Showing posts with label flying geese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flying geese. Show all posts

Friday, March 01, 2019

Seashore Splendor - Part Two!

Wow, did two weeks go by fast or what?!  I am excited to have so many following along with my fun project this year - and I can't wait to see your blocks!  This week we are actually making two blocks, as well a bonus block to use for a filler when we put the top together.  I called this block One Fish, Two Fish because we are making two of them.

It's a nice easy block to make - one large and three small Flying Geese units and a couple of squares for each block. When I made my green block I had a brighter green in mind, but I spotted this cool fabric that looked like scales, so it had to go in my quilt!

Sometimes it's hard to see your markings on the back of dark fabrics.  I have an assortment of different colors of marking pencils so I tried pink.  I think yellow would have been more visible, but I managed to get my pieces sewn.  By marking two stitching lines you get an easy bonus triangle from your Flying Geese units.

I recommend pressing the seam between the middle Flying Geese open to reduce the bulk where the tip of the bottom Flying Geese unit meets that seam.  Pinning will help you get an accurate join here.

We'll be making quite a few filler blocks that are 6 1/2 inches as we go.  I like to use up those bits and pieces and this is a good way to do that!
My fish are a bit on the muted side, but I also have some brighter reds and greens that will be popping in as well.  Here are my fish with the filler square.  Looking good!

Here's a look at where we are at - a bit of progress.  I can't wait to see more blocks added!



Download the pattern by clicking the image below and have fun making your blocks!
One Fish, Two Fish Block
Thanks for joining in - if you missed out on the first post you can see it here:  Block One.  I will be keeping all blocks available for the duration of my project, so don't worry, you can always catch up!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Quilter's Recipe Box, Unit 9 alternate block - Rolling Squares

For the final alternate block this month I decided to use a version of the Flying Geese unit with only one flying geese (or goose?) instead of two.  As you can see, this gives yet another dimension to this unit!


Here is the breakdown for cutting out this block (9 inches finished)  Fabrics are Dotalicious by Island Batik!

One 3 1/2 square of a medium print for the center.  Four 3 1/2 inch squares of dark for the Square in a Square units plus twelve 2 inch squares of the background fabric and twelve 2 inch squares of your lightest fabric (eight of them will be used for the flying geese).  Four 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles of a medium light fabric for the solid half of the flying geese units, plus four 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles of the background fabric.

Make four flying geese from your four background rectangles and eight of the light 2 inch squares.  Sew each of these so that the point of the goose is pointed toward the solid medium light rectangles.  These will go on the sides of your blocks as shown above.

Sew four Square in a Square units using the dark 3 1/2 squares, each one will use three background 2 inch squares and one light 2 inch square.  Place them in the corners of the block with the light triangle toward the center.  Place the medium square in the center and sew to complete your block.

We are now up to 36 total blocks, and 3 months to go!  Welcome to all my new followers - if you want to catch up on the previous blocks, check out the Quilter's Recipe Box tab at the top of my blog - all the downloads are still available and you can go through the blog posts to find the blocks.

Next Monday I'll be back with a new unit and more blocks!  Enjoy!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Flying Geese Unit -

Welcome to the  second block this month for the Quilter's Recipe Box.  There are so many ways to use Flying Geese units that I had a hard time choosing, but this week I decided to make a block that I call Mountain Peaks.


I like this color way, but for this block I sewed I used a different color scheme!  To make a block like mine you will need to cut the following: Eight 2 x 3 1/2 inch squares of your main color, one 3 1/2 square and two 3 7/8 inch squares of your accent color (cut the 3 7/8 inch squares in half diagonally for half square triangles) and from your background color cut sixteen 2 inch squares and two 3 7/8 inch squares (cut in half diagonally for half square triangles).  

Using the main color rectangles and 2 inch background squares, sew 4 double flying geese units and place them so they will be on the sides of the block facing out:

From the triangles, sew four half square triangle units and place them so the background triangles are on the outside corners of the block:
Of course, when I got to this point, I decided to play with the placement of my units.  Rotate the outside corners and you get a very different look:
Turn the flying geese facing inwards and you get a whole different look:
I happened to like the second one the best, so I sewed my block together that way:

Try rearranging the units in your blocks and see if you come up with an alternative layout that you like!  You could also make a sampler quilt by using blocks made with the same units, but different layouts.  There are so many options in quilting!

We are having a wonderful vacation, but no wi-fi, so I probably won't be posting anymore until later in the week.  I'm looking forward to catching up later and sharing more.  In the meantime enjoy this block and have fun making it.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Quilter's Recipe Box Unit 9 - Flying Geese - Apple Pie Block

Happy Labor Day!  We are out of town enjoying some family time, but I was smart and got my block done in advance so I could write my post :)  The unit I will demonstrate this month is Flying Geese.  It is made using the same sew and flip technique used to make the Square in a Square and Lozenge units, so it should be very easy to make.  The block is Apple Pie from EQ7.  So you could say that this block is as easy as pie!  (Hahaha - very funny, Pamela!)
To make this block you will need to cut the following:

Focus Fabric: Cut one square 3 ½ x 3 ½.
Color 2: Cut eight rectangles 2 x 3 1/2 inches.
Color 3: Cut four rectangles 2 x 3 /2 inches
Background Fabric: Cut sixteen squares 2 x 2 and four rectangles 2 x 3 ½ inches.

To make the Flying Geese units, you will need to mark the reverse of the 2 inch background squares with a diagonal line.  Or if you have a laser light for your machine, you can just get right to sewing!
Sew one square to each rectangle on the diagonal line.  It's helpful to sew just a hair to the right of your line - the laser light actually makes a pretty wide line, so I just sew on the edge of the line.  This gives you a little extra fabric to make up for the thickness of the thread when you flip the fabric over.
Trim the corner off 1/4 inch from the seam line.  As you can see, I sewed one triangle on the opposite corner of the rest.  It really doesn't matter which one you sew first, but I usually try to do them all the same!

And press your triangle corners out.

Next, sew the second background square in the same way as the first.

Here is a tip for cutting the extra fabric off - if you leave them lined up close to the edge of the mat, you can hold the ruler off the front edge and easily slide it down and adjust it for each block unit - you can zip through cutting them super fast this way!

 Now that you have your Flying Geese sewn, it's time to sew them into pairs.  Sew with the pointed seam on the top so you can see where you are going.
 Sew your seam just a hair above the point instead of straight through it.
 Press your seam allowance away from the point and you will have a perfect point every time!
 Arrange your four geese around the center square like so.

 Then sew four split square units and place them on the sides of the block.

Sew it all together and you have Apple Pie!

You can download the Recipe Card for this unit and block here or by clicking on the picture above.

I hope you enjoy making this block!  Make sure you check in every Monday for more great blocks this month using the Flying Geese Unit.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Free Download for November - Peace and Plenty Potholder

I work part time at my local quilt shop (Threads That Bind) and as part of what I do to help keep our customers engaged and coming into our shop I have been designing free block of the month projects.  I've done a 6 month series and a 5 month series and have a year long project in mind to start in January.  Since we had a few months before the end of the year I decided to do a few stand along blocks/projects.  This is my November project - a Pot Holder!

I did a bit of browsing, looking for a block that was a little different, but something that would represent the Thanksgiving season.  I found this block, called Peace and Plenty and thought it would be quite suitable for my project.  The nice thing is that for this project you can use charm squares, leftover jelly roll strips or scraps!

The technique I use for the half square triangles and the flying geese is a sew and flip technique.  This does waste a little bit of fabric, but the results are so reliable that it is well worth throwing away a scrap of fabric.  Or you could make more half square triangles out of those leftover bits and make a tiny block to match your pot holder....

Here is how I do this technique:  First you need to mark the back of one of your squares.  You can use a ruler and pencil to mark a diagonal line

 That's a very faint line!  You can mark it darker than that if needed.
 Or carefully finger press a diagonal crease in your square.
 Be careful not to stretch your block, because this is the stretchy bias grain.
 Now layer up your squares and sew that diagonal seam right on your line.  I like to chain them up in a row to save time.
 Then trim them up while they are still attached to each other.
 Press the seam toward the dark and you have a nice half square triangle.
 Double check the size to make sure it is correct!
 I chain stitched all the leftover pieces together, then pressed them -
 They measure 1 3/4 inches!  If you sew them in a four by four block, it will be 5 inches square and very cute!
 Now for the flying geese blocks.  Mark your 2 1/2 square for the left side and place it like so:
 Stitch your seam and trim 1/4 inch away (always trim the corner side!)
 Press out toward the corner.  Mark the right corner square
 Sew and trim...
 Press out toward the corner.  Voila!  A perfect flying goose block...
 Look how cute this version of my block is!  The fabric is from a Bobbins and Bits Charm Pack (designed by Pat Sloan)  Love the colors!

The Peace and Plenty Pot Holder pattern and instructions are available here.  This pattern will be free through the month of November.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easy Flying Geese Tutorial

My "Big House" quilt features a border of 6 inch star blocks.  I have seen these blocks called Variable Star blocks or Sawtooth Star blocks.  In their simplest form the center is simply a plain block, but for this quilt I felt like I wanted to add a little pizzazz so I pieced all the centers (except for one).  It was fun coming up with 19 different variations of piecing.  I love miniatures so this was a fun way to combine that with regular piecing to come up with a lovely design.

I wanted to share how I did the points on the stars.  For this block you can make half square triangle units to make your points or you can make the points by making flying geese units and not have the extra seam between the triangles to deal with.  I think the flying geese are easier, particularly if you have to make quite a few of them like I did!

There are several ways to make flying geese.  You can cut the pieces to the exact size needed and piece them in a traditional manner.  Eleanor Burns has a neat method (and ruler) for making them.  See her instructions and video here.  You can paper piece them for pure perfection.  Or you can use the sew and flip method that I will show you.  I like this method because it requires very little math, the cutting is easy and the results are always great.  If your units are small there is very little waste and if you are making larger geese you can save the bonus triangles for another project....not sure if this is a plus or a minus, but I hate to throw away good fabric!  Here is a post I wrote on how you can use those, if that helps!

For sew and flip you start off with a rectangle the size of your flying goose plus seam allowances.  For example my 6 inch star blocks require a flying goose unit that is 1 1/2 inch tall and 3 inches wide.  When I add 1/4 inch all around for seam allowances I see that I need a starting size of 2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.  Since my triangles will be the dark fabric, I will cut the rectangles for the geese out of my background.  For the triangles you will cut squares equal to the height of your goose rectangle...2 inches.  You will need two squares for each goose.   (Ok, that word is starting to sound really weird...goose, goose, goose)

You will need to mark a diagonal line on the back of all your squares.  You can use a pencil and draw a line or you can fold them in half and gently finger press a diagonal line.  You could even be like me and live dangerously and eyeball it (my personal rule of thumb is that this only works for squares under 2 1/2 inches). If you have one of these nifty Angler 2 tools you could use that as well! I have one, but don't know where I put it at the moment.

Pace one square on one end of your rectangle right sided together and edges matching.  Sew on your diagonal line.


 Fold your square back to make sure everything lines up, then trim away the extra fabric on the back 1/4 inch from your sewing line.  Press toward triangle.





Repeat using another square on the other end of your rectangle, making sure that your stitching crosses over at the middle of your rectangle.  (If you sew it the wrong way you end up with a funny chevron type of unit that will not work!)
Sew -

Trim -

 Press -


And there you have a perfect Flying Goose block!


I saved four of the cut off corners for this size block and sewed them together.  They ended up being enough to make a 1/2 inch finished block half square triangle block (1 inch before sewing).  I used them in one of my mini blocks in the center of the stars and decided they were small enough to throw away guilt free.  I have decided that I can't save everything and if it's smaller than 2 inches square it can go away without remorse :)

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial - however you decided to make your flying geese, enjoy the process!