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Today, I thought I would share with you a fantastic method to make flying geese piecing units that are easily made without waste. I also have a measurement chart to share with you that you can post in your sewing room for handy reference later.
This week, I am teaching a private lesson on Thursday and I thought I would show my student how to make flying geese using the most effective method possible. I hope you all enjoy😊
What you will need:
Fabric- 1 strip width of fabric in light about 2 3/8"
- 1 square 4 1/4" of a dark fabric
Mary Ellens Best Press- check out a source for this here
Frixion Pen - check out a source for this here
Rotary Cutter- check out a source for this here
Ruler- check out a source for this here
Thread to match
How to make the Flying Geese Units:
Some rules to make these units:
1) To make 'No Waste' Flying Geese:
Cut a square the finished length measurement of the desired flying geese unit
and add to this, 1-1/4" (1.25)
2)Cut 4 squares the finished height measurement
of desired flying geese and add 7/8" (.875)
For example: one unit measuring 1 1/2" x 3" finished:
- using rule #1 -Cut one square from dark fabric 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"
- using rule #2 -Cut 4 squares from light 2 3/8" x 2 3/8" square
See below fabric cut out:
Mark a diagonal line corner to corner with a Frixion pen on the smaller squares and place right sides together with the bigger square, see below:
Pin and sew on either side of the line through the centre 1/4" out from the line.
Cut through the centre of the unit above:
Press towards the geese, give it a spritz of Best Press (helps with the ironing process and makes your units pressed crisp and less likely to stretch), you will have 2 units made at this point
Lay the remaining 2 squares right side together against the above 2 units as shown below and mark with a Frixion pen once again:
Sew on either side of the line marked 1/4" out
Cut through the centre of each line with a rotary cutter and ruler, you will now have 4 units
Press again away from the dark and your 4 units are complete.
A chart to assist you with different sizes is below:
I have a couple of ideas of what I want to do with my flying geese units and will post them later in the week. I would love to see what you do with your flying geese units, please send a picture if you try them. 😊
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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