Aug 5 - Flying Geese
Aug 12 - Building Block Centers
Aug 19 - Building Block Surround
Aug 26 - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
Sept 16 - Star Surround Parade and Grand Prize Winners
If you have been on the fencing about Quilting-A-Long or just found the Star Surround Quilt-A-Long for the first time, it's not to late to join in :) You can catch up super fast. We had lots of people join in last week and would love to have more this week :) And, there are still a few quilt kits available from Christa Quilts in a solid same layout and The Intrepid Thread in a print scrappy to get you going quick :)
Now, first off for this week, we need to pick a winner for the Half Square Triangle Assignment. And great job to everyone on finishing that assignment, I know the trimming can get a little tiresome, so wait to stick with it and keep up. This is a great group to quilt-a-long with :)
The Half Square Triangle Assignment winner who gets a Pattern of their choice from Green Fairy Quilts is
#65 - Heidi!!! - Congrats :)
The great thing about making flying geese this way is that you don't waste any fabric and you never have to sew a triangle. Double bonus!! So, let's get to it :)
Start by gathering all of your large Number 1/4" squares (i.e. 16" block - 5 1/4" squares, 24" block - 7 1/4" squares, 32" block - 9 1/4" squares, 40" block - 11 1/4" squares or 48" block - 13 1/4" squares) and your background Number 7/8" squares (i.e. 16" block - 2 7/8" squares, 24" block - 3 7/8" squares, 32" block - 4 7/8" squares, 40" block - 5 7/8" squares or 48" block - 6 7/8" squares). You will have squares of your print fabrics as well as your background fabrics. Now, for each block you have in your quilt (3) large squares all the same print and (12) background squares, paired 4 background squares to each large square.
Now you don't have to keep track of these blocks or separate them in any way. Just have a large pile of your large squares and a large pile of your background squares and you are good to go.
Now pin both sides of each square adjacent to that drawn line. Make sure to put them out far enough that your presser foot won't hit them as you sew on by :) Stitch a 1/4" seam along EITHER side of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines :)
The easiest way to assembly line stitch is to chain stitch the 1/4" seam on the right hand side of the line first. I just chain stitched through the entire pile and it went so fast :)
Then clip the threads between the squares. Now, go ahead stitch the 1/4" seam on the left hand side of your sets. And now you have some super long square snakes :) Clip the remaining threads between the squares and make a large pile ready for cutting.
Align your ruler along the drawn center line. Cut along the edge of the ruler creating 2 large triangles.
Press the seams up towards the 2 little triangles.
Now it's like starting over and we repeat all the same steps, just on smaller and more units. Take 2 more little squares and align them on your two stitched pieces as follows with right sides together. Once again, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the little squares from corner to corner. (unless you did all of the drawing lines at the start, then you can just lay them in place :)
Now pin each piece far enough to leave room for the presser foot, then once again, stitch a 1/4" seam along EITHER side of the drawn diagonal line. (Remember to chain stitch all the left and then all the right sides :)
Clip your threads and then using your ruler aligned along the drawn line cut your 2 pieces in half to create 4 pieces. And this is where your four flying geese come from.
Press your seams up to match the other seam. Lastly, trim off the little dog ear corners at either side and the top of your unit.
And you are done!!! Perfectly precise flying geese blocks without throwing away any scraps and without sewing a single triangle. Fabulous!!
And that's it!! Here is my Flock of geese all ready to fly away :) 12 Geese total per block for a grand total of 108 geese for me. So now it's your turn, get your Geese made and your assignment is complete!!! And then you can enter to win the weekly prize :)
The Weekly Prize is sponsored by The Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop and a huge thanks goes out to them for their support of the Star Surround Quilt-A-Long.
This weeks prize is 2 charm packs of Basic Grey's newest Christmas line Aspen Frost. I love this line, it is just fantastic and oh so cheery. And with the holiday's coming I know you can find a project for these :)
So what do you have to do for a chance to win these 2 charm packs? Simple . . . Just link up your Flock of Flying Geese at the end of this post :) You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever. Just make sure to link up by next Monday morning as I will be announcing a winner in next weeks post :)
If you don't get your Flying Geese done by next week you can still link it up :) (just not in time for the prize :) The linky will remain open until the end of the Quilt-A-Long. So if your out of town, or just had a busy week, no worries!!! Just link up when you can :)
And don't forget to add your Flock to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group!!! I can't wait to see them all ;)
So let's get sewing!!! And if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a Happy Quilting Day!!