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Aunt Kate's Choice Quilt Block Instructions

Aunt Kate's Choice quilt block instructions

Skill Level: Beginner

Grid: 5x5

The Aunt Kate's Choice quilt block is made from Birds in the Air units and a smidge of extra piecing.

My favorite way to make this block is with paper piecing so that my points are points and not cut off.

But if you despise paper piecing, don't worry.

Instructions are also included for traditional patchwork. There's always more than one way to put a block together. The trick is to find out what works best for YOU!

Is Aunt Kate's Choice not ringing a bell? You might also know it as a 'Duck and Ducklings'. (We've got instructions for that block variation here.)

There's lots to do. Let's get started!



Construction Instructions

When you are instructed to press, first press the pieced unit flat to set the seam. Then open the patch, pressing from the front. Seam allowances are pressed to the dark fabric unless otherwise noted.

For exquisitely flat blocks, take a minute to review our favorite pressing technique. It works even with the foundation attached.

Now THAT'S sweet!


Step 1: Choose your technique, a size and then cut your patches

Aunt Kate's Choice quilt block design

We've got two cutting charts for two different techniques.

Paperpieced patches are cut bigger to make positioning them a breeze!

Dimensions are for squares unless otherwise written. To translate from our charts, for a paperpieced 5" block for Patch #1 you would cut two 1-7/8" x 1-7/8", then subcut this once on the diagonal.

To print foundation patterns from the blue chart, click on the size listed in the 'Finished Block' column, i.e. for a 5" finished Aunt Kate's Choice, print 2" Birds in the Air units.

You'll need Adobe to do this. Click here to download the latest version should you need it.

Remember, to print at the correct size set
 'Page Scaling' to 'None' in the print menu.


For this example, our Fabric 'A' is a dark and 'B' is a light.

Paperpiecing

Finished Block Size
Patch
#
Fabric Qty 5” 6-1/4” 7-1/2” 10” Sub Cut
1 A 2 1-7/8” 2-1/8” 2-3/8” 2-7/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
2, 3, 4 B 6 2-3/8” 2-5/8” 2-7/8” 3-3/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
5 A 2 3-3/8” 3-7/8” 4-3/8” 5-3/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
6 B 4 1-1/2” 1-3/4” 2” 2-1/2” --
7 A 4 1-1/2” 1-3/4” 2” 2-1/2” --
8 A 1 1-1/2” 1-3/4” 2” 2-1/2” --
PRINT Birds in the Air unit 2" 2-1/2" 3" 4"** --
Trimmed Birds in the Air unit measures... 2-1/2” 3” 3-1/2” 4-1/2” --
Grid Size 1” 1-1/4” 1-1/2” 2” --
Unfinished Aunt Kate's Choice quilt block measures... 5-1/2” x 5-1/2" 6-3/4” x 6-3/4" 8” x 8" 10-1/2” x 10-1/2" --

**You'll need to print two pages for a total of four units


Traditional Piecing

Finished Block Size
Patch
#
Fabric Qty 5” 6-1/4” 7-1/2” 10” Sub Cut
1 A 2 1-7/8” 2-1/8” 2-3/8” 2-7/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
2, 3, 4 B 6 1-7/8” 2-1/8” 2-3/8” 2-7/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
5 A 2 2-7/8” 3-3/8” 3-7/8” 4-7/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
6 B 4 1-1/2” 1-3/4” 2” 2-1/2” --
7 A 4 1-1/2” 1-3/4” 2” 2-1/2” --
8 A 1 1-1/2” 1-3/4” 2” 2-1/2” --
Trim small HST to... 1-1/2” 1-3/4” 2” 2-1/2” --
Trim Birds in the Air unit to... 2-1/2” 3” 3-1/2” 4-1/2” --
Grid Size 1” 1-1/4” 1-1/2” 2” --
Unfinished Aunt Kate's quilt block measures... 5-1/2” x 5-1/2" 6-3/4” x 6-3/4" 8” x 8" 10-1/2” x 10-1/2" --


Step 3: Assemble the units

Birds in the Air unit

Birds in the Air

Make 4

For detailed instructions, click the link below that corresponds to the type of patches you cut in Step 1 for:

After stitching, trimming and removing the paper, you'll have four units that look like this. It's a bit bigger than lifesize which is why the SAs look larger than a 1/4". Love the nice pointy points!


Make four Birds in the Air units like this one


Joined Squares

Make 4

With RST, layer a #6 and a #7 square, stitch with a 1/4" seam. Press towards the dark.

Make four like this.


Stitch 4 pairs of squares together like this


Step 4: Assemble your Aunt Kate's Choice quilt block

Lay out your finished units and center square into rows.


Lay out the units into rows


Stitch the rows together with a 1/4" seam. Press with the SAs in the direction of the arrows shown below.


Press the SAs in the direction of the arrows


At last, your Aunt's Kate Choice quilt block is finished!


Your finished Aunt Kate's Choice block!


So many choices...
So little time!

Make it easy on yourself and check out our Free Quilt Block Patterns Library. Lots of blocks with illustrated instructions to choose from!




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