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Thread: flying geese math

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    Is there a way to figure the size square you need for the rectangle you are using? say the rectangle is 2x5. I know one side of smaller piece would be 2, what about the other side. Sorry, know this is kinda stupid question, but I am very math challenged. I want to place a row of flying geese along side a block and I can figure the size of rectangles I need to make it as long as the block but the other part is eluding me, especially when rectangle is not in exact inches.

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    i am totally dependent on my flying geese ruler, so when a mathy person responds I'll bookmark that answer!!

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    I'm going to write it in BIG letters and post on my bulletin board. Maybe I need to buy one of those rulers.

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    sorry I don't know either. I use HSTs instead. 2 half square triangles works and is easier to do as far as I am concerned.

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    Try this method. She tells you how to get the size you want with no wasting fabric. I will keep looking the original way ..putting a square on two corners, sewing the diagonal and trimming to see if I can find one that shows how to calculate size too...

    http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf

    also, if you read what she wrote at the top of that tutorial, she says:'just remember that the width of the finished unit is twice the height'

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    And I found a site that makes them the traditional way. Altho I do 'square in the top two corners, sew on the diagonal, trim 1/4 inch and press' method too.

    http://www.guidelines4quilting.com/H...locks/FG1.html

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    and ONE more link! I think I'm done now...lolol

    http://www.quilterscache.com/H/Howtomakegeese.html

    This link has all THREE methods in one place...and you can make the size you want.

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    Your rectangle needs to be half as wide as it is long. So you need a rectangle either 2x4 or 2.5x5. Your squares would be the same size as the width of the rectangle - 2x2 or 2.5x2.5.

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    Thank you all so much. I want to use the continuous flying geese method I just saw video tutorial for that someone posted tonight. Seemed like it would be easy but wanted to make them the size I wanted.

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    http://www.connectingthreads.com/tut...tars__D12.html

    You have to cut each cross piece 1/4" bigger than to the center. Most of the time the size is based on a starting square. It makes the marking on the diagonal easier.

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