Welcome to Quilt Block Mania, and welcome to Faith and Fabric! I’m Jen, and here you’ll find Christian-inspired quilt patterns, quilt bocks, and fabrics. If you’re new here, I invite you to stick around for a bit, or even learn a little more about Faith and Fabric here.
This month’s edition of QBM is “Under the Sea” themed, which is one of my favorite themes yet. We live in San Diego, just a few blocks from the beach, and I adore all things sea-themed. You should see my house – beach cottage decor all the way! In fact, the blocks from all these designers would look great in our home:
Lobster Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Poseidon by Appliques Quilts and More
Fish by Mom and Me Quilting Co
Be a Mermaid by Inquiring Quilter
Looking Through the Waves by Inflorescence
Clownfish at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Follow Me Fish at Scrapdash
Whale of a Tale by Faith and Fabric <– you’re here!
Seashell by Penny Spool Quilts
Flying Fish by Perkins Dry Goods
The Great Escape by Heidi Pridemore
Seashell by QuiltFabrication
Sand Dollar by Sugar Sand Quilt Company
School of Fish Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Deco Oyster by Jessica of Blue Sky Modern Craft
Octopus by Patchwork Breeze
Wave Quilt Block
Whirlpool by Blue Bear Quilts
My share this month is our whale block from the Jesse Tree quilt. It’s representative of Day 19 of Advent, where we learn about Johan and his time in the belly of the whale. Creating this block was a lot of fun – and a lot of challenge! Getting the perspective right, when it came down to the body/tail ratio, was really important. My first version just looked like a fish who had indulged in a little too much kelp 🙂
As mentioned, this block is one of the blocks in our Jesse Tree quilt pattern; how beautiful does it look with all the other blocks surrounding it, sharing our salvation story? Do you see it in the bottom center, just next to the Daniel in the Lion’s Den block?
This block comes together so quickly, and depending on whether you use solids or prints you can easily change the look of the block. I have to admit, while I love the solids (after all, that’s what I used in the quilt), I’m ready to try out making it with prints!
Have you been following along our weekly free motion tutorials? Here’s all the free motion designs we’ve done so far. The water technique we worked on a few weeks ago would be perfect for quilting into the stick!
This block is free this month as part of Quilt Mania, and is also part of our Scripture Quilts™ patterns that are available in the shop. Until then, you can download this block for free by signing up below. Please note that the block will be auto-sent to you, so be sure to check your spam folder and mark it as “not spam” to ensure delivery.
This bock is foundation paper pieced, so if it’s been a while since you’ve foundation paper pieced, no problem! Here’s a quick tutorial on how to foundation paper piece. It uses the Easter Chicks quilt block, but the process is 100% the same:
One of my latest obsessions is to turn my quilt blocks into pillows! This sling shot quilt block pattern would make a fun pillow for a child’s room, don’t you think ? Using some of the extra fabric you have on hand, you can add some sashing and have a great envelope pillow that you can use in your next pillow fight 🙂
Like many of our quilt blocks, this block is foundation paper pieced and the pattern includes three sizes: 8″x8″, 10″x10″, and 12″x12″ as well as a coloring sheet. Your free pattern is for the 12″x12″ size. Pick up your quilt block before month end at which point it will become $3 per pattern, same as all our quilt blocks. Happy sewing, and may we always love each other!