High Flying Squares
Some of my favorite patterns are ones that take a traditional quilt block and make it look like a modern design. The type of block even the most novice of quilters can create. Some of those blocks, however, have a little trick to get them just right. Here we’ll learn the trick to the 5 patch High Flying Squares Block.
Several months ago I watched Mister Domestic do an online video unboxing his Aura fabric collection. These were just first runs. It would be several months before the public could get ahold of it; but from that moment I KNEW I needed to make a quilt with every. single. fabric. All 16 of them.
And so Kaleidoscope was born. Featured in the center of the quilt are several High Flying Square Blocks. Using just squares and rectangles, the block is very simple to put together. However, the very center of this 5 patch block can be a little tricky – but VERY manageable. So, let’s break it down.
Attaching the Center Square
To complete this block you should have 4 Corner units and one center square.
I always find it easiest to lay out my pieces before stitching, just to make sure I’m stitching the correct seam. Any little trick to avoid bringing out Jack the seam Ripper, am I right?
The first step in completing this 5 patch block is to line up your center square with corner unit #1, right sides together, as shown. Measure 1/2 inch from the inside of your center square and make a mark. This is where you will START your stitching.
Leaving that 1/2 inch open, stitch outward down the edge of your square, using 1/4″ seam allowance.
Be sure to FINGER press this seam toward the corner unit. You don’t want to iron press it just yet. This will make your final step that much easier.
Line up your corner unit #2 with the long side of your block, as shown.
Place the units Right Sides Together and stich down the long side.
Press your seam toward corner unit #2.
Repeat this step to add your third corner unit.
Place your 4th and final corner unit over the block, right sides together, lining up the raw edges. Feel with your finger where the seam ends from corner unit #1 (step one).
Where the fabric overlaps the fold, place a mark on the WRONG side of corner unit #4. This is where you will START stitching.
Using 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch out the length of your corner unit.
Press your seam toward corner unit #4.
Finally, line up the open edges of corner unit #1 and corner unit #4, right sides together.
Start your stitching just above where your first seam ended, as shown. Stitch down the open edge.
Press seam toward corner unit #1.
That’s it! You did it! You finished a 5 patch quilt block. I never had any doubt. See, with a little practice and patience, anything is possible. Even Applique.
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As always, Hoppy Quilting!