The darting minnows quilt block pattern is delightfully simple to make, but it’s a real eye catcher when you put the block into a quilt. I have made it here as a 20″ square – the sewing would get really fiddly with small patches if I tried to make the block smaller.
Cutting requirements for the darting minnows quilt block
8.1/2″ squares: four turquoise
4.1/2″ squares: one white
2.7/8″ by 4.7/8″ rectangles: eight white, eight dark blue
Making the darting minnows quilt block
Cut all the white and dark blue rectangles along one diagonal.
Lay these half rectangles out in pairs so that you can make a rectangle with one white and one blue rectangle.
Lay the squares out as shown. There’s an 8.1/2″ turquoise rectangle in each corner, a white 4.1/2″ square in the middle and everywhere else the half rectangle triangle units. These are arranged so that every four units make a white diamond surrounded by dark blue triangles. Don’t forget that you have two different half rectangle triangle units, so don’t panic if they don’t seem to make the diamond shapes – just swap them around until they do.
Sew all the half rectangle triangles together in pairs and then sew the pairs together. These units are now the right size to be sewn together across the rows of the quilt block.
Sew the patches together across each of the three rows and then sew the rows together to complete the darting minnows quilt block.
Obviously with such a large individual block, you wouldn’t need many of them to make into a quilt. I’ve shown a digital image here of a darting minnows quilt made using nine blocks sewn in three rows of three.
I find that when I look at this quilt I see either the dark blue stars in the middle of each block or a pretty chain-like grid – both very attractive.
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