Tuesday Tutor - flying geese

Posted by Ruth on 22 February 2011 | 1 Comments

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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. 

Place Flying Goose rectangle, wrong sides facing, onto paper

Place Flying Goose rectangle, wrong sides facing, onto paper

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.

Trim fabric leaving 1/4" seam allowance

Trim fabric leaving 1/4" seam allowance

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.

Add background strip with raw edges even

Add background strip with right sides together and raw edges even

Turn over to paper side and stitch carefully along seam line. Be careful not to stitch past end of line.

Sections one and two stitched and pressed in place

Sections one and two stitched and pressed in place

Turn to right side and fold Fabric 4 section over seam and press into place.

Trim if using strips

Press Fabric 4 section in 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 .

Trim if using strips

Trim if using strips

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.

Trim

Fold paper and trim first

Trim

Align strip with right sides together

Stitch and press in place

Stitch and press in place, trim end of strip

Fold paper along top of 'goose' and trim, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.

Fold along top of 'goose' and trim, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.

Fold 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.

Add second goose

Add Fabric 9 rectangle, right sides together

Second goose is sewn in place

Second goose is sewn in place

Repeat the steps above for adding the remaining two sections of background to the second 'goose'.

Block finished but not trimmed

Block finished but not trimmed

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.

Block finished trimmed

Block finished trimmed

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.

If you missed any of our lessons you can find them here:

Lesson 1: Requirements

Lesson 2: Rail Fence

Lesson 3: 9-patch

Lesson 4: Corner Flip

Lesson 5: Friendship Star

Lesson 6: Log Cabin

 

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  • Thank you so much for this 3 x 6 flying geese paper piecing pattern. I have searched and searched for this exact size, but only found this through Pinterest. Thanks a million! :)

    Posted by Ivy, 10/08/2013 9:04pm (6 years ago)

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