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Duck and Ducklings Quilt Block Instructions

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Duck and Ducklings quilt block instructions

Skill Level: Beginner

Grid: 5x5

The two fabric Duck and Ducklings quilt block, while drawn on a 5x5 grid is truly an uneven 9-patch in construction.

On this page you'll find both traditional and paperpiecing cutting dimesions and instructions for 3 block sizes, as well as the necessary paperpieced patterns to download.

Alternate names include:

Time to get to work!




Construction Instructions

All seam allowances (SA) are 1/4" unless otherwise indicated.

To press, first press the pieced unit flat to set the seam. Then open the patch, pressing from the front. You may want to reduce or eliminate the use of steam for  paper pieced blocks. Steam tends to curl the paper.

For flatter quilt blocks, check out our favorite pressing technique. It works even with the foundation attached. Now THAT'S sweet!


Step 1: Choose technique, size and then cut the patches

Duck and Ducklings quilt block design

Cutting charts are provided for both paper (blue) and traditional (mauve) piecing methods.

Paper piecing patches are cut oversized to make it easy to position them properly the first time.

All patches are cut as squares unless otherwise noted. For example, from the Traditional (mauve) piecing chart for a 10" finished block, for Patch #1 you'll cut two 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares and then subcut once on the diagonal.



Paperpiecing

Finished Block Size
Patch
#
Fabric Qty 5” 7-1/2” 10” Sub Cut
Grid Size 1” 1-1/2” 2” --
1 Dark 2 1-7/8” 2-3/8” 2-7/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
2, 3, 4 Light 6 2-3/8” 2-7/8” 3-3/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
5 Dark 2 3-3/8” 4-3/8” 5-3/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
6 Light 4 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” 2” x 3-1/2” 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” na
7 Dark 1 1-1/2” 2” 2-1/2” na
Print Birds in the Air units sized... 2” 3” 4” --
Trim Birds in the Air unit to... 2-1/2” 3-1/2” 4-1/2” --
Unfinished block size... 5-1/2” 8” 10-1/2” --

Traditional Piecing

Finished Block Size
Patch
#
Fabric Qty 5” 7-1/2” 10” Sub Cut
Grid Size... 1” 1-1/2” 2” --
1 Dark 2 1-7/8” 2-3/8” 2-7/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
2, 3, 4 Light 6 1-7/8” 2-3/8” 2-7/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
5 Dark 2 2-7/8” 3-7/8” 4-7/8” Symbol for a half square triangle
6 Light 4 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” 2” x 3-1/2” 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” na
7 Dark 1 1-1/2” 2” 2-1/2” na
Trim small HST to... 1-1/2” 2” 2-1/2” --
Unfinished Birds in the Air unit measures... 2-1/2” 3-1/2” 4-1/2” --
Unfinished block size... 5-1/2” 8” 10-1/2” --

Step 2: Download the foundation patterns

If you are using patches sized for traditional piecing, skip this step. Otherwise, download the Birds in the Air paper foundation pattern. The one you need is listed on the blue chart (above) on the line third from the bottom.

To print, open the downloaded file and select the "Print" option.

Remember, you must set 'page Scaling' to 'None' in your printer's setup menu to ensure these blocks print at the proper size.


Step 3: Assemble the Birds in the Air units

The Birds in the Air unit
Make 4

For foundation pieced instructions, go to Birds in the Air unit.

For traditional instructions click here.

When you are finished, click the 'back button' on your browser to return here.

Regardless of the method you chose, after stitching you'll have four units that look like this one...


A Birds in the Air unit, stitched and trimmed


Step 4: Assemble the Duck and Ducklings quilt block

Lay out your pieced and cut patches into rows.


Lay out the patches into three rows


Stitch the units into rows. Press with the seam allowances pointing in the direction of the arrows.


Press the seam allowances in the direction of the arrows


Sew the rows together. Your SAs nest which makes matching the seams so much easier and less bulky, too!

Press.

Your finished Duck and Ducklings quilt block looks like this...


The finished Duck and Ducklings quilt block


Common Variations

These two blocks, while completely different from each other, are also called Duck and Ducklings.

A Duck and Ducklings quilt block variation



This simple variation also goes by the name Aunt Kate's Choice. The side rectangles have been replaced with two squares.


A Duck and Ducklings quilt block variation



Same name, but a completely different block drawn on an 8x8 grid.



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