- four flying geese
- four solid squares
- one square with 4 corner set triangles
At one point during the tutorial I will refer to a 1/4" ruler. If you are unfamiliar with one of these, it is a great tool. Mine looks like a regular ruler with a raised side.
When that raised edge is placed downward flat and pushed up against a seam, it gives you a 1/4" from the seam so that you can trim away any excess fabric.
CUTTING FABRICIf you are unfamiliar with cutting strips from a piece of fabric, please refer to a fabulous one Rachel has here at Stitched in Color. Follow steps 1-6. When you get to the point where you are cutting your squares (step 7), refer to this tutorial to see what size squares you will be cutting.
Fabric will be cut as follows (measurements are based on 44/45" width fabric; images are not depicted as perfect squares but are only used to indicate how fabric is to be cut). Be sure to trim off selvages before cutting your squares.:
Cut 6.5” strips Selvage to selvage
Get 6 squares on first strip
Get 2 squares on second strip
Cut into eight 3.5" strips. The blue pieces are cut into 3.5" squares, 32 total. The pink pieces are cut into 6.5" x 3.5" strips, 32 total.
Cut into two 3.5" strips. The squares are cut into 3.5" squares, 18 total.
Cut into four 3.5" strips. All squares will be cut into 3.5" squares, 48 total. 32 squares will be kept whole. 16 will be used for HSTs.
Here we go!!
Center/ Corner Set Triangles
1. We are going to start with the center squares, and a pile of smaller corner squares (Diamond fabric).
2. Take each of the smaller Diamond fabric squares and turn them face down. Using a ruler, draw a line from point to point on the back of each square.
3. Place your first square on the corner of your center square fabric. Line up the fabric and make sure your line matches the direction shown. Pin in place. If you choose to chain sew your pieces, go ahead and set up all 8 center pieces like this prior to sewing.
4. You are going to sew ON THE LINE using a 1/4" seam. I did chain sewing so I ran each of my blocks through the machine one at a time without stopping. That way I had one corner of all my blocks done before starting to trim.
5. Separate your blocks and stack. Take each block and trim away the excess fabric. I use a 1/4" ruler. I hope you can see how I place the ruler with the raised side down (on the right), then slide it over so that the seam is on the left side of the 1/4" edge and the excess fabric is on the right side of the edge. Then I trim away the fabric left over on the right. I just made a stack of all my triangular trimmings. DON'T THROW AWAY YOUR TRIMMED FABRICS! I have a WASTE NOT activity for us later with these.
6. Press your fabric down. I press mine so that the fabric goes under the corner piece. I know the picture doesn't look exactly like that but it was a set up shot and I didn't notice I'd tucked the fabric the wrong way!
7. Go back to your work space and set up the next square in the next corner for each center piece. Chain sew all pieces. Trim. Press. Keep repeating until you have sewn all four corners onto all 8 center pieces.
8. Your center pieces are done! You should now have a stack of center blocks that are 6.5" square...
WASTE NOT activity!!!****** You don't have to do it right now, but I wanted to make sure I didn't forget it! You will have trimmed off triangles from your flying geese as well.
You can work these into a pieced back or use them later for another project.
We are going to chain sew HSTs out of our scrap triangles. This is not the same method of sewing HSTs as I mention in the alternate layout instructions for this block, but it utilizes our triangular scraps. Sew 1/4" seam down the right side of each set of triangles (each set should have one triangle of each fabric you just used).
Press them (as long as you press toward the same fabric every time, you're fine).
Sew two HSTs together so the points of the triangles meet as shown. Sew a second set as pictured. Press. The centers can get bulky so make sure you press each set in opposite directions.
I would wait until you've finished these and have a general idea of the size they need to be before trimming.
Now, on to the outside of the block!!!
Flying Geese and Corner Blocks
1. I know there are tons of great tutorials out there for making flying geese, and if you can figure out the math for making yours another way, that's great. But for now and for my sanity, we're going to make ours like this.
We are going to use the 6.5" x 3.5" strips from the Diamonds fabric, and the 3.5" squares of both the chain and solid fabrics.
2. Draw a line from point to point on the back of the 3.5" squares. Then line up a square on on side of a piece of the rectangular Diamond fabric. Pin. Sew ON THE LINE. This works a lot like attaching the corner set squares onto the center blocks.
You will need two with Diamond/Chain fabric and two with Diamond/Solid fabric for each of seven of the blocks. Your eighth block will have four Diamond/Chain flying geese as it will be the intersecting block in the design.
3. You will now need 4 of the Solid 3.5" squares. Put all your pieces in the correct placement.
Sew the first row together, the second row together, then the bottom row together. Press, alternating the direction of the seams (top row seams go toward the center, middle row away from the center, last row toward the center).
Don't forget to square up your blocks to 12.5". Also, please post your fabrics and blocks in our flickr pool so we can see how everyone is doing! If I made any mistakes or you have any questions, please let me know!