Monday, June 4, 2012

A very special guest and her Baby Ducks from Thimbleart

Editors note: I had asked Ruth some time ago to do something very special 
for all the new tots that have entered into our world...
I think with seeing sew many geese and their chicks
in our midst lately, this is very appropriate 
to highlight today... 
Ruth does such amazing 3D quilts...
For all you young chicks..let's follow her, ok?

Thanks, Madam Samm for inviting me to join your amazing blog. For those who have never paper pieced, you may need extra help. We've provided a link to watch a free video tutorial at the end of this blog. You will also be able to download the pattern for a special price. So here it goes.

Photocopy the pattern for each of the duck parts. Place them on top of two pieces of fabric that are right sides together. Place this on top of thin Polyester batting. Set your stitch length a little shorter and sew on the solid line. Cut on the outside dashed line.

Remove the paper and turn each piece right side out. Using low heat, press them so the shapes are well defined. Here are the three baby ducks and the mother duck parts finished.

Begin paper piecing the baby block by placing background fabric on the unprinted side of the paper pattern, right side away. Next, with the printed pattern side up, machine baste the backs of the ducks. This will transfer the location of the ducks to the other side or fabric placement side. The mothr duck is made in the same way.

Stack the duck bodies, with the wings centered over the body and all of the raw edges are 1/4" above the machine basting. The duck heads are then placed so they align with the body chest. Pin all three parts of each duck or machine baste to secure.

Cut a piece of background fabric larger than area 2. Place it right side down along the edge of the duck pieces. The bulk of the fabric is opposite the area that is to be covered (area 2). Pin to secure.

Turn the unit over so the printed pattern is visible and sew on the whole line between areas 1 and 2.

Everytime fabric is added, trim the extra fabric out of the seam allowance leaving 1/4".

Press area 2 fabric back against area 2.

With the pattern printed side up, machine baste where the duck bills meet the seam. This will transfer the location to the other side of the unit.

Place the duck bills 1/4" above the basting. Pin or machine baste to secure.

Cut a piece of background fabric larger than area 3. Place it right side down so one edge is aligned with the duck bills. The bulk of the fabric is opposite the area to be covered (area 3). Pin to secure.

Wth the printed side up, machine sew the whole line between area 2 and area 3. Fold fabric 3 back to cover area 3.

Cut on the outside dashed lines. The mother duck is completed using the same steps as the babies. Remove the paper and sew the babies to the mother.

Using three strands of embroidery floss, satin stitch the eyes and stitch eye lashes. You may want to use buttons or beads, if it is to be a wall hanging. Using a crayon or colored pencil blush the cheeks.

Borders are added and the quilt is layered with batting and backing. Machine quilt and bind. Blind stitch or tack the head and body to the quilt top, but leave the wings free to fly!

 We hope you enjoy this sweet little design. Thanks again Madamm Samm for allowing me to share.
We've provided a web page to link you to video tutorials and the pattern. We are also offering a second pattern for an amazing price. Be sure to subscribe to our website, as we will be sending out specials, updates, and new patterns throughout the year. Enjoy!


  1. Very cute 3-D pattern. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Those little ducks are gorgeous. I love how they are 3D.

  3. That is so cute, I will have to make it for my grandson. Thank you for being so inspiring.

  4. Love those 3-D patterns! Very cute! Wouldn't any little one love to have these duckies!!

  5. I love the duck & her ducklings. Thank you for the pattern with the bubbles (Salt Air??). I love 3D patterns - interactive.

  6. This is adorable! Ducks have a special place in my heart, since my hubby had several for pets when he was small. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What fun! So glad you invited Ruth to share her delightful method of dimensional paper-piecing! These are just adorable.

  8. This is so cute!!! Love the ducks and the 3-D way of doing them! ♥♥♥

  9. How cute that is! And quite a simple process too. I've never seen that before.

  10. So cute! I love it :-).
    Greeting from Germany - Sabine

  11. This is a very cute 3-D quilt. Thanks for the nice tutorial.

  12. By far, one of the cutest quilty things I have seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  13. Very cute. We have the cutest ducklings outside of our offices. The ducklings are yellow with black spots. So cute.

  14. What a totally adorable project! I wish I had someone small to make it for. Thanks so much!

  15. What a fantastic project. Love your 3D pattern. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I'm late to this party, but I really love this quilt, and want to make this, but the link no longer works to get the pdf pattern. Is there any way to still buy the pattern?

  17. I'm late to this party, but I love this, and want to make it! I tried the link to buy the pdf patterns, but it appears dead; is there any way to still buy them?


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