Quilt Block of the Month: August

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 8" x 8" finished block 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.

Flock of Geese

Finished Block Size
8" x 8"
Flock of Geese

Cutting

From Light Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (4 7/8") square. Subcut on 1 diagonal to make 2 A triangles.

    Flock of Geese

  • Cut 4 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 8 B triangles.

From Dark Fabric:

  • Cut 1 (4 7/8") square. Subcut on 1 diagonal to make 2 C triangles.

  • Cut 4 (2 7/8") squares. Subcut each square on 1 diagonal to make 8 D triangles.

Assembly

  1. Stitch a B and D triangle together along the long angled edge referring to Figure 1; press D away from B. Make a total of eight B-D half-square units.

    Flock of Geese

  2. Repeat step 1 with A and C triangles to make two A-C half-square units (Figure 2).

    Flock of Geese

  3. Stitch four B-D half-square units into rows and then a square referring to Figure 3. Repeat to make a second B-D square unit.

    Flock of Geese

  4. To make the block, stitch together the B-D square units and A-C half-square units into rows and then into a block as shown in Figure 4.

    Flock of Geese

Helpful Hints

  • Choose light and dark fabrics 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 large 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.
  • Use common sense and press seams to cut down on bulk. Traditionally, quilters press seams toward the darker fabric. However, some blocks may benefit from pressing seams open. Pressing tips are often given in the pattern.

Choices

More color insight:

Purple is luxurious and serene. Always the color of royalty, as a pastel it is a calming color.

White is the color of purity and clarity. Evoking innocence and sweetness.

Pink also calms and is the color of romance, femininity and love.

Gray is introspective, intuitive and emotional. Use a warm tone and mix with brighter colors.

Brown is earthy and grounded. But be careful! Especially when using it for children. Chocolate brown or tan are best for kids. Mid-tone browns have other connotations that might not be so good—think diapers!

And finally, red and black. Both are used in design as accent colors because of their strength. Red is hot and creates warmth. It also creates volatility. Black is authoritative and powerful.

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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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