Apr 12, 2019

Happy Spring, Easter Blessings and Remembering Passover

It's so much fun to make new Spring or Easter quilts for new babies or children transitioning into new, larger beds.

But I also make and give adult bibs, prayer flags, Alzheimer's Fidget or Sensory and Tactile Quilts as well as bags, pillowcases etc.

I love them all and this blog is filled to the brim with ideas, inspiration as well as dozens and dozens of my tutorials and thousands and thousands and thousands of other creative and talented quilters, sewists, and crafts people.

Gifts can be created from fun fabrics for all ages and stages and interests of the people you love!

Easter Blessings to all who receive our gifts of hands and heart. May you be filled with grace, joy, and peace.

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 colors so 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 loved it so much!

Whether you like bright, calm, or sweet pastels they all welcome in Spring.

And whether you make an Easter quilt, or Easter basket or bag, pillowcases, or my current favorites garlands, banners, and prayer flags it's all lovely to make and to give to others!

Here'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 
And speaking of bunnies, check out some really cute ones along with carrots, chickens, and cats and other fun Spring and Easter ideas. Plus, I've included some lovely Passover ideas for and from my Jewish readers and bloggers.

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 http://quickquilts.com/golden/qg63_pattern/ 47" x 59"

Baby Flower Box:http://www.stitchinpost.com/images/free_patterns/FlowerBoxPattern.pdf

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
http://www.geocities.com/dsreedo/bitsybaskets.html 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 http://quiltingpassion.com/MQs/MQ11/
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

http://blocksnswaps.blogspot.com/search/label/Cactus%20Pot 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:


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:

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 Quilts

Print 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

http://www.paperpanache.com/tuopen.htm paper pieced tulip block, 6" x 6"

Happy Easter
28 x 35 cm

May Baskets

http://quickquilts.com/golden/qg33_pattern/ 55 1/2" x 68 1/2"

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

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. 


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
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 World open drawstring for a little treat inside!

Free Fabric (Coiled Fabric or Crocheted Basket Patterns:

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 

You can either purchase fabric yarn or make your own from t-shirts.

Crocheted Rope Basket – great photo tutorial of how to crochet over rope. 

Chunky Basket –  

Mini Scalloped Edge Basket –

And Just for Fun!

 Easter or just plain, Spring!, Crafts for Kids of All Ages and Sizes!

Easter Crafts  

Activities 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


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: 

  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!!


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 About.com

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

Some may 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  

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, itse

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

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.


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

  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


Sewedhooked.com shamrock quilt above: 5: paper pieced shamrocks make up quilt

Quilting Assistant : Free Pattern : Shamrock Block

Shown above: Shamrock Quilt Block from Straw.com

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 Quiltmaker.com

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 About.com

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 Directions..no 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.

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.


Winifred said...

Oh my goodness Michelle what an amazing list of wonderful ideas. Thank you.

I do love your Peter Rabbit quilt, the colours are so lovely, waht a beautiful present.

Michele Bilyeu said...

Bless ypu dear Winifred. And a wonderful Easter to you and your family❣