From our Free Quilt Block Patterns Library
Skill Level: Beginner
Grid: 3x3 (nine patch)
The Night Vision quilt block is a fun little block to make using the partial seams method. To make the design appear, you'll need three fabrics in three noticeably different values.
You can construct the Flying Geese units it contains using either paper piecing or connector corners. We've included instructions for both on this page so you can do what works best for YOU!
Time to get to work!
All seam allowances (SA) are 1/4" unless otherwise noted.
When you are instructed to press, first press the pieced unit flat to set the seam. Then open the patch and press again.
Cutting instructions are provided by both paper piecing (blue chart) and connector corners (pink).
Choose your technique. If it's paper piecing, you can print the units directly from the chart. They are listed under the finished block sizes.
You'll need the most current version of Adobe installed on your computer to download the pattern.
On the Adobe Print Menu page, under 'Page Size and Handling' set 'Custom Scale' to 100% before printing for accurate results. Click here to see what it looks like on the Print Menu page.
After printing, use the 1" square graphic on the printed pages to confirm they are printed accurately.
Not sure which paper to use?
Check out my review of several of the most popular brands available to us quilters on the market.
Which one will you choose?
Paper piecing patches are ample in size to make placement easy and accurate.
Unless otherwise noted, the dimensions are for squares.
For example, Patch #1 in the blue chart for a 6" block is cut 5-5/8" x 5-5/8" square from a medium value fabric, and then sub-cut twice on the diagonal.
Cutting Chart for a~Paper Piecing ~
|Patch||Fabric||Qty||Finished Block Size||Sub Cut|
|PRINT 4 Flying Geese units|
|1" x 2"||1½" x 3"||2" x 4"||--|
|Unfinished Flying Geese measure...||1½" x 2½"||2” x 3½"||2½" x 4½"||--|
|Unfinished Night Vision|
Cutting Chart for a~Connector Corners Technique ~
|Patch||Fabric||Qty||Finished Block Size|
|1||Medium||4||1½” x 2½”||2” x 3½”||2½” x 4½”|
|2, 4||Dark||5||1½” x 1½"||2” x 2"||2½” x 2½"|
|3||Light||4||1½” x 1½"||2” x 2"||2½” x 2½"|
|Unfinished Flying Geese |
|1½" x 2½”||2” x 3½”||2½” x 4½”|
|Unfinished Night Vision|
Regardless of the method you chose, make 4 Flying Geese for the Night Vision quilt block.
We need to amend the pattern just a bit. As you look at the printed side, change the '2' on the left to a 'L' for light and the '2' on the right to a 'D' for dark. It will look like this. (2's are used on both sides because it doesn't matter which one you add first.)
It might look backwards to you. Using two different 'sky' fabrics turns this into an assymetrical block, so we need to essentially 'mirror image' the pattern. It does work out in the end. You'll see!
Then use a dab of Elmer's Glue Stick (the one that goes on purple and dries clear—because it washes out with soap and water) and position #1 with its wrong side to the unprinted side, using the dashed placement lines makes it easy to get just right!
With RST, align the long bias edge of a dark triangle with #1. From the printed side, stitch on the drawn line starting and ending past the outside edge of the block.
Add the light triangle #2 in the same manner. Repeat the process for the three remaining Geese.
Trim the units to size by lining up the 1/4" mark on your ruler with the outside solid line of the unit and trim with your rotary cutter. Repeat for all sides of all units.
Remove the paper and they look like this...
Did you notice the one in the lower right is upside down? No?!
I bet you DID notice that they are all pieced the same fabric in the same position for each!
Connector Corners Technique
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Lay out the units. The points of the goose patches point out from the center.
You'll be stitching the first goose to the center square, but only partially sewing the seam...about half way (stop at the red arrow below). I did take a couple of backstitches to prevent accidentally pulling out some of the stitches.
Don't worry. We'll get to that loose part at the end.
Now turn the unit a quarter turn counter-clockwise and add another goose to the first two patches.
Then press with the SA toward the center. And repeat...
Continue adding and pressing until all four geese are stitched to the center square.
The last thing to stitch is that partial seam...
Use pins to secure the remainder of the SA. The pin on the left (arrow) is where the backstitches are.
Stitch the seam.
Press; SAs to the center.
This is the finished Night Vision quilt block!
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