Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paper Piecing a Birdhouse Block

Do you have more than one project in the works at a time?  There are several crafts that I enjoy so between sewing and embroidery, knitting, sometimes scrapbooking, and other DIY decor things a girl can stay pretty busy.  I bounce around from craft to craft, and sometimes project to project in the same craft.  After my first encounter with paper piecing the Lone Starburst blocks for my do Good Stitches circle, thoughts of paper piecing have been simmering inside my head while I sew other things.  My thoughts finally landed and I created this birdhouse block.

Those photos were both posted on Instagram - you can follow me there as HotPinkPeonies!

Anywho, I wanted to do something fairly simple, but garden themed.  Since I love birds, I thought a bird house with a little birdie was in order.  A charm pack of Fresh Flowers by Deb Strain for Moda makes for a colorful garden-y pillow, don't you think? 

This was tons of fun, and didn't take too long once I decided what fabrics to use for the block.  Its a 6.5 inch block unfinished so with a little sashing here and a little blue bird there, it makes a cute pillow cover.  I added a strip of leftover squares to the back too for a cheerful pop of color.

There are alot of great tutorials on paper piecing on the internet, and I am by no means an expert yet so I suggest you read this tutorial by Faith of Fresh Lemons, and maybe watch this video by The Crafty Gemini.  I'd been directed to that YouTube video a couple times by fellow quilters and I think she does a great job of explaining things and showing the process.

Click here to download the 6.5 inch unfinished Birdhouse Block.  When you go to print the block, be sure to change Page Scaling to 'None', or it will print in a reduced size.  This is my first time including a pdf link, so please let me know if you have any problems, or any advice on downloads!

I'm linking up!

Creations by Kara


  1. This is an adorable pillow!!!! Thanks for the links. I can't wait to make one. And yes; several things on the go at

  2. That adorable and I'm already a big paper-piecing fan. But you had me at ... the bird!

    Thanks ~

  3. So sweet - I love the little bird. And thanks for posting the links - I am going to check out those out.

  4. I really like your birdhouse quilted
    pillow.. I have quilted several things
    but nothing as nice..
    thanks so much for your visit to my blog
    today and Happy Mothers Day to you too!

  5. I love this pillow. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a cute pillow, thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great pattern!
    I made 6 for a round robin row swap with my quilt group.
    What size was your pillow? It's adorable :)

    1. I'm so glad you like it! I think the pillow turned out at either 14" square or 16". It was purchased, so I can't be sure. Happy stitching!