Again this year, for the quilt guild I am apart of, I am providing instructions for how to make a different quilt block each month. For September, it is the "Flying Around" Quilt Block. This is a quick block and that is fun to put together! The free instructions for the block follow below.
This block is pretty much just flying geese.
For a 12 inch finished block (12.5 inch unfinished), you will need to cut the following:
(A) 1 of 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch square
(B) 16 of 3 x 3 inch squares
4 Different Colors or Prints
(C) 1 each of a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch square
Create the flying geese units. I use the Four-In-One Flying Geese method. Using the (C) and (B) pieces, lay two small squares on two diagonal corners of the large square, right sides together.
Draw a line, corner to corner, on the small squares, then stitch a scant 1/4" away from both sides of the line.
Cut on the drawn line and press to the dark side.
Next, match another small square into the corner of the large triangle.
Draw a line from the corner to corner of the small square, as shown in the picture. Stitch a scant 1/4" from the line. Cut on the line and press to the dark side.
Trim down to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2". Make sure you stay 1/4" away from the top point of the flying geese so you don't loose your point when you sew it.
Arrange the flying geese and the remaining square to match the layout. Sew sets of two flying geese together. Sew the blocks together into strips. I find it easiest to make a strip from the top sections, a strip for the middle section, and a strip for the bottom section. Press the seams on each strip in opposite directions. Then sew the strips together to create the final block. Press.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.
Check back each month for a new How-To of quilt blocks! To see the other blocks, just search my blog for Quilt Guild Block of the Month.
If you would like a PDF version of these instructions, please check out Group #4 of the How-To Block of the Month Downloads.
This is classic block that has been designed and created by many people. As I have mentioned before, these block designs come from the book 5500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone. (c) 2003 but these instructions are written by me.)
Have fun quilting!