Sidenote: there aren't many northerners, aka snowbirds, left down here; this is the latest we've stayed. And you know WHY we are staying extra long!! 'T' minus 3 days until Monday night's trunk show and talk at the guild meeting, followed by Tuesday morning's class I'm taking!! With whom? None other than Angela Walters IN PERSON! I'm already doing a happy dance. Okay, let's be honest; I've been doing a small happy dance ever since early February when I found out about it, each time I think that this is really going to happen. Pinch me.
Okay, um what is this post about? Oh yes. Flying geese. Big breath. You will love this. Guaranteed.
This is Eleanor Burns' method. I first learned it from the first quilt book I ever bought, back in about 1996-7, her Pioneer Sampler book.
here as well.
Here is my take on this method, which I used to make 78 flying geese units for the current quilt.
You need 5 squares total to make 4 flying geese units.
Your background or "peak" fabric (think mountain) is a square that measures 1.25" (1 1/4") larger than the finished width of the flying geese rectangle unit. Mine finish at 3X6" so I need a square that is 7.25".
Your four "wings" squares must be 7/8" larger than the finished height of the flying geese rectangle unit. Mine finish at 3" so I need 4 squares 3 7/8".
|All units organized. What you see here will yield 24 flying geese units.|
|Small squares are the darker purple, the large 7 1/4" square is the lighter purple|
3. Press seams (carefully, it's bias) to the wings, aka the darker purple in my case. You will have two heart-shaped looking units like this:
4. Take the remaining two 3 7/8" squares and place one in the corner of each of the large squares. Sew on either side of your drawn line as before.
5. Cut apart on the drawn line.
6. Press seams again to the peak fabric. Trim to your desired size. In my case I trimmed to 3.5 X 6.5" as my finished rectangle will be 3X6. In the photo below I trimmed the top one, but left the bottom one so you can see what it looks like once you press the second wing out.
7. Repeat with the other 'heart' unit and you will have four flying geese! Cool, no?
Most important is that scant 1/4" seam; otherwise you will lose some of your 3 1/2 X 6 1/2" needed.
In fur kids news, I know it's heating and steaming up when Rocco does this after our walk:
Under the fan. In the AC. 90 and something like 90% humidity out there yesterday. Now for a pittie puppy to lie like a frog is nothing new, but upside down, getting air on his fur-less belly and inside legs, you know it's steamy! Time to head north where it's 30 degrees cooler. Then he'll be wearing his hoodie, lol! And Miss Bella not only snuggled with me last night in bed while I read, she also slept for a little while in her customary position, snuggled against my belly, this morning. Yay, she's speaking to me again.
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