Join me this year as I provide instructions for how to make a different quilt block each month. Eventually, all these blocks will turn into a great quilt! For the month of January, we are making the Fox and Geese Block.
I love the way this one turned out! It is so clean and fresh!
For a 12 inch finished block (12.5 inch unfinished), you will need to cut the following:
White - 1 of 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch square
Blue - 4 of a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch square
White - 16 of 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch squares
Half square triangles
Blue - 2 of 4 x 4 inch squares
White - 2 of 4 x 4 inch squares
Create the flying geese units. I use the Four-In-One Flying Geese method. Lay two small white 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 on both sides.
Cut on the line and press to the dark side.
Trim down each flying geese unit to 3 1/2" x 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.
Next, make the half square triangles.
On the back of the white squares, draw a diagonal line, corner to corner. Pin the blue square to the white square, right sides together.
Stitch on both sides of the drawn line, a scant 1/4 inch away. Cut on the drawn line, and press to the blue side.
Trim them to be 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches each. You should have four.
Stitch together groups of four flying geese so all the points in the group are facing the same direction.
Then, layout the rest of the block and stitch it all together. Press.
If you have any questions or comments, 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 digital download of these instructions, check out Group #5 of the How-To Quilt Block of the Month. Also, please check out the other blocks that are available for download here.
(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!