Indigo Bunting Delight: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Hovering Hawks Block
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We’re brimming with excitement to introduce the enchanting September Birds of a Feather Sampler Block of the Month. Drawing inspiration from the striking Indigo Bunting 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 Indigo Bunting 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 September Sampler Block. Infused with the elegant essence of Indigo Buntings, the chosen colors for this block will transport you to a realm of vivid splendor. The luminous shades of blues beautifully encapsulate the essence of these delightful avian creatures.
This month, we illuminate the “Hovering Hawks” block pattern. This design, adorned with its avian name, perfectly captures the synergy between bird-inspired brilliance and quilting innovation. The Hovering Hawks block invites you to unleash your artistic flair, crafting a quilt that pays homage to the allure of Indigo Buntings 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 Indigo Bunting colors 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 Indigo Bunting-inspired palette have easy access.
To enhance your quilting experience, we’ve prepared a comprehensive video tutorial to complement the Hovering Hawks block pattern. Whether you thrive on visual guidance or prefer a step-by-step approach, this tutorial equips you with the instructions and insights necessary to bring your Indigo Bunting-inspired masterpiece to life.
So, grab your sewing machine, gather your Indigo Bunting-colored fabrics, and join us on this extraordinary quilting adventure. Let’s dive into the captivating realm of Indigo Buntings in Harmony, where their colors take center stage. Whether you’re an experienced quilter or just beginning your quilting journey, this September Sampler Block is poised to ignite your creativity and leave you with a quilt that exudes avian elegance and bears 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
- August Grackle Block – https://bit.ly/3EbI7YN
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 Indigo Bunting block takes center stage amidst a symphony of colors and textures. Let your creativity soar and enjoy the dynamic interplay of the Indigo Bunting 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 Indigo Bunting colors and the charm of the Hovering Hawks 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 Flying Geese
Draw a diagonal line on the back of the B7 pieces (1). Arrange the B7 pieces rights sides together with the B4 pieces (2). Sew a seam 1/4″ from the drawn line on both sides of the line. Cut on the line (3) and iron towards the B4 piece (4).
Step 2 – Make the Flip and Stitch Sections
To craft these sections, you’ll need to assemble pieces D and F.
Stitch and Flip #1
Start by drawing a diagonal line on all the F9 and F6 pieces. These F pieces will be sewn onto the D5 pieces with their diagonals parallel, forming the stitch and flip sections. There will be 4 sections of each set. The sets will be mirror images of each other. Next sew F6 onto D5, sew on the line, cut 1/4″ from the seam and iron towards F6. Repeat for F9, taking care that the seam lines in each set are parrallel.
Stitch and Flip #2
Repeat the steps above for Stitch and Flip #2. Use Pieces D10, F9 and F11. See diagram below!
Step 3 – Assemble the Center Sections
We will use the Stitch and Flip #2. Place the two sections together so that the F9 and D10 sections line up together. Match seams, sew and iron open. (1) Next, add the C8 piece to the F9 side of the 4 sections we just made and iron seams open. (2)
Step 4 – Build Corners
For the corners we will need the HST’s we built above, the Stitch and Flip #1 and the A1, A2 and A3 pieces. We will build two different sets of corners. Note the diagrams below for setting the pieces in each set of corners.
Start with the four patch in the corner, sew the four patch in rows and iron towards A1 and A2. Put the tow rows together nesting the seams, sew and iron seams open.
Sew the Stitch and Flip #1 to the bottom of the four patch above and iron seam toward the four patch. Sew the A3 to the Stitch and Flip #1 and iron towards A3. Sew the two sections we just built together and iron towards the four patch.
Repeat steps above for the mirror image corner, make 2.
Step 5 – Assemble the Block
Follow the diagrams below to put the pieces together to make the block. Unfinished size of block will be 12.5″ square
Congratulations, you’ve done it! Your quilt block is now expertly assembled, capturing the enchanting essence of Indigo Buntings in the captivating Hovering Hawks design. This completed block stands as a testament to your quilting dedication and artistic flair.
Bravo on completing the captivating Indigo Bunting block in the Birds of a Feather Mystery Quilt Sampler! 🎉🐦 Your perseverance and imaginative touch have beautifully combined to breathe life into this delightful bird-inspired quilt block. Share your achievement and join the celebration by using the hashtag #IndigoBuntingBlockSamplerCC. Let’s come together to showcase our quilting prowess, inspiring fellow quilters with the charm of the Indigo Bunting block. Together, we’re nurturing a vibrant and supportive quilting community that celebrates the creativity and joy quilting brings. Keep up the phenomenal effort and continue quilting with passion!
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