I don’t know who Sarah is or why she chose this block, but I do agree with her that it is beautiful. It looks complicated, but if you follow these steps, it will go together easily.
This block is nice in a quilt either on its own or as part of the Twinkle Sampler Quilt.
for a 12″ block
- four 3-1/2″ squares background fabric
- four 3-1/2″ half-square triangles* feature fabric 1 and feature fabric 2
- four 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ flying geese units** background fabric, feature fabric 1 and feature fabric 2
*Use your favourite method for making the half-square triangles. For this block, I recommend the Most Popular method. It makes two at a time and they are trimmed to the exact size you need. Remember that the finish size is 3″, so these pieces are 3-1/2″
**Use your favourite method for making the flying geese units, but be careful with the Most Popular method. Because you want a two-colour flying geese unit, that method doesn’t work. If you are making more than one block, you can use this method twice to get two sets of flying geese. But if you are only making one block, I recommend paper piecing.
Begin by joining the half square triangles to make a pinwheel. Be sure to lay it out in the block first to make sure that they are in the right orientation. You want the different fabrics against each other, not the same.
Join the HSTs in pairs, then join the pairs to make a pinwheel. Press the middle seam open to eliminate bulk.
Once the centre pinwheel piece is made, the block goes together like a nine-patch block. Join the pieces into rows.
Press the seams toward the flying geese units.
Pressing the seams towards the flying geese units means that the seams in the rows are in alternate directions. This will make it easier to join the rows together.
Join the rows together.
Press the block well. It will be 12-1/2″ square.
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