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Thread: Hi From Massachusets witf a flying geese question

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    I've been piecing about 3 years and just in the last 9 months or so I've been doing some machine quilting. I have a pattern that calls for flying geese to be attached to a fussy cut 7.5 inch square. The directions are for traditional flying geese: 1 rectangle, 2 squares. But there is waste involved in this. I BUY plenty but this coming out of my stash and I'm afraid I may not have enough - sky or goose. So I'd like to try the 4 at a time Deb Tucker Wing Clipper method. My question is (before I buy the ruler and then find out I don't have enough fabric) What size strips do I cut for the geese and what size strips do I cut for the sky to end up with a 7.5 inch long geese block? After the block is in the quilt it will be 7.00 inches so, another question please, do I say a 7.5" finished geese block (for the block before it gets attached to a 7.5" square or do I say a 7 inch finished goose block for after it is in the sewn quilt?

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    Welcome from Idaho!
    I am not familiar with this method, but there are many methods out there that do the same thing.

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    Welcome!

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    Welcome from Ireland

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    Sew glad to meet you! Welcome from Colorado.

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    Welcome from New York state!

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    First of all, welcome to the board. I'm not familiar with this method but I also don't waste the cut off fabric from flying geese. After you sew the goose seam move over 1/2 toward the corner and sew another seam. When you cut off the waste part you'll have a half square triangle block. Just put them in a baggie until you have enough to make a block then sew them together. Or just keep stashing them until you have enough for a scrappy couch throw or if you don't want a scrappy couch throw, make them into a lap quilt or two and donate them to a nursing home.

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    Welcome!!! I have the templates from Quilt in a day for small and large flying geese, and others I have forgotten where I did get them.. now I just use the one seam method from Alex Anderson and Rick Tims U-Tube idea they say is from England. Love it. No waste. For 18 inch block, use two squares, each 3.5 inches, and sandwiched inside is a 6 inch rectangle. First square is face up, rectangle folded at top, right side up, match the bottom edge, add top square face down and sew on right side only 1/4 inch seam. Open "sandwich book" and press, pull the goose gently open. Proportion the ratio smaller or larger for various sizes. Picked it up on this board and love it.

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    Eleanor Burns has a method of doing 4 geese at one time and you don't need a special ruler.

    1. Cut a square of geese fabric the finished width of the geese unit plus 1 1/4 inches. Cut the sky fabric the finished height of the geese unit plus 7/8". For example: the width is 4" you will cut a square 4 7/8". The height is 2" you will cut a square 2 7/8"

    2. Cut one geese fabric and four sky fabrics.

    3. With right sides together lay 2 of the small squares on opposite corners on the large square. Using a ruler draw a pencil line diagonally from top left corner to bottom right corner. (See example)
    4. Stitch 1/4" from both sides of the drawn line. Cut apart on the center line. Press toward sky fabric.

    5. Draw a diagonal line on the 3rd and 4th sky fabric squares. With right sides together place one sky square on the sewn unit. Place it on top of the geese fabric with one corner coming between the sky triangles.

    6. Stitch 1/4" on both sides of drawn line. Cut on diagonal line. Repeat for other unit.
    7. Press your four geese units. You are ready to use them in a quilt.

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    I like the Ricky Tims method also. He learned it in Australia I think. I haven't made very mean but I like it.

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