How to Sew an Aunt Sukey’s Choice Quilt Block

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Let’s sew an Aunt Sukey’s Choice quilt block today! This 12″ finished block appeared in the Ladies Art Company publication way back when. It is a sweet traditional block that sews up quickly! Let's get sewing!

aunt sukey's choice quilt block

Fabric Requirements for a 12" Finished Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Block:

  • Light:  12 – 2.5″ squares; 8 – 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles
  • Blue: 4 – 2.5″ squares
  • Green: 1 – 4.5″ square
  • Pink: 8 – 2.5″ squares; 4 – 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles (the picture below only shows 4 – 2.5″ squares – guess I don’t know how to count!)

aunt sukeys choice fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Step 1:

Flying Geese Units:

First you will make 4 Flying Geese units using 4 Light 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles and 8 Pink 2.5″ squares as shown in the top unit in the photo. Then do the same with the Pink 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles and the Light 2.5″ squares as shown in the bottom unit. You can see my method for making Flying Geese units here:

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Step 2:

Sew two of the units together as shown and repeat for a total of 4 units.

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Step 3:

Press the seam allowance as shown below.

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Step 4:

Three-Patch Units:

Now we’re going to make 4 Three-Patch units for the corners of our block. You could make this unit as a simple Four-Patch using 4 2.5″ squares but the way I’m showing has one less seam.

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Step 5:

Sew the Blue and Light 2.5″ squares together. Make 4 units total.

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Step 6:

Press the seam allowance toward the Blue 2.5″ square as shown below.

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Step 7:

Sew a Light 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle to the Blue/Light unit made above. Repeat so you get a total of 4 units.

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Step 8:

Press the seam allowance toward the Light rectangle as shown below.

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Putting It All Together

Step 9:

Lay out the Flying Geese units, the Three-Patch units, and the Green 4.5″ square in a nine-patch configuration.

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Step 10:

Sew the units together in 3 rows as shown below.

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Step 11:

Press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units as shown below.

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Step 12:

Sew the 3 rows together and …

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Step 13:

Press seam allowances toward the center of the block. All done!

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Layout Ideas:

Here's a picture of a quilt I made several years ago using the Aunt Sukey's Choice block.

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Here's the basic 4 x 4 layout using colors similar to the tutorial:

quilt 1

This example is the same layout as above but with narrow sashing and cornerstones added:

quilt 2

This is a typical on-point layout but the light has been replaced with black and jewel tones used for the rest of the patches. Sure looks different this way!

quilt 3

Here we have another on-point layout with sashing and cornerstones in green and plain light blocks for the setting triangles.

quilt 4

This layout uses an alternating chain block to set off the Aunt Sukey's Choice blocks:

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And this example has a large Hourglass block used as an alternating block:

quilt 6


The Aunt Sukey's Choice block was quick and fun to sew together! I love the diamond (or braced) design it makes.

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Happy Quilting!


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