1.21.2015

How to: Return of the Swallows Quilt Block - 30 Days of Sewing Quilt Blocks

I know I mentioned this a few days back, but I have to say it again today, thank you all so much for sewing along, sharing the blocks that you're making and sending me such sweet messages. 

Sometimes coming up with an idea, and then putting it out there...... it's  SO scary. I may think it's a great idea, but to everyone else it may just be the craziest idea ever. So, thank you all so much for the positive feedback and support!

In continuing with the 30 Days of Sewing Quilt Blocks today's block is:
Return of the Swallows
Cutting:
(This block will finish at 12" square)
White fabric - 16 - 3 1/2"x3 1/2" squares, (draw a diagonal line, from corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric.)
Gray fabric - 4 - 3 1/2"x6 1/2" rectangles
Teal fabric - 4 - 3 1/2"x6 1/2" rectangles.

Sewing:
Place one white 3 1/2"x3 1/2" square on top of one teal 3 1/2"x6 1/2" rectangle, right sides together.
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
Stitch along that line.
Trim 1/4" on the outside of the stitch line.
Press.
Place a 3 1/2" white square on the right side of the unit from the previous step.
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
Stitch along that line.
Trim 1/4" on the outside of the stitch line.
Press.
Repeat this process, with all of the teal and gray 3 1/2"x6 1/2" rectangles.
You need a total of four teal and four gray flying geese units.
Sew the gray and teal flying geese units together as shown in the image above. 
Make four of these units.
Press.
Sew the four flying geese units together as shown in the illustration above.
Press.
That block turned out so cute! It's always so much fun to see how it looks in a quilt, and I think this one creates a really cool pattern, even though I really like this version, I'm really, really loving the scrappy version below. 

To make this into a 96" square quilt, make 64, 12" blocks.
Fabrics required for that size are:
White fabric - 6 1/8 yards
Gray fabric - 2 5/8 yards
Teal fabric - 2 5/8 yards
(If you want to make the scrappy version below, keep all of the gray fabric as it appears in the original illustration, then substitute the teal fabric with a variety of scrappy fabrics.)
Hope you all enjoy! I'll be back tomorrow with another quilt block, click here to see all of the blocks so far.
 If you're sewing any of these quilt blocks make sure to share them on facebook and instagram using #pnq30quiltblocks

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for another great block! The two-color looks antique, and the scrappy looks modern!

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  2. Great block, that would be a lot of flying geese for a full quilt but it has great impact.

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