The Turkey in Straw quilt block seemed an appropriate choice with both Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon. It’s a nine patch block and I’ve made it here as an 18″ square.
It’s made entirely with half square triangles, so apologies to those of you who don’t like triangles!
Cutting requirements for the turkey in straw quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: ten dark brown, ten light brown, eighteen white
Making the turkey in straw quilt block
Make half square triangle units with all the squares. Place a white square right sides together with a dark brown or a light brown square and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six.
I find it easiest to think of this block in terms of a series of four patch units.
In each corner and in the middle there’s a four patch unit made with four dark brown/white half square triangles, placed so that the dark brown triangles form a diamond. The remaining spaces are taken up by light brown/white half square triangles. These are placed so that the light brown triangles form a V shape. The light brown V is rotated so that the bottom of the V is always nearest the central dark brown diamond.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt turkey in the straw quilt block.
For quilt ideas I began with a straightforward design of nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.
Then I added a bit of pop by introducing some red. For this one I changed all the outer triangles in each block from white to red. This definitely makes a more interesting quilt.
Here’s the video:
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