Youngish Quilter 2020 Sew-along – Block 8 – Flying Geese

Goodness!  If you have managed to join in each week you must have quite a collection of blocks by now.  I know I have!

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This week I am showing you how to make the Flying Geese unit.  I shall give you the requirements for 6 ‘geese’ and you can then decide how you want to put them into a block.  I have made two different blocks and you may wish to choose one of those, but if you have an idea of your own, just go for it!

So these flying geese units look like geese in flight.  I certainly see lots of those in York, maybe you do too where you live.

 

Requirements.

You need to choose fabric in two contrasting colours.  One is for the triangle which is the goose, and the other is for the background.

Cut out two long 2 inch strips of each of your fabrics, and then cut these strips into the following pieces:

3 1/2″ x 2″  cut six (goose)

2″ x 2″.  cut twelve (background)

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For each goose you will need one rectangle and two squares.  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of  each of the square fabrics (12)

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Pin one square, right sides together to the rectangle.  THIS NEXT BIT IS VERY IMPORTANT.  You have made a few different bocks recently when you sewed a 1/4 inch on either side of the drawn line.  DON’T :-). This time you are going to stitch ON the line which is quite different.

Take one rectangle and two squares.  Pin one square right sides together with the diagonal line going upwards to the centre.  Pin it and stitch on the line.

 

 

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Iron the square back to make half of the triangle

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and then cut the excess fabric off from the back leaving just a 1/4″seam allowance.

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Repeat on the other side with the second square.

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You have made one ‘goose.’

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There should be extra fabric above the point or the beak.  This is the seam allowance when you join it to the next goose.

Did you have trouble at the beginning of your seam?  Did it want to scrunch up a bit?  If not, ignore me.  If it did, here is a little tip.

Find a scrap of fabric and fold it in half.  Before you start the next seam, stitch into this scrap, just a few stitches, raise the needle and pull the scrap behind your needle, don’t cut the thread.

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Now carry on with your next seam but give a little tug on your stitched scrap and it really helps.  I used one.  I have no idea what it is called, but someone once gave me this tip.  Just snip the scrap off and stitch it again ready for the next seam.

 

 

Now make 5 more geese.  Try to be quite gentle with them, they can get stretched out of shape.

These are to be joined in a row. Start by laying two out next to each other then place those right sides together – it is easy to get them the wrong way up.  Pin them together.

 

 

IMG_5038As you put the pair under your presser foot, have the goose whose beak is to be stitched across upper most, this way you can see if you are going to stitch into its beak.

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Join all six in a row.

Now to decide how to use them.  I have made one block with one row of six:

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2 1/2″ x 9 1/2 strip, 1 1/2″ x 9 1/2 strip, GEESE, 1 1/2″ x 91/2 strip, 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2′ strip

And another block with two.

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1 1/2″ strip, GEESE, 1 1/2″strip, GEESE, 1 1/2″strip

I did think about joining the two rows together but it really was made much easier by putting plain strips between.  It means I didn’t have to line up all those seams!

Don’t panic!  I only made two because I was showing you.  Just make one.

Please share your blocks if you make them to wwwyoungishquilters.org.uk or hashtag youngishquiltersbom on Instagram.  There will also be a show and tell here on Tuesday.

Happy stitching.

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