Flying Dutchman Quilt Block Pattern

Flying Dutchman quilt block

Flying Dutchman quilt block

The Flying Dutchman quilt block is an easy quilt block.  Whenever I use yellow fabric I always wonder I don’t use it more often as it’s such a bright and happy looking colour.  It’s classified as a four patch and I have made it here as a 12″ square.

Cutting requirements for the Flying Dutchman quilt block

3,1.2″ squares:  four white

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in yellow and white, two each in yellow and brown




Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  Place a white square right sides together with either a yellow or a 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 gives you two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances away from the white and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Central area of the block

Central area of the block

Make the Flying Dutchman quilt block

For the central area of the block, make a four patch unit using the yellow/brown half square triangles.  Place these so that the brown triangles are on the outside across one diagonal and the yellow triangles are on the outside in the other diagonal.

The brown triangles in the middle form a butterfly shape, as do the two yellow triangles.

Full layout

Full layout

For the outer frame of this block place a yellow/white half square triangle in each corner with the white on the outside to form the corners of the block.  Around two corners place a yellow/white half square triangle on each side.  Place white squares around the other two corners.  On each edge of the block there are one white square and one yellow/white half square triangle between the two corners.

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

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Flying Dutchman quilt ideas

For the basic quilt design I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

Alternate blocks rotated

Alternate blocks rotated

I think that a more interesting design is obtained when some of the blocks are rotated.

I rather like the way the brown seems to form circles.

Here’s the video:

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Comments

  1. Another stunning quilt pattern Rosemary – both versions appeal to me – and it looks more gold than yellow on my computer.

    • Hi June. I suspect that it’s my camera rather than your computer. My camera seems to struggle with some colours and refuses to show them true.

  2. Rose, you are so good at what you do.

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