Sunday, July 5, 2009

Building Blocks - Fast Flying Geese

I've been thinking of doing a series of building blocks type tutorials for a while now.

I'll be doing mini-tutorials on different types of blocks that are typically pieces in larger more complex blocks.

This block is the flying geese block. Flying goose?

This method is great because it has no waste. It can be problematic if you don't want to make flying geese in multiples of 4.

Note: A and B are the finished measurements.

For the large middle triangle (Red in the picture below) you'll want to cut 1 square: B + 1-1/4" by B + 1-1/4".

For the outer smaller outer triangles (White with red hearts in the picture below) you'll want to cut 4 squares: A + 7/8" by A + 7/8".

On the smaller squares, draw a line across the diagonal.

Lay out two of your smaller squares on top of the larger square as shown in the picture below.

Sew 1/4" away from the line. Do this on both sides of the line.

Cut along the line to split the block.

Press towards the small triangles. I love how this step looks like hearts.

On each side, place the remaining two squares as shown in the picture below.

Again, sew 1/4" away from the line on both sides of the line.

Cut along the line to split the blocks. Press towards the small outer triangles.

Here are your 4 flying geese ready for trimming.


Annemariesquilt said...

Thank for the ride thrue your block making, I loved it.
Red and white quilt is always so nice to make. Have more fun!!

Janet said...

great tutorials! I don't believe for a second that you are lazy. :0)

jacquie said...

this is how i do mine much better than paper piecing them!


ha! I needed this two weeks ago. perfect thanks!

Ida said...

I don't see the finished measurements (A) and (B) anywhere on the picture or in the description.

Following this, what size 'goose' does this make?

Ida said...

Nevermind! I get it! :) Sorry I'm so slow!