Monday, May 18, 2015

QCQAL 2: Row 6: Birds in the Air and 6 inch row link-up

It's time for Row #6! This time we are making Birds in the Air blocks. Don't forget to come back and link up pictures of your 6 inch block rows (and your other rows if you haven't done so already!)


Click here to vote for what 4 inch blocks we'll be making in June! Click here to get the dowloadable directions from Craftsy!

Because this block uses an odd number of "parts," this tutorial (unlike the rest in this series) is written to make a pair of Birds in the Air blocks. For a throw sized quilt you will need to make 8 blocks (4 pairs) and for a twin sized quilt you will need to make 12 blocks (6 pairs).

For two blocks, you will need:
One (1) 6 7/8 inch square cut diagonally once (yielding 2 triangles)
Three (3) 3 inch squares for HSTs
Three (3) 3 inch background squares for HSTs
Three (3) 2 7/8 inch background squares cut diagonally once (yielding 6 triangles)


For a throw sized quilt you will need:
Four (4) 6 7/8 inch squares cut diagonally once (yielding 8 triangles)
Twelve (12) 3 inch squares for HSTs
Twelve (12) 3 inch background squares for HSTs
Twelve (12) 2 7/8 inch background squares cut diagonally once (yielding 24 triangles)

For a twin sized quilt you will need:
Six (6) 6 7/8 inch squares cut diagonally once (yielding 12 triangles)
Eighteen (18) 3 inch squares for HSTs
Eighteen (18) 3 inch background squares for HSTs
Eighteen (18) 2 7/8 inch background squares cut diagonally once (yielding 36 triangles)

Using your 3 inch squares, make HSTs pairing together your focus and your background fabrics. Trim to 2.5 inches. For each pair of blocks you will make 6 HSTs -- 3 HSTs for each block.


Lay out your block as shown below.


Sew together your small triangles and HSTs together to form a larger triangle unit. I found it easiest to sew the three HSTs and the center triangle together like a four-patch and then to sew the other two triangles on. Remember to watch your triangle and HST orientation and to trim off your dog ears as you go!


Sew your large triangle to your HST/triangle unit to finish your block.


I made my blocks in three different colors -- four in each color. Here are all 12 of my blocks.


(Note: for those of you making twin sized quilts, you do not need to make a third 6" row -- you only need two!)

Link up your 6" block rows!

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