The flying colours quilt block pattern is another of the Kansas Cit Star designs, dating back nearly a hundred years. it is classified as a four patch pattern and is made entirely from half square triangles. It is deceptively simple to make and the colour placement makes it a really eyecatching quilt block pattern.
I have used four fabrics to make the quilt block – three of them graded light, medium and dark and the fourth a brighter colour to go in the centre. I have made it as a 16″ block
two 4.7/8″ squares each in dark blue/light blue
three 4.7/8″ squares each in navy/light blue
two 4.7/8″ squares each in navy/dark blue
one 4.7/8″ square each in light blue/bright
Making the quilt block
Make half square triangles from all the squares in the colour ratios listed above. Place two squares 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 to produce two half square triangle units.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four squares. Sew the squares into pairs and then sew the pairs together across each row. Sew the rows together.
The flying colours quilt block is terribly easy to sew, but I think it makes a very attractive quilt block pattern.