Cute, Colorful Quilt Blocks Featuring Your Favorite Animals
Discover how fun and easy quilting can be with Ingrid Alteneder’s simple paper-piecing patterns featuring adorable animals like cats, turtles, elephants and zebras. Ingrid guides you step by step through everything you need to know to get started, including a complete beginner’s guide to foundation paper piecing, 20+ inspiring animal-themed quilt block patterns and templates for every pattern. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to sew colorful, professional-looking quilt blocks for pillows, whole quilts, wall hangings, bags and so much more. Even experienced quilters will find endless inspiration in Ingrid’s charming animal world.
Add a splash of color to your living room with a bright throw pillow featuring Toni the Toucan or Ali the Alpaca. Give an ocean-themed children’s room or nursery a personal, handmade touch with a blanket that showcases Olly the Orca or Sally the Seahorse. Sew Dominic the Dog onto your child’s backpack so they can bring their best friend to school every day. With a plethora of fun, lovable animal quilt blocks, everyone will quickly find a favorite project to embark on.
Whether you’re looking to learn a new craft or enhance your quilting with fresh ideas, Adorable Animal Quilting will have you designing charming quilt blocks all year long.
Alteneder, who blogs about crafts at Joe, June, and Mae, delivers an enthusiastic, if somewhat intimidating, primer on using foundation paper piecing to create "cute, colorful" quilt blocks with animal designs, promising crafters that the technique allows for both ease and accuracy. "It may seem daunting," she writes, "but once you grasp the general concept, it's actually really fun, relaxing, and may prove addictive." Alteneder first lists the necessary supplies sewing machine and needles, iron (not steam), and fabric (she recommends using smaller pieces of material, such as found in fat-quarters). She cites paper choices, from regular printer paper (her favorite) to foundation paper (easy to remove). Alteneder also outlines plenty of pleasingly whimsical designs to make, starting with Dominic the Dog (recommended for beginners), and continuing on with Ali the Alpaca, Bell the Bunny, and other alliterative animal patterns. Despite the care she takes with describing the process, however, paper piecing still looks hard, involving numerous small pieces being assembled in a patchwork technique. As a result, any readers previously unexposed to the practice may be left wanting some hands-on tutoring before trying Alteneder's projects for themselves. But for quilters looking for a challenge, this should fit the bill.