For this quilt you will need 31 Fat Fat Quarters. I used a Fat Quarter bundle of Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater but any Fat Quarter Bundle would work great :)
STEP 1 - CUTTING
To make one block you will need a Fat Quarter, a Fat Eighth, and a Fat Sixth (My new term :) You will use the remaining scrap from the fat Eight for another blocks fat sixth and vice versa.
From your Fat Sixth sub-cut (3) 5 1/4" squares.
From the Fat Eighth sub-cut (4) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares, (10) 3" x 3" squares, and (1) 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square.
From the Fat Quarter sub-cut (4) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles, (16) 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" squares, and (10) 3" x 3" squares.
STEP 2 - FLYING GEESE
Now we are ready to start making some geese. This is a great method of making Flying Geese that have no waste. And you won't be sewing any triangles along the bias which helps to keep everything nice and straight. To save time be sure and repeat each of the sub-steps 4 times making your geese in an assembly line fashion rather than making 1 set of geese at a time. So grab your (4) 5 1/4" squares and your (16) 2 7/8" squares and let's get sewing.
With right sides together, lay two white squares onto your large print square as shown. Using your ruler, draw a pen line diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
Now go ahead and 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 :) Now stitch a 1/4" seam along both sides of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines :) Remember, you are doing these assembly line so go ahead and chain stitch all 4 sets on the right hand side of the line, and then go back and do all 4 sets on the left hand side.
Clip your threads and then align your ruler along the drawn center line. Cut your pieces apart along that drawn line.
Now you will want to press your seam up towards your 2 little triangles.
Now, 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.
Now pin each piece far enough out that your foot will go by and then once again, stitch a 1/4" seam along both sides of the drawn diagonal line. (Remember to chain stitch to save time :)
Clip your threads and then using your ruler aligned along the drawn line, once again, cut your 2 separate pieces apart.
Press up toward the little triangles again. Lastly, trim off the little corners.
And you are done!!! You should have a whole flock of geese (16) that are precisely perfect and ready to get flying!!
STEP 3 - HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES
Now onto the Half Square Triangles. These are my favorite :) To save time be sure and repeat each of the sub-steps 10 times making your HST's in an assembly line fashion. So grab your 2 sets of 3"squares and let's get sewing.
On the wrong side of the darker fabric using your ruler, draw a pen line diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
Lay your dark square on your light square with rights sides together. 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 :) Now stitch a 1/4" seam along both sides of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines :) Remember, you are doing these assembly line so go ahead and chain stitch all 10 sets on the right hand side of the line, and then go back and do all 10 sets on the left hand side.
Clip your threads and then align your ruler along the drawn center line. Cut your pieces apart along that drawn line.
Now press towards your darker print.
And now you are ready to trim up your HST to 2 1/2". Align the 45 degree line on your ruler with the seam line on your square. Make sure that the raw edges of the square under the ruler are over the 2 1/2" line's on your ruler. Trim the 2 sides.
Now spin your block 180 degrees. Once again, align the 45 degree line on your ruler with the seam line on your square. Align the raw edges of the square under the ruler on the 2 1/2" lines on your ruler. Trim the 2 sides.
And now you have Perfect Half Square Triangles. You should have 20 total.
STEP 4 - MAKING THE BLOCK
Lay out the following 4 rows. For the rest of the tutorial you will press all of your seams open. This will help to avoid bulk :)
Now sew the four rows together. Easy enough. Just lay the first square onto the second and sew a 1/4" seam. Then press the seam open. Now lay your 2 sewn together pieces onto the third and sew a 1/4" seam. Then press. Just keep repeating adding one block at a time until you have sewn all 4 rows together :)
Now, lay our your 4 rows as follows. You are going to sew the top 2 rows together and the bottom 2 rows together.
Lay the first of each set onto the second with right sides together. Take care to pin each of your seams so they match up nice and tight :) Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Press your top and bottom row and set them aside for a minute.
Now grab your alternate color flying geese and your rectangles and lay them out as follows.
Lay your Goose block onto your rectangle with right sides together. Pin and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Oh, and if you make sure to cross your stitches directly on top of the little x made by your previous seams you will get perfect points every time :) Clip your threads and press your seams open.
Now sew your top blocks together and your bottom blocks together to make 2 rows. Then sew your 2 rows together taking care to match up your center seams. (Just the same as making your rows from before :)
Now lay the following additional rows out. Sew the 4 rows together (same process of adding one block after another :) Remember to press those seams open to avoid bulk :)
Now just sew the 5 rows together. Same again, Lay the first row onto the second taking care to pin the seams and sew a 1/4" along the pinned edge. Sew Row 1 and Row 2 together and then sew Row 3 and Row 4 together. Then add those rows to either side of center block.
Now grab your top and bottom rows that you set aside. You know what to do now. Just lay the top row onto the center row with right sides together, pin the seams, stitch 1/4" and press open. Then repeat for the bottom row.
And you are done!! One fabulous Spinning or Spiraling Block measuring 16 1/2" x 16 1/2" unfinished. Now just repeat Steps One through Four to make 11 more blocks for 12 blocks total. (You can make these assembly line to speed things up a bit :)
STEP 5 - MAKING THE QUILT TOP
Now, it's time to grab those remaining 7 Fat quarters to cut up. Sadly, I forgot to take pictures of my cutting so you will just get digital images. (Sorry).
From 2 Fat Quarters (I used 2 red ones) cut (14) 2 1/2" x 22ish" (trim selvage) strips. You will be able to get 7 strips from each Fat Quarter. Set these strips aside. They will be used to create a binding strip for your finished quilt.
Now everything is all cut out and you are ready to lay the quilt top out. Using a design wall or the floor, lay your sashing squares, your sashing strips as follows. Play with the placement of the blocks and sashing until you get a look that is pleasing to the eye.
Now, it's time to start sewing. Begin by sewing the sashing rows together. Just sew each piece end to end using a 1/4" seam until you have sewn the entire row together. Press towards the sashing strips.
Now, you can sew your block rows together. Start once again by sewing the sashing strips to the side/s of your blocks with a 1/4" seam. (See Row 1) Press towards the sashing strips (See Row 2). Now lay the sashed block 2 onto block 1 with right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam along the raw edges . Press towards the sashing. (See Row 3) Finally, Place block 3 onto block 1and 2 with right sides together. Sew a 1/4" seam along the raw edges. Press towards the sashing. (See Row 4)
Now repeat this process for each row in your quilt top. Your quilt top should look like this now :)
Now you are ready to sew your rows together. The is the same process as creating the rows, just on a longer scale. Place the sashing strips along the bottom (and top for first row) of your rows with right sides together. It is very important to pin each of your seams aligning the seams of the square sashing with the sashing. Sew a 1//4" seam along your pinned edge. Press towards the sashing.
Now lay Row 1 onto Row 2 and Row 3 onto Row 4 with right sides together. Again, make sure to pin all of your seams. If you need to ease in a little in the blocks do that but make sure your sashing seams line up. sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. Press towards the sashing.
Finally, Lay your now Row 1 and 2 onto Row 3 and 4 with right sides together. Pin your seams, and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge and then press towards the sashing.
STEP 6 - FINISHING IT UP
And your quilt top is all finished!!! You are ready to finish it up!! So you know the drill, baste it, quilt it, and bind it. If you need further instruction or just a little bit of help on finishing it up, please see my 3 part Finishing It Up video tutorial series. (One for basting, one for binding, and one for quilting :)
Now you can enjoy your wonderful Spinning or Spiraling Quilt!!! Measuring at 56" x 84" it is perfect for snuggling up with infront of a cozy fire!!
So what have you been trying new this week??
The block is beautiful, but I have to be honest, when I saw it yesterday that you picked it for a bee block, I nearly fainted! But then I saw you were mailing out the fabric and I realized it didn't pertain to me;) The tutorial is great and maybe one day I'll get up the courage to attempt so many flying geese in one block!ReplyDelete
What a great block Melissa. Thanks for the tute :)ReplyDelete
great block! what are you going to do with it?ReplyDelete
The block looks wonderful and I LOVE that fabric line! Great tutorial.ReplyDelete
Wonderful tutorial--thanks! I need all the help I can get. ;o)ReplyDelete
Fantastic block tutorial.Are you doing a big size quilt?ReplyDelete
Great block and thanks for the party!ReplyDelete
What a lovely block! Thanks for the tutorial! :)ReplyDelete
This is amazing! I love a tutorial and pictures of how to cut the fabric - thanks!!!!ReplyDelete
Awesome looking block, great tutorial! =DReplyDelete
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Awesome block! You are a HST machine! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! I will have to try those flying geese. Cute block!ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you wrote out the tute for this one! I love it! It looks complex yet totally doable. Thanks for taking the time and I totally dig the term fat sixth!ReplyDelete
I love this...I've been struggling with what to do with a Christmas line that I have. I hope I have enough to do a few blocks for a lap quilt!ReplyDelete
I love that block. Thanks for the great tutorial. Maybe that will be my TNT for next week!ReplyDelete
Love, Love, Love this block!!!!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful block!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. I just love this block and have saved it for future reference.ReplyDelete
I really like this block! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! :)ReplyDelete
I love that block its coolReplyDelete
Great block. Will make a fabulous quilt.ReplyDelete
Melissa, what a fun block! The tutorial was very well done. Now I've got to rush to my stash and pick some cute fabrics to use on it. Have a great weekend... and dream up some more blocks!ReplyDelete
Just came from favecraftsblog (watched your videos) - this is an excellent tute - guess I'm gonna have to add yet another project to my list LOL! Blessings,ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Melissa. I have made a pdf of this and will make it some day soon.ReplyDelete
That is such a gorgeous quilt and great tutorial! I hope I can make it one of these days. And just right for the season, although I agree with you that it'd look great in many color combos! Thanks! I just started following you!ReplyDelete