Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Check out Our Free Block for Block Mania Blog Hop A Present from Penny

We're back with another great block for the Block Mania Blog Hop! If you're new to this Blog Hop, each month a group of top designers in the quilting industry create a free 12” block. Everyone uses the same theme and color palette, and posts their patterns on the first Tuesday of the month. You then get to hop from blog to blog, learning more about each designer and collecting an assortment of free block patterns. 

This month's theme is "Winter Celebration" and I'm excited to share our new block with you: A Present from Penny. The pattern is available here

Our September and October blocks, “Batty and Happy” and “We Are Family", are still available as free downloads for the entire month of November 2020. Our Block Mania Blog Hops blocks are available as free downloads for their debut for two months. Afterwards, they're listed for sale at $5.00 each for a digital download. So be sure to download your free pattern today!

To accompany this free block, I've also created a video tutorial for you. It covers how to mark, cut and sew an organic curved background, perfect for appliqué blocks, as well as how to embellish the tree. Organic curve piecing is easy to do and so forgiving. If you have not done this technique before, never fear, I walk you through it in the video   

To start, let's cut and sew our curved background so that our adorable penguin has a place to stand. Just pin the two pieces together, draw a curvy line, cut and sew. And there you go - now you have a curved background!  

Once all of our pieces cut and ready for assembly, we can set up our appliqué pressing sheet and placement drawing to put our pieces together. Personally, I like to cut my pieces using an SVG File with my Cricut Maker. If you also have a Cricut and want the convenience of being able to use it to cut out your pieces, you can purchase our SVG file on Etsy or our website. But don't worry if you don't have a Cricut, you can definitely make this block without it!

And now that our block is assembled, let's pick our favorite Aurifil threads for the finishing stitch and move to the sewing machine.

In the video, I've included my favorite trick for using a machine stitch that looks like embroidery to embellish the tree. If you try it out, let me know if you like it!

 I hope you like your present from Penny; she gives it with lots of love!

Christmas Wreath by Slice of Pi Quilts
Baby Sue's First Christmas
Celebrate by Inquiring Quilter
Gifts at Always Expect Moore
Snowflakes by Blockofthemodotcom
Gifts of Friendship
Fireworks at duck creek mountain quilting
Wreath & Chain at Stash Bandit
Christmas Star by Michelle Renee Hiatt
Adirondack Mountain Quilt Block
A Present from Penny
Candlelighting at Pretty Piney Quilts
Poinsettia from QuiltFabrication
Harbor Holidays at Blue Bear Quilts
Christmas Cracker at Perkins Dry Goods
Sparkling Spruce at Patti's Patchwork
Jingle All the Way at Orange Blossom Quilt
Snowflakes & Candy Cane Trees at Quilt Moments
Tower of Gifts by Oh Kaye Quilting
Winter Memories by Carolyn Burgess
Holiday Block by Seams to Be Sew
Ticker Tape Tree at Devoted Quilter
Evergreen by True Blue Quilts
Merry and Bright at Around the Bobbin
Ski Vacation


  1. this is adorable. thank you. thank you for the tips

  2. This is really cute! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for continuing the Penguin love. Hopefully eventually I'll have an entire year of Penny Penguin.

  4. Thanks for the pattern .It is adorable.

  5. Love, love, love penguins! Thank you so much!

  6. A great winter block. Thanks for adding the video. That's going above and beyond. =)

  7. I love your block! The penguin is adorable! Thank you!