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Thread: Flying Geese help needed

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    Senior Member hevemi's Avatar
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    I have problems sewing flying geese. No matter what method I use they almost always come out weird. Either the top edge is uneven or the seam allowance is too narrow at the point. The 4-geese-at-once method sometimes comes close -accidentally. Is it a 1/4" problem? My other blocks are OK.

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    Yes, or trying sewing them with a scant 1/4" :D:D:D

    When you are piecing, and you add the small triangles to the big ones? Make sure that the little ends that hang over are even on both sides.
    They make a tool that you can use to cut those little ears off. Then you can just line them up evenly and consistently every time.
    It is called a triangle trimmer, I have the ones made by Fons and Porter.
    Or, you can paper piece them like I usually do LOL

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    It might be a "stretching" problem. If you are using triangles to make your geese, they are far more unstable and tend to shift as you sew. There are a few different methods out there that use a rectangle base and two squares in the corners so you don't have to mess with triangles. My beginner students find this method to be the easiest for accuracy. Go to http://www.allpeoplequilt.com for patterns that use this method. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Yes, or trying sewing them with a scant 1/4" :D:D:D

    When you are piecing, and you add the small triangles to the big ones? Make sure that the little ends that hang over are even on both sides.
    They make a tool that you can use to cut those little ears off. Then you can just line them up evenly and consistently every time.
    It is called a triangle trimmer, I have the ones made by Fons and Porter.
    Or, you can paper piece them like I usually do LOL
    Thank you , Amma. You are right, my needle was moved for scant 1/4. I do PP a lot, for geese this time it's the final resort as I need over 2 x 180 of those . I must be out of my mind-

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    I've heard good things about the flying geese ruler. Maybe it's Eleanor Burns brand? I have both sizes but have yet to try them. I did the 4 at a time method and while it was quick and easy, it was not accurate for me.

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    Here's another idea. It does make extra bulk though since it's extra layers.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Mu0C_QL8Y
    one seam flying geese

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    I have used the Eleanor Burns ruler and it works well for me. It does only make specific sizes though.

    I do not have a problem if I use a rectangle and squares. Pencil diagonal line on square and sew to ends. Be careful to "press" and not iron to avoid stretching. Acuarate cutting and sewing are still the best solution for any problem.

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    I had to buy the fons and porter flying geese ruler. It was worth the money.

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    Same here. I have both sizes ofthe EB rulers for FG...but haven't used them. Some ppl like the Fons & Porter FG rulers.Haven't seen them.Most Joanns carry both brands.You could also try Missouri Trading or Utube for a video to help out.

    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    I've heard good things about the flying geese ruler. Maybe it's Eleanor Burns brand? I have both sizes but have yet to try them. I did the 4 at a time method and while it was quick and easy, it was not accurate for me.

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    I have several different kinds of flying geese paper piecing sets, but have not figured out how to use most of them. I am hoping to find someone in a class to help me, or womeone from the guild. I have triangles on a roll, and am wondering if they have geese on a roll. I like the roll things, as they are measured down to the tiniest little decimal point. they are much more accurate than I am on my own.

    http:/www.trianglesonaroll.com has the geese on a roll. They may have several sizes. I do like this product as I am not a good quarter incher. I shake one direction, and the geese shake the other. The roll keeps me closer to a qtr inch than I can get on my own. katie

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