Monday, November 10, 2014

Tom Turkey quilt block Tutorial!!! ...

Hello cute people!
Are you ready for a 
quilty thanksgiving tutorial?

Meet my latest block…
"Tom Turkey"

I was inspired to make him from my

Remember the days 
back in elementary school
 when we would make turkeys 
out of the fall leaves?
 We were assigned by our teacher to
 bring several from home and/or collect some
 on the playground during recess.
Remember those cut and paste days?
Were you a glue eater?
There were always one or two
 in every class …hehe:)

So let's get started!
Grab some background fabric…
some gray or brown fabric for the turkey…
a 1 1/2" red square for his wattle…
and your stack of 3 1/2" scrappy happy squares:)

Background cutting;
Cut 6- 3 1/2" squares
Cut 1 - 2 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Cut 1- 2 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Cut 1 - 2" square
Cut 1- 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Cut 1- 1 1/2" x 2"
Cut 2- 1 1/2" squares
Cut 1- 1" square

Trim 1/2" off your red square so that it measures
1" x 1 1/2"

Cutting from gray;
Cut 1- 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Cut 1- 1 1/2" x 7 1/2"
Cut 1- 1 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Arrange 8 different 3 1/2" scrappy squares on your design board…
and lets start sewing!

As you know if you have made my blocks before…
I always start by making all of the Easy Corner Triangles first.
Use 4 of the background squares and 4 scrappy tail feather squares. 
Stitch a straight line from corner to corner…
trim excess about 1/4" past your stitching line...

And press.
You now have 4 half square triangles ...easy peasy!!!!
I like to cut a 1 1/2" square from my trimming leftovers
 and add them back into my 
scrappy stash for another quilty kind of day:)

Lay your half square triangles back out onto your design board…
to keep pieces organized and turned the right direction.
Using a design board saves a lot of time and mistakes!

These are the remaining 2 pieces that have 
Easy Corner Triangles.
The head piece and the bottom strip…
(1 1/2" x 7 1/2")
The longest gray strip.
Stitch from corner to corner...

And trim off excess and press.

Lay everything back out on the design board.
Now we can begin sewing Tom together in sections.

Start by making a four patch from the center squares.

Now sew the remaining gray strip to the left side of the 4 patch.
Sew the 2 1/2" x 7 1/2" background strip
 to the bottom gray strip and 
add them to the bottom of the 4 patch section...

Like this:)
Now sew the 3 pieces to the right together…
and add to the right side of the 4 patch section.

Now for the left side.
Sew the wattle and little background strip
together and add them to the top
 of the remaining long background strip.

Sew the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" background strip
to the top of the head and then sew
the head and these top 3 pieces together.

Now sew the wattle and
 background strip to the left side of Tom…
and last…
sew the top row on:)

You have sewn Tom together:)

You can choose to have Tom sitting…
or running away from the farmer
on the night before Thanksgiving:)

You are the boss of your own quilt!

I used gray thread and a small zig-zag stitch
to sew his legs on by machine.
I just drew them in with a pencil and let 
those lines guide my stitching…easy peasy!

Don't worry…
Tom's legs don't need to be perfect.
He is meant to be a little whimsical 
and has wobbly knees from all the running anyway:)

Tom finishes at 12" square.
If you decide to frame your block with 
background fabric strips like this…
he will measure 14"square.
Cut 2- 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" for sides
Cut 2- 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" for top and bottom.

I have plenty of 3 1/2" scrappy happy squares
 in my stash and you better believe that 
I have a full on Tom Turkey quilt going!

But I made this Tom Turkey for a special little project
for my little grand daughter Sophie…

In my next post I'll show you what it is!

 I love Thanksgiving…
and I really wanted to 
make a turkey quilt:)
I hope you love Tom as much as I do!

Have a quilty kind of day...


  1. You are such a talent! He's wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to see what you've made for your granddaughter.

  2. I love Tom Turkey. It is just what I was looking for. A simple, funny, yet turkey-ish turkey!

  3. I always love all your blocks - you just have a special way with them. Love your Turkey Block and will make one today!

  4. Tom is great, thank you.

    Patricia C

  5. Your granddaughter and her sewing machine are adorable! So is the turkey block!

  6. Thank you for the tutorial. I realized just yesterday that my wall hangings go from Halloween to Christmas. Now I can have one for Thanksgiving.

  7. Super cute!!!!' I'm going to make hot pads for the girls in my office for their turkey day. Thank you for the idea!!!!

  8. I love him! I need to make one! Thanks for a great tute!

  9. Great job on Tom & thanks for the wonderful tutorial! Cutie pie granddaughter!!!

  10. Oh my gosh! Isn't he ADORABLE?!?! I totally saved it on bloglovin to come back and make him...or a tribe of him!

  11. To cute....thanks for the tute!

    Looking forward to seeing what you
    have done for Sophie!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  12. This is a great Thanksgiving quilt idea. I think I'll start a throw for next Thanksgiving.
    Have a happy and blessed one.

    When I post I'll link back to you.

  13. You did it again Lori...gonna have to drop everything and make a cutie turkey today!!

  14. Lori he's soooo cute!!!! Thank you for our quilty turkey tutorial!!

  15. What fun! I hope to carve (get it?) out some time to make a Tom Turkey block.

  16. This is so adorable - I thinkI need a Tom Turkey pillow!

  17. How fun! Thanksgiving is over for us here in Canada, but I'm going to make one for next year. Thank you. :)

  18. Tom Turkey is so darned cute I can hardly stand it! Got to make one! Thank you.

  19. Thank you Lori for such a cute project!

  20. Your turkey block is absolutely PERFECT! I plan on making several and making them a table runner!! THANK YOU!!!!!

  21. I collect turkey items because they are sometimes hard to find and my birthday falls near Thanksgiving. I definitely want a turkey quilt, too. Thanks for the pattern!

  22. How cute is that?! You never stop amazing me. I love Thanksgiving.

  23. Thank you for the easiest little tom...I just finish making two of them..stuck at home waiting for my car to get out of the this was perfect little project...thank you....

  24. Thank you the turkey block is great.

  25. I love this Lori! Going to make one tomorrow.

  26. I love the turkey. Placemats? Table cover?
    Sophie is gorgeous. I love her little sewing machine. You are a wonderful Grand Mother.... I can tell.

  27. Thanks for sharing this!! He's a cutie. I think I might try it as a project with my 8 year old granddaughter this weekend!

  28. So festive and fun! I just made two turkey blocks (I reversed one so they can gobble at each other) and they came out so cute! Thank you for posting your tutorial!

  29. Just made one for a placemat for my nephew! (It's Thanksgiving eve and getting late! haha) Love him! Thanks!

  30. What a cute turkey. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on how to make.

  31. Thank you for the tutorial! Hope to have him made by Thanksgiving....

  32. Well Thanksgiving is waiting in front of the door - and I found your very special tutorial - I will try to make it and send it to daughter from Germany to USA . Its coming late but never mind. Thank you so much!