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Back to School 2020 Blog Hop

Welcome to the #QuiltBlockMania Back to School blog hop!

A fabulous group of quilt pattern designers has joined forces to offer you FREE 12-inch quilt blocks, all with a Back to School theme for August 2020. After a long day of back to school shopping, and reassuring kids that they can handle online learning in the year of Covid, you deserve a play date with your sewing machine. Choose one or all of the 38 blocks that feature a variety of quilting techniques, from traditional piecing to applique and foundation paper piecing.

Back to School quilt blocks

Back to School

Which school supplies are your favorite?  I love shopping for notebooks and writing instruments, so my block is the good old-fashioned Number 2 Pencil. Make a whole quilt with a rainbow of colored pencils, or add some books and a schoolhouse block for a sampler.

Patchwork Pencil quilt block

Download the block instructions now… free during the Back to School blog hop in August 2020.

Tips when sewing

First, print and sew the pencil top and eraser units using the paper piecing method. My FPP tutorials are here.    

        fpp pencil units

Next, piece the body of the pencil.

pencil body

Sew the block together in rows. Be careful when piecing diagonals…they do not align before sewing.

For perfect placement, allow the diagonal seams to overlap.

overlap diagonals

Once the block is assembled, it will look great in a Back to School Sampler, with the other 12-inch blocks from these fabulous designers:

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

I can’t wait to see what you make! Please email me a photo of your completed block. Remember to use the hashtag #quiltblockmania when you share on social media. Quilters love show and tell.

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Longarm Quilter, Pattern Designer, Teacher



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