Darting Birds Quilt Block Pattern

Darting Birds quilt block

Darting Birds quilt block

The Darting Birds quilt block pattern is amazingly simple but makes a lovely quilt.  It just goes to show that quilt blocks don’t have to be complicated to be pretty.  I’ve made it here as a 9″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the darting birds quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  one light green, two white

3.7/8″ squares:  one light green, two dark green, three white




Make the half square triangle units

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a white square right sides together with either a light green or a dark green square.  Mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This produces two half square triangle units.  Press the seam allowances towards the green fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Make the darting birds quilt block

Darting birds quilt block layout

Darting birds quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  Place a light green/white half square triangle in the top left position with a light green square in the top right and a dark green/white half square triangle between them.

Make the second row with a dark green/white half square triangle at each end and a white square in the middle.

For the third row you’ll need a white square followed by a dark green/white half square triangle and then a light green/white half square triangle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the darting birds quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Darting Birds quilt suggestions

As a basic design, I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four blocks.  The block design does get rather lost in this design.

Alternate quilt design

Alternate quilt design

For an alternative design, I’ve added an alternate block of a diamond in a square.  This block could be made with half square triangles made from 4.7/8″ squares.

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