Hi Everyone,  It’s Becky from Patchwork Posse.  Home of fun sewing projects, quilt alongs, and a lot of chit chat! 

Today I am sharing a quick quilt that you can use for either a baby quilt or wall hanging.  The applique uses the HeatnBond® lite and features a little bird.  You can choose to do something different though depending on your own liking and style.  The fabric is perfect for Pat Sloan’s new collection for Moda, The Sweet Life.  It’s sweet and fresh and reminds me of cool spring nights and a little breeze.  

early bird quilt tutorial1


finished size: 37″ x 37″ 

Materials Needed:

Heatnbond® Lite Fusible
bird template
fat quarters of 5-6 different fabrics for the patchwork
1 fat quarter for the center blocks (behind the applique)
white fabric sashing- 1/4 yard
first border- 1/8 yard
second border- 1/4 yard

early bird quilt tutorial

Early Bird Quilt Tutorial

1)  Cut fat quarter pieces into 2 1/2″ X  14″ you will need a total of 16 strips

2)  Sew 4 — 2 1/2″ strips together

3)  Cut into 3 1/2″ sections– you will need a total of 16 (4 per quilt block)

little pieces

4)  Cut 8– 4″ X 4″ background squares and 8– 4″ X 4″ out of the fat quarter fabrics

5)  Lay right sides together the 4″ X 4″ squares- one background, one color

6)  Draw a line down the center from corner to corner- sew 1/4″ seam on either side of the line

7)  Cut on the drawn line and square up the half square triangles to measure 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″

8)  Cut 4— 8 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ out of the fat quarter for the center block

9)  Cut 4– 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ squares out of the fat quarter fabrics– draw a line from corner to corner on the wrong side of fabric

10)  Lay one 3 1/2″ square in the corner of the 8 1/2″ square

11)  Sew on the drawn line– if you’d like to you can sew 1 /2″ from the sewn line for an extra free half square triangle to use on another project

12)  Trim on the drawn line and iron open


13)  Sew one 3 1/2″ section to opposite sides of the center square


14)  Sew one half square triangle to either end of a 3 1/2″ section

early bird 1

15)  Sew to opposite sides of the center square

16)  Cut 2– 2″ X 14 1/2″ strips for sashing

17)  Sew the sashing strips to one side of the block- repeat with a second block

18)  Sew another block to the side of the sashing strip

19)  Cut 1– 2″ X 31 1/2″ strip for sashing

20)  Sew the sashing to the top of one block section

center block

21)  Trace the bird applique template on the Heatnbond® Lite Fusible.  Follow the instructions and fuse to your fabric. Cut out shapes and fuse to the center of the quilt blocks.


22)  Stitch around the outside of the applique with a button hole or a zig zag stitch


23)  Cut the first border strips 2– 1 1/2″ X 31 1/2″ and 2– 1 1/2″ X 32″

24)  Sew the first border strips to the sides of the quilt center

25)  Cut the second border strips 2– 3″ X 32″ and 2– 3″ X 37″

26)  Sew the second border strips to the sides of the quilt center

27)  Layer your quilt top, batting and backing. Quilt as desired.


For more quilt  tutorials and easy sewing projects, stop by my blog or facebook.

– Becky

Join us all this week and next as we share projects using Pat Sloan’s new The Sweet Life Fabric collection from Moda Fabrics!


And we’re giving YOU a chance to win an assortment of her beautiful fabrics along with some of Pat’s favorite HeatnBond® products! And that’s not all…we also have a copy of Pat’s Brand New Book – Teach Me to Applique to giveaway away too! So this is a contest you definitely do NOT want to miss out on. Simply follow the Rafflecopter to enter to win! 

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21 Comments on Early Bird Quilt Tutorial with HeatnBond Lite

  1. Rebecca Yahrling
    April 8, 2015 at 9:39 am (7 years ago)

    I love this quilt – I love birdies!

  2. phoebe waldmann
    April 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm (7 years ago)

    this bird quilt is just adorable! Love Pat Sloan’s fabric!

  3. Patricia Middelmann
    April 9, 2015 at 2:39 am (7 years ago)

    Love this pattern. I just ordered some of Pat’s fabric and this quilt would be perfect! Hoping I win the book!

  4. Linda P
    April 9, 2015 at 5:23 am (7 years ago)

    Oh to win some of Pat’s fabric…… THAT would be the sweet life!!!

  5. Elisa
    April 9, 2015 at 6:36 am (7 years ago)

    I love it and if I win I will do a quilt for my girls

  6. Elisa
    April 9, 2015 at 6:37 am (7 years ago)

    love it and will do a quilt for my girls

  7. Margaret Schindler
    April 9, 2015 at 7:45 am (7 years ago)

    I would love to win. This book is on my wishlist as i have fallen in love with applique.

  8. Trisha R
    April 9, 2015 at 8:20 am (7 years ago)

    I would absolutely make a wall hanging! These fabrics are delicious!

  9. Joean Davis
    April 9, 2015 at 9:02 am (7 years ago)

    I love this fabric it would make some wonderful baby quilts.

  10. Nancy Combs
    April 9, 2015 at 9:09 am (7 years ago)

    Love this pattern and Sweet Life fabric! I will have to find some Heatnbond to use with Pat’s fabric and make a wall hanging using your pattern.

  11. carolyn montgomery
    April 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm (7 years ago)

    love these birdies and the fabrics.

  12. Sue Donaldson
    April 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh my, I would “put a bird on it!” This is so cute and cheery!

  13. Kathy N.
    April 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you for the opportuinty…love the pattern and fabric!

  14. Kathy N.
    April 9, 2015 at 9:31 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you for the opportunity…love the pattern and fabric!

  15. beryl marranzino
    April 10, 2015 at 7:39 am (7 years ago)

    You constantly amaze me with your use of fabrics that I would have never placed together. Then when I see how you have delegated there use I am inspired to go to the dark side and try something totally new

  16. Terry
    April 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm (7 years ago)

    I love making pillows and totes so that’s what I’d use those pretty fabrics for. Thanks for the sweet giveaway 🙂

  17. Sandi Cade
    April 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm (7 years ago)

    this is adorable!!

  18. Anna Lutz-Brown
    April 11, 2015 at 7:23 pm (7 years ago)

    ohhhhh i think a summer table topper or a cool tote…

  19. Ruthi Rayford
    April 14, 2015 at 10:42 am (7 years ago)

    I am so excited to find your blog and Pinterest boards!!! I am learning so much from Pat Sloan’s quilting board and am anxious to get her applique book.

  20. Sherry B
    April 16, 2015 at 9:32 am (7 years ago)

    I would love to have some Pat Sloan fabrics…I just found a fun pattern for a lap quilt that would be awesome to make with her line.

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