I love watching a flock of birds flying together.  They wheel and turn, change direction, take off, land all in unison.  How do they do it?  How do they communicate?  Are they psychic?  Telepathic?  Is it changes in the air currents?  I don’t know.  All I know is I could watch a flock of birds for hours, fascinated.

This block was really easy to make.  In fact, I was having so much fun making it that I forgot to take pictures!  So, just pretend.

This block is made up entirely of HSTs.  Two of the HSTs are large and make up two of the corner units for the block.  The other two corner units are made up of four HSTs.  Which means, you get to cut out a lot of triangles.  BUT!  None of them are the dreaded #13.  #7 and #8 instead.

Using #7, cut 8 light and 8 dark fabrics.  Placing them right sides together, chain piece them all at once.  And if you’ve already cut 2 each from light and dark fabrics from #8, you can add them to the chain.  Press all the seams, either open or to the dark fabric, and lay your pieces back on the table.

With the smaller HSTs, arrange them in a 4-patch, with all the dark halves oriented so they’re in the lower left.  Place the right ones face down on the left ones and chain piece them.  After you press the seams, you should have four rectangles, each made of two HSTs.  Now place them back in a 4-patch configuration.  Lay one rectangle on top of the other.  Make sure to use a pin to help line up the seams.  Chain piece and press and you should now have two more corner units.

Arrange your four corner units so that you have a large HST in the top left and lower right corners, and the 4-patches in the upper right and lower left corners.  Place the right corners on top of the left corners, stitch and press.

The last step, of course, is to match up the center seams and stitch the top half to the bottom half of the block.  Another good pressing and you’re done.

IMG_0589This is the first block I made with some of my 1920s vintage fabric.  It’s the red, which I just love.  Wish I’d had more of it!  This is a very pretty block, and a lot of fun.  Enjoy!