Have you had enough of flowers for one quilt, or would you just like some ideas to break up the design a bit? I’ve had a look online and found quite a few different free* patterns which may go well with the Garden Flower theme for this blog hop.

Disclaimer: The designs for all of the blocks included in this blog were made by others, but the blocks shared were all sewn by me.

Thank you to Rosemary C, Sophy D and Jennifer G who all came up with ideas for this blog when I asked for free patterns in our Facebook group UK Quilters United

Gnome and hedgehog

Let’s start with something, which I am told, very British; garden gnomes. Artisania has two different options for this, both free and in various sizes. If you’d just like to make the gnome, click on one of the ‘Gnomeling and Fancy Mushroom’ photos, as the gnome is made separately in these.

Gnomeling in British rain…

The designer also has a really sweet little hedgehog (4″ x 6″). This hedgehog was the first ever foundation paper pieced pattern that I made.

This was my FIRST EVER FPP; lil’ hedgehog pattern by Artisania

Download the free foundation paper pieced patterns for the gnome and the hedgehog on Artisania’s website

Bumblebee

No bumblebees (or honeybees), no flowers, right?! Piece By Number has a cute little bumblebee for you to make. Head over to their website, scroll down a bit and then click ‘Download the free PDF Honeybee’. It’s available in 3″ and 6″, plus has instruction to enlarge to a whopping 20″! I am planning to add more background fabrics to my block to offset it in the 12″ finished size.

 

Honeybee designed by Piece by Numbers

Wild grasses

For some grass, why not used Helen’s improv Tigers described here on our website? Depending on the size you make, this could also be a great border for the whole quilt!

Butterflies

Lilly Ella has three lovely butterfly FPP patterns available for free on their website. I decided to make the Gidget. Be warned that the pieces are rather small and fiddly!

 

Gidget designed by Lilly Ella

If you’d like something quicker, try the free butterfly pattern from Sew Me Something Good. It uses squares and half square triangles, so no need for a printer! Head over to the instructions from Sew Me Something Good to get started. 

Butterfly, designed by Sew Me Something Good

Birds, frog and turtle

Craft Gossip has a simple little bird block available for free. It was originally part of a mini quilt called “Birds on a Fence” and appeared in McCall’s Quilting, September/October 2012 issue. It can be downloaded from their website here

 

Bird block designed by Craft Gossip (green hill is my own addition)

So Fresh Quilts has another bird for you to make, as well as a turtle and a little frog (not made); to see the instructions please head over to their website. These patterns are part of their #elephantparadeqal so you may decide to add an elephant or two too… or use the full pattern to make a really cute playmat / quilt for a newborn. 

PS. I changed the location of the tail in the block shown below, as I preferred the tail properly attached to the bird’s body (or should that be bum?). Legs will be added when I’ve assembled the quilt top.

 

Bird block designed by So Fresh Quilts (with slightly modified tail location!)

I am not sure how many British gardens have turtles living in them, but he was rather cute so here he is (the eye will be added when I’m assembling the quilt top);

Turtle block designed by So Fresh Quilts

Trees and acorns

During the bushfires in Australia at the beginning of the year Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts designed the tree block below as part of an appeal to help families affected. With accurate cutting, it comes together very quickly.

Tree Quilt block, designed by Bonjour Quilts

If you are on Instagram, have a look at the improv triangle sew-along hashtag for some yummy triangles which could easily be turned into trees (with or without trunks). This sew-along was lead by Nick Ball of Quilts from the Attic, one of the British male quilters with a very distinctive style.

A few of my improv tree blocks

The Patch Smith has quite a few blocks available for free on their website and I’m going to share two of them in this blog. The first one is this acorn block mainly consisting of square blocks sewn together. I didn’t have much brown in my scrap box, so decided to make this one mainly in green. 

Acorn block, designed by The Patch Smith

Ladybirds

If you like to include a flower as well as something else, then this combined ladybird and flower block by Alan and Mike may be of interest. If I’d do this block again, I would probably select stronger colours for the flower and use lighter background fabrics (rather than the low volume with green).

Ladybird in a flower, designed by Alan and Mike

Returning to The Patch Smith, I found a whole page dedicated to ladybird projects. If you scroll down, you’ll find a FPP pattern for a simple ladybird. Add some embroidered legs and antennae to make it ‘come alive’.

 

FPP ladybird pattern by The Patch Smith

Bird house

For a wide selection of birdhouse, head over to the Quilt Inspiration portal where you’ll be able to find hundreds of free quilts including some very cute bird houses. Once you find something you like, click on the link to head over to the blog with the actual pattern.

Mr Fox

Sewing under the Rainbow has a really cute FPP pattern for a fox and a maple leaf available for free. The website is written in both English and Polish, so just scroll down if the language looks unfamiliar. Make sure you take your time identifying which pieces should be in which colour and the order to assemble them all. Still, I managed to swap a few pieces around, but decided to leave them. I made the maple leaf in the background green, to ensure it stands out, rather than look like the bushy tail of the fox.

Maple Fox, designed by Sewing under the Rainbow

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More blogs in the #GFBH2020 series

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* the patterns included above were all free at the time of writing this blog (August/September 2020)

Disclaimer: The designs for all of the blocks included in this blog were made by others, but the blocks shared were all sewn by me.

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