Flying Arrows Quilt

Flying Arrows Cover

I’m Lauren Terry.  I’m a blogger and pattern designer.  I also love dancing to folk music, riding bikes with my family and reading.  I’m giving away some FREE FABRIC.  To enter, head over to my blog and leave a comment on this post (housed on my personal blog, brights on white).  Also, look out for a great quilt along this fall.  (For those of you with a little boy in your life who loves trains – you won’t want to miss this!)

Today, I’m showing you a simple design with half square triangles and I’m using the Sundrops line.  Please do not copy or redistribute the pattern, but feel free to let others know where they can download it.

Download the FREE PDF INSTRUCTIONS here:

Flying Arrows Updated


– 1 Layer Cake (you’ll use 18 squares)
– 1 Bella Solids Layer Cake (18 squares needed)
– 1 Bella Solids Junior Jelly Roll (11 strips needed)
– 3/4 yard binding fabric
– 4 yards batting, or a piece 60″ x 70″
– 4 yards backing fabric


Draw a diagonal line on your 10″ square so it makes an “X”


Place the neutral squares on top of your patterned square, so the right sides are together.


Sew 4 lines, one on either side of the lines you drew.  Use a 1/4″ (as always).


Press the piece to set the seam.  This will make things sharper in the end.


Now we’ll cut these to make 8 half square triangles.  We’ll do 4 cuts total to each piece.  One vertical…


One horizontal….


Then on the diagonal lines you drew earlier…


Now you need to square up your half square triangles to 4.5″ x 4.5″  I really love the “Quilt in a Day Square-up Ruler”  Seriously, it’s the best.  Here’s a couple pics of how it works.  If you don’t have one, just square it up the conventional way after it’s ironed open.




Each piece will make 8 Half Square Triangles.  Press 4 of the seam of the seam allowances to the dark side and 4 of them to the light side.  Use two of each kind to make one block.


Lay out two (one dark side pressed and one light side pressed) like so:


Lay out the bottom two so it creates the point and sew both rows together, nesting the seams as you sew them together.


Press the top row’s seam to the right and the bottom row’s seam to the left.


Place right sides together, nesting seams and sew rows together.  Press open.


Repeat until you have 35 blocks for your quilt.

(Note: These instructions are for a throw – sized quilt.  But if you’d rather do a baby quilt, just make 20 blocks instead of 35.  Then sew them together in 4 rows of 5).

To finish your quilt top, lay out your blocks in 5 rows of 7 and sew the blocks into rows.


Now go to your 2.5″ strips from the jelly roll, (you’ll need 11 strips 2.5″ x 40″).  Cut 3 strips into thirds.  Sew each segment to a long strip until you have 8 strips that are roughly 55″ long.  Sew these long strips in between each row and on the top and bottom so it frames your blocks.  Press seams open.

Baste, Quilt and Bind as desired.


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This quilt finishes at 50″ x 60″ – hope you enjoy the pattern!

Lauren Terry



18 comments on “Flying Arrows Quilt

  1. Rosemaryflower says:

    This is a fun quilt and would be great to make for a gift with my favorite fabrics!!
    Thank you Lauren❤

  2. Lisann Durm says:

    This is amazing for several reasons. I just ordered this line of fabric today and my husband and son are both eagle scout and order of the arrows. This will definitely be made by me for them. Thank you for this quilt.

  3. Patti A. says:

    Left my comment on the blog site. Also I meant Sundrop line not Sunshine. Sorry

  4. Deena Drevs says:

    I have a layer cake just waiting for the perfect pattern. Can’t wait to start this tomorrow!

  5. Trish says:

    Love your quilt and the colors you used. I’ll definitely put this on my to do list. Thank you for the pattern.

  6. Barb L says:

    Love your patterns! Easy techniques, but so much you can do with different fabric choices. Thanks especially for your attention to pressing as you go. It makes such a difference, but I find it hard to keep track of on my own.

    • Lauren Terry says:

      Thanks! When I’m writing a pattern, I sometimes think I sound a little intense with the pressing details, but I think it’s a huge part too. (So thanks for the validation) 😉

  7. Kathy Cummings says:

    Love your quilt!
    I’ve been quilting 20 years!
    Thank you.

  8. Susan D says:

    Your instructions are clear and concise and the pictures are a great help.

  9. Barbara Bailey says:

    I’m new to quilting and this pattern looks to be just what I need. Thanks for a chance to win the fabric to make it!

    • Lauren Terry says:

      You’re welcome! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on the post on my personal blog ( If you hover over the text “this post” in the first paragraph above, it’ll direct you to the giveaway. Sorry for the confusion!

  10. Marjeta says:

    Super tutorial. I have never saw such thing but I like them. Perheps some day…Who know?

  11. Michelle says:

    I posted on Lauren’s website as well, but I think the fabric calculations are messed up in the print version of the pattern. It doesn’t specify that we need 10″ squares of neutral fabric – only 32 10″ squares. But 32 squares are never going to be 35 finished squares.

    • Lauren Terry says:

      Michelle, thanks SO MUCH for catching that. I totally had it wrong on there. I just put up the new pdf called, “Flying Arrows Updated” so that one should be correct. Thanks again!

  12. sena says:

    Simple, yet a great impact. I’m going to use a dark color scheme with brown and one with black , both with batiks. Thank you for the excellent instructions and emphasizing the importance of techniques like ironing, for the best results.

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