This is block #9 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Birds in the Air. Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to the block.  I cut the pieces for the half-square triangles differently.

This is a simple block.  For new quilters, this is the way I assembled the block.  Use 1/4 inch seams throughout.

  • For the half-square triangles, use a Wonder Cut Ruler, or the following process:
  • Cut 2 squares of dark and 2 squares of light fabric 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.
  • Draw a line down the center of each light square and place right sides together with the 2 dark squares.

  • Stitch 1/4 inch from the center line on each side.
  • Cut along the drawn line to form half-square triangles.  They should measure 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches.  You will need 3 of these pieces.
  • Cut 2 squares of light fabric 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.  Cut a line diagonally on each piece to form 4 triangles.  You will need 3 of these triangles.
  • Cut one dark square 8-7/8 inches.  Cut diagonally to make 2 triangles. You will need one of these triangles.
  • Lay out the pieces in the proper order on a mat.

  • Join two half-square triangles in the top row and then a light triangle A.
  • In second row, join half-square triangle and a light triangle A.  Join row 1 and row 2.
  • Stitch a light triangle A to row 2 to form a large triangle.

  • Stitch the piece to triangle B.

  • Trim and press.  Piece should measure 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches unfinished.