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When Doves Fly

Quilt block mania blog hop for April, the inspiration is spring showers so I made this 'When Doves Fly block. This a modern take on a classic Drunkards Path spin. Instead of piecing these small curved corners the curved fabric is placed on top of the 3.25" squares and appliqued on.

Included at the bottom are templates to download and use in making this fun 12" block. Use the key block to pick what colors you want to see in your block.

Cut 16 background pieces at 3.25" x 3.25 squares.

In this example shown there are: 4 light blue squares, 4 dark green squares, and 8 med. green squares. Then there are

4 white curves cut out from template B and 12 white convex curves for the bird bodies using template A. I cut out the inner seam allowance from the template A, but cutting on the dashed line of the inner curve, leave the other 3 sides with the seam allowances line.

Place the bird body pieces over the selected background fabric squares and top stitch around the curved edge. Then assemble the birds in 4 squares, each corner at a time, then add the 1" sashing strips to complete the block. The middle square is a tiny 1"x 1" square which can be skipped if you don't love the look or just don't want to fiddle with a piece so small, by extending the center sashing pieces by a half inch.

For the dove head I folded the two long side from template C, then tucked the rounded edge under the convex curve of the dove body on top of the light blue squares. Then I top stitched the heads down before top stitching the curved edge for each square.

Here is an example offering of how making a few of these blocks would make a nice baby quilt, with some 12.5" (unfinished size) fabric squares added from a baby themed printed fabric your stash. In this example the sashing is shown in black to give a stained glass effect. Have fun with this one! Be sure to tag me in posts on social media of you makes from this pattern and give credit to @mama_makes_time Sara Flynn.

Doves in the rain templates
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Be sure to check out these other talented Block Mania pattern designers and blogs for more free patterns! Also on social media click on the hashtag to see more #quiltblockmania

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