Corner Block Instructions

Preparation

The first block is the most involved and time consuming of the 3 blocks, which is why we are doing it first. This portion of the even also includes the most cutting and prep work. Some of the cutting steps will be for the other 2 blocks and instructions will highlight that and let you know how to label and store them. 

I highly recommending have a gallon zip log bag labeled for each of the blocks, as well as smaller sandwich size bags labeled for the smaller pieces that make up the blocks. This will help you to stay organized and not mix up pieces as we sew the blocks.

Supplies

  • 3 Gallon Size Ziploc Bags - Label one for each block.
  • Sandwich size bags - These will be labeled with the letters for the cut pieces and put in the larger bags.
  • Your Fabric - Yardage can be found in this post (if you haven't already purchased & picked your fabrics.
  • Basic Cutting Supplies
  • Basic Sewing Supplies
  • Rotating cutting mat highly recommended but not required.

Cutting Instructions:

A quick note before you start cutting. Some of the cutting measurements I would consider 'tricky' so take your time and measure twice, cut once. A rotating cutting mat is highly recommended when you are cutting across the diagonals. The less you handle and move your fabrics, the less they will stretch and shift.

Important - Before starting to cut, please take the time to review the yardage. There were some updates on yardage requirements so please be sure you have enough before you start to cut.

Fabric 1 (Dark Green):

* Cut 2 - 2 3/4" strips

  • From 1 strip cut 8 - 2 3/4" squares. Label them "B" and place them in the Corner Block Bag.
  • From the remainder of the first strip, cut 4 - 2 1/2" squares. Label them "A" and place them in the Center Block Bag.
  • Take the remaining strip and label it "B" and place it with the squares in the Corner Block Bag.

Fabric 2 (Red):

* Cut 2 - 2 3/4" strips

  • From 1 strip cut 8 - 2 3/4" squares. Label them "C" and place them in the corner Block Bag.
  • Take the remaining full strip and label it "C" and place it with the squares in the Corner Block Bag.

Fabric 3 (Light/Medium Green):

*Cut 1 - 5 1/4" strip

  • From the strip cut 2 - 5 1/4" squares. Label them "B" and place them in the Flying Geese Block Bag.
  • From the remainder of the strip, cut 2 - 4 7/8" squares and then cut across 1 diagonal to yield 4 total triangles. Label them "E" and place them in the Center Block Bag.
  • Cut the remainder of this strip in half to yield 2 - 2 5/8" strips.

*Cut 2 - 2 5/8" strip

  • From the 2 shorter 2 5/8" strips and the 2 longer 2 5/8" strips, cut 16 total 2 5/8" x 6 7/8" rectangles. Label them "A" and place them in the Corner Block Bag.

Note - If your fabric isn't quite 42" you may need to cut another strip to get the last 1 or 2 rectangles.

Fabric 4 (Background):

*Cut 1 - 5 1/4" strip

  • Cut 1 - 5 1/4" square and cut across both diagonals to yield 4 total triangles. Label them "G" and place them in the Center Block Bag.
  • From the remainder of the strip cut 8 - 4 1/8" squares and cut across one diagonal to yield 16 triangles. Label them "F" and place in the Corner Block Bag.

*Cut 1 - 4 1/4" strip

  • From the strip cut 4 - 4 1/4" squares then cut them across both diagonals to yield 16 total triangles. Label them "E" and place them in the Corner Block Bag.
  • From the remainder of the strip cut 7 - 3 1/8" squares and set aside for the next step.

*Cut 1 - 3 1/8" strip

  • From the strip cut 9 - 3 1/8" squares. Cut these squares, plus the 8 squares you cut in the previous step, across 1 diagonal to yield 32 total triangles. Label them "D" and place in the Corner Block Bag.
  • From the remainder of the strip cut 4 - 2 7/8" squares then cut across 1 diagonal to yield 8 total triangles. Label them "F" and place in the Center Block Bag.

Sewing Instructions:

  • Take the strips labeled "B" & "C" and sew them together lengthwise. Press toward the darker fabric.

 


  • Cut the strip set into 8 total 2 3/4" x 5 " units. 

  • Take 2 units of the units you just made and sew them together to make a 4 patch that measures 5" square. 

  • Sew 2 of the "F" triangles to opposite sides of the four patch. Make sure to line up the center of the triangle side with the center of the 4 patch (this should be the seam).
  • Press toward the triangles.

  • Sew 2 more "F" triangles on the 2 remaining sides of the 4 patch.  The finished unit should measure approximately 6 3/8" square. If you are a few threads off I would not recommend trimming it down.
  • Press toward the triangles.

 


  • Sew 2 "A" pieces onto opposite sides of the unit you just made. It is important to make sure these are sewn on the side with Fabric 2 (Red).
  • Press toward the center block.

  • Sew a "D" triangle to a "B" square as pictured. Make 2 of these units.
  • Sew a "D" triangle to a "C" square as pictured. Make 2 of these units.
  • Press toward the triangle.

  • Sew a "D" to the adjacent side of each of the units you just made. Refer to the picture to the right.
  • Press toward the triangles.

  • Sew 2 "E" triangles to an "A" rectangle as pictured.

  • Using the triangle block you made with Fabric 1 (Dark Green), line up the centers of the rectangle block and the triangle block as pictured. Make 2 of these units.
  • Press toward the triangle.

  • Sew both of the triangle units you just made to opposite sides of the rectangle unit you made earlier. Refer to the picture as an example.

  • Sew the remaining 2 triangles as pictured to the larger unit.

  • Make 4 of these blocks.