Aug 25

Flying geese, Blue and Yellow.

I have  seen multiple quilts featuring flying geese (Red Pepper Quilt’s inspired me), and i figured it was about time I tried some.  I’ve been wanting to make a blue and yellow quilt for some time, and since I had a few fabrics with bold print, I decided to go big!

I found a site explaining “no waste flying geese” method, and so I cut my pieces to make an eventual 6 in. X 12 in. block.  Then, draw, sew, cut, iron…draw, sew, cut, and iron.  I drew a line down the middle of each smaller square (the outside of the triangle) by placing the fabric on a piece of sandpaper to keep the fabric in place.  That way, the fabric doesn’t move under the pressure of the pencil as I draw.  Best tip I’ve learned yet!

After I had finished cutting and ironing all of my “geese,” I noticed a problem.  Apparently, I am NOT a perfect sewer (does it bother anyone else that the word sewer-one who sews, is spelled the same as sewer-where excrement goes?).  My flying geese were all over the place.  So, I had to crop them down (or some may say square them up).

Flying geese

My tools

I had to cut about 1/2 inch from the height to square them all up properly, and enough from the width to make the final block 5.5 in. X 11 in.  Yes, I probably could have cut only 1/4 of an inch, but I would have literally been cutting it very close on a lot of blocks.  So, here is an  idea of how much I had to strip off of each block:

Flying geese after being cropped

Before and after

Now that the blocks are cropped, I am ready to sew!

Flying geese layout

6 blocks wide, 17 long.

My Singer Touch and Sew has been crippled from all of my sewing.  I can piece a quilt together on it, but I can’t stipple anymore because it keeps skipping stitches.  I took it in to get fixed, and even after new tension springs and a new bobbin case, still no good.  Looks like I’m getting myself a new machine….


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