By Carolyn Beam, Quiltmaker Content Director
Im excited to share Aprils QM Bitty Block with you. I hope youre having as much fun sewing these little treasures as I am. In case youre new to Bitty Blocks, these little blocks are freebies presented the first Monday of each month on Quilty Pleasures. See earlier QM Bitty Blocks in case you missed them.
For one block, youll need:
Background (white dot):
4 squares 1-7/8 x 1-7/8 (see first photo below)
4 rectangles 1-1/2 x 2-1/2 (see second photo below)
Pinwheel (pink zigzag print):
1 square 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 (see first photo below)
To make 4 Flying Geese, youll use the square of Pinwheel fabric and the 4 squares of background. Align 2 white squares on opposite corners of the Pinwheel square, right sides together, as shown below. Draw a diagonal line as shown and then stitch 1/4 out from both sides of the lines.
Cut apart on the marked line.
With the small squares on top, open out the small squares and press the unit. On the remaining corner of each of these units, align a small square. Draw a line from corner to corner and sew 1/4 out on both sides of the line. Cut on the marked lines, open the small squares and press.
The next step is to sew a background rectangle to the top of each Flying Geese.
Sew two of these units together for each block half, positioning them as shown below to form a pinwheel. Be sure to make all your pinwheels spin in the same direction.
Sew the halves together to complete the block.
I like to press the final seam open.
Of course you can use any technique you like to make the Flying Geese. The Flying Geese should finish at 1 x 2 (1-1/2 x 2-1/2 unfinished).
I had a lot of fun with the Flying Geese Pinwheel blocks!
Paula showed off her Bitty Blocks wall in her office. I havent made as many blocks as she has (yet), but heres my wall so far:
I stole (borrowed?) her idea to use clothespins to hang them. They really brighten up my office!
When youve made enough Flying Geese Pinwheel blocks, youll probably want to continue making Flying Geese because the quilt settings we shared last month use Flying Geese in some of the rows.
Theyll also keep you busy sewing until the next Bitty Block is available on May 4th!
Please email us photos of your own Bitty Blocks! Use firstname.lastname@example.org.
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