The tassel can represent that all important school color and you may even use a print for the background.
This is a paper pieced pattern. Here are some links if you need some help with this process.