PDF Quilt Pattern

This pretty sampler quilt, takes you on a journey through a ‘little happy’ year with twelve monthly blocks all inspired by some of my favourite things. It combines a whole host of different techniques, including English paper piecing, applique, machine piecing and hand quilting...lots of happy stitches! 

In addition to the main quilt PDF pattern, also included, are the following bonus projects:

  • A Little Happy Year Quilt Label
  • The Spring Flowers Quilt
  • The Pretty Windmills Cushion
  • The Home is Where the Heart is Mini Quilt.

Finished Dimensions

57 ½” x 72 ½”

The A4 PDF Pattern includes:

An Introduction, where Sarah shares some 'little happy ' tips for her favourite techniques.

Step by step instructions for how to complete each block and how to assemble the quilt.

Full size templates for the appliques. These are available for you to print in either A4 or US Paper format.

Fabric Requirements

Sarah loves to make scrappy quilts. An indication has been given below for the larger pieces required for the Quilt Top, Backing fabric, Binding fabric and Wadding. For the smaller block backgrounds and appliques, enjoy searching through your treasured fabric stash, the precious ones that you hang on to because you love them so much and select your favourites pieces to use.

Approx. 4 metres of assorted fabrics for the quilt top

A selection of Fat Quarters (9 or so) for the larger block backgrounds

46” by FWOF for the Borders (allows a little wiggle room)

20” by FWOF for Binding

65” x 80” piece of Wadding/Batting

73” x 88” Backing Fabric


You will also need

Cottons Thread to match for the Applique & Machine Stitches

Cotton Threads for Hand Quilting 

 ½ yard of cotton lace

Pre-cut EPP Paper Pieces as follows:

  • (30) 6 Point|60 degree 2” Diamonds
  • (35) ¾”  Hexagons
  • (3) 8 Petal Dresden Plates which need to be no larger than 7” in diameter, so that they fit an 8” background

Additional Notions and Tools Required

Rotary Cutter & Mat, Quilting Rulers, Needles for the Applique and Hand Quilting, Applique Pins, Sewing Machine, Scissors, Hera Marker plus any of your favourite notions that I haven’t included for the techniques used!

Need a little extra help with some of the techniques?

Enrol for our FREE Beginners Guide to Patchwork and Quilting Course, where Sarah shares 'little happy' video tutorials for her most used quilting techniques. Enjoy professionally filmed close up and slow motion footage with Sarah demonstrating and talking you through how to work each process. In addition, this free course also includes PDF Documents of Sarah's most popular 'little happy' quilting tutorials taken from her Blog 'a little happy place', which has been viewed over 1.1 million times. Don't worry, there's no 'right or wrong' way, it's about finding a method that you enjoy!

Finally, if you have any questions at any time, please do get in touch and we will do our very best to help!

Choose a Pricing Option

"I signed up for 'A Little Happy Year' block of the month in 2019, as I could see it was a combination of Patchwork, English Paper Piecing and Applique. Fabulous design with lots of techniques, but Sarah is always on hand with 'A little happy tutorial' to help if you get stuck. Highly recommended."

  • Angela (Tyne & Wear)

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I access the course content?

All the PDF documents become available as soon as you enrol for the course.

How long do I have access to the course content?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like. There is no deadline you can enjoy your happy stitches at your own pace!

I'm a complete beginner, will I be able to make this?

The pattern itself, is written assuming that you have a basic understanding of sewing, quilting and patchwork and know for example, how to use your sewing machine.

That being said, we include lots of step by step instructions and diagrams.

To help you along the way, don't forget, you can also join our FREE Beginners Guide to Patchwork and Quilting Course and also our FREE Sarah's Favourite Embroidery Stitches Course. In both courses you will find professionally filmed 'little happy' video tutorials with close up and slow motion footage, with Sarah talking you through her favourite techniques and stitches.

Plus, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly ([email protected]) and we will do all that we can to help!

Finally, you can also find lots of FREE patterns and projects on our Blog 'A Little Happy Place' for you to try first.

I do not enjoy Needle Turn Applique does that mean I can not make this quilt?

Absolutely not!!! We firmly believe that you should use quilting techniques that you enjoy. So, if you prefer the Interfacing Method of Applique or Raw Edge Applique then that is absolutely fine. To help, or if you are undecided, you can find video tutorials for all the three types of appliques in our FREE Beginners Guide to Patchwork and Quilting Course. Plus, there are various FREE applique projects on our blog for you to experiment with and find which technique is your favourite.

I prefer to machine quilt rather than hand quilt, does that matter?

No definitely not....machine quilt as desired if you prefer!

I like to hand piece rather than use a sewing machine, is that ok?

Of course, however, please note that the instructions are written and assume that you are machine piecing and using a 1/4" foot.

Once I have purchased this pattern from you, can I share it with my family members, my friends or my quilt group?

The answer is no, the pattern purchased is for your personal use only. The reason for this is simple, we are a family business and the income that we make from designing and selling our patterns and kits, keeps a roof over our heads and supports our family. Therefore, redistribution, copying or reselling of this pattern is strictly prohibited.

However, it would make our day if you would recommend us to your friends and family so that they can also enjoy some happy stitches!

Can I use this pattern to produce items for my business?

Thank you for asking, however this pattern is for you to be enjoyed personally or for you to make as gifts for others. Please do not reproduce the pattern in anyway or sell items made from it. Business use of any kind is not permitted.

What if I am unhappy with my purchase?

Lots of love, care and attention, is put into everything that we do and we are sure that you will be completely happy with your purchase. If sadly this is not the case, all we ask is that you NOTIFY us of your reasons within 14 days of purchase. We will then always try our very best to resolve any issues or concerns that you may have. If after this, you still remain unhappy, then we will happily give you a full refund. Just email: [email protected]