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Quilt Block Mania

I’m thrilled to be part of this month’s Quilt Block Mania. If you are visiting from one of the other designers, welcome. I hope you will take time to check out my tutorials, scrap busting tips and patterns.


The theme this month is back to school. As a child I remember going shopping for new school clothes with my mom and then getting to go out to lunch with her. I carried this tradition on with my kids when they were little. It was fun to get new clothes. I think planning what I would wear the first day was almost as fun. So for my block I designed three children in their new school clothes on the first day of school.


I had fun thread stitching my students on the foreground of my block. It is the same method I used with my It Takes a Village and Sugar and Spice patterns. Find smooth beautiful thread to create your thread stitching. A dark brown is my favorite. It gives a softer touch. I’ve created a little video tutorial on this method if you are interested.

Free Blocks

My First Day of School block for Quilt Block Mania is yours by simply signing up for Em’s Scrappy Bits and Tips. Make sure you get all the blocks. They will make a pretty awesome quilt.

Crayons by Slice of Pi Quilts
Lockers by Powered by Quilting
Math Problem by Pretty Piney
Chalk Board by Inquiring Quilter
Stack of Books by Carolina Moore
Pointy Pencil Block by Sew Brainy
Geometry by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Pencils by Quilting Room with Mel
School Bus by Orange Blossom Quilt
Book with Animal by Seams to be Sew
Stack of Textbooks by Quilted Diary
Shades of the Sun by Charisma Horton
Basketball by Devoted Quilter
Apples by Perkins Dry Goods
Box of Crayons by ScrapDash
Apple with leaf by Block of the Mo
Crayons by Off the Wall Quilt
School Time Schoolhouse by Quilt Moments
School House by Utah Quilt Appraiser
Pencil by True Blue Quilts
Owl by The Whimsical Workshop
Calculator by Quilt Fabrication
Crayons by Linda B Creative
Applique Computer by DooHikey Designs
Modern Apple by Cotton Street Commons
Glue by Quilting Mod
School Girls Puzzle by Sew on the Go
Snack by Quiltfox Design
Backpack by Oh Kaye Quilting
Math Signs by Patti’s Patchwork
Bookworm by Appliques Quilts and More
Backpack by Tacy Gray
Schoolhouse by From my Carolina Home
Girl’s Favorite by Blue Bear Quilts
Origami Paper Plane by Amara Creacions
Show up and Shine! by SewJoy Creations
School House with Children by Aunte Ms Quilts


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