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It’s the second Tuesday of the month. That means Block Mania! This month’s theme is family. I don’t know about your but my family is a little crazy. It’s part of what I love about it. I look forward to our family reunions at Bear Lake. I made this quilt to celebrate them. It was fun to put each of my children doing their favorite thing at the reunion.

Like most families we are a mix of personalities and interests. We have everything from very technical engineers to creative artists. Our political views are just as varied from far right to far left. Makes for some spirited debates. This quilt was inspired by my grandma and son. Grandma because she said she was the black sheep of the family because unlike her mother and sisters she disliked quilting. My son because he tie dyes everything down to his underwear.

With all this in mind I created wonky nesting hearts as my block for this month’s Block Mania. It’s full of love, but a little off kilter, like my family. If you enjoy a little improv piecing you can take the instructions and play. You might also enjoy some of my other free piecing patterns.

To get my free Wonky Nesting Hearts block instructions follow this link. Make sure you visit the other designers and get there free blocks. Here’s the list

Warming by the Fire
Paper Chain Family at Slice of Pi Quilts
Family is Love
Family Quote Pineapple Block by Blockofthemodotcom
Family Pumpkin Pickin’ Day
Family Crest at Always Expect Moore
Old Rocking Chair at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Love@Home at Stash Bandit
Sisterhood by Michelle Renee Hiatt
Glimpse of Home at Scrapdash
We Are Family by Heidi Pridemore
Family Trees at Pretty Piney Quilts
Family is the Heart of Home by QuiltFabrication
Gathering by Blue Bear Quilts
Sister’s Choice at Perkins Dry Goods
Every Family Has One at Patti’s Patchwork
Orange Blossom Quilt
Wonky Nesting Hearts
Family Photo Block
Celtic Trinity Knot by Appliqués Quilts and More
Family Ring at Devoted Quilter
Tartan Block at True Blue Quilts
Flying Geese Family by Tacy Gray
Family Heart by Amarar Cracions

And a preview of the blocks


  • Connie says:

    Beautiful! Thank you!

  • Susan K says:

    What a fun quilt! Our family is the same – all different but love each other dearly. We even have a tie-dyed sister! Among my three boys we have a priest, an IT guy, and a welder. We’re waiting for a punchline to go with the first line. 🙂

  • Lori Smanski says:

    this is so cool thank you I will have fun making this one i love the sheep and that your son tie dyes everything i used to be the same way mom had to finally put a stop to it when i started doing my brothers clothes LOL

  • Susan says:

    Thank you! We all have a wonky family, really. =) I like your tie-dyed sheep, too.

  • Gretchen says:

    I laughed so hard at the quilt about being the tie dyed one. I was a teenager in the late 60s and early 70s and my strict mother forbade anything tie dyed. What do you think is my favorite. I am wearing tie dyed tshirt as I am reading your blog. Loved the background story and your hearts block.

  • Martina Kupitz says:

    Your welcome email probably went into my spam box and I deleted all in that box. So please send another and I will look for it this time. Thanks

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