Grackle Elegance: Goose on the Pond Quilt Block with Expert Guidance
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We’re bursting with excitement to introduce the enchanting August Birds of a Feather Sampler Block of the Month. Drawing inspiration from the striking Grackle hues, this month’s block harmoniously blends vibrant tones, intricate patterns, and the allure of these captivating birds. Whether you’re part of the Fat Quarter Shop’s Solid of the Month Club or a dedicated quilter eager to immerse yourself in the beauty of Grackle colors, this block template is tailored for you!
In 2023, the Birds of America collection, showcased by the Solid of the Month Club, has sparked the creation of our August Sampler Block. Infused with the elegant essence of Grackles, the chosen colors for this block will transport you to a realm of vivid splendor. The luminous purples, greens and blues beautifully encapsulate the essence of these delightful avian creatures.
This month, we shine the spotlight on the “Goose on the Pond” block pattern. This design, adorned with its avian name, perfectly captures the synergy between bird-inspired brilliance and quilting innovation. The Goose on the Pond block invites you to unleash your artistic flair, crafting a quilt that pays homage to the allure of Grackles and the world of avian wonders.
The best part is that you don’t need to be a member of the Fat Quarter Shop’s Solid of the Month Club to embark on this captivating quilting journey! Simply gather your own Grackle hues from your fabric stash or preferred store and dive into creating this exquisite block. Our pattern is readily accessible in our free resource library, ensuring that all enthusiasts eager to embrace the Grackle-inspired palette have easy access.
To enhance your quilting experience, we’ve prepared an in-depth video tutorial to accompany the Goose on the Pond block pattern. Whether you thrive on visual guidance or prefer a step-by-step approach, this tutorial equips you with the instructions and insights required to breathe life into your Grackle-colored masterpiece.
So, seize your sewing machine, gather your Grackle-toned fabrics, and join us on this extraordinary quilting voyage. Let’s delve into the captivating realm of Grackles in Harmony, where their colors reign supreme. Whether you’re a seasoned quilter or just embarking on your quilting journey, this August Sampler Block is primed to ignite your creativity and leave you with a quilt that radiates avian elegance and your unique touch.
You can find our other Birds of America Blocks below:
- March Goldfinch Block – https://bit.ly/3mxyOfV
- April Green Parakeet Block – https://bit.ly/41kxnB9
- May Chickadee Block – https://bit.ly/3MweO7X
- June Flamingo Block – https://bit.ly/3p0A50A
- July Oriole Block – https://bit.ly/3rCYESw
Enhance the charm of your Grackle block with the captivating sashing design in the “Birds of a Feather” Quilt! The sashing surrounding all the blocks features a subtle and elegant beige Essex linen, providing a neutral backdrop that beautifully complements the vibrant colors of the quilt. Adding a touch of whimsy and variety, each block is adorned with a triangle pointing towards it, showcasing a unique color from that month’s Fat Quarters. As you stitch each block, you’ll delight in the ever-changing palette that brings a delightful harmony to your quilt. Prepare to witness the magic unfold as the Grackle block takes center stage amidst a symphony of colors and textures. Let your creativity soar and enjoy the dynamic interplay of the Grackle block and the stunning sashing design in this remarkable quilt!
Step 1 – Cut the Pieces
If you haven’t yet acquired the pattern, make your way to our free resource library and seize this opportunity. Immerse yourself in the splendid journey that draws inspiration from the captivating Grackle colors and the charm of the Goose on the Pond block.
Start by meticulously cutting out all the required pieces, ensuring that you mark your chosen colors accurately to achieve a flawless and stunning final design.
Equipped with your perfectly cut pieces, you’re now ready to embark on the creative process of crafting your August Grackle Goose on the Pond block. Return to this space as we guide you through each step of the assembly, ensuring that your quilting experience is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.
Step 2 – Make the HST’s
Step 2 – Crafting Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
Let’s delve into the creative process of crafting Half Square Triangles (HSTs) for your exquisite quilt block. Begin by marking a diagonal line on the back of both A10 and A11 fabric pieces.
Once marked, arrange the A10 and A11 with the A4 pieces with the right sides together, aligning them thoughtfully. To secure their position, stitch a seam exactly 1/4″ away from the marked line on both sides of the line.
With the stitching complete, carefully cut along the marked diagonal line. Following this, gently press the newly created HSTs towards the A4 piece. For a visual guide on the ironing process and precise placement, refer to the accompanying diagrams below.
Step 3 – Make the Strip Section
Let’s move forward with assembling the strip section of your quilt block. Combine the D12, D7, and D8 fabric pieces to create this visually appealing segment. Follow the illustration below to ensure accurate placement and alignment of the pieces.
Step 4 – Make the 9 Patch
Get ready to add another layer of charm to your quilt block by creating the 9-patch section. Follow these steps to ensure your 9-patch comes together seamlessly:
- Layout the 9 Patches: Arrange the 9-patch units according to the illustration provided below. You’ll notice that there are two distinct colorway 9-patches. Each colorway consists of two sections.
- Sewing and Ironing: Begin by stitching the pieces of each 9-patch unit together, aligning them accurately. Once the stitching is complete, press the seams as indicated in the accompanying diagrams below.
Step 5 – Assemble the Block
The moment has arrived to bring all your diligently crafted sections and patches together to create a harmonious whole. Follow these final steps to assemble your block:
- Alignment: Gather all the sections and patches you’ve meticulously prepared. Align them precisely according to the diagram provided below.
- Ironing: With your sections and patches aligned, take a moment to admire your progress. Then, following the direction of the arrows in the diagram, carefully press the seams to create a polished and cohesive look for your block.
As you complete this step, you’re putting the finishing touches on your quilt block masterpiece. The journey you’ve undertaken is about to culminate in a work of art that reflects your dedication and skill. Keep your enthusiasm alive as you prepare to unveil the final outcome of your quilting adventure!
Hooray, you’ve done it! Your quilt block is now skillfully assembled, beautifully capturing the enchanting essence of Grackles in the captivating Goose on the Pond design. This completed block stands as a testament to your quilting dedication and artistic flair.
Bravo on completing the captivating Grackle block in the Birds of a Feather Mystery Quilt Sampler! 🎉🐦 Your persistence and imaginative touch have come together splendidly to bring this delightful bird-inspired quilt block to life. Share your accomplishment and be part of the celebration by using the hashtag #GrackleBlockSamplerCC. Let’s unite in displaying our quilting prowess, igniting inspiration among fellow quilters with the charm of the Grackle block. Together, we’re fostering a lively and supportive quilting community that reveres the creativity and happiness quilting brings. Keep up the phenomenal effort and continue quilting with passion!
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