First of all I am really happy to announce that the fabric giveaway was won by Margaret Fairgrieve. I have emailed her and will post the fabric to her as soon as I have postal address. Thanks so much to all of you who entered the competition.
Some quilt block patterns have such pretty names and Dove in the Window certainly comes under that category! I’ve made it here as a 12″ block and it really is a very simple block – you just have to be careful which way you place the half square triangle units. There could be several different ways of making this pattern, but I have chosen what I consider to be the most simple way.
4.7/8″ squares: two cream, two orange
2.7/8″ squares: six orange, six white
2.1/2″ squares: eight white
Making the dove in the window quilt block
Use the 4.7/8″ and 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the corners.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six – that’s counting each large half square triangle as equivalent to four squares. As you can see, the larger squares are placed to form an orange diamond in the middle, there are two white squares in the middle of each edge of the block and the small half square triangles are everywhere else. You just need to check with the photo to be sure that you have the triangles facing the correct way for the design.
Begin to sew the patchwork squares together in pairs. Note that the corner squares are sewn together with the squares below them rather than the squares to the side. You are aiming to make three columns of squares. Then you can sew the three columns together to complete the dove in the window quilt block.
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