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A Block A Day
The seam allowance is ¼ inch throughout.

A mosaic of patches creates a perky robin block, ideal for a festive quilt.

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© 2019 Lucinda Ganderton / Ivy Press · Reproduced with permission. · From A Block A Day ((c) The Ivy Press Ltd 2015); photography by Andrew Perris
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  • Step 1

    Fabric quantities
    • Medium brown fabric A: 8 x 12 inches
    • Dark purple fabric B: 5 x 9 inches
    • Medium red fabric C: 3 x 3 inches
    • Medium yellow fabric D: 3 x 3 inches
    • White fabric E: 4 x 4 inches
    • Light blue fabric F: 13 x 18 inches
    • Dark purple fabric G: 13 x 18 inches

  • Step 2

    Prepare the patches
    Rotary method
    • From fabric A, make one 2½-inch square
    • From fabrics A and C and fabrics C and F,
    make a 4½-inch corner square
    (see page 14) each
    • From fabrics A and F, make three 2½-inch
    half-square triangles (see page 12)
    • From fabrics A, B, and F, make a 4½-inch
    hexagon square (see page 15)
    • From fabrics A and E and fabrics B and F,
    make a 2½-inch half-square triangle
    (see page 12) each
    • From fabrics D and F, make a 4½ x 2½-inch
    right tapered rectangle
    • From fabric F, cut one 4½ x 2½-inch
    rectangle, two 2½-inch squares, and
    two 12½ x 2½-inch rectangles
    • From fabric G, cut two 2½ x 1-inch
    rectangles
    or
    Template cutting
    Using the 6 x 6 templates (pages 278–83):
    • From fabric A, cut 1 corner square, 5 small
    triangles, and 1 small square
    • From fabric B, cut 1 hexagon and 1 small
    triangle
    • From fabric C, cut 2 small triangles
    • From fabrics D and E, cut 1 small
    triangle each
    • From fabric F, cut 1 corner square, 1 right
    tapered rectangle, 2 full-length rectangles,
    1 short rectangle, 2 small squares, and
    5 small triangles
    • From fabric G, cut 2 narrow very small rectangles

  • Step 3

    Template piecing
    With right sides together, sew a fabric C
    triangle to the fabric A corner square; press
    seam open. Repeat with a fabric C triangle
    and fabric F corner square.
    With right sides together, sew one fabric F
    triangle and one fabric A triangle to the fabric
    B hexagon to make the hexagon square;
    press seams open.
    With right sides together, sew the fabric D
    triangle to the fabric F right tapered rectangle;
    press seam open.
    With right sides together, sew a fabric F
    triangle to a fabric A triangle; press seam open.
    Repeat with two more sets of fabrics F and A
    triangles, a set of fabrics F and B triangles,
    and a set of fabrics A and E triangles to make
    half-square triangles.

  • Step 4

    Make the block
    Sew the head and breast Arrange patches
    to make a robin. With right sides together,
    join the beak to the head; press seam open.
    With right sides together, join the fabrics A
    and E half-square triangle to a fabrics A and F
    half-square triangle, with the white and brown
    fabrics abutting; press seam open.
    Join the strip to the fabrics C and F corner
    square; press seam open. With right sides
    together, join the head and beak to the
    breast; press seam open.
    Make the body With right sides together,
    sew the fabrics B and F half-square triangle to
    a fabric F square, matching the background;
    press seam open. Join to the hexagon square
    to form the wing; press seam open. With right
    sides together, pin and sew a fabrics A and F
    half-square triangle to the short side of a fabric F
    short rectangle, matching the background; press
    seam open, then join to top of the wing. Right
    sides together, sew fabric A and fabric F squares
    to fabric A and F half-square triangle, matching
    the background and body; press seam open;
    then join to bottom of the wing.
    Complete the square With right sides together,
    pin and sew the wing to the head and breast
    patch; press seam open. Appliqué (see page
    20) the fabric G narrow very small rectangles
    to a fabric F full-length rectangle as the legs,
    then sew the strip to the bottom edge of the
    bird. With right sides together, pin and sew the
    remaining fabric F full-length rectangle to the
    top edge. Press seam open.

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