Modern & Vintage Sewing Machine Block Patterns


As quilters, we rely on our sewing machines day in and day out, year after year. With time, these work horses become a part of our lives. Celebrate the sewing machine that keeps you company through your quilting journey! What better way than to make a commemorative sewing machine block?

Enjoy these modern and vintage 6″ sewing machine blocks to inspire you:

Print out the full-size paper piecing patterns for these blocks. Embellish the blocks however you like!

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Download the Modern Sewing Machine block pattern.


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Download the Vintage Sewing Machine block pattern.

What’s in a name?

We asked you about your constant mechanical companion: the sewing machine. Many of you had beautiful flattering things to say about your beloved machines, and a few of you admitted to some pretty colorful names during technical difficulties! Click Here to learn the Top 40 Sewing Machine Names!

My Quilt Story Project

Want to include your mechanized quilting companion in your Quilt Story Project? Why not add a sewing machine block to your quilt?

Want to catch up on the rest of the project? Here are the details:

Between now and Fall Paducah in September, we invite you on a special creative adventure. Each week we will offer you ideas, techniques, blocks, and embellishments to help you tell your quilt story in stitches.

If you didn’t catch the beginning of the project, visit here for the quilt story worksheet.

Did you remake your first block? Click here.

Immortalize monuments representing the moments that changed your quilt story. Here’s a look at how to start.

Are you building your town? See how we constructed a building.

Plant a quilting garden. Get inspired.

What quilt construction techniques have you learned along your journey? Make a list.

Add some memorabilia. Try our quilt blocks for showing off your favorite quilting pins.

Do you have special people who filled your quilting heart through the years? Include them in your quilt.

Do you have special fabric collections you’ve been saving for years and want to include with a special commemorative block? Make an Original Memory Collage Block!

What about those orphan blocks from past projects, inherited blocks that haven’t found a home? Turn your forsaken & forgotten blocks into treasures.

Have you noticed your color selections for your quilts change through the years? Record your color history.

Add a map block to your quilt story project. Maybe it’s a place that inspires you or holds dear memories of quilting friends.

Keep a count of your quilt projects on your Quilt Story quilt.

Make a family tree of life block.

As you move toward putting your quilt story quilt together, collect ideas, fabrics, and blocks to help fill the gaps in your quilt. 

Think of your quilt as a scrapbook or journal. Check out these great ideas to add your keepsakes as embellishments!

Show off your creations, connect with other quilters, and get inspired!

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Find quilt along series like Forever & A Day, 30 Days of Birds and more.

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I could not locate the actual instructions–sizes of the parts of the sewing machine blocks. I need to know sizes . I do not want to paper piece


So, if you want to paper piece these, where are the numbers? Or are you supposed to figure that out for yourself?