Flying Geese, Machine Piecing

There’s got to be an easier way…

One of the projects our guild is working on this year is fat quarter quilts.  During the next year we will be making 4  quilts from Lori Smith’s Fat Quarter Quilting. When I saw the quilts, I just couldn’t resist!

Our first project is Delectable Mountains – and it is full of flying geese and half-square triangle blocks.  I just hate working with the bias edges of triangles.  There has to be a better way.

First I made a sample using the pattern directions to determine the final size of the block.  Then I went to the Internet for help and found a site on How to Make Flying Geese.  The method for making several flying geese at one time certainly was easy, but the finished size was too big.  I decided to try cutting the squares the same size as called for in the pattern – and it worked!

Cut one 3-1/4″  square for ‘goose’  and four 1-7/8″  ‘sky’ squares

Draw diagonal line on each of the ‘sky’ squares

Place two ‘sky’ squares on top of  ‘goose’ square,  right sides together.

Sew 1/4″ seam on either side of drawn line.

Cut on drawn line

Press open

Place ‘sky’ square on corner of ‘goose’ triangle and sew on either side of drawn line.  Cut on drawn line.

Completed Blocks:

Finished Flying Geese

Perfect Flying Geese – and no stretchy bias edges to worry about.  I still have to go back to the Internet directions and find out what I did wrong – but for this project I’m home free.

There is always time to quilt!
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