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09

Six Inch Sampler Block #19


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Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese

Today is the day for our third Flying Geese block in this month’s Super Simple Sampler series. To see the first two, and the ones we have done in previous months, click here.

For this post, I am going to show two methods for making the flying geese. You can decide which you like best, or you may find it good to use either one, depending on the project.

Cutting (choose one method, don’t cut for both)

Triangle method:

from the light blue print, cut 8 squares 2 1/2″, then cut in half diagonally to yield 16 half-square triangles (HST)

from the color prints, cut two squares 4 1/4″, then cut in half diagonally twice to yield 8 quarter-square triangles (QST)

Square method:

from the light blue: cut (16) 2″ squares

from the color prints: cut (8) 3 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles

Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese

Sewing

1. See photo above. Triangle method: each flying geese unit will require two light blue HST and one 4 1/4″ QST (left); square method: each flying geese unit requires two light blue squares (2″) and one 3 1/2″ x 2″ rectangle.

2. Turn one light blue piece right sides facing the “goose” fabric as shown below. Triangle method, sew 1/4″ seam (left, below).

Square method, mark the diagonal of the blue square and sew as shown, then trim excess corner fabric (right, below).

Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese

 

3. Open and press.

Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese

4. Repeat step 2 to add a second light blue to the other side of the goose fabric. The photo below shows how the units look after sewing (top) and then after pressing and trimming (bottom). Both units should measure 3 1/2″ x 2″.

Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese

5. Make a total of 8 flying geese using the methods described above. Press and trim all to 3 1/2″ x 2″.

6. Arrange the geese as shown below. Sew them together in two columns of four geese.

7. Press the left column seams down, press the right column seams up.

 

Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese

8. Sew the two halves of the block together.

I most often use the square method, primarily because I like scrappy quilts and the square way allows me to cut more variety. If you are making lots of geese that are identical, the triangle method is good because you cut four at a time and don’t have to mark the squares, just sew a 1/4″ seam. I previously posted a way to chain piece lots of geese without marking the fabric for the square method. Check that out Here.

Happy Friday!

Sharon

 


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Comments

  1. Jacque January 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Great tutorial on these two methods for flying geese….I use the “square” method for mine. Love your fabrics!

  2. gramk January 10, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Thank you for the tutorial, I find these geese tricky……

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