The Quilter’s Planner quilt block for April 2024 – and more!

Hello, and welcome to a weekend update with Bonjour Quilts! Plenty to read and photos to scroll through here, so find a comfy chair and a refreshing drink and read on…

The Quilter’s Planner.

It’s the month of April, which is the month that I designed a quilt block for in the 2024 Quilter’s Planner! This Planner is such a great resource – not just a journal/calendar, but also 11 block patterns and plenty of educational, quilt-making resources as well.

Here’s my block for April – it’s called As the Crow Flies.

The quilt block for April in the 2024 Quilter's Planner. This block is part of the Quilter's Compass quilt - a sampler quilt included in the 2024 Quilter's Planner. 11 awesome block patterns that work to build a sampler quilt centred on a compass block.

The 11 blocks across the year can be put together in the sampler layout given in the Planner. The theme of the Quilter’s Planner Sampler is one of direction, and the heart of the quilt is a compass block.

The Quilter's Compass quilt - a sampler quilt included in the 2024 Quilter's Planner. 11 awesome block patterns that work to build this sampler quilt. This photo was taken by photographer Kitty Wilkin.
The Quilter’s Compass sampler quilt – photo by Kitty Wilkin.

I feel this block has direction and a sense of movement, too.

The bonus is that you can get right into your scrap bags for this one as well.

The quilt block for April in the 2024 Quilter's Planner. This block is part of the Quilter's Compass quilt - a sampler quilt included in the 2024 Quilter's Planner. 11 awesome block patterns that work to build a sampler quilt centred on a compass block.

As well as loving my Planner, I’ve also got those little pocket notebooks that you can see below with my block.

The quilt block for April in the 2024 Quilter's Planner. This block is part of the Quilter's Compass quilt - a sampler quilt included in the 2024 Quilter's Planner. Also available to purchase are these cute pocket notes notebooks which are perfect for your handbag, in the car or bedside table.

They are so handy to have in your handbag, in your bedside table and in the car – anywhere a good idea might strike you. (Except in the shower…they don’t work so well there unless they’re laminated.)

In case you missed it…

I put out a new quilt pattern 2 weeks ago. It’s called Bottomless Bear Paws and you can read all about the FQ friendly version you see below in this blog post.

The Bottomless Bear Paw PDF quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This version is made with blue, acid green, grey and yellow solid fabrics. This pattern has instructions for 5 quilt sizes and 3 different bear paw quilt block sizes. You can also make the paw pads square or hearts. This version is made with a stack of fat quarters (FQs) and a background fabric. But there are also instructions for a version with one bear paw fabric, with scrappy paw pads.

If you’d like to see more about the navy version you see below, check out this blog post.

A bear paw quilt block quilt called Bottomless Bear Paws, by Bonjour Quilts, hanging on a chair in front of a sewing table. This quilt pattern has instructions for 5 quilt sizes and 3 different bear paw block sizes. This version has been made with a single background fabric and a single fabric for the bear paws. The paw pads can either be squares, or as shown here, love hearts. The paw pads can be made with scraps, or any fabric of your choice. This navy and white quilt really pops with colourful scraps.

And if you’d like to make one of your own, you can find the pattern in the shop here!

Around the Interwebs…

Here’s a fun tutorial for a quilted dog bed (or a big ole floor cushion) from Australian quilter Joz.

A gorgeous embroidery artist – lots of colour combination inspiration here even if you aren’t a fan of thread work.

This looks fun – we have our own board game!

For something completely different, how about the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year awards? Nature is incredible.

Reader Quilts…

I dedicate this part of my weekend update to your amazing creations, all made from Bonjour Quilts patterns. It’s always so good to see what you all make, so please keep sending them in! Either email (Kirsty at BonjourQuilts dotcom), or tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

Ainslie sewed up this lovely version of Diamonds in the Deep for her son. It’s hanging out to dry here and I love seeing all that crinkled, quilty goodness basking in the sun!

A navy and white Diamonds in the Deep quilt sewn by Ainslie. It's just been washed and is hanging along a balcony in the sun, drying.

Renée used the Broken Dishes Tutorial/Quilt Pattern to make a beautiful, bright baby quilt. She’s cleverly adapted the pattern to include borders to match the Dishes/backing perfectly. And if you look closely, you’ll see the border’s floral motif carried through to the quilting.

A Broken Dishes quilt made by Renée, using the Broken Dishes quilt tutorial by Bonjour Quilts. Renée has then added her own borders and corner squares, which match the quilt beautifully.

Juliet sewed up this beautiful Go West quilt in the lap size. I can’t wait to see how she goes with the quilting (she mentioned she was thinking about straight line quilting).

A lap sized Go West quilt top sewn by Juliet. Go West is a modern quilt pattern with a southwest feel, and is available from Bonjour Quilts.

And last, but definitely not least, is this epic skull quilt that Jenn made for her daughter-in-law. The block Jenn has used is from the Skull Patchwork Block tutorial – she gets kudos for making so many!

A skull patchwork quilt made by Jenn from the Bonjour Quilts Skull Patchwork quilt block tutorial. Jenn has made many blocks and joined them together with sashing to make this large lap size quilt.
A skull patchwork quilt made by Jenn from the Bonjour Quilts Skull Patchwork quilt block tutorial. Jenn has made many blocks and joined them together with sashing to make this large lap size quilt.

And bonus points for using the HST offcuts from the stitch-and-flip units to create stars for the backing.

The back of a skull patchwork quilt made by Jenn from the Bonjour Quilts Skull Patchwork quilt block tutorial. Jenn had several half-square triangles left over from the blocks and used them to create stars, which she then incorporated into her backing.

Cats’ Corner…

For those who love seeing what our cats are up to, here they are…not doing much!

We’re officially in autumn so now the nights/early mornings are starting to feel crisper. The cats are feeling it so we are getting more lap sitting, which everyone loves. (It was such a hot, humid summer here, they couldn’t stand sitting on a warm lap.)

Here’s Tigger enjoying a quick nap on one of my quilted pillows:

An orange Burmese cat sleeping on a quilted cushion, on top of a quilt that's been spread over a couch.

And here they are have a snuggle-fest in their day bed (it’s a medium dog bed that suits them well).

An orange and a brown Burmese cat sleeping on a grey cat bed. They are snuggled up together, cheek to cheek.

That’s it for this update, my friends. Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll talk to you all again soon!

Kirsty x

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8 thoughts on “The Quilter’s Planner quilt block for April 2024 – and more!”

  1. I loved seeing the underwater photos as always your blog has a great mix of what’s creative in the quilting world as well as the world in general. So thanks!

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