From half squared triangles to flying geese, this week we’re tacking three blocks made from one block type. I must confess the thought of making 64 flying geese filled me with dread, but I was lucky enough to have purchased the Bloc-Loc Flying Geese ruler and it made making the blocks a dream. (I’ve shown it in this week’s tutorial.) I’m showing Flying Geese Block 1 in this post, but you’ll need to remember to make Flying Geese Block 2 and 3 this week as well. Next week we’re moving on to triangles. (Ack!) Let’s worry about that next week! In the meantime, let’s get today’s blocks made!
Tutorial: Flying Geese Blocks
- See tutorial for seam pressing details.
- I used a Schmetz 70/10 needle.
- I used 50wt Aurifil #2600 (Dove) thread for piecing.
- I used Flatter by Soak in Yuzu 248ml as my starch.
- I used Clover Wonder Clips to help keep my pieces in place.
- I used Sue Daley 10″ Rotating Cutting Mat to trim my blocks.
- I used Bloc-Loc Flying Geese Set #2 to square my blocks.
Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book and it’s associated media.
If you’re using the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can find the conversion chart by clicking here.
How to Make the Block
- Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 6¼” instead of 6.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
- Press your seams at each step. Click here for a great article on how to press your seams for patchwork.
- You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
- When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces when pinning.
- Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it. However, for the purpose of the tutorials I will step you through all the seams individually.
1. Flying geese are one of the cornerstone blocks of patchwork. If you can work out a way to make accurate flying geese blocks you’ll be set to make some of the most beautiful blocks in quilting. This is the method that I use for making flying geese blocks. Like most things, I like to make them a little bigger and then trim to size to ensure accuracy. My secret weapon when making flying geese on mass and without fussy cutting is the Sue Daley 10″ Rotating Cutting Mat combined with the Bloc-Loc Flying Geese Set #2. (If I’m fussy cutting geese I use the Marti Michell templates, be sure to head on over to Marti’s blog to see how she makes these units with speedy strip cutting and chain piecing by clicking here.) 2. If you’re using the Bloc-Loc method of construction you’ll need to follow the corresponding cutting sizes contained in their packaging to make these blocks. The method of construction is the same regardless of whether you trim to size or make to exact size. I’ve shown you how to construct one geese unit, but you can chain piece these steps to make the process quicker. Pieces needed for one flying geese unit are shown in diagram 1. Remember to draw your diagonal stitch line from one corner to the other as shown in diagram 1.
3. Start on the left side and lay one of your squares right side together on your rectangle as per diagram 2.4. Stitch on the line as per diagram 3. Trim the square leaving a quarter inch seams, as per diagram 3. Press. Diagram 4 shows you what the block will look like once pressed.
Tip: If you have accuracy issues I always recommend you stitch on the side of the line closest to the corner being removed. See diagram 3 for where I stitched.
5. Repeat the steps again with the right hand side square. 6. Stitch and trim as per diagram 6.
7. Press. If you’ve made to the size specifications in the pattern this is your final step for making a flying geese unit. You will need to make 64 of these flying geese units which you will then combine to make 3 separate blocks as per page 22 of the pattern.8. If you’ve used the larger piecing and want to trim to size this is where that will happen. I use the Sue Daley 10″ Rotating Cutting Mat combined with the Bloc-Loc Flying Geese Set #2 to trim as per diagram 8.
9. Trim your block and press again. (I’m a big fan of pressing as you work!) Diagram 9 shows the trimming and diagram 10 shows the finished block.Make: 64
Alternate Block Information
Don’t forget that you can head on over to Snips Snippets and see what Nicole has made this week using her beloved stash of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. Click here to visit Nicole.
Prize Winning Details
Of course the ultimate prize is making this amazing quilt, but if you’d like to also throw your hat in the ring to win some amazing prizes from our amazing sponsors then here’s the information you need to know. You can find out more about our sponsors and the prizes on offer by clicking here.
How to Win
We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to win. To be eligible for all prizes on offer all you have to do is:
- Post a photo of at least ONE of this Flying Geese blocks to your Instagram account between 7 June and Midnight 13 June 2017 in your timezone.
- Tag your photo with the hashtags #LongTimeGoneSAL #AlisonGlass #AndoverFabrics #SewWithTheBest #AnnaMariaHorner #FreeSpiritFabrics #JenKingwell #LongTimeGoneQuilt #AmitieTextiles #MartiMichell #LovePatchworkQuilting
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Please note: You do not need to tag these accounts in your images, if you use the hashtag #LongTimeGoneSAL we’ll be able to find you!
You will need to also do the following:
- Post a photo of each of the blocks in their relevant weeks in your timezone. You can find the block timetable by clicking here.
- Complete the quilt top and post it to Instagram within 12 July and Midnight 21 July 2017 in your timezone.
- All photos will need to have all the relevant hashtags on them.
- You will need to be following all the relevant Instagram accounts at the time of drawing.
This is the requirements to be eligible for all prizes, if you wish to select which prizes to be eligible for see the individual prize requirements by clicking here.
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