The flying shuttles quilt block is a nine patch block attributed to Nancy Cabot. Unusually, it has plenty of squares as well as the half square triangles and I love the way the fabrics show up the design – sort of jacob’s ladder, but with plenty more added. Given that this quilt block was published in the 1920’s I think it’s safe to assume that the flying shuttle refers to a weaving shuttle flying across the threads in the weaving process rather than the shuttle used for flying to the moon!
twelve 2.1/2″ pink squares
twelve 2.7/8″ squares in both blue and white
Making the quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares. 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 will produce two half square triangle units.
Lay the squares out in six rows of six squares each. The blue and white half square triangles make a complete blue square in the middle and in two of the corners. it would be possible to make these as blue squares and add a white triangle on each edge, but I feel that it’s farm more simple to make everything with the half square triangle units.
Sew the patchwork squares together in pairs, then sew the pairs together across each row. Sew the rows together. It is really important to keep laying out the squares at each stage to make sure that they all remain in the correct place.