Wednesday, April 4, 2012

First Wednesday in April - next sow-a-long installment

Good morning fellow sowers! I hope your project is coming along and that you are enjoying all the little blocks we're making.  I sure am.

Today, we are doing 3 new cute little blocks. One of them requires flying geese and I know everyone has their own methods. I'm giving cutting instructions for the way that I did them. You can use any method you prefer. Warning:  they aren't very big!! :-)  All blocks finish at 6"!!

Friendship Star

Background:     cut (4) 2-1/2" squares
                      cut (2) 3" squares for hsts, fin. at 2"
Dark:              cut (2) 3" squares for hsts, fin. at 2"
                      cut (1) 2-1/2" square

Steps to the Altar

Background:   cut (2) 3" squares, for 4 hsts, fin. 2"
Medium:        cut (2) 3" squares, for 4 hsts, fin 2"

Background:   cut (1) 3" square, for 2 hsts, fin 2"
Dark:            cut (1) 3" square, for 2 hsts, fin 2"

Background:   cut (1) 1-1/2" x 12" strip for 4-patch, fin 2" (extra included)
Dark:            cut (1) 1-1/2" x 12" strip for 4-patch, fin. 2"

Cups and Saucers:

Background:   cut (2) 3" squares for 4 hsts, fin 2"
Dark:            cut (2) 3" squares for 4 hsts, fin 2"

Background:  cut (1) 2-1/2" square (for center)

Background:  cut (2) 3-1/4" squares for flying geese
Dark:           cut (8) 2" squares for flying geese.

The method I used for flying geese (which are 1" x 2" fin) was to put 2 small dark squares on opposite corners of light square (right sides together), with a diagonal line drawn across; Sew on both sides of line.

I then cut down the center line, pressed towards the little guys and put another small dark square down the middle, drew a line and sewed on both sides of that diagonal line again.

Cut down the diagonal line, press towards the little guys and then square it up so that it's 1-1/2 x 2-1/2 unf (1 x 2 fin... I told you they were small!).

Now that you've mastered how to make flying geese, be on the lookout for more... as in STARS with flying geese!

Have a great week.

Love to you all,
Randy, Master Sower


  1. If you haven't' sewn the last block Randy, flip that center right one to match the other 4. I'm sure you did it correctly;)
    Great blocks!!

  2. oh Master, thank you for the tutorial on those flying geese. I look forward to many many more. Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter weekend ahead.

  3. Randy Thank you for the great tutorial on the geese. I would not have figured that one out otherwise. Really enjoy this project. Thanks Again!

  4. Looks like some fun times ahead with these three. Thanks, Randy. You do a great job with the cutting and instructions! : )

  5. Thank you and yes, I am definitely enjoying myself :-)

  6. Great instructions. Great blocks.

  7. Sweet......
    I'm enjoying these very much.

    Happy sewing

  8. I am going to try my flying geese this way. I just made cut glass dish. Holy cow those little hst about did me in. Looking through the book I see I may as well do Birds in the Air, Darting Birds, Four Winds, Pine Tree, Sawtooth, Star Gardener and Temperance Tree. I think they all have a million of those same size hst.

  9. Thanks so much for the instructions for the flying geese units. Came out perfectly and so easy. I had never done them this way before. How hard was it to figure the math for them to come out the right size? That's the hard part for me. All caught up. Thanks for doing this, Randy.

  10. I feel like I cheated, but I used Bonnie's paper-piecing method for the last one. Will post pictures tomorrow. Love how they're turning out. Thanks SO much!

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