On this tutorial, I am going to show the method of making no-waste flying geese. I’ve put in some affiliate links for my tools. Pull out the large 5-3/4-inch scrappy squares and the 3-3/8-inch background squares. You’ll use all of them. On the back of your 3-3/8-inch background squares, draw diagonal lines from corner to corner. I like to draw two lines, 1/4-inch away from the center using a 1/4-inch ruler.
Place one background square on the corner with the diagonal lines pointing to the center.
Add another background square to the opposite corner with the lines touching.
Pin in place and sew on the lines across both background squares.
Using Aurifil 50 wt thread helps with accuracy.
Cut apart down the center, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Press the background triangles up, forming a heart shape.
Place the remaining two background squares on the sewn units on the remaining corner, with the lines running up between the top triangles.
Chain sew on the lines.
Cut apart in the center, again leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Press up, forming the flying geese.
Next, I’ll show you how to trim them. Using a square up ruler, place the diagonal line along the edge of the goose, placing the 2-1/4-inch point at the goose point. This will give you a 1/4-inch seam allowance below the point. Trim the side and top.
Now, turn the goose around and place the bottom on the 2-1/2-inch line and the side on the 4-1/2-inch line. Trim the top and right side.
Each set of one large square and four small squares will yield four flying geese 2-1/2-inches by 4-1/2-inches.
Easy and fast, accurate and perfect points every time. Flying Geese are a frequent element in quilting, and are used in several of my Scrap Dance patterns.
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