Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Friends Block for Quilt Block Mania

This post updated November 2022.

This month, we're going International! So let's join hands, and become Friends.

8 rainbow colored paper dolls in a quilt block

The Friends block is my creation for Quilt Block Mania's June block, with an anything goes color scheme for this International theme. How better to express that than with people of all colors joining hands?

These eight people are easily paper pieced and very exciting to see them join hands. They're also based on the colors of the rainbow, with turquoise thrown in as an eighth color - I think it adds a nice touch!

Friends finishes at 12" x 12", which is a nice size to work with for these eight people. I made this one as women, and have added a male version to the pattern offered in my Etsy shop.

8 rainbow colored women holding hands

Now let's take a look at the blocks my fellow Quilt Block Mania designers have come up with to express an International theme. 

nineteen different international themed quilt blocks

Be sure to visit each one for their block! Keep in mind that these blocks may no longer be free. The designers reserve the right to offer the patterns for sale after the initial one-month free period is over.

Holland Windmill by Carolina Moore
Dutch Mill Tulips by Perkins Dry Goods
Three Amigos by Heidi Pridemore
Making Memories by Blue Heron Quilting
World's Fair by Blue Bear Quilts
Highlander by Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Love One Another by Faith and Fabric
International Space Station by Duck Creek Mountain quilting
Friends by QuiltFabrication
World Trip by Patti's Patchwork
Hollyhock Flower by PhoebeMoon Designs
All Together Now by Inquiring Quilter
Butterfly Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Coming Together by Cotton Street Commons
Friends Around the World by Appliques Quilts and More
Greek Cross by Mom and Me Quilting Co
Caracalla by Pretty Piney Quilts
Walking Together
Mystery Quilt: The Kids

The Friends block features easy paper piecing plus applique to finish the block. To make one block, fat quarters or scraps are all that's needed. 

Finishing at 12" x 12", the Friends pattern includes full size paper piecing patterns to print out plus complete instructions to finish the block. 

eight colorful people in a circle

Happy Quilting!

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  1. that is a cute block and I have never seen anything like it!

  2. this is wonderful. I love the different colors. I can so see men in with the women. Thank you for this great block.

  3. Honestly didn't notice that it was all women! Would be a nice thing for a ladies quilt circle of friends, everyone signing their name. But love the idea of male block. Or maybe a Mother/Daughter quilt? Thanks!

    1. That’s a fun block. I never thought of it being all girls as I never remember cutting out boy paper dolls as a child.

  4. I just love what you designed!!! perfect for the theme and so much fun in solids.

  5. I love the look of this block. I don't seem to be receiving the email with the pattern. Can you help? Ringo's Mom hrwamw@aol.com

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