The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

When we started sharing QM Bitty Blocks last January, we had no idea people would be so enamored with our free quilt block patterns. Its been inspiring to hear about the fun youre having with these adorable little designs.

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And if time flies when youre having fun, its no wonder that the end is already upon us, because weve had a riot!

Lets look back.

January: Bitty Bow Tiesbittyblocks121 The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

February: Bitty Baskets baskets1 e1422632444174 The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

March: Home Sweet Home march14 The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

April: Flying Geese Pinwheels10 The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

May: Bitty Bear PawGroup The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

June: Bitty Love heartcropped The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

July: Bitty Boatsboats4 The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

August: Log Cabin LGBB group The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

September: Bitty Starsbittystars7 The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

October: Bitty Trees Finish2 67294 The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block Patterns

November: Bitty Friendship Stars

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And that brings us to December: Bitty Pinwheels! Find the step-by-step tutorial for Bitty Pinwheels.

pinwheel15 The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block PatternsAnd find the printer-friendly free quilt block pattern for Bitty Pinwheels on our Bitty Blocks homepage.

photo The Bitty Blocks of 2015: Free Quilt Block PatternsPaula Stoddard is our managing editor, which means that she keeps all the QM balls in the air. Wed be lost without her. But heres the thingafter thinking about quilts and projects all day long, at night she goes home and sews! Her children are grown and shes in a season that allows her to be prolific. So its no wonder that shes the one who kept up with the Bitties and recently joined them all together into one big fabulous quilt.

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Some of Paulas fabric choices

Id call Paulas fabric choices bright pastelstheyre happy (like she is) but not in-your-face neon.

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Id call these bright pastels.

There is still a softness to them.

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There are some darks to give the quilt dimension.

Notice how there are some very dark fabrics like navy blue and black. I think these help to give the quilt some dimension.

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We love Paulas scrappy Bitty Blocks quilt.

If you ever see a quilt that looks rather flat, check to see if there are some very darks or very lights. Chances are theyll be missing!

Paula auditioned quite a few different fabrics for the sashing. Several of us offered feedback on the options when she asked us. Youll want to decide on sashing after your blocks are made. Be sure to put them up on a design wall, or another vertical surface if you dont have a design wall. Nothing beats this method for really evaluating how things are going to look. Use a sheet or a flannel-backed tablecloth tacked to the wall, but get those blocks up before you decide!

And now without further adieu, here is the full Bitty Blocks quilt top that Paula made this year.

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The full shot of Paulas quilt top, made entirely of Bitty Blocks.

Paula decided on plain borders for her quilt. We originally drew the row quilts with checkerboard borders but after Paulas quilt center was finished, she felt they werent necessary. I would agree. In fact, they may have distracted from the action at the quilts center. I think she made a good decision.

Youll have to decide for yourself if you want plain borders or checkerboard borders. Or maybe youll come up with something all your own!

The checkerboard patches shown in the original row quilt drawings are cut 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 to finish at 1 x 1. The inside border is 1 wide (cut 1-1/2 wide), so youll need to figure out how many checkerboard patches there are based on how many rows you made and what sizes they are. Ill talk more about this next week to help you!

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We have kicked around the idea of doing more Bitty Blocks in 2016. Im inviting your feedback. Would you like Quiltmaker to keep going with #qmbittyblocks? Please let us know in the comments. And if your quilting friends havent heard about Bitty Blocks, please help us spread the word. The patterns are all free on our Bitty Blocks homepage.

Thank you for joining us on this project. Its been great fun!

Coming soon: More about the checkerboard borders and some quilting ideas!

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