Quilt Block of the Month - April

Have you ever wanted to make a quilt but couldn't find just what you had in mind? The editors of Quilter's World magazine have compiled some block patterns, from the thousands of traditional blocks available, that you can download for free. With a few basic skills and a variety of block patterns, you can create countless designs in no time.

A new block download will be available each month along with helpful hints, tips and tricks. We will also give you ideas for block combinations and possible quilt settings from time to time to help you create fabulous quilted projects. We hope these blocks will inspire you to experiment with quilt design and create your own layouts. So get a binder and some page protectors to fill with block patterns and samples to fuel your creative juices.

Baby Bunting

Finished Block Size
8" x 8"

Aunt Addie's Album

Cutting

From Light Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (5 1/4") square. Subcut on both diagonals to make 4 A triangles. Set aside 2 for another project

    Aunt Addie's Album

  • Cut 1 (4 7/8") square. Subcut on 1 diagonal to make 2 B triangles. Set aside 1 for another project.

    Aunt Addie's Album

  • Cut 2 (2 1/2" x 4 1/2") C rectangles.

    Aunt Addie's Album

  • Cut 3 (2 1/2") D squares.

    Aunt Addie's Album

From Dark Fabric:

  • Cut 3 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut on 1 diagonal to make 6 E triangles.
  • Cut 2 (2 1/2") F squares.

Assembly

  1. Stitch a D and F square together (Figure 1); press seam toward F. Repeat to make two D-F units.

    Aunt Addie's Album

  2. Stitch D-F units together to make a four-patch center unit referring again to Figure 1 for orientation; press seam open.

  3. Stitch an E triangle to opposite angled sides of A to make a flying geese unit (Figure 2); press seams toward E. Repeat to make 2.

    Aunt Addie's Album


  4. Refer to Figure 3 to make two C-E units that mirror each other.

    Aunt Addie's Album

  5. Stitch a D square to a flying geese unit (Figure 4).

    Aunt Addie's Album

  6. Stitch a flying geese unit to the fourpatch block center (Figure 5).

    Aunt Addie's Album

  7. Stitch the D-flying geese unit and block center-flying geese unit together. To complete the block, stitch the B triangle to the lower right hand corner of the block. Press seams to reduce bulk.

    Aunt Addie's Album


Helpful Hints

  • Choose one each light, medium and dark fabric for this block. Use scraps from other projects or purchase fat eighths (9" x 22") or fat quarters (18" x 22") to make one sample block.
  • Cut individual pieces from scraps or cut strips and then individual pieces from strips if using yardage or larg pieces of fabric. For example, to cut several 2 1/2" squares, cut a 2 1/2"-wide strip the width of the fabric. Subcut the strip into 2 1/2" squares.
  • Use a 1/4"-wide seam allowance for all seams and stitch right sides together.
  • For more detailed help with quilting techniques, go to QuiltersWorld.com and choose Quilting Basics under Quilt Essentials or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.

Choices

If making a one-block quilt using this block, reverse the light and dark areas in every other block. Choose a multicolor focus fabric for the dark areas. Then cut the light pieces from various coordinating light fabrics.

Make a scrap quilt by choosing different dark colors and making a block with each one using the same light color.

Go completely scrappy with the lights and the darks making sure that the colors coordinate within each block. Tie them together with sashing and borders in tonals or prints.

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For more detailed help with quilting techniques, view our Quilting Lessons or consult a complete quilting guide. Your local library will probably have several on hand that you can review before purchasing one.

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