Ducks Foot in the Mud Quilt Block Pattern

Ducks foot in the mud quilt block

Ducks foot in the mus quilt block

The name Ducks Foot in the Mud quilt block conjures up lovely images of a duck’s foot (or any foot) going splat in the mud.  I just had to make this one.  I’ve made it here as a rather large 21″ square.

It’s a traditional block, classified as a five patch.

Cutting requirements for the Ducks foot in the mud quilt block

6.1/2″ squares:  four turquoise

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  four blue

3.1/2″ squares:  nine white

3.7/8″ squares:  eight dark green, eight white

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Place a dark green and a white square with right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line.  Cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.

Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Make the Ducks foot in the mud quilt block

Ducks foot in the mud quilt block layout

Ducks foot in the mud quilt block layout

I had intended to show you this block in quarters but in fact it’s such a simple layout that I’ll just show the entire layout at once.

Across the top and bottom rows there are white squares in the middle and at each end.  Between these place a pair of half square triangle units.  In each pair the triangles are placed the same way as each other.  I found that the easiest way to get the placement right was to make a butterfly shape around each white corner square.  Then it was easy to check the placement of all the other triangles.

In the second and fourth rows place a pair of half square triangles at each end with a turquoise square inside them.  Place the blue rectangle in the middle vertically.

The middle row contains a white square at each end and in the middle.  Between these place two blue rectangles horizontally.

Rows one, three and five can be sewn together easily.  For rows two and four you’ll need to sew the half square triangles together in pairs first and then sew the patchwork together across the rows.  Finally sew all the rows to each other to complete the Ducks foot in the mud quilt block.

Basic quilt suggestion

Basic quilt suggestion

Ducks foot in the mud quilt suggestions

I’ve made the basic quilt using nine blocks sewn together in three rows of three.  This layout forms lots of lovely shapes that form a grid around the turquoise and blue squares.

Alternate quilt design

Alternate quilt design

As an alternate quilt idea, I have added an alternate block made with 3.1/2″ squares of blue, turquoise and dark green.

I’m rather taken with this design.  I like the diamonds formed by the dark green squares.

Here’s the video:

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