Sunday, 13 May 2012

Flying Colours Quilt Block

Isn't it funny how star quilt blocks always catch the eye?  This flying colours quilt block from the Kansas City Star looks stunning and it's terribly simple to make - sixteen half square triangles is all it takes.  I've made this using 4.7/8" squares to make a 16" quilt block and I can't wait to make more to make it into a small quilt.

The half square triangles are simple enough to make:  lay two squares with right sides together, mark a line along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4" either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to make two half square triangle units.

The only thing to be careful with on this quilt block pattern is getting the colour combinations right.  You need four different fabrics - one light, one medium, one dark and one a bit brighter to go in the middle.  They are made up into half square triangles using two squares each in medium/light fabric, three squares each in dark, light fabric, two squares each in dark/medium and one square each in bright/light fabric.

Once you've made the half square triangles, it's just a case of laying them out as shown, sewing them together in pairs then rows and sewing the rows together.  It's wonderfully simple to make.

I managed to finish my first machine quilting video last week and send out the link in a newsletter from the website.  I'm hoping to finish more quilts this year rather than just piling the quilt tops up, thinking 'tomorrow ....'.

Here's the video.  It's longer than usual, but I hope you find it useful.

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