Method 2 for sewing Flying Geese units was developed by Eleanor Burns at Quilt in a Day. You can use this method whether or not you have a Flying Geese ruler. They come in different sizes and they have great directions included. If you have a Flying Geese ruler, we are following the directions for the 6" x 3" Flying Geese. If you don't have a special ruler, a 6 1/2" square ruler works, too.
This is not a 'no waste' method. You will be throwing away a tiny bit of fabric at the end. I use this method because I get more accurate Flying Geese units. There is a little bit of 'error' room built into the method which means I can trim away the extra and end up with exact measurements.
|Center the 7 1/2" square right sides together with the 9" background fabric|
|Match the diagonal lines.|
|Sew a 1/4" seam on either side of the diagonal line on the main fabric (geese fabric). You don't have to sew to the edges of the background fabric.|
|Cut along the diagonal line.|
|Press towards the background fabric. It's a little odd to press that direction, but do it anyway. It makes the rest of the block easier to put together and press.|
|You now have two pieces that look like this!|
|Turn one piece 180˚ and then place the two pieces right sides together matching the corners, not the center seams.|
|This is a photo of the pieces right sides together with the corner folded back so you can see that the bottom piece has been turned 180˚ and the seams don't match up.|
|Draw a diagonal line as shown in the photo. It goes from corner to corner across the seam. Pin the two pieces together.|
|Sew a 1/4" seam on both sides of the center line, then cut on the line.|
|Clip the seam allowance at the center of the seam of both pieces.|
|Press towards the background fabric. This is what it looks like after the piece has been pressed. See the clipped seam allowance in the center?|
|Both pieces clipped and pressed towards the background fabric. The top left piece is a right-side view. The bottom right piece is a wrong-side view. If you click on the photo it will enlarge and you can get a closer look.|
|Center the 3 1/4" mark of your ruler on the top of the triangle 1/4" away from the edge of the ruler. The blue arrow shows the spot.|
|Photo of the ruler on the whole block.|
If you have a Flying Geese ruler.....
|If you own a 6" x 3" Flying Geese ruler, line the green triangle up with your center triangle (geese fabric) and trim around all four sides. Do that for each piece and you will have four Flying Geese units.|
This is my favorite way to make Flying Geese units.
Please give me a call if you want to borrow my Flying Geese ruler! I'm happy to let you give it a try.
Here's a link to a PDF file that has another method for making Flying Geese units called One Seam Flying Geese Method.
Here's a video that shows you how to sew the One Seam Flying Geese method: