One of the project I worked on last weekend at Camp was my Mini Marcelle Medallion. I finished the tiny flying geese border! Each of these geese finish at 1″ x 2″, they are so cute. The main group of fabrics I am using are from charm square packs by Michael Miller Fabrics.
There are lots of ways to make flying geese blocks and they are a classic in quilting. If you have never made flying geese, it is a good block to add to your repertoire. I’ll show you how I do them.
You can customize your flying geese blocks to any size you want or need.
To calculate what size to cut your fabrics, determine the length of the block you need, such as 4″ (finished). First add seam allowance (1/2″) to determine the length of the goose fabric (gray in diagram below), which is 4 1/2″. The width equals the length (4 1/2″) plus 1/2″, then divided in half (5″ divided in half equals 2 1/2″). So for our example, you cut the goose fabric 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.
**For my tiny geese, I cut my bright color scraps in rectangles 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (in our formula, that is 2″ finished plus 1/2″ seam allowance for the length. Add another 1/2″ and divide by two equals 1 1/2″ for width).**
Next, determine the size of the background fabric pieces (blue in the diagram below): cut two squares equal to the width of the goose fabric. For our example, that would be 2 1/2″.
Refer to diagram above. Place a background square over the goose rectangle, covering one half. Mark the diagonal through the square (I finger press a crease in mine, you can also mark with a pencil). Sew along the marked line and trim 1/4″ outside the seam. Open and press.
Repeat with the second background square on the other end of the goose rectangle as shown above.
This method eliminates the wasted corner piece of fabric left from the method above. The disadvantage is that you are working with triangles, so you must be careful not to stretch the bias edges. This way also gives you pieces to make four blocks at once.
For the goose fabric (blue in the diagram below), determine the finished size (length) of the block, for example 4″ like we did above. Add 1 1/4″ to that and cut a square that size, so we would need a square that is 5 1/4″. Cut that into four quarter-square triangles.
Next, determine the size of the background fabric pieces: divide the finished length of the block (4″) in half, then at 7/8″. So we would need four squares 2 7/8″. Cut those into half-square triangles (black in diagram below).
Place one background triangle, right sides facing with goose triangle. Align the long (bias) edges. The background triangle is slightly larger, allowing for seam allowance (see diagram above).
Sew 1/4″ seam along the bias edge, open and press carefully, avoiding stretching or distorting the block.
Repeat with the other background triangle, open and press. Based on the cutting instructions above, you have enough pieces to make four geese blocks.
A fun little Work in Progress! Next up is the brick-like rectangle border.
Linking with Lee for WIP Wednesday (wow! check out her Aviatrix Medallion star!)