These are Winged Square blocks from a tutorial by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. My thought is that calling it the WHOA HSTs Block would be more fitting.Cutting Instructions
Background: (2) 4.5"x4.5"
Background: (12) 3"x3"
Print 1 (Center): (1) 4.5"x4.5" fussy cut with two dominant colors (Color 1 and Color 2)
Color 1: (6) 3"x3"
Color 2: (6) 3"x3"
Note: You can sub in as many of your bonus HSTs as you'd like here, I used two of mine since they were the correct color.
For me the background is the white, Print 1 is the red and yellow flower on the white background, Color 1 is red, and Color 2 is yellow. I cut two squares from each fabric I was using, but you can certainly do it even more scrappy.
Background: (2) 2.5"x2.5"
Background: (4) 3"x3"
Print 1 (Center): (1) 2.5"x2.5" fussy cut with two dominant colors (Color 1 and Color 2)
Color 1: (2) 3"x3"
Color 2: (2) 3"x3"
Note: We are only making 3 HSTs in each color, so 1 HST of each color will be left over for the baby quilt version.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of each 3" background square and pair each with the 3" squares in Colors 1 and 2. Sew 1/4" on both sides of the center line, carefully cut them apart, press the seams open and trim to 2.5" square. For the queen sized quilt you'll end up with 24 HSTs (12 in each color), for the baby quilt you will end up with 8 HSTs, but we will only use 3 of each color.
Lay out your block, paying careful attention to the direction the HSTs are oriented in. See my picture below (the baby quilt version has one HST in place of a four patch of HSTs in the queen sized quilt, orientation of the HSTs is the same, scroll down to see the picture of the finished block):
I sewed four patches of the HSTs first. Be careful about orientation and that you pin on the correct side each time. First sew together two patches, and then add (2) two patches into (1) four patch for a total of (6) four patches. Remember to pin at each seam, especially if you are pressing open!
Once you've sewn the four patches, lay them out again and then sew the blocks into rows and sew the rows together, pinning at each seam. You can press open or nest the seams.
Here is the completed block:
And here is the completed baby quilt block (the outlined car under the yellow one is blue, but it's hard to tell in this picture):
Completed block size:
Queen Sized: 12.5"x12.5"
Baby Quilt: 6.5"x6.5"
Several other options:
- Make wonky HSTs using the stitch and flip triangle method.
- Create your own two toned fabric using improv techniques for the center square.
- Play with fabric placement:
- Invert the background and prints and fussy cut two squares for the two corners.
- You can go back to the original intent of the block and do one fabric in the center and another fabric for all the points.
- Use all one fabric for the center square and the points.
- Make it completely scrappy (you'll have 24 extra HSTs, you crazy person, unless you cut the fabrics in half before sewing).
- Put another square of background fabric in the center and use one color solid for the tips.
- Use all one fabric for everything, but choose a few tips to do in a different fabric.
- Turn some of the tips so they form flying geese units.
- Sub in a 2.5" square in each HST four patch to make it a flying bird unit.