- Draw a diagonal line on the reverse side of each 3-1/2” red square, from one corner to the opposite corner. Use the quick pieced flying geese unit method to sew a red square to each end of a background rectangle (illustration, top left).
- Repeat to make a total of four identical flying geese units. Each should measure 3-1/2" x 6-1/2".
For No-Waste Flying Geese Option (Option 2 in cutting instructions)
- Gather the 7-1/4" x 7-1/4" background square and the four 3-7/8" red squares. Use the No Waste Flying Geese method to construct units for the block. When complete, each should measure 3-1/2" x 6-1/2".
Make Half Square Triangle Units
- Gather a 3-7/8” x 3-7/8” background square and a green print square of the same size. Use the quick pieced half-square triangle method to create two half-square triangle units from the pair. Each of the new units should measure 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” (illustration, top middle).
- Repeat to make two more background/green half-square triangle units.
Make the Quilt Block's Center
The central section of the quilt block is a quick pieced Snowball block unit (illustration, top right).
- Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each 2” blue square. Use the quick pieced Snowball method to sew a square to each corner of the 6-1/2” background square.
Your Snowball will not look quite like the illustration you'll find when following the link -- the red triangle tips of this block are more delicate, but the method is identical.
- When complete, the block's center unit should measure 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".
Finish the Quilt Block
- Arrange patchwork components into three rows. Check the star tips of the flying geese units – the red tips should point towards the outer edges of the quilt block (illustration, lower left).
- Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances in the top and bottom rows towards the background/green half-square triangle units. Press seam allowances in the middle row towards the large background square.
- Join the rows and press, carefully matching edges and seam intersections. The quilt block should measure 12-1/2” x 12-1/2”.