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How to Make a Goose Tracks Quilt Block in Green Parakeet Colors for our Birds of a Feather QAL. This release is for April 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!
April is our fourth month and the bird is Green Parakeet! 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 Green Parakeet colors to build this block. The block is the Goose Tracks block, this block is similar to the last few months, with variations! It lends itself nicely to the colors of a Green Parakeet. You can find our other Birds of America Blocks below:
- March Goldfinch Block – https://bit.ly/3mxyOfV
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 B7 Pieces
The rotary cutting instructions tell you how to cut all the pieces except for B7. Below is a guide to cutting the B7 pieces.
Fold the B7 piece along the long edge. Use your ruler and line it up on the upper fold and the bottom diagonal corner. Cut along this line. Unfold to bet your triangles. Make 8.
A skant 1/4″ is suggested since there will be biased edges that will be sewn together.
Step 2 – Make Flying Geese Units
The B7 triangle from Step 1 will be the base of the flying geese units. Add an F8 to the right of four B7 units, then add the D8’s to the left of the remaining B7 units. Crease the centers and line up these centers with right sides together. Iron towards the F8/D8 corners. Repeat for the F11/D11 pieces to complete the flying geese units.
Step 3 – Corners
Add H11 to G5 and iron towards H11. Add the other H11 to the unit you just made and iron towards H11.
Add E7 to the unit completed above, iron towards E7
Complete the corner by laying the pieces out as shown below. Note that the patch in the corners will be from four different fabrics (A1, A2, A6, A9). Sew together in rows, and iron in opposite directions. Make 4 corners.
Step 4 – Make rows and complete block
Make two of the following rows, iron towards C4:
Make 1 center row, iron towards C3:
Lay out the rows, iron towards the center row:
Congratulations! Your April Green Parakeet Block is Complete!
Here is my completed block, share your completed block on Instagram with the #greenparakeetblocksamplercc. 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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