Calendar Blocks: Happy New Year and FREE Pattern

If you have my Quilter's Block a Day Calendar (either desktop or CD), you know that today's block is Happy New Year! I hope to feature several blocks a month here on my blog throughout 2021. 

Block a Day Calendar CD

The CD offers the blocks in TWO sizes and I'm going to swing back and forth between them. I will also feature the 12 quilt patterns. Lots of eye candy for those who don't have the calendar; lots of tutorials for those who do have it. It's not too late to buy the CD.

January 1 Block: Happy New Year, 9"

This is what I call the "Tilt" block. I've made it many, many times. The angle for those outside triangles is achieved using any one of several rulers on the market: Tri-Recs, Fons and Porter, Creative Grids Half Rectangle or even my own Arrowheads ruler set. (I have 3 sets remaining and you can find them in my Etsy store with companion patterns).

Let's see the type of rulers. The set of 2 Arrowhead rulers is #5-6 below.

Here they are close up. Just like the Tri Recs rulers, only taller.

Arrowheads Ruler Set (which comes with 2 patterns and a tip sheet for more ideas!)

Now for a few other Tilt quilts. First is my Christmas table runner (which is still on my dining room table) and you can see several of those blocks tilting left and right. To make this design you only use the skinnier rulers (which is a half-rectangle) along with a square.

The next quilt was made using some novelty prints (frogs) with a dinosaur print border. I donated this to a local children's charity.

The next quilt (also given to a local charity) uses a garden theme set of prints. This has 12 blocks. I used my ruler set to make this one also. The rulers are multi-sized (up to 8" height of fabric strips).

Gardening Collection of fabrics by Windham

Here's one I recently gave to an elderly neighbor (yes, older than me!) who is bedridden. She and her husband love tea and he tells me that Jane keeps it with her all day! I added vertical sashing and pieced borders. Lots of cream and sugar, spoons and tea cups here!

Cream and Sugar fabrics by Windham

What does the pattern look like that comes with the set of rulers? It's my Arrowheads workshop set. These are 12" blocks. No, they don't tilt. But you can see that these blocks are very different and are cut using the rulers for a whole new design! Both rulers are used to create a triangle in a square and then I've streamlined the cutting for this 12" block.

Arrowheads quilt. 12" blocks

I will share more of these quilts another time. Go check out the Etsy listing. You better hurry - I only have 3 sets left and I'm not ordering any more to be laser cut!

And if you've come this far, the FREE pattern is one I designed for P and B Fabrics. It uses some specific animal panel motifs, but you can find something similar in your stash, right?

Where the Wild Things Are: 10" blocks, 42" x 42" quilt

I wish you a very Happy New Year! Check out my Quilter's Block a Day Calendar on CD in my Etsy shop. Free shipping (USA), too!


  1. much more inspiration....thank you.

  2. Thank you for pattern and all the ideas.
    Happy New Year.
    Stay safe

  3. Hi Debby! I never think to use my Tri-Rec rulers on a block like this. Gosh, it's getting to be hard to read a CD these days - I haven't had access to a CD drive on my laptop for years. I did have your calendar at work until the virus hit and someone moved all my stuff. It hasn't been found since I've been back in the office. (!!!) Happy New Year to you and your family. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. I was scrolling through and found your Galaxy of Stars Quilt BOM from 2015. Are any of these patterns still available? It is a gorgeous quilt and I would love to try my hand at making one.

    Thanks, (just in case!!)


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