Bird’s Nest Quilt Block

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The Birds Nest Quilt Block is an older pattern published by Ladies Art Company (1898).

Designed around a 5x5 grid, the Bird's Nest Quilt Block is a fun block for intermediate quilters or confident beginners. It is comprised of Half-square triangles and squares set on-point. Visually it is similar to the Duck and Ducklings Quilt Block. Notice how the small squares in Duck and Ducklings have been replaced with Square-in-a square (SNS) units.

Due to the 5x5 grid, it is most practical to make this block in a 10" or 15" size.

As with most blocks, there are several ways to construct the block. One method is to use the Quick Corner method to make SNS units for the On-point squares. Another method uses cut triangles to set the squares.

Grouping Example

Illustration of a grouping of bird's nest quilt blocks

Block Construction

Skill Level: Intermediate

Exploded version of the Bird's Nest Quilt Block Exploded

Click the image above to download free cutting charts
to make the Bird's Nest Quilt Block

Coloring Sheets

Click to download coloring sheet.