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Learn to make the Ducks & Ducklings Quilt Block in Goldfinch Colors for our Birds of a Feather QAL. This release is for March 2023!
I am starting a series of blocks for 2023 that will end up being a sampler quilt at the end of the year! All the blocks are going to a version of a bird named quilt block, and the color will be themed from a different bird each month. My inspiration comes from the Fat Quarter Shop Solid of the Month Club. They are theming their club after the Birds of America for 2023 and this inspired me to find quilt blocks that have bird names!
March is our third month and the bird is Goldfinch! Of course, you don’t need to use the solid of the month club for your blocks, you can use scraps or go and find your favorite Goldfinch colors to build this block. The block is the Ducks & Ducklings block, this block is similar to last month, but much easier! It lends itself nicely to the colors of a Goldfinch. You can find our other Birds of America Blocks below:
- January Blue Jay Block – https://bit.ly/3GGaRJT
- February Humming Block – https://bit.ly/3XMsIW7
I have sashing around all the blocks with a triangle that points towards the block. The sashing in my quilt is a beige essex linen, and the triangles are going to be from that month’s fat quarters. So each block will have different color triangles in the sashing.
Before we get started, I have a pattern with all the cutting and construction instructions in my Free Pattern Resource Library. The pattern will get guide you through the cuts and how to put the pieces together to make this beautiful block. Click the link below to get the password if you haven’t already!
Step 1 – Cut the Pieces
Cut your pieces according to the pattern. Make sure that you keep your pieces organized by letter, but then by color. I have numbered my colors, and keep the numbers on each of my colors and then refer to the the Key Block to make sure I get the right colors in the right place! I used Alphabitties with numbers and letters to keep track of my cuts and fabrics.
Step 2 – Corners
Sew an A2 to an A7 to make an HST. Sew and A1 and A8 to make an HST. A Skant 1/4″ seam will need to be used on the Step 1 seams because of all the bias edges. Make 2 of each colorway.
Add an A11 to one side of the A7, iron towards A11. Add and A11 to the other side of A7, iron towards A11. Repeat for the A1/A8 HST using the A12 pieces
To complete the corner, add a C6 to both of the corners above. Unfinished unit will be 5 1/4″ square.
Step 3 – Center Strips
All seams will be a standard 1/4″ from this point on. Sew a B10 to a B4, and sew a B5 to a B3.
Connect the two B3/Br5 units from above with a B9, making sure the B9 connects to the B5 side of the unit above.
Step 4 – Build the Top and Bottom Rows
Using the corners we built and the B10/B4 units we built above, start building the top and bottom rows.
Add an A11 corner to the B10/B4 unit with the B10 on the top. Iron towards the corner. Add the A12 corner to the other side of the B10/B4 unit. Iron towards the corner. Make 2.
Step 5 – Assemble the Block
Lay out the three rows that we have completed above. Add the top row to the center, matching center seams, sew and iron towards the top and bottom rows.
Congratulations! Your March Goldfinch Block is Complete!
Here is my completed block, share your completed block on Instagram with the #goldfinchblocksamplercc. I would love to see what your block looks like and the fabrics you choose!
Check out my detailed video also to see how I cut the fabric and assemble the block.
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