Free Bird Quilt Block +New Low Volume Prints

This month Riley Blake Designs is releasing a new collection of 21 designer low-volume prints called Hush Hush. Each of the prints was created by a different Riley Blake designer.

Here’s a peek at all of those prints together. There’s a wide variety of scales, tones, and prints- from modern graphics, traditional shirtings and cute little animals and other details. Perfect for mixing to give your low-volume piecing a scrappy look.

I’m so excited to be included in that creative mix! My print is called Rad Plaid. Because I’m a firm believer that you can never have enough bias plaid print options in your stash. And I was extra excited about having a low-volume bias plaid to use in all kinds of projects!

To celebrate the launch of Hush Hush, Riley Blake has released 3 different Blue Bird quilt block patterns: one traditional-pieced, one foundation paper-pieced and one applique version. You can find all three Follow the Blue Bird patterns available for download here.

I made a traditionally-pieced Blue Bird block using blue prints from my Notting Hill collection along with a variety of pieces from Hush Hush for the scrappy background.

You can find Hush Hush available now at your favorite quilt shops. Hush Hush precuts (including prints from the whole collection) or yardage of any of your favorites is also available online from Etsy and the Fat Quarter Shop.

Here are a few more Bird Block variations and uses:

I love these cute little birds in a row made by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play. (She’s also the one who designed the foundation Paper-Pieced pattern.)

And check out what Sandy Gervais has done with the pieced bluebird block. She’s incorporated it into a fun Fall mini quilt – and you can find the free Fall Ya All pattern on her blog!

I had fun playing with the quilting of this little quilt using an embroidery design that came with the Bella Box.

Check out the hashtags #followthebluebird and #hushhushfabric on social media to see all of the variations made with the Follow the Blue Bird patterns – and feel free to share and tag your own creations using any of the Follow the Blue Bird patterns.

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    October 13, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    I used to work in a quilt shop and low volume prints were one of the ways you knew a customer was an experienced quilter. Newer quilters went straight for the eye candy prints and batiks. Experienced customers would buy the entire bolt if they found a low volume print they liked. Hope my LQS stocks these.

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      October 13, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      Hah! That is a great observation!

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    The Joyful Quilter
    October 14, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    SEW super cute, Amy!!!

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