My New Year has been filled with visiting family and old friends, catching up on tales of past times and making new memories in the process. Today I am having Flying Geese Fun. Piles of Flying Geese look so productive and fun.
The tips I have learnt making these little bundles of gorgeousness are:
Cutting is important, make sure your pieces are cut correctly. Start off the way you mean to continue. Pin your background squares in place making sure the edges are together and not overlapping anywhere.
Stitch with a scant 1/4 inch seam, I place the right side of my presser foot ON the drawn line on the squares NOT next to it.
Finger press, do NOT iron until you have finished. When you do finally use the iron be careful not to distort the fabric. Press always with the straight of fabric grain only.
Press ! NOT iron.
Place your iron straight with the grain there is less movement with straight of grain, not as below with the bias, this will stretch your block out of whack.
Trim with a ruler that has a 45 degree line to ensure that you end up with square Flying Geese Units. I use the ruler as in the picture below. You can see the 45 degree line runs along the diagonal line of the triangle (Goose) See the White circle marking the white centre line placed at exactly 1/4 inch from the top of the unit. Trim off the dog ears.
Take a look at the tutorial for making Flying Geese Blocks.
These are tips that work for me, do you have any tips to add ? I would love to know your tips too........ Happy New Year Happy Stitching Sharon
How to press a Flying Geese Border ? This is the question I was asked so I have done my best to answer as it is not exactly what you might be expecting to see. Read more to see how I pressed the seams to get nice flat intersections.
Making four Flying Geese units at a time is a great time saver, and a wonderful method. I love to oversize the units and trim them down to the correct size for perfect blocks. Read how I go about making these versatile units that I use in almost every quilt I make.