Monday

Spring into Easter, and Passover, and Other Special Holidays!

 

Whether you make an Easter quilt, or Easter basket pillowcases...here's a fun list of Easter pattern links..not just for quilts, and quilt blocks but a few super cute Easter crafts, too!

And remember making an 'Easter' quilt can be as simple as making some four patches.... and added some bits and pieces ...just from some scraps you might already have....in bunny, chick, or any pretty Easter fabric! I used some scraps in Beatrix Potter prints, as shown above, and made this cute but easy, baby quilt and included a little soft fabric book for a quick gift! This little baby quilt is in flannel, and these where all the scraps I had in these colors..so no outside borders, and very simple style..but it is soft and special and still so cute! And best of all, the sweet little one who received it,

The Jewish celebration of Passover, The Feast of the Unleavened Bread was practiced by ancient Israelites at the beginning of their New Year, the Spring Equinox.  So, I am also including those free patterns, tutorials and links that I have for this blessed holiday, as well.  Some are also used for Channukkah, so forgive the cross links and enjoy those, later or make ahead, now!

And of course, if you celebrate Spring in any form, most of these works for Spring and the beginning of new life in the changing season of the light.
Amish Basket http://www.quilterscache.com/A/AmishBasketBlock.html 12" block from Marcia Hohn at Quilter's Cache



 


  A Tisket-a-Tasket http://quickquilts.com/golden/qg63_pattern/ 47" x 59"


 Baby Flower Box:http://www.stitchinpost.com/images/free_patterns/FlowerBoxPattern.pdf  

Basket Blocks by Gwen Marston:http://www.gwenmarston.com/freePattern/basket.htm free basket blocks pattern by Gwen Marston; from her Beaver island Quilt Retreat on Baskets. The pattern is for one of eleven baskets quilts she made for the retreat. The quilt is made with 16 pieced baskets and 15 alternate blocks in redwork. Baskets w. Red work 60" x70"  


Bitsy Baskets http://www.geocities.com/dsreedo/bitsybaskets.html fast carry along mini basket quilt 22" x 22" from Debbie Reed Blossom Time by Lydia Quigley of the Rabbit Factory for Clothworks Textiles: Free Easter Quilt Patterns  


Bunny Quilt from Quilting Passion http://quiltingpassion.com/MQs/MQ11/ Blocks create a cute bunny shape! The finished size of this project is approximately 30" x 42", without borders and 42" x 54", with borders.


Cactus Pot Basket Block http://blocksnswaps.blogspot.com/search/label/Cactus%20Pot from Blocks 'n Swap.This basket block was first published in the Oklahoma Farmer Stockman, on January 1, 1930 


Carrot Table Runner from All People Quilt: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/ideas/projects/objectsgarmentsother/carrotsticks_1.html 
you do have to create a user name to sign in to allpeoplequilt.com...but it's all free! 

Easter Basket Postcard Quilt by Auntie for Quiltzine

Easter Basket Postcard Quilt  by Auntie for Quiltzine
Click here to download the EQ5 Project File for Easter Basket Postcard Quilt Printable Block Click here to download the printable PDF file for the project on this page.

 Easter Bunny Parade Wall Hanging http://secretworkshop.com/resources/index.php?item=854546bb510f7eebb

Easter Bunny Wallhangings with pdf downloaded files at the linking site Easter Bunny Trail Banner w. embroideryhttp://www.holleyberry.com/project.php?id=616


   

Easter Chicks Decorate and Bunny Luv Bonnie Sullivan of Salem OR Check out this darling original wallhanging, wool applique on flannel, 24"x 28" and quilt designed by Bonnie for Fons and Porter, free downloads as of above at: http://www.allthroughthenight.net/All_free.php

   

Crazy Easter Egg Struttin' Chick



 Patchwork Craft for Easter - Easter Quilt or Wall Hanging  

Easter Wall Quilt 16.8" x 11. 6" (wouldn't this make a beautiful nursery wall hanging quilt?)
 http://www.craftideas.info/html/easter_patchwork_.html  

Faded Baskets Table Topper 36" x 36", by BOM QuiltsPrint this FQS Faded Baskets Instruction Page as a .pdf

 Floral Basket 1 http://www.marcusbrothers.com/makeit/projects/butterscotch_basket/index.html

  Floral Basket 2 http://www.paperpanache.com/tuopen.htm paper pieced tulip block, 6" x 6" Happy Easter 28 x 35 cm download Happy Easter

Holiday Harvest Quilt Pattern

Jeannie's 10" Basket Block Pattern  

May Baskets http://quickquilts.com/golden/qg33_pattern/ 55 1/2" x 68 1/2"  
Mini Basket Sampler Quilter's Online Resource Quilt, pieced and appliqued http://www.nmia.com/~mgdesign/qor/styles/mini/minipatterns/minibasketsamp.html  

Posy Post Quilt http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/shows_qlt/article/0,2045,DIY_15080_2505146,00.html 

A Simply Quilts Pattern which combines Irish chain and applique Redwork Baskets patterns http://chickadeehollow.net/free-embroidery.htm  

Scrap Baskets by Carol Doaks:This quick and easy wall quilt features a 7" basket block that is perfect for those left-over scraps. Click to download the pdf Scrappy Baskets...15" finished quilt block of quick pieced HQTs 

  Stamp Basket Quilt http://www.benartex.com/projects/p_stampbasket.php 

 Sweet Dreams (shown)http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/sweet_dreams_quilt/

  Umbrella Stand 6" x 6" Quilt Block http://qnm.com/webextras/feature210/ 

 Will Work for Eggs 25" x 34" wallhanging with bunnies and eggs by Jerree McDade http://quickquilts.com/golden/qg74_pattern/ Yo Yo Nines designed by Kathy L. Reinhard from Golden Quilts for McCalls.Fabulous yo yo baskets! Finished Quilt Size47 1/2" x 47 1/2"

 6" Basket Quilt Blocks

  10"and  20" Summertime Baskets Quilt Blocks

12" Flower Basket Quilt Block

12" Woven Baskets Quilt Block Pattern

15" Amish Baskets Quilt Block Pattern

16" Checkerboard Flower Basket Quilt Block Pattern

Cactus Pot Quilt Block 



 

And don't forget how easy and how much fun making Easter pillowcases can be! Use my magical 'burrito' pillowcase pattern and a yard and maybe a bit more for trim..and you'll have a darling pillowcase in no time at all!

Make a Magic 'Burrito' Pillowcase

And consider making a little 'stuffy' toy or a little Easter gift accessory for yourself, a family member or a friend!

Funny Bunny Stuffy


Chicken Pincushions with Thread Caddy Nests

 

Quilted Easter chicken pouch (below) from Ulla's Quilting World...open drawstring for a little treat inside!
 



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Passover and Other Special Occasions, Gifts, and Ideas:

Do check out Cheryl Lynch's blog. She celebrates Passover and the traditions for her children in some truly lovely ways!

 

 Six Pointed String Star: Chanukkah/Hanukkah, Passover etc.
from The Summer Sampler Series: Swim Bike Hike at
http://swimbikequilt.com/2011/07/summer-sampler-series-six-pointed.html

 

String Star Summer Sampler Series: Six Pointed String Star

Cutting Triangles:
Download the Triangle Template here,

White Star of David Ornament Crochet Pattern: Made with and from Red Heart Yarn!

Easy to crochet and to assemble, these elegant Star of David ornaments are accented by iridescent beads for a glistening holiday celebration.
LW3275
Kristen Stoltzfus
  • Easy
  • Crochet
  • Seasonal

RED HEART® Super Saver®: 1 skein 316 Soft White
Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
Yarn needle, twelve 6mm iridescent beads, sewing needle and ivory thread, two pieces of ¼” x 6” (25 mm x 15 cm) white satin ribbon

Ornament measures ½” (11 cm) in diameter.

GAUGE: 13 hdc = 3” (8 cm). Gauge is not critical for this project.





Gift of Gelt Bag make ahead or perhaps use forother  small gifts or as a gift, itself
RED HEART® Super Saver®: 1 skein each 886 Blue A, 316 Soft White B Susan Bates® Crochet Hook: 3.75mm [US F-5] and 5.0mm [US H-8] Yarn needle
Pattern Number: LW3177
Tags: bag, crochet, gelt, gift, hanukah, holiday, rebecca j. venton, Super Saver
Skill Level: Easy
Project Type: Seasonal

 
 Dreidel Table Runner & Napkin Holders...make ahead idea


Free Fabric (Coiled Fabric or Crocheted Basket Patterns:

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And Just for Fun!!! Easter Crafts for Kids of All Ages and Sizes!

 Easter Crafts  andActivities for Kids Home Page This includes ideas for all of these crafts for and with children :Easter Basket, Bunny, Chicks, Lambs, Crafts for Kids 

 Easter Hats; Bonnets Crafts Activities for Kids Easter Eggs, Egg Shells, & Egg Decoration Crafts Activities for Kids Crafts with Egg Cartons


My own links to lots more free quilt patterns, blocks and holiday or special quilting 'cause and just because' quilts:



Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes. Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Saturday

Disappearing 4 Patch, D9 Patch, D16 Patch, Twist/Turn, Wavy, Wonky or Modern


The wonderful " Disappearing Nine Patch"seems to a technique in continual process of new and more involved variations. And I'm happy to share all of my links and easy cutting diagrams with you!

It's so easy to take a simple block and turn it into a much more complicated looking one...and a quilt that's quick and easy to create! Simply put, a nine patch block is created and then sliced apart in a myriad of different cuts or with different color arrangements so it literally disappears and is replaced by four smaller units. Apparently, Karin Hallaby, wrote a book in 2002 called "Magic Pillows, Hidden Quilts, which included a Magic Nine Patch quilt made using the same technique that's so popular today.

Nancy Brenan Daniel also wrote a book called Disappearing Nine Patch in 2002 but apparently it is quite different from what we are calling that style today.  Eventually, an online blog by Helen Bailey, featured a tutorial about her own use of the disappearing nine patch but she referred to it by a different name. The same technique has been called Tossed Nine Patch (by Eleanor Burns) and (possibly) 9 to 4 by other quilters and authors. And now of course, we have disappearing 4 patches, 9 patches (shown above) and on and on with so many fun and varied improvisations.

But just to have a look, check out some of  the images and links that I have discovered and create new and easy blocks and quilts of your own! Let's start with some fun and simple 4 Packs as I share links to some tutorials and some different variations from what you might hink of as a D4P..or Disapearing 4 Patch, as well!



    Photos and link to Beth at Live, Laugh, Quilt

Disappearing 4 Patch that's so easy to make with Charm Packs...but almost as easy to make from 

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Disappearing 4-Patch from Chock a Block Quilt Blocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at how color can alter the look in a hurry! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonky Version of the Disappearing four patch from Beth for all of you who can't cut straight anyway!

 


The Disappearing 9 Patch Block  or D9P


Simplest design and cut:

 

 The wonderful instructions that I personally use..to make my own D9P quilts...thanks to Bonnie our Comfort Quilt Chairperson from our Mid-Valley Quilt Guild, here in Salem, OR

  

 Enlarge the photos of the sheets above and there is also a super cheat sheet for yardage etc!

 

 

 

 

 

 Disappearing 9 Patch 


 Disappearing Nine Patch Disappearing 9 Patch/Twist Turn variation

 
Modern D9P by Kristy Daum











 Disappearing 9 Patch tutorial Another version of the Disappearing 9 Patch tutorial A different color scheme for the D9P quilt

Disappearing 9-Patch Variation

 

Disappearing 9-Patch Variation from Chock a Block Quilt Blocks

  

 The Twist and Turn D9P quilt D9P video & different layout


  Wacky 9 Patch Wavy Nine Patch by Debbie, The Traveling Quilter Word | PDF
D9P and D4P and Variations!
disappearing 4-patch
disappearing rail fence
Maybe Hidden Wells, too.
More Links and Tutes: 1. Images for Disappearing 9 Patch..see all the fun variations different fabric can create!

Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Block Tutorial - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjZOXxPazgApr 24, 2010 - 4 min - Uploaded by MissouriQuiltCo
 

Disappearing 9 Patch Quilt Block - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=clL_nz8J_vgMar 14, 2010 - 2 min - Uploaded by pennyh123 www.How-to-Quilt.com - Penny Halgren shows how to sew the Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt block. This ...

Disappearing 9 Patch, Quilt by Sandi, 12 18 10 - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdxHT-VDnLwDec 24, 2010 - 6 min - Uploaded by SanDenBest Disappearing 9 Patch, Quilt by Sandi, 12 18 10 ... 90 Minutes with Meryl Ann Butlerby Merylannb16871 views ...

Stitchery Dickory Dock: Scrappy Disappearing 9-Patch Tutorial

Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial from Jo's Country Junction




From Kristy Daum:
A fairly simple block , modernized by balance and choice of fabrics.
  1. Instead of using 9 printed fabrics in a single block, you use only 4; the balance is your background fabric.
  2. You use multiple Block Layouts in a single quilt. 

Below is an illustration showing you a handful of Block Layout options using the 4 + 5 concept.  There are certainly more then I have shown here and I encourage you to create your own too.  The greater variety of Block Layouts you use in a single quilt, the more unique it will look.


Here are the Block Layouts that I choose to use in my quilt.  As I wanted to make 9 blocks, I just duplicated some of my favorites.
Below in an illustration showing you how the blocks will look once quartered, see the variety.


Once you have sewn together, then quartered all of your blocks, you can begin laying out the assorted pieces into a pleasing arrangement.  This is the fun part, as you can really play with the negative space.
All that's left to do is sew the blocks into rows, and then sew the rows together, sandwich, quilt and bind.  Ta-Da!! you have just created your very own Modernized D9P.



Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes. Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!