Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Goose on the Loose :: Block 11

I'm calling the block for this month Pinwheel Geese.

This is what you need to make one.

From scrap fabric:
*(2) 5.5" squares
(4) 2.5" by 4.5" rectangles (same fabric or at least same color)
(4) 2.5" by 6.5" rectangles 

From light background fabric:
*(8) 3" squares
(4) 2.5" squares

From dark background fabric:
(4) 2.5" squares

*If you have some extra flying geese units that you made previously you can omit the starred fabrics and just use those. You'll need eight of them that you can trim to 2.5" by 4.5". If you do this, skip to Step 2. This is what I did for my block.

Step 1: Use your Wing Clipper Ruler and the (2) 5.5" squares of scrap with the (8) 3" squares of background to make eight 2.5" by 4.5" flying geese units.

Step 2: To get the pinwheel effect in this block you will need to use the Flip, Flip, Finish technique to make those units. The Wing Clipper method will not work well for this because you need to be able to control which side the dark "sky" triangle is on.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the (4) 2.5" light squares and the (4) 2.5" dark squares. Lay the dark square on the left hand side of one of your (4) 2.5" by 4.5" scrap rectangles. Sew on the line, trim 1/4" away, press. Then repeat on the right hand side with one your light squares. Repeat for the remaining three 2.5" by 4.5" scrap rectangles. For reference, I'm calling these the "night & day flying geese units."

All four of them should resemble the above unit.

Step 3: You will need to make four units that look like this:

Use one of your night & day flying geese units (from step 2) and two of your "regular" flying geese units (from step 1). Sew the two regular flying geese units together, points touching. Sew the night & day flying geese unit to the left hand side of this. Notice that all the points of the geese are in a line. Lay this unit on your table face up with the night & day flying geese unit on the left hand side. Sew a 2.5" by 6.5" scrap rectangle to the bottom long edge of the triple geese unit. Repeat so that you have (4) of these quarter block units.

Step 4: Arrange the quarter block units to make the block.

If you have any questions leave them in the comments. I'll get back to you personally if I can. If not, I'll leave the answer as another comment.

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