Wednesday, January 30, 2008

No Waste Flying Geese

Once you wrap your mind around the math, this is an easy, clever way to make to make flying geese units, 4 at a time, with no waste and no dealing with sewing bias edges.

Flying Geese - done!

Flying Geese units are typically twice as wide as they are tall. The finished size of my examples is 2 by 4 inches. They were used as the star points in the 8 inch Sawtooth Star blocks we made for the lotto in October, 2007.

Cutting Fabrics

For each set of four geese, you'll need:
  • one square of the geese fabric which is 1-1/4 inches larger than the finished width of the geese unit (i.e., 5-1/4 for 2 x 4 inch geese)
  • four squares of sky fabric which are 7/8 inch larger than the finished height of the geese unit (2-7/8 inches for 2 x 4 geese).
In this example, the cream is the geese fabric and the batik is the sky fabric.

Cutting for Flying Geese

Sewing the Units

Putting right sides together, line up the edges of two of the small squares with the edges of two diagonal corners of the large square. Draw a line, across both small squares from corner to corner.

Flying Geese - step 1

Stitch 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line. Then cut along the line.

Flying Geese - step 2

Press the seams toward the dark fabric.

Flying Geese

For each half, align a small square in the corner.right sides together. Draw a diagonal line.

Flying Geese - step 3

Stitch 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line. Then cut along the line.

Flying Geese - step 4

Press the seams toward the dark fabric. You're done.

9 comments:

Laura said...

Thanks for this and the other tutorials, Sophie - it makes it a lot easier to understand when there's pictures of each step.

Sarah Nopp said...

ooo- you are so smart! I am going to try that. First thing tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

How clever are you? Thanks for making my life easier--you need to be in our quilt group!

Christy from Utah

Jantine said...

Wow, that is smart, I am certainly going to give it a try! Thank you...

Ulla said...

This must be one of the cleverest tutorials I have seen! Thank you very much. I found you through the link in Eileen's blog.

Ryan said...

Hi there! I've been using that method for years now. Thanks for showing it.

Deb Tucker http://www.datquiltlady.com
has been teaching that method in all her class for quite a while. Makes it SO much eaiser!

Ryan @ Catskill Country Cupboard

Tozz said...

thanks so much for this brilliant way to do these. I love flying geese but hate having to cut off the corners and wasting them. This way there is no waste at all. Brilliant!!

Diane Quilts said...

Fabulous oldie but goodie!!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Thanks, great tutorial,