Last of the December Finishes 12

The last three things I made in December were mailed off, and I didn’t want to post them until they arrived at their destination. Well, I have finally gotten confirmation that the last one arrived, so I can finally post them! YAY! (By the way, it turns out I’m rather impatient. Who knew?)


When I was in 3×6, one of my hivemates and I decided to do a side swap for a picture-based paper-piecing block. I did some flickr stalking, and found out that she also was an alumnus from the video game industry, so I had to do something gaming related! So some pinterest stalking later, and I decided to make this angry bird mini quilt. I started out just making the red angry bird, whose pattern is available from Fandom in Stitches. Well, once it was made, I had a vision of four in a grid, each a different color. And it wouldn’t Go. Away. The problem is there were no paper-pieced patterns of a similar style for the other birds.

So I finally made my own in Illustrator. I had no idea what I was doing, and I made some pretty dumb errors, but by the last one I felt like I sort of had the hang of it! This was just a ton of fun to make, and I’m glad I went ahead and took the time to make the vision in my head. Here’s the back, a pac-man print and some hanging pockets.


For the other two finishes, two people I know from NuBee’s were in a hive in September and they never got a block. πŸ™ So I decided to make them some quick angel blocks! First up, the colors were brown, blue, and purple on tan/cream. I used the wonky pinwheels tutorial from Greenleaf Goods, which I’ve really been wanting to try. This was super easy and kinda reminiscent of paper-piecing, except skipping the paper.


I used Kona Natural for the solid.

The second block was requested in orange, yellow and aqua on grey. I knew this particular person really wanted aΒ broken herringbone block, so I went ahead and made her one!


I was worried it would end up reading sports-team, but I think it turned out really fun and colorful!


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12 thoughts on “Last of the December Finishes

  • Erin

    OMG you HAVE to share your templates for those birds! So super cute! I want to make them for my husband. Youmay have just inspired me with my first paper piecing challenge! (Unless they’re really hard, and then you’ve just inspired my first sit-in-a-pil-and-stare-at-me-for-a-year-WIP!)

    • anne Post author

      I’m not sure what the copyright laws are for the templates…I don’t want to get sued by the company that made angry birds! πŸ™‚ However, I might clean them up and y’know, put the order of sewing on them in case it turns out to be okay. πŸ™‚ (Or to give to people privately.)

      The black one is the hardest. The others are fairly straightforward, especially the red and yellow one. πŸ™‚ I’m not sure how to simplify the black one, but I was mad at myself for that pattern. lol

    • anne Post author

      I couldn’t let Kim go without a block!! And I had swapped with Alison before, so it just made sense to take care of both of them. πŸ™‚
      I will consider submitting the pattern. I’m worried about copyright issues and don’t want to get sued by the angry birds company! So I’ll need to do some research first. Also, there’s the whole…having to clean up the pattern and add stitching order to it thing. lol

    • anne Post author

      Awww, thank you!!! I’ve received angel blocks in the past, so I felt like it was a great chance to pay it forward. πŸ™‚

  • Kim

    I LOVE IT ALL. Those angry birds are boss! The pac man on the back is amazing also. You do fantastic work Anne! And thanks so much again for taking care of me – that block is my center piece block πŸ™‚

    • anne Post author

      Awww, thank you!! And center piece?!? I am really honored, seriously! Can’t wait to see how your quilt comes together. Those colors were super fun!