Flying colours quilt block

Flying colours quilt block

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

Cutting requirements

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

Make half square triangles


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.


Sew the squares into pairs

Sew the squares into pairs

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.


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  1. Hi Rose
    Love your website and look forward to your weekly patterns. I am a relatively new quilter – made one baby quilt and a couple of table runners.
    I would like to make a flying colours quilt but using layer cakes. Could you recommend a particular fabric line that would work please?
    Many thanks

    • Hi Eileen. I love the idea of layer cakes, but I’m not up to date with what’s around at the moment. Not all manufacturers do them, but Moda definitely do and they have a constant stream of new designs coming out. I think that perhaps your best bet might be to decide on what colour range you want to use and then see what layer cakes are available. rose

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