The flying dutchman quilt block is an easy four patch block that has just enough going on to make it interesting to look at. The colours don’t show up as well as I would have liked – I think that I would have been better choosing a plain yellow rather than the butterfly fabric. I have made it here as a 12″ block.
Cutting requirements for the flying dutchman quilt block
3.7/8″ squares: four each in yellow and white, two each in yellow and brown
3.1/2″ squares: four white
Making the flying dutchman quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares in the combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along one of the diagonals. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles. Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners. These are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork pieces out in four rows of four. There is one white square in each row – in second, first, fourth and third positions respectively. The four brown/yellow half square triangles are all used in the central block. I apologise for them not being as clear as I would like, but I think you can just see enough of the brown to see which way to place them. The yellow/white half square triangles in the corners all have the white on the outside.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the flying dutchman quilt block.
This is actually quite a good example of choosing colours as light, medium and dark rather than by instinct. I automatically thought that the brown would be darker than the yellow, but as you can see they are both medium in relation to each other.
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