Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Roundabout Quilt-Along - Flying Geese

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Roundabout Quilt-Along.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win one of three $75.00 Gift Certificates from Fat Quarter Shop ) you can find a list of the post links here :)  Here is the schedule
September 27th - Flying Geese - That's Today!!
October 11th - Half Square Triangles with Goosed Corners
October 25th - Drunkards Path
November 8th - Building Blocks
November 22nd - Piecing Top and Grand Prize Linky
December 13th - Roundabout Parade and Grand Prize Winners

Now, first off for this week, we need to pick a winner for the Cutting Assignment.   And great job to everyone on finishing that assignment, I am so excited to be quilting-a-long with you all!!!

The cutting assignment winner who gets a 3 Timeless Charm Packs from Green Fairy Quilts is . . .
#4 - The Days Dewing's.!!! - Congrats :)


So here we are, our first sewing assignment , so let's get right to it :)  If you are just finding this QAL, it's never to late to join in the fun, we've just getting started!!!! 


I use the No-Waste method to make flying geese.   The great thing about making flying geese this way is that, obviously, you don't waste any fabric and you never have to sew a triangle.  Double bonus!!  It also makes 4 flying geese out of each unit, so the flock grows quickly :)  If you have never made them this way you are in for a treat.   So, let's get to it :)

We will start by gathering all of our squares to make the flying geese.  These were the squares you marked FG and you will have 1 large squares from each of your Print Fabrics and small squares from your Background Fabric.  I have listed the multiple sizes on the picture below just so you can double check that your two stacks each match one of the listed sizes ;)

Now you don't have to keep track of where these will be going in your block or anything, just know that you will be making 1 set, ie 4 Flying Geese Units for each of your blocks aka Print Fabrics.   And now you are ready to start making your Flying Geese.  To save time, I like to do each of these steps in assembly line fashion, however, the pictures will just show a Flying Geese units of one fabric.

With right sides together, lay two small backgrounds squares onto your large print square as shown.  Using your ruler, draw a line diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner shown on the right.   Or, if you like, you can start by just drawing lines on the back of all your background squares as shown on the left.  It takes a little bit of time but it is nice to have it done and it is a great time to watch a movie while drawing ;)

Now pin both sides of each square adjacent to that drawn line.  Make sure to put the pins out far enough that your presser foot won't hit them as you sew on by :)     Again, remember we are assembly line piecing these, so pin all of your units.  

We will be stitching a  1/4" seam along BOTH sides of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines :) but to save time and thread, we will chain stitch these.    And you will notice, you still have a pile of extra small background squares.  No worries,  we will get to those in a bit.  

So to start, chain stitch the 1/4" seam on the left hand side of your drawn line.  I just chain stitched through the entire pile and it went so fast :)  For those who are new to this, Chain stitching is where you don't clip the thread between each unit sewn, just keep feeding units through the machine until you have stitched your entire pile.

Once the entire pile is stitched, you can now clip the threads between the squares.   Then, go ahead and stitch the 1/4" seam on the right hand side (or other side) of the drawn line on all your units.  You'll  have some super long fabric snakes :)  Clip the threads between the units and make a large pile ready for cutting.

Now, place your unit on your cutting mat and align your ruler along the drawn center line.  Cut along the edge of the ruler creating 2 large triangles.  I only ever cut these one at a time, as I worry that stacking them would shift and I might cut through my seams.  Takes a second more, but worth it to play it safe ;)  

Press the seams up towards the 2 sma.l background triangles.  I find it easiest to press these from the front, but you can press from whichever side you prefer.    And you are half way there!!!  Now to use up those remaining small background squares. 

And it's just like starting over. We repeat all the same steps, it's just smaller and more units.  Take the small background squares and align them on your stitched units as shown with right sides together. Once again, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the small background 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 square far enough to leave room for the presser foot, then once again we are going to be stitching a 1/4" seam along BOTH sides of the drawn diagonal line.  

And again, we will be chain stitching to save time and thread.  So chain stitch along the left hand side of the drawn line on all your units, clip your threads,  and then chain stitch along the  right side of the drawn line on all your units, and then clip your threads one last time :)

And just like before, place your units on your cutting mat, and using your ruler aligned along the drawn line to cut your unit in half .  So now what started as 1 large squares, is 4 units.   And that is where your 4 flying geese come from.

Press your seams up towards the background square to match the other seam.   You can press from the front or the back, whichever your prefer.   Lastly, trim off the little dog ear corners at either side and the top of your unit.  Note, Just trim the dog ears, don't trim the tops to where the point is, you will need that 1/4" overlap for your seam allowance.  

And you are done!!!  Perfectly precise flying geese blocks without throwing away any scraps and without sewing a single triangle.  Fabulous!!  

 For those of you that are new to this method of No Waste Flying Geese,  I wrote a previous tutorial on  No Waste Flying Geese that also goes over the math of making them so you can make any size Flying Geese you like.  Thought you might like it :)

 And that's it!!  Here is my Flock of geese all ready to fly away :)  In total, you should have however many number of blocks you are making, times 4 geese.  So for me, 25 blocks equals 100 total geese :)    So now it's your turn to make up a gaggle of Flying Geese!!!  And once you are finished be sure to link up below to enter to win the weekly prize :)

The Weekly Prize is sponsored by Four Peaches Fabric and a huge thanks goes out to them for their support of the  Roundabout Quilt-Along.  And, since today' is Wendy's Birthday she is giving a prize to everyone, whether you are quilting along or not.  Use the code BIRTHDAY to get .49 cent shipping on all orders over $20.00.  This coupon is valid until Saturday so be sure to pop on over and find something fun for yourself ;)

This weeks prize is a collection of Matilda Fat Quarters brand new from Ella Blue by Emma Jean Jansen!!!   Isn't this line just fantastic!!!  So fun!!!    Someone is going to have a great time playing with these happy prints :)

So what do you have to do for a chance to win these beautiful fabrics?  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 the early morning of October 11th as I will be announcing a winner in next quilt-a-long 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 of flying geese to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group and to post it on social media with using #roundaboutquiltalong.    I am so excited to see all of your flocks of geese ;)

So let's get sewing!!!  Yippee for getting all the cutting behind us and moving on to sewing!!! Oh, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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  1. Thank you for explaining this way to make flying geese! Very cool!

  2. What made me smile today was your wonderful explanation for making flying geese! Thank you Melissa! -Jean

  3. What made me smile today was your wonderful explanation for making flying geese! Thank you Melissa! -Jean

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  5. Can't wait to try your method of flying geese!

  6. I can't believe I'm late for your QAL! Where have I been?! I'm reading through now and hopefully I will be caught up in 2 weeks, but I don't know for sure. I have a lot to work on between now and then. Eeek!

  7. Hi! This is Wendy from Four Peaches Fabric. I wanted to let everyone know that I heard from a customer that the coupon code was giving an error. This has been fixed! YAY!! Because of this issue I will also extend this offer through Saturday. Sorry for the error!!

  8. My granddaughter's laughter made me smile today!

  9. I get e-mails from LouLou's fabric shop

  10. Thanks for the great tutorial, Melissa! What a fun fat quarter bundle from Four Peaches Fabric! I love the combination!


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