Monday, September 26, 2016

Quilting: Flying Geese How To

I went to my annual quilting/scrapbooking retreat at the end of July.  This year I made a patriotic quilt.  I'll share more on that when it's back from being quilted, but in the meantime, here is a really easy and pretty fool proof way to make flying geese (which are normally really hard to match up, and I'm the last person you want trying to match corners and angles b/c I'm not known for being careful).  
For four flying geese you will need one square that is 5 3/4 inches (the brown one in this case), and four squares that are 2 3/4 inchese (the yellow squares in this case).  If you want your 'geese' to be larger or smaller, do the math and adjust accordingly.  I'll deal with that orange piece on another blog post.  
 Take two of the smaller squares and match them to two opposite corners.  The center will overlap a little.  
 Draw a line with a pencil down the middle.
 Sew a quarter inch to BOTH sides of the line.
 Cut down the middle where you drew your original line.
Press open and now add the third square to the corner of what is now a 90 degree angle of what is left of your original larger square.  
 Repeat the quarter inch sewing down both sides of this new lines.
Cut again down the line your drew.  Repeat with the other side of your original square.  
Press open.
 You now have four pretty perfect flying geese.