Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Goose on the Loose :: Block 7

Below is my sample of the block for this month.


To make your flying geese units using the Wing Clipper, you will need (5) 4.5" squares of scrap fabrics for your geese, (20) 2.5" squares of background fabrics for the sky around the geese. If you need a refresher on how to use the Wing Clipper Ruler, click this link to go back to my post for block 2 which contains a video and link about the Wing Clipper.

To make your flying geese units using the Flip, Flip, Finish method, you will need (20) 2" by 3.5" rectangles of scrap fabrics for your geese, (40) 2" squares of background fabrics for the sky around the geese.

No matter which method you choose, you will need (4) 2" by 8" rectangles of background fabric and (1) 3.5" square of background fabric.

Make your (20) flying geese units using your preferred method. If you made extra flying geese last month, just pull them out. If necessary, trim your flying geese units to 2" by 3.5".

Sew your flying geese units together in groups of five, all "flying the same direction." I will refer to these units as "five geese units" throughout the rest of this tutorial.


Layout your block units as in the photo below.


Sew one 2" by 8" rectangle of background fabric to one side of your flying geese units. 

Hint: If you lay your five geese units face up on your table with the geese "flying towards" you, then you need to sew your background rectangle to the right hand side of the five geese unit.

Now your block looks like below.


The block now goes together using partial seams. I will walk you through the process, but if you want to watch a video on how to do partial seams I recommend this one by Laura Nownes:


Click here if the video does not show up for you to directly to it on YouTube.

Start by sewing half of the center square to one of your five geese units. I started with the bottom five geese unit.


Flip the center square back right side up. 


Then add the right hand side five geese unit. The first seam you sewed, the partial seam, should line up with the seam between the second and third flying geese unit. Pin this seam.


Sew the entire seam and the block now looks like this.


Next add the top five geese unit and your block will look like this.



Fold your first, partially attached five geese unit out of the way and pin the left hand side five geese unit in place.


Sew it on and your block now looks like this.


Now go back to the bottom five geese unit, pin in place and finish sewing it on. If you start sewing at the spot where you stopped, along the center square, you should not end up with a pucker at that point. 

In the photo below I started sewing at the spot right below the "A" in "AlamosaQuilter.blogspot.com"


Now give your block a good press and you are done!


As usual, leave a comment if you have a question. I will answer you personally if possible or leave an answer as another comment if you are a "no-reply" blogger.


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