Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Flying Geese Tutorial


Lesly was right when she said that making flying geese is "mind-bogglingly tedious."  All of that cutting and matching and pressing can get extremely confusing, not to mention extremely old (extremely fast!).

It turns out, there's a better way.  Thanks to the kind folks at Quilter's Cache, I learned a couple new ways to make flying geese.

This tutorial covers my favorite method.  It creates four flying geese at once.  Of course, there is a little bit of math, but don't worry, it's only simple addition.

Step 1 - Use the formulas to find your cutting measurements.  W = width of your finished block.  H = height of your finished block.  Measurements listed are in inches.

  • W" + 1 1/4" = A
  • H" + 7/8" = B
Example:  If I want my finished geese to be 2" wide by 1" high, I would plug in my finished measurements to find that A = 3 1/4" and B = 1 7/8".
  • W" + 1 1/4" = A 
  • 2" + 1 1/4" = A
  • 3 1/4" = A
  • H" + 7/8"= B
  • 1" + 7/8" = B
  • 1 7/8" = B

Step 2 - Cut as directed using measurements you figured in Step 1.

  • Cut 1 square using measurement A.  This is for the base.
  • Cut 4 squares using measurement B.  These are for the tips.

Step 3 - Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each small square.

Step 4 - Place two small squares in opposite corners.  Their tips will overlap just a bit.  Sew a 1/4" seam on either side of your marked line.


Step 5 - Cut on the marked line.  Press seams as desired.  You will have two pieces that look like small hearts.


Step 6 - Place each of your remaining small squares in the corner of your hearts.  Once again, sew a 1/4" seam on either side of your marked line.


Step 7 - Cut on the marked line.  Press seams as desired.  You now have four flying geese units!

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