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Pelican – a Free Quilt Block Tutorial

Posted on: July 27th, 2018 by Lorna McMahon

Today I am sharing this free Pelican quilt block tutorial. This is an 8 inch square quilt block when completed. The photo above also shows the block with a border and binding.

(2) 1” square
(1) 1” x 5”
(1) 1.5” x 4”
(1) 1.5” square
(2) 2.5” square
(1) 2.5” x 3”
(1) 2.5” x 6”
(1) 3” square
(1) 4” square
(1) 0.75” x 1.75”
(4) 1” square
(1) 1.25” x 2”
(1) 1.5” x 3”
(1) 1.5” x 4”
(2) 1.5” x 6.5”
(2) 2” square
(1) 3” x 4”
(1) 0.75” x 4”
(1) 2” x 4”
(1) 1.5” x 2.5”
(1) 0.75” square
(1) 0.75” x 4”
(1) 3” x 4.5”

STOP: Stitch, Trim, Open & Press. To perform the STOP method, align a square (A) or rectangle (C) on the corner of the unit (B) with right sides facing together. Draw a diagonal line and sew along this diagonal line. Trim a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam open and then press with a hot iron. Press all seams open to reduce bulk.

Step 1: Sew the Black (A) on the end of the White (B). Use the STOP method to add the Background (E) on the corner of the White (F) and the White (P). Sew the units together.

Step 2: Use the STOP method to add the White (E) to the Background (L) and Orange (K). Sew the Black (D) between the Orange (C) and (G). Use the STOP method to add the Background (T). Sew the units together.

Step 3: Use the STOP method to add the Background (Z) to the White (Z).

Step 4: Use the STOP method to add the White (N) to the Black (M) then to add the White (E) and (P) to make the WING. Use the STOP method to add the Background (S) to the White (U). Sew the White (R) to the front of the WING. Sew the White (U) on top. Use the STOP method to add the Background (W). Sew the bottom unit on and then use the STOP method to add the Background (V).


Step 5: Sew the last two units made together. Use the STOP Method to add the Background (T). Along with the Background (X) and (Y), sew the units together.

You can now find this free tutorial and MANY, many others here on my Tutorials Page!

Thank you so much!
Wishing you Happy Stitching!

Keep On Quilting On!


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18 Responses

  1. Susan L. says:

    So cute! Thanks Lorna!

  2. KaHolly says:

    Lorna, honey, you are a gem. Thank you so much. Saw Anja's pelican and fell immediately in love! XO

  3. Very cute pelican block – another really creative design! Love the fabric pieces you used for this!

  4. Lisa Marie says:

    So cute! Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Deanna says:

    Another winner! Great design.

  6. Wow, Lorna, you have done it again. Another awesome adorable block. I will be sewing this pelican block. We have pelicans on several of our rivers here in western Idaho, on the Payette River by Cascade, and on the Bruneau River in Owyhee County. Thank you for your generosity. May it garner you much success. Jane

  7. Lisa J. says:

    That is one cute little block Lorna.

  8. Kathy says:

    Absolutely darling! His fun personality shows, so sweet!! Thank you for the tutorial!

  9. Are the cutting instructions for the orange fabric found somewhere else? I can't find that part. My kids want a mini quilt for their room. 😀

  10. Cheryl says:

    What an adorable block! I really like how you made his beak.

  11. Unknown says:

    I love it. The pelican block is so cute. Thanks.

  12. Hello Mr. Pelican. He's too darn cute. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Hope you've been getting more time to sew lately.

  13. Anonymous says:

    very cuteTea

  14. Pauline says:

    Thank you for your gorgeous pelican block – I love all of your work. Thank you for your generosity.Paulineperry94022 at hotmail dot com

  15. Lorna – I always love your creativity. thank you for this adorable free pattern. Added to my \”sweet mercy when I have time I am making this\” list!

  16. Margo Yang says:

    Lorna, this is so cute. Thanks for sharing this block.

  17. works4me says:

    What a fabulous block. Thank yo.

  18. What a cute block! A lady at my large quilt guild brought her finished giraffe quilt for show-n-tell. I knew as soon as I saw it, that it was your pattern. Lots of oohs & aahs over the quilt.