#jensfillerblocks Duck Tracks

Duck Tracks

 

I am so sad that my #jensfillerblocks series is coming to an end. I have one, maybe two more posts planned and them I’ll be sad every Friday that I don’t have a need to share 6″ blocks any more. I just finished up the last of my 144 6″ blocks for my mega sampler quilt yesterday!! This duck tracks block for today is another fun traditional block that can be changed and made to look more modern just based on fabric choice. It comes together rather quickly as well. Win win for everyone.

White:

(8) 2″ x 2″

(2) 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″

Pink:

(2) 2″ x 3-1/2″

Aqua:

(2) 2″ x 3-1/2″

Black:

(2) 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″

Start by drawing a line down the diagonal center of (4) 2″ x 2″ white squares and (2) 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″ white squares. Pair these (4) 2″ x 2″ squares with the 2 aqua and 2 pink 2″ x 3-1/2″ rectangles, making sure the line is oriented in the correct direction using the above finished block for reference. Sew down the drawn line, trim off the excess, and press.

Pair up the white 2-3/8″ squares with the black 2-3/8″ squares. Sew 1/4″ away on both sides of the drawn line. Cut down the line, press the pieces and it will yield 8 half square triangles (HSTs). Trim these to 2″ if necessary.

Lay out each quarter of the block, sew the quarters together. They should measure 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ at this point. Sew together into halves, then into your complete block.

#jensfillerblocks Eccentric Star

Eccentric Star

Today’s #jensfillerblocks is a great block that falls under the family of a Friendship Star. I love how this one looks almost like a Friendship/Ninja Star, and yet it’s so different. Adding the half-square triangles (HSTs) in the corners really changes the look of the block.

White:

(4) 3″ x 3″ squares

Center:

(1) 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ square

Print:

(4) 3″ x 3″ squares

Mark a line down the center of your white 3″ x 3″ squares. Place your white and print 3″ x 3″ squares with right sides together. Sew 1/4″ on both sides of the center line on each square. Cut down the center line and press your 8 HSTs. Trim to 2-1/2″, if necessary. Arrange your remaining pieces as shown, sew together into rows, then into your finished Eccentric Star block.

#jensfillerblocks Economy Block

Economy Block

 

Our next #jensfillerblocks is a great, simple block that does a wonderful job at showcasing favorite fussy cut fabrics. I love both of these floral prints and was so happy to find a way to highlight them in my quilt. Both of these center fabrics were gifts from dear friends and I love having a way to remember them in my quilt. I’ll probably make a few more because they are just that easy. It took me less than 10 minutes to sew both of these. The hardest part was choosing the fabrics. 🙂

(1) 3″ x 3″ center square

(2) 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ print, cut in half once diagonally

(2) 4″ x 4″ white, cut in half once diagonally

Sew (2) 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ triangle halves on opposite sides of the center square. Press, then sew the remaining 2 on the other sides. Follow this same process with the outer white triangles.