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Thread: flying geese templates

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    i've never used rulers or templates to make flying geese. i always just made them. so, i see that the elonore burns flying geese rulers? templates? are on sale. but there are a limited number of sizes. i don't make geese that often, so tell me: those of you who make them often, is there a size that's most common? are her sizes worth owning? are any worth owning anyway, regardless of size? does anyone own these?

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    I LOVE these rulers and her way of making them. I have all 3 of the sizes and use them all the time. It is done with squares and then trimmed to size.

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    I almost bought a flying geese template at the quilting show, but out of all the blocks that is my least favorite. Don't like making them and don't like the way they look, but the template did make it look easy. I thought if I ever did make them I would want a template. does this help? :D

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    i have never used them before either..i use the rectangle with 2 squares method.. it is called no waste flying geese..

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

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    Eleanor has another method of making the flying geese with 2 squares sewn together, which is how I do it since I don't make them very often.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Mu0C_QL8Y

    Who needs a stinking template!......LOL!j/k

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    I was intimidated by flying geese since I knew how exact everything had to be for them to turn out correctly. When I was in Atlanta at the Sewing and Quilt Expo I watched Deb Tucker show how several of her templates worked. I bought three of her templates, one of them being the Wing Clipper. I don't have any other flying geese templates to compare it to, but I can say it seems very easy to me now to make flying geese. It ranges in size from 1 1/2" to 10" I think, maybe 10 1/2". Can't remember for sure right now. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    i have never used them before either..i use the rectangle with 2 squares method.. it is called no waste flying geese..

    http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf
    WOW -- that sure makes it look easy!! Printed it out and will try it! Thanks for the link! :D

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    Here is a link to her using them, but I think a regular 6x24 would work just as well.

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/televisio...geeseruler.asp

    I love the method.

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    This is the directions that have used always. It's een some time ago that a very dear friend showed me how to make the neatest geese and how to make sure they were evened out regardless of what size. The flying geese and the friendship star are my two most favorite blocks. I also found, years ago before I was so sick, a block called the pin wheel. But it's the 3 D pin wheel and I have used this block in a lot of juvenile quilts over the years. And I have received so many compliments on this particular block. Frankly with my lack of self esteem, any type of approval on the things I do, I so appreciate.

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    when i use a ruler for FG, i use the wrights ez rulers. they're much less expensive; good for just about everything; you don't need to buy special sizes; and they are super easy to use.

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    you've convinced me. no template needed.

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    I love Eleanor Burns way and have all her rulers. If there is a simple way to do things she finds it. Mainly they always turn out perfect. Cutting out just two squares for 4 geese is so easy.
    I also love the triangle square up ruler, it saves so much time.

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    the thing that concerns me is that her rulers make only certain sizes. does anyone find that they need other sizes, either for geese or for star points?

    when you read a pattern, they give you instructions for their own method. i have always followed that method, except where i made up my own pattern. i'm not sure that the methods are interchangeable. i have a lot of trouble with math so i don't know if i'd be able to change the instructions to accomodate a different, more efficient method and still come up with the right size. if they tell me to start with a rectangle and put little squares in the corners and stitch on the diagonal, then cut away the waste, can i change that to the 3-triangle or no-waste (for example) method and still come out with the same size? how do i transpose the measurements?

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    Thanks for the links!

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    All three ways listed here are great. The one seam by Timms, and Eleanor Burns way looks so easy. I hate Flying Geese, but may begin to like them with these methods. Thanks for posting.

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    She has a formula to use for all sizes. Here is a sample. For the 3 in by 6 inch geese. Take the 6 in and add 1 1/2 in for the points square then add another 1 1/2 in for the larger backgrd square. Your points are a 7 1/2 in square and the background is a 9 inch square. It makes 4 geese.
    This formula is for all sizes. Just use the length of the goose you want and add 1 1/2 in. You dont have to use her rulers but you do need to know how to sew the squares.
    To see her video go to the http://quiltinaday.com
    and click on the television and video button.

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    Quilter's Cache has a good method too. Her patterns list the geese and square in a square blocks just using squares or rectangles and squares.

    I start with a rectangle and put squares on the two sides. I sew corner to corner and a scant 1/2" away I sew again. I cut between the seams and I have one flying geese unit and 2 Half Square Triangle blocks to be used in a scrap quilt somewhere. That way, it wastes no fabric and I don't have scary biases everywhere.

    A girlfriend who makes some of the most intricate pieced tops uses the original link with 5 squares and you end up with 4 geese units. She loves that way. I personally haven't tried it yet, but I've not seen the link with instructions either. I sure saved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    i have never used them before either..i use the rectangle with 2 squares method.. it is called no waste flying geese..

    http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf
    this is the same method Jo Morton uses and they turn out great

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    I have the EB Large and Small Rulers and they are good. I recently saw a demo on the Wing Clippers or Wing Trimmer by Deb Tucker. They seem to be even better than EB's. My quilting neighbor ordered them recently and said that she liked them. I also saw them at the local quilt shops now. FYI

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterstide
    i have never used them before either..i use the rectangle with 2 squares method.. it is called no waste flying geese..

    http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf
    This is the way I make them. I don't like to measure so I bought the Lazy Girl ruler. Super easy and no wasted fabric.

    http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/books.php

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    Now for all you PP quilters out there, I have a pattern to do PP flying geese that is really cute. Soon as I figure out how to post it, I will

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    Flying geese is my favorite of all the blocks and I truly love Eleanor Burns template because every block is perfect. But if I had to choose another template it would be Lazy Girl Designs Flying Geese X 4 "No Math" ruler. You can use it to make several size geese using just squares. If you've ever made geese using the rectangle and 2 squares and gotten frustrated because they look crooked, you might want to give these a try. As far as cost goes, you can't beat a Joanne's coupon--even if you have to order on line. Good luck.

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    I hasve never had a template and I make flying geese easily without one. I use the square and rectangle method and the one seam method,

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    I use this method also, I love it, and don't have to cut triangles! Especially great when you need four of the same kind.

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