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Old 12-05-2021, 12:16 AM
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I have instructions for making this block using squares and rectangles, and would like to know if there is a chart somewhere that has cutting sizes for different sized blocks. The one I saved makes a 3" block, and the maker called it an ultimate half square triangle block, but I think it has another name - my brain is not working today. Can someone enlighten me please as I can't find it on the web if I don't know the name. TIA

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Old 12-05-2021, 02:39 AM
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Birds in the Air, Cats Cradle I am sure there are more and I am sure others will chime in. Perhaps this can help

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Old 12-05-2021, 04:03 AM
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Quilters Cache is a site that gives block patterns with various size choices. Seems most blocks/quilt patterns have more than one name.
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Old 12-05-2021, 04:41 AM
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The traditional name I know is also Birds in the Air, the modern name I know is Shaded 4-patch. If you search on that there is at least one chart for purchase that has different dimensions, I didn't quickly find a free resource.

I pulled out my copy of the book, Designing Quilts, The Value of Value by Suzanne Tessier Hammond. The entire book is devoted to the block and different layouts -- but there was no sizing chart in there either! Still, is a great book if you happen to find it at the guild table or used book store:

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Old 12-05-2021, 05:25 AM
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Two other names for these blocks are Mary's Triangles and Shaded Four Patch. Google either of these and you will find tutorials to make them.
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Also known as Grandmother's Choice. Per https://quiltsbyjen.ca/grandmothers-choice-quilt-block/ there is a difference between Grandmother's choice and the Bird in Air. There is a pdf at http://concordpiecemakers.org/wp-con...hersChoice.pdf for the fast way to not have to cut triangles to make the block. Which looks to be the same as the Mary's Triangles at https://hillsidequilter12.blogspot.c...-tutorial.html

According to https://www.quilterscache.com/G/Gran...oiceBlock.html it is only part of the block.

There are some more ways to put the shown block together at https://quiltsbyjen.ca/grandmothers-...ock-revisited/

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Old 12-05-2021, 05:48 AM
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Rhonda - a board member - had a tutorial on how she made mini blocks using her cut down method


She called them "Rhonda's Boston Blocks" - I think because of the connection to a book she had used.
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Old 12-05-2021, 08:57 AM
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There is a Creative Grids Cat's Cradle ruler. You make it oversized
and then trim with the ruler. Has a chart for different sizes.
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Old 12-05-2021, 02:25 PM
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OurWorkbench - You have found what I wanted with Mary's Triangles, she gives cutting measurements for a few different sized blocks. Thank you so much, and thanks to all who helped. When one has a name to go on lots of sites come up.
Checked a video for the Cats Cradle ruler, and that's another name for the block.

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Old 12-05-2021, 07:58 PM
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DebTucker has a video tutorial on YouTube for this and calls it a Shaded Four Patch. She uses her Tucker Trimmer and has a technique sheet for sale that has all the sizes to cut for different size blocks.


I have not seen a free reference sheet but there may be one on the web somewhere.
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