Triangle Fourplay – An Easy Quilt Block of the Month – Block 4

Block 4 of my block of the month project

Easy Block of the month block 4

Last Updated on 09/28/21 by Rose Palmer

How quickly time flies. Another month has gone by and it’s time for another installment in my own block of the month challenge.

The end of summer is around the corner and with it the end of the humid heat. I am really looking forward to getting back outside in the cooler weather and playing in my garden again. There is always something that needs to be transplanted or pruned or dug up. The tomatoes in the vegetable garden didn’t do well this year, but I will have a few white pumpkins for Halloween (assuming the deer don’t get to them first).

For this month’s quilt block I chose a pretty teal color to celebrate the last days of summer. As I mentioned in my previous posts, in this project I am exploring various geometries using half square triangles (HST).  The design that I picked is a 4 patch  HST version of the traditional “flying geese” block. I actually think that using HST is an easier way to make a perfect flying geese block, which can be a challenge sometimes.

Triangle Fourplay – Block of the Month Block 4

This is this month’s block:

It was interesting to discover the many different design variations that you can create with a two flying geese unit.

I chose the star shaped pattern and made it in both the “positive” and “negative” versions.

As in previous months, I also made the block in a cream and white version and also a scrappy option using left over Kaffe Fasset fabrics.

If you want to follow along and also make these blocks, here are the measurements and fabric requirements.

My starting half square triangle is 3.5 inches square. Once I’ve sewn 16 of them into a block, the size of the sewn block is 12.5 inches square which will finish at 12 inches in the quilt.

And this is my preferred easy method for making half square triangles.

Fabric requirements

For each 12 inch finished block using two colors:

  • Fat eighth or 1/8 yd of two contrasting colors, OR
  • Enough fabric to cut 8 x 4 inch squares of each fabric color

For a quilt with twelve 12 inch blocks I am thinking I will need:

  • 2.5 yards of each of two contrasting fabrics for the 12 blocks
  • 3/4 yard fabric for sashing
  • 1/3 to 1/2 yard for each border
  • 1/2 yard for binding

Check out the rest of the designs in this block of the month series:

Block 1Block 2Block 3, Block 5

See you next month. Thanks for visiting.



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