I love the traditional Squash Blossom block. It’s so striking and looks amazing when you repeat the block pattern. What I don’t love however is all the HSTs (half square triangles) when made the traditional way. All that trimming – blergh!
So when I decided I’d had enough of HSTs, I worked out an option to piece this block without any HSTs, or weird angle cuts. By creating flying geese units (and half flying geese units), you can put this block together very quickly.
I’ve written out a bit of a tutorial on how to make this block the easy way. It makes for an 18″ finished block. At this size, you just need 9 blocks for a decent size lap quilt – hooray for a quick sew!
I love how this block looks in solids, but it’s also a fun one to experiment with prints. Also change the background colours for a completely different look. You can see how I used two different background colours in the block below to create an almost stripe look to the finished quilt.
Now you’re ready to go out and make a whollllle bunch of these blocks and put them together into a gorgeous quilt. One of the fun parts of this block is planning your design. Just changing the colours around can give an entirely different look to your quilt. So go play, have fun, and make a fantastic quilt without having to trim a single HST! Happy sewing!