Total Block Pieces Needed

Now that we’ve figured out the pieces we need to make our block, we need to know how much fabric we need.  Let’s suppose we’re making the block from Wednesday’s post:

Let’s suppose we want to put the block in a setting that has 4 rows with 3 blocks in each row, for a total of 12 blocks.  See . . 3 x 4 = 12.  Told you this was easy!  🙂

From the previous post, we know that we need the following pieces to make a 12″ block.

  • The center square needs to be 4″ finished so I would cut it 4-1/2″.
  • The flying geese would be 2″ x 4″ finished.  There would be 4 with a blue goose and background wings and 4 with a background goose and blue wings.  I would cut the geese at 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and cut 2-1/2″ squares for the wings, draw a diagonal line through the centers and sew on the center line and flip.
  • The blue rectangles would be cut 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.
  • The squares would be cut 2-1/2″ — 4 blue and 4 background.

Below is a snapshot of exactly what I would do to determine the cuts to be made:

We have determined that for 12 blocks, we need:

  • Green: 12 – 4-1/2″ squares
  • Background: 48 – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles
  • Background: 144 – 2-1/2″ squares
  • Blue: 96 – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles
  • Blue: 144 – 2-1/2″ squares

If there were sashings or borders, those determinations would also have to be made.  But for now, let’s just talk about the blocks.

Tomorrow I will post about calculating yardage.


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    Hi Judy – I love this block – and your instructions are really clear – but I don’t understand the part where you are counting 48 – Green 4-1/2″ squares. Don’t you mean 12? What am I missing?

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    Jo says

    is it possible you need double of the blue 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ rectangles?
    thanks for looking