Block 84 – The Early Bird

Let’s make ‘The Early Bird’ design by Joan Ford on Page 116 of your book!

To accommodate this book’s space limitations, authors Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson adapted the construction of this block to use paper piecing. We encourage you to try Joan Ford’s instructions following the traditional piecing method!

Please  go to to get the traditional piecing version of the pattern, where  Joan also has a bonus for you!


Order your copy here.  Amazon US, Book Depository, Fat Quarter Shop



Joan’s tells us – Absolutely nothing about our beloved quilting hobby should make any quilter feel guilty or overwhelmed! So, when your scrap stash seems like it’s taking over your sewing studio, and your UnFinished Objects start invading your storage spaces as if they’ve arrived from another world, well, that’s when I say it’s time to ‘cut the scraps’ and get sewing!

When you first enter Joan’s website you are greeted with the opening paragraph, “You’ve flown onto the Hummingbird Highway – your source for exceptional scrap quilt patterns, projects, and ideas for today’s quilter . . . where traditional quilting meets up-to-date techniques”. Joan certainly loves making scrap quilts and has developed some unique techniques and products to make creating small pieced quilts a breeze. Author of three books, Joan share her scraptherapy in ‘Cut the Scraps and Scraps plus one’ and in ‘When bad things happen to good quilters’ shows you how to turn unfinished projects into beautiful quilts.

Plus her newest book ‘The Versatile NinePatch’ is a must have for your library!

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