Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Surprise Block 11

This is the block for Saturday, Kite in the Air.  The names of the blocks can be pretty arbitrary.
I like the way the Art to Heart block turned out, but the batik one sort of looks a bit muddy.
 I decided to try posting the instructions here in case someone wants to try it out.  However, the format needs to be a bit different, because I can't seem to copy a table from my word processing program to paste here.

 Cutting Chart:
Fabric I:  Green Batik or Green Art to Heart: (you need about 7" x 11" piece of fabric)
              Three squares 3 x 3"
              4 squares, 2" x 2"
              4 squares, 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"  

Fabric II:  Blue   (7" x 19")
              4 rectangles, 2" x 9-1/2"
              4 rectangles, 2" x 4-1/2"   

Fabric III: Dark Brown batik or  Red Art to Heart ( 4" x 15")
             Three squares 3" x 3"
             2 squares, 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"  

Fabric IV: Light colored batik or off white Art to Heart  (7"x 8-1/2"
            4 rectangles, 1-1/2" x 7-1/2"   

 Step One: Make the six half-square triangle units using Fabrics I and III (___________________________________)
Layer the three 3" squares together into pairs, then cut in half diagonally once.  Sew a scant 1/4" seam on the diagonal edges.  Press seams toward the darker fabric.  Trim 2 of them to measure 2-1/2" square.
Use the 2  units to make the center four-patch, together with the two 2-1/2" squares of Fabric III (__________________) It should measure 4-1/2" square.

Trim the remaining 4 half-square triangle units to 2" x 2".

Step 2:
Sew 2 of the 2" x 4-1/2" rectangles of Fabric II (____________________) to the sides of the center unit.  Press the seams outward.  Sew a 2" square of Fabric I to each end of the other two short rectangles.  Add these to the top and bottom of the unit, making the seams nestle together at the intersections. 

Repeat step 2 for the next round using the rectangles of Fabric IV (_____________________) and the 1-1/2" squares of Fabric I (___________________)

Repeat again using the remaining, trimmed  half square triangle units from step one and the last rectangles of Fabric II (________________).

Also, the diagrams from the pattern did not import.


  1. They're both pretty, thanks so much for the instructions!

  2. some of the names of quilt blocks do seem pretty arbitrary - rather like the names of the constellations! and some of them have different names depending on where they were made: people have attached names that have meaning for them. 'whirlygig' is a name i just love, though! it always makes me think of little pinwheels spinning in our ever-present breeze!

  3. Molly, I made a mistake. For a little while on Saturday I thought that I called this one and #10 both Whirlygig, but then I looked again and realized that I'd actually called this one Kite in the Air. Hmmm.


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