Wyoming Dragonfly Block Tutorial–52 Twisted Traditional Blocks Quilt Along

It’s getting down to the nitty gritty of the 52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along!  We’re onto block FORTY-NINE today!!!!  I can hardly believe just how fast this year is going!

Wyoming Dragonfly Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 6” x 6”

A traditional Wyoming Beauty block twisted into a beautiful, graceful dragonfly!

Supplies and Cutting Instructions

Background (blue-ish)

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1 – 4” square
1 - 3” x 5” scrap
1 – 2.5” x 3.5” strip
1 – 4.5” x 1.5” strip
1 – 2.5” x 1.5” strip
3 – 1.5” squares

Dragonfly (turquoise)

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1 – 4” square
1 – 1.5” x 4.5” strip
1 – 1.5” square

Fusible Web – Brand of Your Choice (I like Heat N Bond)

1 –3” x 5” rectangle

Water soluble fabric marker

Directions

Wings (Half Square Triangles –HSTs)

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Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of both of your background fabrics. Place it right sides together with each 4” square of dragonfly fabric.

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Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the line you drew.

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Cut along the line.

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Press towards the feather fabric. Square blocks to 3.5”.

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Your two HSTs are going to be the wings to your dragonfly. I’m going to show you a little cheat to add a fun little triangle to your split up the wings a little.

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Draw your 3.5” square on paper with the diagonal showing. Then – measure down from the upper right corner 1.5”, put a dot, and another 1” and put a dot. Now connect those dots with your lower left corner to make a triangle slice.

SIDE NOTE: I didn’t want my points to be perfect in the corners once I pieced the block all together … too much stress to do everything perfect then.  BUT if you do want perfect points – follow the same instructions I’m giving you but instead draw a 3” square and measure down 1.25” and then 1”. 

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Flip your paper over and retrace this triangle slice on the back of the paper.  If you can’t see through the paper just retrace over your triangle slice with a darker marker. 

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Lay your fusible over the triangle slices you drew and trace BOTH of them. You’ll need both orientations so your wings work. Fuse them to your background fabric scraps and cut them out.

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Lay them on your block so the right and bottom sides match up nicely.

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Fuse them down.

Another Side note:  I like how you can sort of see through the background fabric to my dragonfly fabric.  It gives the idea of translucence like a fluttering dragonfly wing may actually look.

Dragonfly Body Block

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Sew your 1.5” x 4.5” strips of fabric together. Press towards the dragonfly body. Cut these into three 1.5” x 2.5” strips.

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Lay your pieced strips out with the three 1.5” background squares in the orientation shown above. You want your body to go diagonally down the square.

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Sew them into a nine patch by first piecing the 1.5” squares to each row.  Sew all three rows together to make your final body block.

Dragonfly Head

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Sew your 1.5” square dragonfly fabric to your 2.5” x 1.5” background fabric rectangle. Press towards the dragonfly square.

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Sew your new 1.5” x 3.5” strip to the 2.5” x 3.5” background rectangle.

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Lay your four blocks in the orientation shown above for your dragonfly. Sew them together – pressing towards the HSTs.

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And with that…your ‘Wyoming Dragonfly’ block is finished!

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Stop back next Wednesday for another twisted traditional block tutorial!

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