Friday, December 13, 2013

My First Tutorial - Easy Flying Geese

Today I am posting my first tutorial. Please bear with me. I had worried about making this Expanding Star block because of the small flying geese units. But, the directions were so simple and fun for making these, I just have to share with you.

Making Four Easy Flying Geese Units

First you will need to decide what will be the finished unit size. For the light color fabric add 1 1/4 " to your chosen size. For instance, in this case the finished width of my unit will be 3",  so I cut out a 4 1/4" square (3"+ 1 1/4" = 4 1/4"). You will need 1 square of light fabric to make 4 units. 

Then, decide how tall your geese units will be and add 7/8" to that measurement. My geese unit are 1 1/2" finished, so I cut 4 dark squares that were 2 3/8" square (1 1/2" + 7/8" = 2 3/8") to make the 4 units.
(The colored squares in this photo are different from those I made my units with.)
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each dark square. I just used a lead pencil.

Now place 2 dark squares on the light square diagonally across from each other, right sides together. They should line up as shown in the photo below. I secured with a couple of pins to prevent shifting.

Stitch 1/4" on each side of the marked line.

When both sides of the line are stitched, cut on the drawn line.
You will end up with 2 of these funny looking units. My first thought was, "What the heck?" LOL

Now, set one of those units aside and place one marked dark square on the corner of the light triangle as pictued below.
Once again, stitch 1/4" on either side of the marked line. Then cut on the marked line. 

Here is the result, two perfect flying geese units. I have trimmed the dog ears off the top unit.
Now, repeat the last steps with the remaining funny-looking unit, for 4 complete flying geese units.

Please feel free to let me know if any of these instructions are difficult to understand. Thanks.


Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I tried making them this way once and somehow messed up with the final square. Your tutorial explains it well. I am going to have to try this again.

Design Originals by KC said...

What a WONDERFUL flying geese tutorial!!!! Are those standard measurements to add to make flying geese perfect every time??? Sounds like it... and love how they stitch to put flying geese in a project I am doing ... will pin this so I have it because I love it!! Very easy to understand if you stick to paying attention... which I why I prefer to read Quilted Chocolate in the morning... when my brain is fresh and I can sew... and no flippy corner waste! LOVE THIS :) Thanks for doing this tute. Kathi

Ivani said...

Thanks for the tutorial. It's a beautiful block. I will give it a try.
Hugs from Brazil

Teresa in Music City said...

Great job on the tutorial Donna! And that's a really fun block :*) Thanks for sharing!

Carrie P. said...

You did a great job!

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