About the Quilt Block PatternEach Bird's Nest quilt block contains quite a few pieces, but the design isn't difficult to assemble.
The instructions and graphics illustrate how to make the variation on the left, with dark, on-point squares moving vertically and horizontally through the center of the quilt block.
To make the quilt block on the right, which contains the same fabrics used in different positions, substitute colors as shown.
The quilt pattern on page 4 uses both block layouts and finishes at about 50" x 70". Yardages are included.
Finished Quilt Block Size: 10" x 10"
Cutting for ONE Bird's Nest Quilt Block (Left Illustration)The patchwork for the squares and triangles used in the quilt block's mid-point bars are technically just a bit smaller than the sizes given below, but their "textbook sizes" aren't rotary cuttable. I've stepped them up to the next largest easy-to-cut size, in the same way we do for the odd sizes of setting and corner triangles used in on-point quilts.
Always begin any pattern by cutting only enough fabric for a sample block.
- (3) 4" x 4" squares, each cut in half twice diagonally, for side triangles used in mid-point bar units
- (6) 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally, for corner triangles used at the ends of mid-point bar units
- (2) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares, for half square triangle units, for half square triangle units used in block corners; draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each
- (9) 2" x 2" squares, for squares used in mid-point bar units
- (2) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares, for half square triangle units
- (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally, for individual half square triangles sewn next to floral print
Multicolor floral print:
- (2) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally, for half square triangle units sewn next to mid-point bar units