This is the archive listing of all Quilt Blocks in the Quilt Block Library assigned to the Patterns Category based on a popular motif or icon.
Animals are popular themes in quilts. Most of us quilters are animal lovers of some kind, so it isn't surprising that the Scotty Dog Quilt Block has been a quilter favorite for many years. One of my dearest quilting buddies has a pet Scotty dog, and a few weeks back she was on the hunt for a Scotty Dog Quilt Block to use in a project. I was able to round up several varieties, and will be posting them here as I get them illustrated.
The first one is a pieced version designed in a 6x6 grid, so a 6" block can easily be drafted of this design.
The Easy Star Block, which finishes at 6", is put together using a freestyle technique. You don't have to be too careful about seams, as it is created over-sized, then trimmed down. Since stars are a useful element in lots of designs - Christmas quilts, Patriotic projects, and even baby items - knowing how to make this block is a nice skill to have in your toolbox. This block is fun to make, and quicker than paper piecing. (Four blocks can easily be made in less than an hour.)
A few ideas for how to use the block:
Makes four 6" (finished) Easy Star Blocks.
Note: If you want a larger Easy Star Block, enlarge the pattern and cut fabric squares the same size as your enlarged pattern. Or simply redraw to the size you want. There is roughly a 25% waste with this technique, but this varies based on the size block you make. A 12" square should suffice for a 9.5" unfinished block.
Looking for an Autumn themed quilt block? The Scrappy Acorn Quilt Block is a great scrappy project for the beginner and for experienced quilters, too. It's perfect in table runners or any fall patchwork project.
This block is the creation of Amanda Weatherill of The Patchsmith Blog. Many thanks to Amanda for letting me include it here in my stash of blocks.
Skill level: Confident Beginner
This sweet little Basket block goes by two names: One is the Four Little Baskets and the other is Postage Stamp Basket. That second name seems a bit unusual, but originally the block was made with 1" squares and 1" HST's. The exploded version below has been simplified to eliminate all those 1" squares, making it a quick and relatively simple block to make.
One interesting design feature to point out in the grouping example below are the horizontal and vertical rectangles that are created in the negative space when the blocks are grouped in a quilt.
Click the image below to download the pattern for the Four Little Baskets Quilt Block.