Tuesday Tutor - flying geese
This week is we are taking a look at the flying geese block. This is another block that can be made a number of ways. You can use the half square triangle method used for our Friendship Star block (by making two squares and joining them together) or you can use the Flip Corner method or you can use foundation piecing method. Since we have already learned the first two methods, let's take a look at foundation piecing. You can use either of the other methods if you choose or try this instead.
You will need:
Fabric 1: TWO 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
Fabric 4: ONE 3 1/2" strip
Fabric 9: TWO 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
TWO printed foundation templates (click the link to print them off)
The TWO rectangles (Fabric 1 and 9) form the 'geese' of the block.
Print the Flying Geese template and cut around the outer line.
You can use the Fabric 4 strip as is or you may cut this strip up into 5 1/2" rectangles to make construction easier. Note: if you do cut them into 5 1/2" rectangles you will need to cut ONE more as you need EIGHT in total.
Step 1: Place Fabric 1 rectangle onto back of paper (unprinted side) with wrong side of fabric facing paper. Add a dab of glue, if you wish, to hold it in place.
Step 2: On printed side of paper, fold along seam line between sections one and two. Trim fabric parallel to paper, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance from paper fold.
Fold paper back into place.
Step 3: Match Fabric 4 strip to Fabric 1 along trimmed edge, having raw edges even and right sides of fabric together.
Turn over to paper side and stitch carefully along seam line. Be careful not to stitch past end of line.
Turn to right side and fold Fabric 4 section over seam and press into place.
If using Fabric 4 as a strip, trim off end of strip, making sure fabric still extends at least 1/4" past the seam lines .
Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add background section to other side of rectangle, using the angle cut on strip to the best advantage to save on fabric.
Fold paper along top of 'goose' and trim, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.
Trim block ready for next rectangle. Sew Fabric 9 rectangle in place by matching edge just trimmed.
Repeat the steps above for adding the remaining two sections of background to the second 'goose'.
When complete, trim whole block leaving 1/4" seam allowance from solid line. Trim from the paper side using the lines as guidance.
Do not remove paper just yet. This will be done after blocks are sewn together.
Now make a second one just the same.
Were you pleased with how easily you kept all your sharp points? Leave us a comment and let us know.
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