Hummingbird Quilt Block Pattern

Hummingbird quilt block

Hummingbird quilt block

The Hummingbird quilt block began life as a mistake.  Then I realised that I liked it as it was, so I kept going.  Originally I intended to write a pattern for the Swallows quilt block.  When I put the pieces together I realised that I had miscalculated and had made a totally different block.  However it looked like a hummingbird hovering outside a large trumpet flower, so that’s how it came by its name.

I’ve made it here as a 12″ square finished size.  Although I have used only one colour plus white, I think that I would make it in several different colours if I made it again.




Cutting requirements for the Hummingbird quilt block

6.1/2″ squares:  one purple

3.7/8″ squares:  four purple, four white

3.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  one purple, one white

6.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles:  one purple, one white

2.3/8″ squares:  two purple

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a white and a purple 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 which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

The four squares of each colour will actually give you eight units although you will only need seven of them for the hummingbird quilt block.

Place purple squares on the white rectangles

Place purple squares on the white rectangles

Make the rectangle sections

Place a 2.3/8″ purple square on one end of each of the white rectangles.  The squares will overlap slightly on either side of the rectangles.  This is intentional!

Pin the square to the 6.1/2″ rectangle running from top left to bottom right of the square.  Repeat with the 3.1/22 rectangle, but this time have the pins running from bottom left to top right.

Sew along the two pin lines to secure the squares to the rectangles along the diagonals.

Trim the excess triangles

Trim the excess triangles

Trim a line 1/4″ away from the sewn line on each square.  Be careful which side of the seam you cut.  Discard the spare purple and white triangles and press the rest of the purple square open.  The rectangle should now be the same size as before but with a purple triangle on one end.

Add the purple rectangles

Add the purple rectangles

Add the purple rectangles

Place a purple rectangle beside each white rectangle.  Sew them together along the length.

Hummingbird quilt block layout

Hummingbird quilt block layout

Assemble the hummingbird quilt block

Lay the 6.1/2″ purple square in the middle of the block.  Place two half square triangles above the square. Beneath the square place one half square triangle and the small rectangle section.

Down the left hand side of the central square place three half square triangles and a white square.  On the right hand side place a white square followed by a half square triangle and the large rectangle unit.  Check the photo to be sure which way round to place the half square triangles.  I found it helpful to follow the straight lines formed by the diagonals of the half square triangles, with the purple triangles all above or all below the diagonals.

Sew the patchwork pieces together to make three columns and then sew the columns to each other to complete the hummingbird quilt block.  Next week I’ll make the proper Swallows quilt block and write the pattern up!

Basic hummingbird quilt design

Basic hummingbird quilt design

Quilt design ideas

For the basic quilt design I have shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.  I think they remind me a little of a computer game – all waiting to be shot!

Alternate hummingbird quilt design

Alternate hummingbird quilt design

For an alternate design I have rotated the blocks and this throws up with some lovely designs.  The white sections take the look of a submarine periscope.

Here’s the video:

 

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Rose

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