Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Flying Squares Quilt

Although the center of a traditional Flying Squares block is background fabric, I made my quilt from some six-inch nine-patch blocks traded with friends. The traditional center would have more sense of movement. To change the nine-patch to a flying square I simply added a 8-by-2" rectangle and a 2" square to each side with partial seaming. Many people have already posted directions for partial seams; just Google it.
Flying Squares blocks made of light and medium prints on muslin with a border shading from light to dark Crazy Ann blocks
Flying Squares quilt
The border is a block named Crazy Ann (which seemed very appropriate!) The windmill effect of the stars adds to the sense of flying.

There's an inner border of muslin and two-inch squares to maintain the floating effect of the blocks. But that meant the corner blocks had to be slightly elongated. I drafted those on graph paper. Sorry, the sketch is now lost.
Detail of quilt  with Flying Squares blocks made of light and medium prints on muslin with a border shading from light to dark made of Crazy Ann blocks
Detail of Flying Squares
This is still one of my favorite quilts. I love the vintage feel of pastel-to-medium prints on muslin and the parallel line quilting.

Enjoy the day.

4 comments:

  1. Oh Ann, it's now one of my favorites too! I really love your Crazy Ann (LOL) border! The way you used color makes it twinkle!

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    1. Thanks, Lara. I've always been pleased with the way the border changes from light muslin through medium and then dark blue. I wasn't sure so much change would work in such a narrow width but it was fine. An oldie but goodie.

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  2. WOW! I just Love this quilt!! It is gorgeous. And really does twinkle.

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    1. It's always been one of my favorites, too. I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for writing.

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