Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 04

    Sew a Batch of Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Blocks

    Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Block Pattern
    Make Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Aunt Sukey's Choice is a traditional quilt block that can be altered in many ways by your choice of fabrics. Take a look at page 3 to see an illustration of four potential layouts before you begin, and keep in mind there are many other ways to arrange color and contrast.


    Like its layout, Aunt Sukey's Choice can be assembled in multiple ways. We'll use no waste Flying Geese to create the 'pointed' outer midsections of the block -- substitute half square triangle units for the geese...MORE if you prefer (cutting alternative at the bottom of the page).


    Aunt Sukey's Choice can be used in a quilt with an orderly layout, but a block is also a good option if you're making a scrap quilt, with each block sewn from different fabrics.


    The quilt block finishes at 12" x 12".


    Cutting Instructions for One Quilt Block


    Pencil in your own color choices. If you are a new quilter, read page 2 for a better understanding of the patchwork units and view the alternative layouts on page 3 before beginning.


    Not sure about colors? I've included a blank drawing of the block on page 4.


    Center Square


    • (1) 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square

    Four Patch Units (for block corners)


    • (2) 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" black strip
    • (1) 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" medium pinkish print
    • (1) 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" lighter pinkish print

    Yours may differ, and you could use two each of two fabrics, same dimensions, rather than 3, to sew four patch units similar to the three other block examples on page 3.


    Flying Geese - Pointed Areas at Outer Midpoints of Block


    Take a look at the blocks on page 3. The arrangement in the lower right makes it apparent that two geese units are stacked on top of each other. In other layouts, the geese triangles and backgrounds are made with the same two fabrics, but fabric positions flip-flopped to create a taller (narrow) peak when units are sewn together.


    Which do you prefer? Decide before cutting fabric.


    Top Geese Unit


    • (1) 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" square for peaked 'background' area
    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares for side triangles 

    Bottom Geese Unit


    • (1) 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" square for peaked 'background' area
    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares for side triangles 

    I don't like to say geese when it's really a goose!


    Tutorials to help beginning quilters:


    OPTION: Replace Geese with Half Square Triangle Units


    For each set of four geese, top, and bottom:


    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares for side triangles
    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares for center points

    Half square triangle units are sewn together after completion to look like flying geese on the next page. Make 4 of each type of geese that finish at 2" x 2" (they measure 2-1/2" square after assembly). ​Half square triangle unit instructions.


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  • 02 of 04

    How to Make Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Blocks

    How to Make Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Blocks
    Assemble the Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    Aunt Sukey's Choice pattern instructions match the quilt block shown on page 1.


    1. Sew a 2-1//2" x 10-1/2" medium pinkish strip lengthwise to a black strip of the same size. Press seam allowance towards the black strip. Square up one end of the strip set and then cut (4) 2-1/2" segments. Figure 1.​
    2. Make another strip set from the remaining 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" strips. Press seam allowance towards the lighter fabric. Square up and cut (4) 2-1/2" segments. Figure 2.
    3. Sew one of each...MORE segment together, placing the medium pinks diagonally from each other. Figure 3. Press seam allowance towards the medium pink/light pink segment or fan it out from the center to reduce bulk (a stitch or two will come 'undone' with that technique, bit it makes the units flatter).
    4. Make three more four patch units.
    5. Use the no waste Flying Geese method to make four flying geese from the 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" black square and the (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" brown squares. The first page of the tutorial is a flying geese introduction -- instructions begin on page 2. Each of the four geese should measure 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" when complete. Figure 4.
    6. Use the no waste method again to make four more flying geese from the 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" brown square and (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" black squares. Figure 5.
    7. Sew a Figure 4 geese unit to the top of a Figure 5 geese unit. Press seam allowance towards the top (Figure 4) unit. Repeat to make three more flying geese combos that measure 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" square. Figure 6.
    8. Refer to Figure 7. Arrange the patchwork units and the 4-1/2" center square into three rows as shown. Sew components of each row together. Press new seam allowances in adjoining rows in opposite directions and join the rows. Be sure to match seam intersections.
    9. Press the quilt block. It should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".

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  • 03 of 04

    Color and Contrast Variations for Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Blocks

    Four Variations of Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Blocks
    Four Layout Variations of Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Four examples of Aunt Sukey's Choice quilt block color variations illustrate how easy it is to alter the block's appearance. You'll discover many more variations when you experiment with color warmth and contrast.


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  • 04 of 04

    Blank Drawing of Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Block

    Blank Drawing of Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Block
    A Blank Drawing of Aunt Sukey's Choice Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    Click on the image to zoom in and pull it up in a new window. Use color (or regular) pencils to experiment with color and contrast for your Aunt Sukey's Choice quilt block.