Delaware Quilts

Swamp Angel

For a 12 inch finished block you will need -
        from dark blue cut two 5 3/8 inch squares
        from your light blue cut two 4 7/8 inch squares
        from your yellow cut one 4 1/2 inch square and two 5 3/8 inch squares
        from your background (white in the block) cut two 4 7/8 inch squares
Other sizes are listed below

Of course you may choose your own colors, or even change them around. Look at the quilts below for variations.

First make your corner blocks. Take the 4 7/8 inch squares of green and background, place them right sides together. Carefully draw a line down the center, corner to corner, diagonally across the block. (This will be a cutting line when you are finished.) Now if you have a true 1/4 inch foot on your machine, you can sew on either side of this drawn line. If not, you will have to draw a second line on either side, exactly 1/4 inch from the first line. These will be your sewing lines. After you have sewn on your sewing lines, you will cut this square in half on your cutting line. Don't forget to trim your dog ears. You will now have two diagonal half squares measuring exactly 4 1/2 inches. Repeat, and the four corner blocks are complete.

To make the quarter square units, place a blue and background 5 3/8 inch squares right sides together. Follow the same directions above for making the diagonal half squares. After you have sewn on your sewing line, 1/4 inch on either side of your corner to corner to line, you will cut this square in half on your cutting line. You then will cut it a second time on the opposite diagonal. You will now have four diagonal quarter-squares, which when sewn into a square should measure exactly 4 1/2 inches.

Now put your blocks together following this diagram.
Your finished Swamp Angel block should measure 12 1/2 inches.
Measure carefully, cut and sew carefully, and you won't have any problems.

And here are four different quilts all made with the same block, just different colors in each position.

Want to make a different size Swamp Angel blocks? The chart below shows you the different sizes you need to cut your fabrics for different size blocks.
These are finished sizes, after sewn into your quilt.

Swamp Angel Delaware Quilts February 2003
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Updated June 14, 2020

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