Mother's Choice Traditional Quilt Block Pattern

Posted by Elaine Huff on

Today let's put together this traditional Mother's Choice quilt block! The Mother's Choice block is basically a weather vane variation that goes by a few other names such as Dove at the Windows, Fringed Square, and Laurel Wreath. There's quite a bit of sewing so let's get started!

Fabric Requirements:

  • Light/White: 4 - 2.5" squares, 12 - 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles
  • Medium 1/Green: 12 - 2.5" squares, 2 - 3" squares
  • Medium 2/Pink: 12 - 2.5" squares, 2 - 3" squares
  • Dark/Black: 1 - 4.5" square

Wow, that's a bunch of fabric for a 12" square block!

fabric requirements

Sewing Directions:

Step 1:

Half-Square Triangle Units:

Using the Medium 1/Green and Medium 2/Pink 3" squares make 4 Half-Square Triangle (HST) units. You can find my tutorial for HSTs here: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block Trim/square up the HSTs to 2.5" square.

half square triangles

Step 2:

Flying Geese Units:

Using the Light/White 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles and Medium 1/Green 2.5" squares, make the left side of 12 Flying Geese units as shown in the photo below. You can find my tutorial for Flying Geese blocks at: https://fabric406.com/blogs/fabric406-blog/how-to-sew-a-basic-flying-geese-block

flying geese 1

Step 3:

Using the Medium 2/Pink 2.5" squares and the Step 2 units, complete the Flying Geese units as shown in the picture below. You will have a total of 12 Flying Geese units.

flying geese 2

Step 4:

Lay out four of the Flying Geese units, the four HST units, and the Dark/Black 4.5" square according to the photo below.

mothers choice 4

 Step 5:

Sew the units together just like a basic Nine Patch block - sew into three rows as shown below. Press the seam allowances away from the Flying Geese units (oops, missed taking a picture here).

mothers choice 5

Step 6:

Now you can sew the three rows together as you can see in the picture below.

mothers choice 6

Step 7:

And press the seam allowances toward the center as shown in the picture below.

mothers choice 7

Step 8:

Sew two of the remaining Flying Geese units together as shown in the picture below and ...

mothers choice 8

Step 9:

Press the seam allowance toward the Medium 1/Green triangle as shown below. Repeat Steps 8 and 9 for a total of 4 units.

mothers choice 9

Putting It All Together:

Step 10:

Lay out the Step 7 center unit, the four Step 9 units, and the four Light/White 2.5" squares as shown in the picture below.

mothers choice 10

Step 11:

Using the picture below as a reference, sew the units into three rows. Sewing the Step 9 units to the center unit was the trickiest part of the block for me. I pinned a lot and only had to redo one seam!

mothers choice 11

Step 12:

Press the seam allowances in the top and bottom row toward the Light/White 2.5" squares. Press the seam allowance in the middle row toward the center of the block as shown in the picture below.

mothers choice 12

Step 13:

Almost done! Sew the three rows together as shown in the picture below.

mothers choice 14

Step 14:

Press the seam allowances toward the outside of the block as shown below. You're done!

mothers choice 13

In Conclusion:

I really enjoyed sewing this block together even though it was a bit tricky to match up those seams in Steps 11 and 13. Sure seemed like a lot of fabric for a 12" block! If you want to challenge yourself a little bit, this handsome Mother's Choice quilt block is the answer!

Happy Quilting!

Elaine


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17 comments

  • I had just started layout for a charm square lap quilt when I saw this. It’s lovely; going to consider those tricky seam-ironing instructions and warnings and see if I feel up to the task. Thank you so much. Love it.

    Lou on
  • Hi Diana,
    This block finishes at 12" – so 12.5" with the seam allowances.

    Elaine Huff on
  • Is this block 12" or 12.5 " with seam allowance?

    DIANA TEAGUE on
  • Hello,

    Beautiful block! If I wanted to make a lap quilt, how do I figure how much fabric I would need? I am new at quilting.

    Cindy on
  • Hi Raina,
    There isn’t a pattern for purchase for this block. Feel free to copy and paste into a document and print it out from there.

    Elaine Huff on

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