January 23, 2012

Modern Monday - Block 18

Flying Geese
Block 18 - Flying Geese
You know, for all my complaining about the fabric waste in making things wonky, I really love the look! I have all my blocks up on the design wall, so I can look at them as a whole and the wonky ones are the ones that jump out at me every time! And this version of flying geese is no different.

I chose 4 gradated grays and two oranges for this block.

Cutting:
From BOTH oranges, cut 4 - 3" (or so) squares. Cut in half on the diagonal, but not perfectly on the diagonal.
From EACH of the 4 grays, cut 2 - 5" x 3 1/2" (or so) rectangles.

Here's the fabrics I chose. I love gradations, so I thought it would be nice to do that in this block.

Here's the cut fabrics.

To make my wonky flying geese unit, place one of the triangles on the rectangle roughly from the center to one of the corners. It doesn't have to be perfect.

Then sew it on.
Cut off the excess triangle. Press to the triangle.
Repeat with the other side.
Cut off the excess after sewing and press to the orange.

Here's the unit in the raw.
Trim to 3 1/2" x 2". Make sure you don't cut them too perfectly. If you're used to precision piecing, it's easy to want to make them perfect. When you've turned your ruler to the point you're uncomfortable, you know you're in the right ball park!

Here's a completed unit. This one may be too wonky even for me!
Save your triangles, they are a good size to make something else from them - possibly half-square triangles.
Layout your units the way you want them to look. I chose two rows going in opposite directions. You can lay out yours anyway you want.
Sew together in pairs and sew the pairs together. Press to one direction.
Join the rows. I pressed this last seam open because it was getting too bulky. Your block should be 6 1/2" unfinished.
Have you noticed the photography is looking a bit better? I got a new camera for Christmas! It's a Cannon Power Shot SX230HS. I just love it and it takes beautiful pictures! As I continue to learn how to use it, look for even better shots coming soon!

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