Hovering Hawks is the eighth block in our mystery quilt, River Heritage. As you know, most of the blocks in this quilt are classics. Such is the case with this one.
The Hovering Hawks quilt block has been around a long, long time. There’s an interesting history lesson by Barbara Brackman HERE about the block and it’s symbolic meaning with the civil war.
I think you’ll find this quilt fun to make. You’ll arrange half-squares with single blocks, so piecing will be easy. The challenge for me was deciding where to place my fabrics.
Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt
Month 8 Hovering Hawks
Welcome to the eighth month in the River Heritage Block-of-the-Month Mystery Quilt!
Hovering Hawks is made from sixteen squares, ten of them made from half-square triangles. This block has been made over the years using lots of different fabric and value combinations. I played with my fabrics quite a while before making my final choices for this block. Use your own color scheme to make your block. Remember to check your values by taking a black and white picture of your fabric choices.
From light fabric: From dark or medium fabric:
Five – 4-inch squares Five – 4-inch squares
Four – 3 ½-inch squares Two – 3 ½ inch squares
RST = right sides together
Half-square triangles: Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the reverse side of each of the five light squares. Layer one dark/medium 4-inch square and one light square, RST. Likewise, layer the other pairs, RST. Stitch ¼ inch from the diagonal line for each set (chain-piecing method). Remove and clip the threads connecting the sets. Stitch ¼ inch seam on the other side of the drawn line. Clip apart. Cut on the drawn line. Press. Trim/square each set to
3 ½ inches. Makes ten half-square triangle sets.
Assemble block: Position the sixteen squares according to the picture. Take a black/white photo to double-check your layout using value.
Turn each piece from Column 2 onto Column 1, RST. Chain-piece a ¼ inch seam on the right edge. Clip apart and press odd rows to the right, even rows to the left.
Repeat with the next section by turning Column 4 onto Column 3, RST, stitch and press.
Repeat with the final two columns, stitch and press.
Nestle seams and pin Rows 1 and 2, RST, and stitch. Press open.
Nestle seams and pin Rows 3 and 4, RST, and stitch. Press open.
Repeat with final two sections, stitch and press open.
Trim and square your block to 12 ½ inches.
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Photographing actual hovering hawks proved to be quite a challenge. First, from what I’ve read, the red-tailed hawk which is likely what lives here might not even hover. They might be doing something that appears to be a hover, but, according to the experts, isn’t actually a hover.
Also, I could only find single hawks hovering/not hovering. Any grouping of birds that I thought might be hawks were actually turkey buzzards. So, kinda like the glimmer of “river” in “Eagle’s Nest”, we’re gonna say this is a hawk and it is HOVERING! Have fun with this block!
Month Nine will be posted on September 10, 2018 at www.blog.creativebeestudios.com
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