Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Bee - May Block

Girls, please don't hate me when I ask for this block.  I just love Flying Geese.  I think they are a pretty versatile tool to keep in your back pocket when it comes to quilting.  They can be done with half square triangles because they are generally half as tall as they are wide (i.e. 2x4 or 3x6 or 4x8) but traditional flying geese are not done that way.  There are many websites, books, magazines, etc that will show you how to make geese and you can pick how you want to make them.  The best website - and the one that I've found that includes all cutting measurements for all the ways to make geese is at (click on link).  You can also check out House On Hill Road or QuiltersCache.

My personal method is flippy corner version.  I will sew on the marked seam and then sew a half inch to the right of that seam so that I get ready made hst squares from the corners - just cut in the middle so that there is a quarter inch seam for both the flying geese and the square that is left over. I've also tried various methods to reduce the seam bulk.  Pressing seams on the geese open seems to work pretty well, but there are still going to be some bulky seams where you are connecting the geese together.  I choose to nest those as best I can in the direction that reduces bulk. 

To make this block, you will need eight 6x3 geese and fourteen 2x4 geese.  Just lay them out in this layout:

Now for some guidelines on colors and such....
~ Please do the block in one of two colorways.  There is a "cool" version using blues, greens, (not bright) purples or a "warm" version using reds, pinks, oranges, yellows.  You don't have to follow these layouts exactly, they were just to give you and idea of the colorways.

~ As for the geese part, or the middle triangle, please use something dark.  A tone on tone black print is what I'm using for my block that way there is some dimension to it.
~ I love geometric prints (i.e. circles, squares, stripes, arrows, Greek key), so if you can stay away from overly floral patterns and prints, I would appreciate it but I'm not too picky as I want this to be pretty scrappy looking.
~ You're totally allowed to use the "Make 4 At a Time" method of geese, just try to not put two of the same print next together. 

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me!  My email is and I'm on Instagram on a regular basis under @pommesdeterres

Thank you so much!! 

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