Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wild Goose Chase #105 (FW)

This is a really easy block, but it is very time consuming with all it's pieces.  There are 37 pieces in this block.  You can do this with as many or as few colors as you wish.  There are many ways to make flying geese blocks.  This block could be easily paper pieced, but that is not my thing.  If you prefer to use the geese method with the squares, feel free to do so.  The geese finish at 1" X 2".  The big part is traditionally called the "goose" and the smaller triangles are traditionally called the "sky".  This is my preferred method.  Turn off the steam of your iron and use a gentle touch!  If you are having trouble with stretching, you may want to finger press the pieces.

Color #1 & Color #2 (geese & sky parts)
  • 6 triangles cut with Companion Angle (CA) 1 1/2" strip
  • 12 triangles cut with Easy Angle (EA) 1 1/2" strip
Color #3
  • 1 - 2 1/2" X 6 1/2" rectangle

sew a triangle cut with the EA to the triangles cut with the companion angle.  I sewed 6 triangles of each color to the opposite color cut with the CA.  I like to press the first seam toward the larger piece (goose).  Once again, this is just how I like to do it.  Next add the other triangles of the same color to the other side.  I press this seam toward the smaller triangle (sky).

You need to make 12 of these!  Square them up if necessary to 1 1/2" X 2 1/2"  You should try to keep your 1/4" seam allowance at the point.

Sew the triangles together in pairs.  I like to sew with the piece that has the point on top (like in the first picture), so that I can aim for "X" where the overlap is.  Join all six of each color.  I pressed away from the point - or toward the base of the goose.  The column of flying geese should measure 2 1/2" X 6 1/2". 
Join the remaining 3 pieces to complete the block.  It should measure 6 1/2".  If you are having problems with your pieces coming out the right measurements, there are a couple of different geese square up rulers available that you may want to try.


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