Saturday, April 09, 2016

Free Easter, Spring, and Passover + Chickens! Quilt and Craft

It's so much fun creating colorful quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, Easter baskets, or creative children crafts to welcome in the hopes of Spring and the season or renewal, hope,  peace and freedom.

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 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 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,

Looking for some St. Patrick's Day Ideas?

Scroll to the bottom of the post! 

Whether you make an Easter quilt, or Easter basket or bag, pillowcases, or my current favorites...garlands, banners, and prayer flags...

Bunny Applique mini quilt
12 x 14"free pattern by Jennifer Heynen at Jennifer Jangles

 Carrot Patch quilt
 52 x 63"
Stacey Day for Windham Fabrics


Tulip quilt 72 x 84", free pattern by Wendy Sheppard for Windham Fabrics


Podunk Posy quilt tutorial by Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties 
 pieced tulip block here 
full quilt here)

Amish Basket see Marcia Hohn's block at: 12" block from Marcia Hohn at Quilter's Cache

A Tisket-a-Tasket 47" x 59"

Baby Flower Box:

Basket Blocks by Gwen Marston:
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 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
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 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:

Easter Basket Postcard Quilt by Auntie for Quiltzine 

  t Allspice Abounds

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

Easter Bunny Wallhangings with pdf downloaded files at the linking site

Easter Bunny Trail Banner w. embroidery

Tulip Garden quilt, 62 x 81" by Hallie O'Kelly at American Quilter's Society

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:

 Wendy Gratz at Shiny Happy World

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?)

 Carrot Table Runner
 Better Homes and Gardens

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


Pastel Party :All People Quilt mini quilt

 Bunny Patch quilt, 38 x 46", free pattern  All People Quilt

Floral Basket 1

Floral Basket 2 paper pieced tulip block, 6" x 6"

Happy Easter
28 x 35 cm
download Happy Easter

 Patchwork Peter Rabbit wall hanging, 18 x 20" The Crafty Quilter






  Holiday Harvest Quilt Pattern

Jeannie's 10" Basket Block Pattern
May Baskets 55 1/2" x 68 1/2"

Mini Basket Sampler Quilter's Online Resource Quilt, pieced and appliqued

Posy Post Quilt,2045,DIY_15080_2505146,00.html A Simply Quilts Pattern which combines Irish chain and applique

 Simple Spring table runner or placemats 
Natalia Bonner as seen at Moda Bakeshop

 Honey Bunny mini quilt Don't Look Now

Redwork Baskets patterns
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

Sweet Dreams (shown)

Umbrella Stand 6" x 6" Quilt Block

Will Work for Eggs 25" x 34" wallhanging with bunnies and eggs by Jerree McDade

 April Bite Size Quilt, 12"square mini, mug rug or tiny table decor
Quilt Patterns Direct


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 more Summertime Basket 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

 Amsterdam quilt, 38 x 52", free pattern Bijou Lovely Designs




Hoppy Easter mini quilt, free pattern from my friends at Attic Window Quilt Shop







Rabbit Dance courtesy of  Havel's Sewing


Cactus Pot Quilt Block

Bunny Hop Pillow
 Amy at Ameroonie Designs

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 drawstring for a little treat inside!

Egg Mug Rug
tutorial :Where The Orchids Grow


Free Fabric (Coiled Fabric or Crocheted Basket Patterns:


's a fun list of photo ideas from some of my own projects files, and from so many other "Easter/Passover/ and Celebrate Spring!"pattern links..not just for quilts, and quilt blocks but a few super cute Easter crafts, too!

Any spring colors, any styles in so many different crafts to choose from!  And do come back as these are updated all of the time. Just click on my my master link list up at the top border, or over on the side gadgets to the right!


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 Ca
Fabric Easter Basket, Bags and Bins Ideas:


   Scalloped Edge Basket Tutorial

Bunny Egg Basket
Basket – you can either purchase fabric yarn or make your own from t-shirts.
Bunny Basket
1st Easter Basket
Barbie Easter Basket & Egg
Basket of Carrots –.
Crocheted Rope Basket – great photo tutorial of how to crochet over rope. 
Basketweave Basket
BonBon the Owl
Chunky Basket –  thick yarn and substantial handle on this one.
Basket of Granny Squares –  a pretty ring of grannys around the side of the basket.
Crochet Easter Basket – pretty stitch design.
Crocheted Bunny Basket – amigurumi bunny is the focal point of this amazing project.
Square Easter Basket –  plastic canvas t
Crochet Easter Basket
Hanging Egg Basket – beautiful thread baskets for individual eggs. Have to use translate for directions, good luck but you can do it!
Honeycomb Pop Basket
Little Egg Baskets – for individual eggs or a very special treat.
Magnificent Moss Basket – this beautiful stitch leads to many great color combos.  You will have to register to download the free pattern
Shelled Easter Basket
Mini Scalloped Edge Basket –

And Just for Fun!!! Easter or just plain, Spring!, 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

Easter Coloring Pages & Printouts
Easter Basket Crafts for Kids
Easter Bunny Crafts for Kids
Easter Chicks Crafts for Kids
Easter Lambs Crafts Ideas for Kids
Easter Hats & Bonnets Crafts Activities for Kids
Easter Eggs & Egg Decoration Crafts Activities for Kids
Crafts with Egg Shells
Crafts with Egg Cartons
Jesus Crafts Ideas for Kids
Spring Crafts

Make Easter Chicks Pop-up Cards, extra to those in links above.

And also from  Easter Crafts  andActivities for Kids Home Page
 If you want to make these adorable pop-up Easter cards then print them in black and white (to color in) or print them in color. You will have to cut out the different parts and paste them together.



Quiltscapes Hen Party Chicks Pincushions:  TUTORIAL

  Hen Party Chicks @ Sew We Quilt:  STORY & TUTORIAL
Spring Chickens @ Riley Blake Designs:  TUTORIAL
Printer-Friendly Instructions:  PATTERN'
 I   Appliqué
 ~ Raw Edge Appliqué Basics

Free Pincushion, Pincushion/Thread Catcher,Armrest Pincushion Caddy Patterns:


 LOG CABIN Chicken Pin Cushion!!! 

thanks for the pdf link to the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild and to the photo of a pincushion, made and featured at the  "The Chicken Run" Challenge Group..see lots and lots of chickens!!


Spring Chickens!Foul Fowl!
Spring Chickens! Spring Chickens!
Riley Blake website:
↑ Tried folding rick-rack for the comb, too.  So cute, makes me smile.
"Hen Party Chicks."
You've got to admit, they're adorable ~ Don't they just make you smile?!  
I think everyone should have a basketful of these cheerful chicks.
Printable Instructions HERE
More to check out for the same chicken pincushion idea:
2 identical log cabin blocks, 4" x 4" (3 1/2" x 3 1/2" finished); 1 square 2" x 2" of ... Lay down one log cabin block, right side up, as illustrated with the dark half of ... Fat Quarter Bundles, Original Quilt Kits, Quilting Fabrics & FREE Quilt Patterns

Chicken Pincushions with Thread Caddy Nests

Weathervane wall quilt, free pattern by Debbie Busby at All People Quilt

Rise and Shine wall hanging, free pattern by Wendy Sheppard at Ivory Spring

Mr. Rooster, free pattern by Caroll at West Michigan Quilter

Cat's Rooster, free pattern by Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked

Jaunty Rooster, free pattern by Julie Lynch for Benartex

Birds of a Feather wall quilt by Cynthia Scott at Janome

Redwork Chicken Embroidery Pattern by Cheryl C. Fall for

Rise and Shine Placemat Tutorial by Vicki Welsh

 Rooster Quilt Block, free pattern at How Stuff Works

Chickens in the Coop, inspired by “Birds of a Feather” from Kevin Kosbab, made by Laura Boehnke for All People Quilt 

Hen and Flowers wall hanging, free pattern at All People Quilt

Cocks Crow in the Morn, free pattern by Kaaren Johnston at The Painted Quilt

Passover and Other Special Occasions, Gifts, and Ideas:

An inspirational example of improvisational string quilt at its finest!

from The Summer Sampler Series: Swim Bike Hike at

Cutting Triangles: 
Download the Triangle Template here,

Star of David quilt block

  no longer connect to the site, but you make figure it out on your own ;-)



Gefilte Quilt

 Passover's Coming: 25 Ideas for Matzoh Fabric


Flying Geese as Exodus Story

 art quilting ideas!


   Brooch to represent the Passover Exodus to freedom

Again..all of the above ideas are from :

Gefilte Quilt 

 Passover's Coming: 25 Ideas for Matzoh Fabric


how to sew drink coasters 

 Sew Up Some Drink Coasters for Yourself Or a Friend


 How to Sew the Pomegranate Atarah for a Tallit | Video Tutorial

How do you make a sewing project Jewish without using Hebrew phrases or Jewish symbols?  





How do you make a sewing project Jewish without using Hebrew phrases or Jewish symbols?

 Hebrew letter shin embroidered


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.
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:
Passover Paterns pdf download sent to me by a friend

Also for recipes and other wonderful Passover posts:
Do Check out Cheryl Lynch's blog She celebrates Passover and the traditions for her children in some truly lovely ways!


My themes contain these among others. See top of my web page for updated links.


© Free patterns linked to this site may be copyright protected. Please read their individual copyright information located on each site. Most will state that a pattern can be used for personal use only. They should not be used commercially (meaning for items that will be sold) without the owner's permission.

All links have taken me 6 years to compile and update. All missing links are not the result of whomever I am linking to removing it from their site, in that case there is nothing I can do to restore it. I apologize for the inconvenience, but please remember, I'm just a blogger who does this as a community one pays me for all of this work.
With Heart and Hands
Michele M. Bilyeu 2006, updated 2017


    Kermit Says "The Luck 'O the Irish to You!" and offers to share my free St. Paddy's Day quilt or quilt block patterns with you!

    Shown above, is my own favorite simple string quilt, pieced in a diagonal pattern with 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' and other fun shamrock fabrics.Kermit's Irish green eyes are smiling on the string quilt done in greens and holiday shamrock fabrics, hope yours are too!

    And above, my own green Somerset Star Potholders Tutorial complete with a free patter tutorial:

    And now, some wonderful and "Free St.Patrick's Day, Shamrock or Irish Themed Free Quilt, Quilting, or Small Project Links, Patterns and Tutorials"


     free St. Patrick's quilt pattern - Moonlight Quilts pdf

    So cute, 4 little pieced hearts make a four leaf clover, one big clover per block, easy download makes this one a keeper!

    Shamrock Quilt Block Pattern

    Shamrock Wall Hanging

    Ireland BOM Friday Freebie: Irish Quilt Block Patterns

                                               Free Scrappy Shamrock Quilt Pattern 

    Vintage Shamrock Quilt Block Pattern...Kansas City Star 1932

    Here are a few vintage quilt patterns with an Irish theme to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Q if for Quilt by Martha: 
     Vintage Shamrock Quilt Patterns

    shamrock quilt mock up shamrock quilt above: 5: paper pieced shamrocks make up quilt

    Quilting Assistant : Free Pattern : Shamrock Block

    shamrock quilt block to applique
    Shown above: Shamrock Quilt Block from
    Shamrock Quilt Block

    Aunt Mary's Double Irish Chain Quilt Block Make an eight inch paper pieced block.

    Broken Irish Chain a 10" pieced quilt block pattern from Quilter's Cache.

    Celtic Sunrise - a 12" paper pieced quilt block pattern from Quilter's Cache

    Single Irish Chain Baby Quilt

    Double Irish Chain - a 12" pieced quilt block pattern from SewQuilty.

    Double Irish Chain Quilt classic block for a pillow, or lots for a quilt.

    Four Leaf Clover - 10" applique quilt block pattern from CompuQuilt.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Surprise » the free quilt pattern's pdf file...lovely pieced hearts create a shamrock! Green for the Catholics, Orange for the Protestants, and White for the hope for peace between them.

    Celtic Interlocking Squares Quilt Block:

    Irish Chain - from Sharon Hultgren of EZ Quilt

    Irish Chain - an 18" pieced quilt block pattern from Quilter's Cache.

    Irish Chain Quilt - a 54" x 66" pieced quilt pattern from EZQuilting

    Irish Eyes - a 12" pieced quilt block pattern from AZPatch.

    Irish Grandma Sue Boy Block from

    Latticed Irish Chain Block a 28" block from Quilter's Cache

    Scrappy Pieced Shamrock Block...turn several shamrocks into a darling quilt!

    Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt - a 68-3/4" x 84-1/2" pieced quilt pattern from McCall's Quilting.


    Single Irish Chain Quilt for Baby - alt/ 4 1/2" fussy cut w. Irish Chain from

    St. Patrick's Day Quilt from Kim's Big Adventure

    Traditional Irish Chain Quilt lovely traditional Irish chain Quilt pattern.

    Trip To Ireland Quilt - a pieced quilt pattern from Simply Quilts.

    Triple Irish (chain) Flower quilt pattern from Moda


    String Quilting Tutorial to get you started on your own string quilt quilt like mine, above!

    Words to applique:" Kiss Me I'm Irish

    Small mug wrap photo tute:


    Yellow Clover Vintage Quilt Block: Instructions
    Vintage Pattern longer available  

    **Yellow Clover a block design first published by Nancy Cabot for the Chicago Tribune.

    According to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, Yellow Clover is one of hundreds of Cabot patterns sold by mail order during the 1930s.

    YELLOW CLOVER debuted in the Nancy Cabot quilt column in the Chicago Tribune on March 19, 1936. Cabot's notes state the following: 

    "Yellow, green and white form one of the most popular of present day quilt color combinations. YELLOW CLOVER is one of the newer pieced blocks which allow the quilt maker to use these colors in a most appropriate pattern. 
    It is a pattern which is not difficult to piece, and only 36 blocks are required for an entire coverlet. They are set together six blocks across and 6 blocks deep and surrounded by a five inch border of white material and bound with leaf green bias binding a half inch in width." 
    The pattern is included in most compendiums, see p.207-5 in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, for example, or p.212 in Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS, or #2459 if you're using Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS.

    For an index of Nancy Cabot designs at this site, see CABOT BLOCKS.
    Yellow Clover:
    BLOCK SIZE: 10 1/2" square
    • Dark print at least 5" x 10"
    • Medium print at least 10" square
    • Light print at least 16" square or one fat quarter
    Dimensions include a 1/4" seam allowance
    • Cut 2: 5" squares, dark print
    • Cut 3: 5" squares, medium print
    • Cut 5: 5" squares, light print
    • Cut 4: 3 3/8" squares, light print, then cut them in quarters diagonally to yield 16 side triangles
    • Cut 7: 2" squares, light, then cut 2 of them in half diagonally to yield 4 corner triangles
    • Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on the wrong side of each 5" light print square. Draw horizontal and vertical lines through the centers.
    • Place a marked square on a 5" dark print square, right sides together. Sew 1/4" away from the diagonal lines on both sides. Make 2 using the dark squares and 3 using the medium ones.

    • Cut the squares on the drawn lines to yield 16 dark pieced squares and 24 medium pieced squares. Press the seam allowances open. Trim each pieced square to 2".
    • Sew a 2" light print square to a dark pieced square to make a rectangle unit. Make 4. Press the seam allowances open.

    • Lay out the square units, rectangle units, and the remaining 2" light print square. Sew them into rows and join the rows to complete the block center. Press the seam allowances in the direction indicated by the arrows. Set it aside.

    • Lay out 3 medium pieced squares and 2 side triangles. Join them to make a pieced strip, as shown. Make 4. Press the seam allowances open.

    • Lay out one medium pieced square and 2 side triangles. Join them to make a pieced strip. Make 4. Press the seam allowances open.

    • Sew a corner triangles to a pieced strip to make a corner unit, as shown. Make 4. Press the seam allowances toward the corner triangles.

    • Sew a corner unit to a pieced strip to make a large triangle. Make 4. Press the seam allowances toward the corner.

    • Sew 2 large triangles to opposite sides of the block center. Press the seam allowances toward the corners. Sew the remaining large triangles to the remaining sides and press to complete the block.

    AUNT MARY'S DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN - Antique Geometric Quilt Designs
    S DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN INDEX | BOOKS or search engine by freefind advanced Quilt Notes: AUNT MARY'S DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN dates back in print to a 1906 booklet of blocks, previously

    Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

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