Delaware Quilts

Dove in the Window

For a 12 1/2 inch Dove in the Window block you need:
Eight 2 5/8 inch squares of the print
Eight 2 5/8 inch squares and four 2 1/4 inch squares of the black
Four 4 inch squares and one 2 inch square of the red

For the center strips you need four 5 3/4 by 2 inch strips of the print

First we will make the diagonal half squares (DHS) or half square triangles, which ever you prefer calling them. You can use which ever technique you want to make them, but this is my favorite.
First, mark your lightest squares diagonally through the center. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Place a black 2 5/8 inch square, right sides together with the 2 5/8 inch marked square. Sew on either side of the drawn line, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. Cut this square in half on the cutting line. Press them all to the darkest fabric, in this case black. You will now have two diagonal half-squares, which should measure exactly 2 1/4 inches. Repeat with the remaining 2 5/8 inch squares.

Pay close attention to this step. These do not go in the same direction and it will make a big difference when you sew them together.

You need four pairs with black pointing down right.

And four with black pointing down left.

Add a 2 1/4 inch black square to the set with black pointing down right. Press to the square.

Put the set with the black pointing down left to the red 4 inch square like this. The black will now be pointing what appears to be the same as the last set, but not really.
Press to the large square.
    Add the unit with the black square to the top of that unit as shown here.
Now sew a print strip between two of the units you just made. Notice how those units are turned, putting the black square in the corners. Make two units like this. One of those units will be turned around when you put the block together.    
Sew together the middle row.    

Assemble following the diagram.

Your Dove in the Window block should measure 12 1/2 inches.

Dove in the Window quilt and a Dove in the Window and a future BOM quilt

Dove in the Window Delaware Quilts December 2010
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