Welcome back to Week 4 of the Wyoming Wind Quilt Along!
So this week is EXACTLY like last week! Awesome right! Make another Wyoming Valley Block just like last week or in a different color combination.
MAKING THE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES
The first thing we need to do is make some half square triangles. That means that when we are done each square will have two triangles on either side of a single square. Two fabric squares make two identical half square triangles (HST). This is a staple block in a lot of quilt patterns and a great one to know. Page 7 of the pattern describes how to make two at a time half square triangles. Let’s follow along there or you can also use this blog tutorial for how to make HSTs by clicking here.
First gather the pieces you will need. These are labeled Background Color 5.25″ and Color 1 5.25″ squares. You need seven of each of these for Block #1. On the lighter of the two fabrics, draw a line diagonally from corner to corner as show in the image here. The top color fabric is my Color 1 for each of the two blocks. The black and white fabrics underneath are my background fabrics.
Following along with the directions on Page 7 of the pattern, line up the Color 1 block and the background block with right sides together (RST) and stitch a quarter inch down both sides of the diagonal line you drew. Press. Then cut the piece in half diagonally down the line you drew. Press the seams open and trim to size listed in the pattern. The image below shows my color combinations for both Wyoming Valley quilt blocks #1 and #2.
Now we are going to repeat this half square triangle process for Step 2 of the pattern using one Color 1 block and one Color 2 block at 5.25″ each.
MAKING THE FLYING GEESE
Now we need to make some yummy flying geese! Don’t be afraid of these. They are no harder than any other block…and they move quickly…they also have a huge impact!
For Step 3 of the pattern gather 4 of your background color rectangles and eight of your Color 3 squares. Using the directions on Page 6 of the pattern, lets make some flying geese.
First, mark the eight squares the way you did above for the HSTs. Make a diagonal line from corner to corner on the back.
Continue on with the steps in the pattern to complete your flying geese. I like to chain piece all of one side and then press. Then I chain piece all of the other side of the flying geese. Then I can press them all, trim them all and move on to the next step.
We have one more set of flying geese to make for this first block. Gather the four Color 3 rectangles and the eight Color 2 squares. Repeat to make flying geese from there.
ASSEMBLY THE BLOCK
This is my Wyoming Valley Block #2.
Using all of the HST and Flying Geese (FG) you made as well as the four remaining background color squares lay out your block as shown in the image.
I like to double check my layout by taking a picture before I begin sewing them together. Those two random HSTs in the other color combination can throw you off a bit, but they go in the center of the block.
Once you feel confident that the block is laid out correctly, you can begin piecing the block together. You can work in rows across. When you get to the four blocks in the very center, work in two rows of two. Press all the seams open or to the dark side if you prefer.
POST YOUR BLOCKS
Remember to post your finished Wyoming Valley Block #2 on social media using #jitterywings and @jitterywings. I love to see what you make.
And, until next time…thanks for stopping by!