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Thread: Fast, easy, and accurate Flying Geese from squares

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    Fast, easy, and accurate Flying Geese from squares

    Crazy person that I am, I took the day on Tuesday to make 336 Flying Geese rectangles. This is how....

    So many of you have asked for this. I will share the method I use again. I have copied and edited my very first post on this board - so I didn't have to write it all out again. This time I will include some pictures as most of us are visual people. It can't just be me who knows how to make these simple and accurate flying geese. I read instructions for cutting off corners, or working with triangles, or expensive rulers and I just don't get it. Instead....
    Add 7/8" to the finished height of the small triangle. Cut 4 squares this size.
    Add 1 1/4" to the finished base of the large triangle. Cut 1 square this size.
    On wrong side of small squares: Draw diagonal, then draw sewing line 1/4" from both sides. There are awesome 1/2" rulers that make this a snap.
    Place 2 small squares on top of one large square across one diagonal- right sides together. Sew on marked sewing lines (both sides), chain piecing all the way. Cut on diagonal, press. (I usually press to the darker fabric.) Place the remaining squares in the blank spot of the resulting pieces. Sew on the sewing lines. Cut again on the diagonal. Press over that last triangle and - voila! - Flying Geese!
    You now have 4 completed geese, no waste, and accuracy beyond belief.
    A few examples:
    For a 2" x 4" goose - cut 4 @2 7/8, cut 1@ 5 1/4. Makes 4.
    For a 2 1/2 x 5 goose - cut 4 squares @ 3 3/8" and cut 1 square @ 6 1/4". Makes 4
    This is really simple math. Anyone can do it. No waste is a fabulous thing.
    Try it. I hope you love it as much as I do.
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    Last edited by PatriceJ; 02-26-2012 at 11:28 PM. Reason: member requested correction.

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    thank you, thank you! makes flying geese so easy, except for the quantity needed. really like the idea of "no waste" too.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Wow.. I learned something new..

    thanks for taking time away from quilting to show us.!!!! I sure appreciate it..

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    well...well...well..... that is just ingenius. Gonna have to give it a whirl.

    Thank you for sharing!!

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    Now this idea is definately a winner!! Your tutorial is perfect & I am sure that everyone else likes just as much.
    If you see someone without a SMILE, please give them one of yours!!

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    OH OH OH...HOW marvellous is that! You are so clever! I will bookmark this for future reference as I can see a scrappy Flying Geese quilt coming soon! Thank you for all the pictures as it really helps to see the process too!
    It's quarter to me time!!

    Izy

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    Thanks some day I hope to make a scrappy flying geese quilt !

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    Thanks!!!!
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    Thank you! I copied it to a word file so I don't loose it.

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    Ha! How smart is this idea? Thank you...and especially thanks for the pictures to help those of us who have to read things 3 times to "get it."

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