Free Pencil Quilt Block Pattern

Kimberlee Tanner

This week we are sharing a sneak peak of our latest project, our very first book! We are making a modern twist on an I Spy quilt. For our version, instead of looking for printed fabrics, we are going to create the objects ourselves. The book will include instructions for 100 different 4″ blocks of all sorts ofthings, from cows to sand castles to candy corn and so many more! We will be sharing all the blocks on our Instagram and Facebook pages leading up to the release of the book. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when it is available for pre-order (around the end of September).

To celebrate this project, we are sharing one of the block patterns with you. Watch the video to learn how to put together our pencil block, then head to the subscriber library to download the template to make your own!



Each of the blocks will finish at 4″, making this a perfect scrap buster. Aside from white, every fabric we are using for our quilt comes from our stash. For this pattern you will need:

  • Yellow
  • Tan
  • Black
  • Gray
  • Pink
  • White

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Block Construction

When Foundation Paper Piecing, remember you are working from the back of the template. The final block will be a reverse image. Also, we recommend decreasing your stitch length to make it easier to remove the paper. When you are finding scraps that will work, keep in mind they need to cover the seam allowance too.

This block consists of only one template, making it a great starter block. There are no pesky pieces to line up afterwards.

Start with section A1 which will be yellow, fold the line between A1 and A2. Place on your yellow fabric leaving a 1/4 seam allowance showing along the fold. Line up a tan piece of fabric behind, ensuring it completely covers A2. Sew on the line. Finger press the seam so that the fabric lays flat. Fold on the line between A2 and A3. Trim to 1/4″ seam allowance. Add a yellow piece of fabric, sew on the line. Continue this same process until all pieces have been sewn. Use the iron to press your block when finished.

After all pieces are added, trim on the outside line (this is your seam allowance). Remove all the paper, and incorporate it into your desired quilting project! We might just turn ours into a mug rug and add some goodies for a gift for a teacher.

If you need more help with foundation paper piecing, watch our full tutorial here: Foundation Paper Pieced Tutorial


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