My daughter thought that today’s block for the layer cake sampler quilt looked like one of the road signs in a cartoon: you know, the one with 20 different arrows all pointing in different directions to get to different places. She always looks at those signs, knowing the characters will get lost, and says, “Why don’t they just ask for directions??”
Today’s post is block 2 in our layer cake sampler quilt. We’ll be sharing a new block every other week for the next 20 weeks, and when the project is finished, you’ll have a gorgeous 72”x90” quilt to enjoy. To make the complete quilt, you’ll need 1 patterned layer cake and 1 solid white layer cake. We picked the Lil’ Red layer cake by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda fabrics for the sample quilt.
Supplies Needed for today’s block:
2 contrasting patterned layer cake squares and 2 background layer cake squares, made into half square triangles as described here.
- All seam allowances are a scant ¼.”
- Align two squares with the same patterned fabric together so that the patterned fabric is touching and the diagonal seams form a point. Stitch in place, then repeat with all of the blocks of that fabric. You will have four completed flying geese.
- Using the same pattern as step 2, stitch all of the contrasting blocks into flying geese as well.
- Now, align two flying geese of the same fabric so that they are pointed in the same direction and stitch together. You will need two of these blocks.
- Once again, repeat step four with the contrasting fabric so that you have two flying geese squares of the contrasting fabric as well.
- Next, we’ll stitch two contrasting flying geese blocks together, with the geese pointed in the same direction. You will need to make two identical blocks, ensuring that the color placement is the same on both blocks.
- For the last step, turn one of the two blocks you completed in step 6 upside down, then stitch the blocks together so that the flying geese are pointed in opposite directions.
You’ve finished today’s block! This is a super-easy block, but the contrasts make it a fun pop of color on your quilt.
Catch up on the layer cake sampler quilt with the previous blocks:
Week 1: Chainsaw block