A bright summery block of flying swallows seemed right for this little tutorial. Mr. Q.O. calls them bats, but …
There are a number of pieces in the block, but it really is an eight-point star made up of pieced 90-degree diamonds. Each of the pieced 90-degree diamonds is made up of 3 diamonds and 4 triangles. First piece the 3 diamonds together.
Then take advantage of the continuous stitching opportunity offered when adding the 4 triangles to the diamond unit as shown in this photo. Following the arrows, it’s possible to stitch all the triangles to the diamonds without breaking the thread.
Make sure the top and bottom triangles are placed the right way so that you end up with a larger 90-degree diamond.
Join the 90-degree diamonds to create the eight-point star, making sure all the swallows are flying in the same direction.
Add the setting squares and triangles and the block is done. This block finishes at about 15″ and is destined to be part of a stitching book cover. I made it using the 6″ LeMoyne Star Inklingo collection, which has all the shapes to make the block other than the outer setting triangle.
Smudge found this whole process so calming that he fell asleep with some soft stuffed toys to keep him company!
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