Swallow Quilt Block – Free Pattern

Swallow quilt block

Swallow quilt block

I’ve made the Swallow quilt block as promised last week.  This time I have made it correctly!  I have made it as a 12″ square.  It’s very straightforward to make apart from the one corner that I made incorrectly last week when I made the hummingbird quilt block.

Cutting requirements for the swallow quilt block

6.1/2″ square:  one blue

3.7/8″ squares:  four blue, four white

3.1/2″ squares:  two white

2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  one blue, two white

5″ by 2″ rectangles:  one blue, one white

2.3/8″ squares:  two blue




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make the larger half square triangle units.  Place a blue and a white square 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.  This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  The four squares of each colour will make eight half square triangles, but you only need seven for the swallow quilt block.

Make the rectangle sections

Make the rectangle sections

Make the rectangle sections

I’m using a different method to make the smaller triangles in the bottom right corner of the block.

Place a 2.3/8″ blue square on the end of a white 3.1/2″ rectangle and a white 5″ rectangle.  Line up the edges at the end of the rectangle.  The blue squares are slightly wider than the rectangles which will make the final triangles the correct size.

Note that the pin runs from top left to bottom right on the 5″ rectangle, but from bottom left to top right on the 3.1/2″ rectangle.

Trim the excess triangles

Trim the excess triangles

Sew a seam along the pin line, following the diagonal of the square.  Cut along a line 1/4″ outside the seam line.  Discard the two triangles – one white and one blue – created.

Press the remaining triangle back so that you now have a white rectangle with a blue triangle at the end.

Sew blue rectangles to the white ones

Sew blue rectangles to the white ones

Sew a blue rectangle to each white rectangle.

Note that the blue rectangle is on the right of one white rectangle but on the left of the other one.

Swallow quilt block layout

Swallow quilt block layout

Make the swallow quilt block

Place the 6.1/2″ blue square in the middle of the block.  Lay three half square triangles and a white square across the top of the block.

Add two half square triangles to the left hand side of the central square.  These are all placed so that the blue triangle is placed bottom right.

Across the bottom row lay a white square, a half square triangle and the smaller of the two rectangle sections.  Make the right hand column with a white square, a half square triangle and the larger rectangle section with a white rectangle beneath it.  Note that the half square triangles are now placed so that the blue triangle is top left.

Make three columns

Make three columns

Sew the patchwork pieces together in three columns and then sew the columns to each other to complete the Swallow quilt block.

Basic swallow quilt design

Basic swallow quilt design

Quilt design ideas

For the first quilt I have just shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four – a flock of swallows.  I’m sure somebody out there can tell me the collective noun for swallows!

Alternate quilt design

Alternate quilt design

For the second quilt idea, I have rotated the blocks, added some plain red blocks and also used a red square for the middle of some of the swallow blocks.  Needless to say, I find this a far more interesting quilt.

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Rose

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Comments

  1. I also think that the last version is the best one. I googled a flock of swallows and came up with the unimaginative “flight” and weird “gulp”. A gulp of swallows? Ha-ha!

    • Hi June. Thanks – I should have thought of doing that. Gulp presumably applies to the action of swallowing rather than the bird. Flight sounds quite attractive.

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