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Thread: HELP!!! reworking size of flying geese

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    Senior Member carolstickelmaier's Avatar
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    HELP!!! reworking size of flying geese

    I need the finished size of strip to be 14" x 4". I worked hours yesterday and finally gave up. Decided it was "Chemo Brain" and went to bed. Now to start all over this morning. I am reworking a pattern to make it larger. It has several appliqued panels with Ohio stars surrounding the center panel. No problem there I just added enough to center to equil another Ohio star....Problem is the strips of flying geese through out the design. I need the finished size to be 14" x 4", I am using 1/4" seams. There are to be 8 geese in each strip. I can feel the frustration beginning. I know you ladies and gents can figure it faster than me. HELP! and THANKS SO VERY MUCH.

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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but finished flying geese are twice as wide as they are tall. If you want 8 geese in 14", each one is 1.75" in one dimension, which makes it either half that (.875) or twice that (3.5) in the other direction. I think you will need to use filler strips to take up this space.

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    I agree with Dunster. Here is a link for making flying geese with no waste.

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

    You could also try drafting out what you want and making your own paper piece pattern.

    http://whynotsew.blogspot.com/2011/0...d-pattern.html
    These geese are wonky, but just make yours even. If you want a spacer, add that in between the
    geese.

    Oh, and take a DEEP BREATH! No reason to panic...its FABRIC! :grin:::
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    Well ladies after careful consideration I have decided to make my own templates and cut from there. I am going to use at least three layers of freezer wrap ironed together to make the template strong enough to reuse. I am hoping there will be less waste of fabric as I am tight on some of my selection. (trying to use stash). Thanks for the suggestions and the links were helpful. Thought of paper piecing but all the geese are same size so I think templates will be quicker.

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    Are your geese facing point up, or point to the side?? It would solve the problem Dunster brings up if they were pointing sideways. You would cut each rectangle at 4.5" x 2.5" and the snowball (triangle) for the geese at 2.5" square. You would have SEVEN in a 14" finished strip that way.

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    Thanks Jan. They point sideways. I like your idea. I may change to seven geese. Can't see what diff it makes if seven or eight geese. They are just at the bottom of a few appliqued rectangle to take up dead space.

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