Epic Halloween QAL, Week 9: Barn Bats

This block is based on a traditional block called “Barn Bats.” The bats are typically stacked on top of one another (as in this mini quilt), but this tutorial is for individual bats with one bat per 6 1/2″ block. You’ll want to make 6 blocks for your quilt.

Solo Barn Bat Block | Flying Parrot Quilts

Start by cutting your fabrics. From the background fabric, cut:

  • 1 strip 2 1/2″ x 17″
  • 1 strip 1 1/2″ x 15″

From the main bat fabric cut:

  • 1 strip 2 1/2″ x 12″

Starting with the background fabric, fold your strips in half lengthwise.

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Take your wider 2 1/2″ strip, and, starting at the raw ends, line up your ruler’s 60-degree line with the top of the strip and trim.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Line up the edge that you just cut with the 3 1/2″ line on your ruler and cut. (I rotated my fabric for easier cutting.)

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Then, cut 2 1/2″ pieces in the same way.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Next, take your 1 1/2″ strip and trim the ends to 60 degrees as before.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

From this strip, cut two 2″ pieces.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

And two 3 1/2″ pieces.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Next, take your bat fabric strip, and fold it in half also.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Make a 60-degree cut as before:

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Then, cut two 2 1/2″ pieces:

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

And two 1 1/2″ pieces:

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

This is how your bat will fit together. The narrow (1 1/2″) short pieces go above and the wide (2 1/2″) short pieces go below the bat:

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Sew your strips together. In order for the edges to line up when sewing 60 degree angles, the corners should overhang slightly. The inside corners formed from the overlap of the two patches should line up with your seam line.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Press seams towards the bat, except on one of the narrow strips. This will let you nest the seams and line up the center strips nicely. Sew the two narrow center strips together.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Take your ruler and make a mark 1″ down from the tops of the bat ears on both sides of the center strip.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Line these marks up with the seams on your bat wings, and sew the two side strips to the center.

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Your bat should now look like this, and all that is left is to trim it!

Bat Block Tutorial | Flying Parrot Quilts

Trim the block down to 6 1/2″ square. I like to line up the top of the bat ears with the 1″ mark to get the bat nice and centered in the block.

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Post your finished bat blocks with the hashtag #epichalloweenqal!

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One Response to Epic Halloween QAL, Week 9: Barn Bats

  1. Frances Arnold says:

    You are moving right along with your blocks. I know that you have a whole group of people enjoying the process!!!

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