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To sew a hovering hawks quilt block, you will need the following materials:
- Fabric in two contrasting colors (one for the hawks and one for the background)
- Quilting ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Sewing machine
Once you have gathered all the necessary materials, follow the steps below to create a hovering hawks quilt block:
Step 1: Cut the fabric Cut two squares of the contrasting fabric, one for the hawks and one for the background. The size of the squares will depend on the desired finished size of your quilt block.
Step 2: Cut the hawks Using the quilting ruler and rotary cutter, cut the hawk shapes from the fabric square that you have chosen for the hawks. To create the hawk shape, you can either use a template or draw the shape freehand.
Step 3: Assemble the block Place the hawk shapes onto the contrasting fabric square that you have chosen for the background. Make sure to position the hawks in the desired pattern. Once you are happy with the placement of the hawks, sew them onto the background fabric using a straight stitch on your sewing machine.
Step 4: Press the block Once the hawks have been sewn onto the background fabric, use an iron to press the block, making sure that all the seams are flat.
Step 5: Trim the block Using the quilting ruler and rotary cutter, trim the block to the desired finished size.
Your hovering hawks quilt block is now complete and can be incorporated into your quilt design. Repeat these steps to create as many blocks as you need for your quilt project.
This is a great technique for making half square triangles that eliminates the need to directly manipulate the stretchy bias of the triangle. It utilizes two easy to cut squares producing two half square triangles.
On the back of the lighter fabric, draw a pencil line, diagonally from corner to corner.
Stack a pair of light and dark squares, right sides together. Sew a 1/4 inch seam allowance on each side of the line.
You will end up with something like this.
Now cut along the diagonal line.
Press the seam together to set the seam. Then press towards the darkest fabric.
To trim the block to the exact size line up the diagonal 45°angle with the ruler on your seam.
And then carefully trim your block with a rotary cutter.
The secret to the perfect four patch is all about ironing seams so that they butt together when the seams are joined. You may make the four patch by cutting individual squares if you want to make a scrappy quilt or only a few blocks to make with pre-joined strips. I'll take you through both methods.
Cut two A squares and two B squares in your required size. Chain piecing, join A square to a B square, right sides together, with a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press towards the dark fabric.
This is your result:
This is also the result of cutting across pre-joined strips to create two units.
To make a standard four patch, the width of the unit cut from pre-joined strips is the same as the width of the original strips.
Press all the seams towards the dark fabric so that the seame butt-up.
Take the two A/B and place them right sides together, butting seams. Pin if required. Join with a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance, then press.
You can apply this technique to all kinds of four patch blocks. As long as a block has a 4x4 grid, no matter how many pieces, the basic principles apply. It is repeated over and over again each four patch laying adjacent to the next. As long as you keep pressing seams in pairs of opposite directions, piecing will become easy.
All of the following blocks have 4x4 grids and can be pieaced as a four patch.
How to Resize Quilt Blocks: