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Friday Night Block Party: Birds in the Air

November 22nd 2013

It’s the Friday before Thanksgiving, can you believe it? I am thankful to make new quilting blocks every week. It’s such a learning experience, practice makes better, I am not at “perfect” yet.

pinwheel block party

 The featured block today is #7 from the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book.  If you have joined our FWQA or felt inspired to pick up the task again, Susie from Susie’s Sunroom is doing it too and she has a Flickr group. Amanda The Patchsmith is also joining the fun, don’t miss her “Patchiqué” series!

book block 7 birds

This week is more of a tutorial style, this was a challenging one for me!  I thought it would be easy enough since cutting these tiny triangles with the templates was a piece of cake, I did 4 at a time.

scraps for FWQA

Here they are teeny, tiny triangles ready to sew.

birds in the air pieces

With right sides together, sew the triangles opposite of the “L” to make your half square triangles. I would have rather made them starting with squares, but I am working with scraps so this way worked out better for that reason.

birds Triangles RST

I set up all my triangles so I could chain piece them and not lose any.

HsT ready to sew

When those are sewn, press them to darker side, the template provides clean ends so you don’t have to trim.

birds press

Next I arranged all the pieces how they are supposed to go to figure out best sewing order.

birds pieces in place

I see this block has 4 units. For each unit, I sewed the smaller pieces vertically first. If you don’t like threads, this one is very thready with so many tiny pieces!  Don’t forget to press!

birds sew units

Next, I sew these pieces across.  As you can see “one of these things just doesn’t belong here.”  I have to say that with all the sewing this entails, I used the seam ripper more!

bird units one off

(Fix any mistakes you have) then sew the larger triangle pieces to each other. Then across and complete your block.  I had to trim these squares because they were skewed, but just a smidgen.

birds units

When all was said and done, I trimmed the final block to 6 1/2 inches.

birds in the air block #7

Let my just say that, after making this block, I had a “tightening in the chest” feeling as if I had spent the day in a classroom, full of third grade boys, the day after a full moon!

The good news is that the November giveaway is 2 charm packs from the Fat Quarter Shop. Just leave a comment or add your link below and show us your block. Any block will do just leave your name and the name of the block. You all are so talented we want to see!!

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