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Lesson # 8 - Flying Geese

Quilters use the flying geese block over and over as part of many quilting block designs. There are several ways to make the flying geese block.  These tutorial will teach you the easiest and most versatile way as far as attaching different bits of fabric.

There is a flying geese ruler that will let you sew two larger pieces of fabric together, and come out with 4 geese, but we will not cover that in this lesson.

All you need to make one flying geese block is one rectangle and two smaller squares.  A flying geese block is always exactly twice as long as it is wide.

You will be using the same technique that you learned when you made the snowball block  in as much that you will be attaching small squares to a rectangular shape and sewing on a diagonal line. The small squares, however,  will be larger than half the rectangle, because they must overlap to achieve the 1/4 inch seam necessary at the point of the geese.

To begin, cut one rectangle 4 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.  Cut two small squares, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. The first square must be sewn and pressed before you add the second square.  This is because the second square will overlap the first square.

In the first picture above, you looking at the rectangle with one of the small squares ready to be sewn.

In this picture the first square has been pressed (away from the point), and the second small square has been marked, placed on the fabric, and is ready for sewing.

Finally,  the second square is pressed, and it is done! 

Take note- at the top of the geese (the point), there is 1/4 " of space  from the the tip of the geese to the edge of the fabric.

When you sew another flying geese or piece of fabric to the top, you do not want to cross the line of stitching to cut off the point. It is better to leave space before the point than to cut off the tip.

Sometimes it can be confusing knowing where you need to have that 1/4 inch space.  When you look at the bottom of the block, you might wonder why the two points on the bottom do not have any space.  Look at the block with the black lines.  You can see the seam allowance on the top and why it is necessary.

However, on the bottom you will be sewing both a vertical and a horizontal seam to the block.  That will keep those points sharp

On to Lesson #9 -
Making Stars


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