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Cake Anyone?

This month’s Quilt Block Mania theme is Tea Time. We were given this beautiful image and color scheme to design our blocks. I love that teacup with the coral poppy on it! I don’t enjoy tea but I sure do love cake, so I went with a Foundation Paper Pieced pattern on a cake on a stand. I do have several cake stands in my possession, but that is another story!

This block will be 12″ finished if you are a careful sewist. The pattern is perfect for those of you just beginning your FPP journey and if you need some help, there are lots of videos on YouTube to help you figure it out. I even have one!

I chose to make my “sample cake” in a different color scheme than the one assigned. . . but I wanted it to match my spring home decor.

This pattern will be FREE until May 31, 2022 and then it will be $2.99 in my shop and on my Etsy store. To get the pattern free, I do ask that you sign up for my once-a-month newsletter. You are welcome to unsubscribe if you don’t feel like it is useful to you, but =one of the features of the newsletter is a direct link to the download so there is no jumping through hoops to get my free patterns.

Tea Time Mug by Carolina Moore
Afternoon Tea by Inquiring Quilter
Not Your Grandma’s Cup of Tea
Stacked Tea Cups by Appliques Quilts and More
Tea Time by Manon Hunt
Muffin Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Teapot by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
T is for Temperance by Scrapdash
You Can Brew It
French Macaron by Penny Spool Quilts
Tea Party at Perkins Dry Goods
Teatime Cakes by QuiltFabrication
Broken Sugar Bowl by Becca Fenstermaker
Cake Anyone? by Kaye Collins
Tea Time by Patchwork Breeze
3-Tiered Serving Tray by Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting

Chubby Chicken Block

Oh Kaye Quilting’s Chubby Chicken Quilt Block3

This month’s Quilt Block Mania theme is birds. Someone had already signed up to do flamingos (drat!) so I had to settle for a chicken. Now. . . I think this Chubby Chicken is cute but my husband (who is normally very supportive of my quilting) thinks she looks kinda dumb. Too fat, no legs, blah, blah, blah! But I didn’t change a thing about her!

My students at Stitched With Obsession in Merrill, WI got to preview Chubs and they thought she was cute! Clearly, she is sitting down, which is why you can’t see her legs!

Oh Kaye Quilting’s Chubby Chicken Block as a mini quilt.

This is a regular patchwork pattern that makes a 12.5″ unfinished (12″ finished) quilt block. You need about a fat eighth of the main bird and background fabric and scraps of the other colors. All the cutting and construction directions are clearly stated in the pattern which is FREE until April 30, 2022. If you are looking for the pattern after that date it will be in the Shoppe here on my website or in my Etsy Shop.

I added some 3″ x 6″ flying geese blocks to the right of the chicken and then added a 2.5″ border to make this cute mini quilt. I used free designs from ProStitcher when I quilted the wing and the flying geese but the rest of the quilting is my own free-motion quilting with my Handi Quilter Forte. I used a basic black button for her eye and sewed it on with some popping pink thread!

Faux Hand Stitching Detail on binding.

One kind of neat detail I added was the stitches on the binding. I used my Babylock Sashiko sewing machine to sew long stitches onto the edge of the binding BEFORE I attached it to the back of the quilt. I topstitched the binding down with Superior Thread’s MonoPoly clear thread. I like the effect. Since I had two layers of batting in the mini, I used a 2.5″ binding.

Several other quilt designers have put together bird blocks for you this month, so check them all out. The links are below that will take you to their pages, but before you leave, make sure you download YOUR Chubby Chicken Pattern! The link is waaaaay down at the bottom!

Birds on a Wire by Carolina Moore
Signs of Spring by Inquiring Quilter
Cute Bird by Powered By Quilting
Flamboyance by Becca Fenstermaker
Migration by Patti’s Patchwork
Peacock Quilt Block by Appliques Quilts and More
Blue Bird by by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Chubby Chicken Block by Kaye Collins
Hummingbird Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Flying in Formation by QuiltFabrication
Birds Circling by Nancy Myers
Lorikeets by Sue Griffiths
Fly Away Home by Scrapdash
Puffin Head by Penny Spool Quilts
Birds in the Air by Perkins Dry Goods
There is always one
Budgie on a Branch by Blue Bear Quilts

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A Quilt for Mila

A quilt made up of scrappy Ukrainian Flags.

I am just sick about what is happening in Ukraine. I have no idea why Putin is trying to recreate the old USSR, but the images on TV are heartbreaking. I am sad that so many are being affected by greed and power.

My husband is part of a hiking group and one of the ladies in the group is from Ukraine. Her mother is still there- and Mila heard through a friend last night that her mom is OK, but they haven’t had any contact. I can’t really do anything to help, but I can make quilts.

I call this an “emergency quilt”. It is a simple design that goes together in a hurry. I have the luxury of having my own longarm, so I can quilt it as soon as I get the top together. I have made lots of emergency quilts over the years. . . and they are some of my favorites to make.

My favorite hashtag is #loveineverystitch. When I am making an emergency quilt it has a purpose, so I am able to really concentrate on the person who will receive it and I try to put love and prayers in every stitch. This quilt has prayers for Mila, her mom, and all the women of Ukraine.

The design for this quilt was inspired by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. I don’t know how I saw it, but this beautiful baby quilt she made for a friend’s baby after her friend passed away in childbirth captured my imagination with its simplicity and beauty. https://www.diaryofaquilter.com/ireland-quilt/

Ukrainian Flag Quilt draped over a rocking chair with a vase of yellow tulips.

I dug into my scraps and designed a Ukrainian Flag Quilt based on a much larger scale. The pattern is free in case you would like to make one. GET THE PATTERN It is simple to cut and piece and you can quilt it however you want. I chose to use “Simple Sunflowers” from Anne Bright Designs because the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine. I literally made this quilt in 24 hours from beginning to ready to gift.

As far as I am concerned, the best part of making a quilt (well. . . I do love the quilting!) is the gifting. I always fold the quilt into a manageable width and then roll it up, tucking the ends in. I tie it with a wide satin ribbon and add a quilt care card.

In case you are wondering, Quilt Care Cards are available in my Etsy Shop. They are available in several styles. I can even make custom packs for YOU!

Tonight we went over to Mila’s home and gave her the quilt. I made her promise to USE it because it is filled with love.

If you would like to make a quilt, the pattern is FREE. Just click on the button below.

Hankie Dress Quilt Block

I am fortunate to have a LOT of vintage hankies and doilies that belonged to my grandmother and my aunt. A couple of years ago I started learning how to origami fold them into dresses, but then I never did anything with them. And. . . they were kind of a pain in the bum to fold!

Although it took me a minute to figure out how to make things work, this is really an easy project. This can work with any doily or hankie. . . you may need to resize the tops.

Download button down below!

If you would like to learn how to make these blocks, please use the button below to go to the download page. This pattern will be free until March 30 and then will be available in my online shoppe and in my Etsy Make sure you go check out the other awesome Wedding Themed Blocks that are FREE this month.

Wedding Dress Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
With This Ring by Inquiring Quilter
Wedding cake by Powered By Quilting
Loopy Hearts by Becca Fenstermaker
Tying the Knot by Patti’s Patchwork
Car with Wedding Couple by Appliques Quilts and More
True Lover’s Knot by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Vintage Hankie Dress Quilt Block by Kaye Collins
Wedding Invitation Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Wedding Chapel by QuiltFabrication
Lucky horseshoe charm by Sue Griffiths
Apple Blossom Quilt Block by Scrapdash
Solitaire by Penny Spool Quilts
Something New by Perkins Dry Goods
Courthouse steps by Sew Joy Creations
Hearts Aflutter by Blue Bear Quilts