I followed the Gourmet Quilter’s instructions but I didn’t have 10 inches squares or what they call in this country layer cake bundle. I used my scraps and made it scrappy. In this picture I still had a few places to fix. That was just on the sewing the four squares together. It made a nice 12 1/2 unfinished block for the 18th century sampler quilt. A well know civil war quilt made by Debra Coats was made from this pattern. You can see the quilt and read the history at this link: http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/2011/02/9-birds-in-air.html
I started with a selections of fabrics that I cut in half square triangles.
I didn’t have any color theme in mind. I just looked for fabrics that I thought would look nice mixed together. I made sure the large pieces had a medium print that was interesting so fabric would be the feature of the block.
I played around with the pieces until I got the look I wanted. All the points on the birds face the same directions. I started by sewing the small half squares first.
Then I sewed the little birds to the large half square. You have to be careful not to stretch the bias as you sew.
You can see it makes a nice 6 1/2 inches square. I always over size my half squares triangles so I can trim down afterwards.
Sew the four 6 1/2 inches blocks together to make the 12 1/2 inches unfinished block.
This is really a fun block to make.