Raid your fabric offcuts for some Springtime shades and foundation paper piece your very own Easter quilts with these quilt block patterns by FPP master Susi Bellingham. This pattern shows you how to make 12 quilt blocks – 6 chicks and 6 eggs. They were originally intended to be sewing into Susi’s row-by-row quilt but we’re sharing them here as a taster as we think they make a lovely stand-alone Easter quilt project too. Simply combine them with coordinating plain blocks to make a mini quilt or patchwork cushion.
You will need
- Background fabric: ½yd
- Chick fabrics: six (6) 6½in squares
- Beak fabrics: six (6) 2in squares
- Egg fabrics: six (6) 5in squares
- Black embroidery thread
- Right Chick Template (A and B) three (3) copies each
- Left Chick Template (A and B) three (3) copies each
- Egg Template: six (6) copies
Each finished quilt block will measure 6in square (finished)
- Seam allowances are ¼in throughout, unless otherwise noted.
- Press seams to the side, unless otherwise instructed.
- Shorten your stitch length to 1.5 for Foundation Paper Piecing.
- FPP = Foundation Paper Piecing.
- Templates include seam allowance around the outer edges only.
- Read our Beginner’s Guide to Foundation Paper Piecing if you’re new to this technique
- Fabrics supplied by Fat Quarter Shop
- Egg fabrics are both from the Basics collection by Cotton+Steel.
- Background fabric is Sprinkle in Jelly Bracelet, also from the Basics collection by Cotton+Steel.
Download our free Easter quilt patterns to begin
How to make Easter quilt blocks
Using the template above as a guide, cut the fabric pieces for each section of the FPP templates, making sure the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the section they will cover, all the way around.
To make the chick quilt blocks
Foundation Paper Piece one each of Left Chick Block Sections A and B, sewing the fabrics in place in numerical order (Sections 1A–8A and 1B to 8B). If you’ve never tried it before, read our Beginner’s Guide to Foundation Paper Piecing before you begin.
Arrange the two sections along the edge. Pin together carefully, matching the block edges and intersecting parts of the chick.
Return your machine stitch length to normal, for piecing, and sew Sections A and B together, then press the seam open. Carefully trim around the outer dashed line of the paper templates.
Remove the paper templates from the back of the block to complete one Left Chick Block. Repeat to make a total of three (3) Left Chick Blocks and three (3) Right Chick Blocks.
Embroider a single French knot, referring to the templates for placement, for each chick’s eye.
To make the egg quilt blocks
Foundation Paper Piece the Egg Block, sewing the fabrics in place in numerical order (Sections 1–14).
Neatly trim around the outer dashed line of the paper template. Remove the template paper from the back to complete one Egg Block. Repeat to make a total of six (6) Egg Blocks.
- When adding fabric pieces, keep your seam allowance at ¼in and avoid trimming it too small.
- Choose a small stitch length on your machine to make it easier to remove the paper once you finish your block.
- Lay fabrics out in advance to see if they work together.
- Print out spare paper templates so you can write down fabric choices and use them as templates for cutting the fabric.