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Thread: flying geese or triangles??

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    I am starting a 4-patch star quilt for my nephew's wedding, my question is- Are flying geese or triangles easier- less waste- less time consuming-better one way or the other? Any opinions please. Thanks

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    I need to know this also.

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    Flying geese have one less seam, so that would use less fabric. I remember seeing a tutorial somewhere on an efficient way to make fg in sets of 4 -- it looked like a real time saver.

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    I did a star quilt that had a couple of hundred flying geese. I figured the difference in how much fabric it took between the waste method where you sew a triangle on each corner of the rectangle and trim away the extra and the no waste four at once method and the difference was a full yard of fabric.

    So I use the four at once method and it's fast and easy.

    It's the bottom one on this page.
    http://www.quilterscache.com/H/Howtomakegeese.html

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    Using the flying geese method assures that you don't have a potentially wonky seam in the center. I generally use that method. Less cutting too.

    The corners are usually large enough to where I sew a tiny HST and trim it off. This goes in my "mini bin" for future projects (or to share with Rhonda). So no waste at all.

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    I know it is saving a seam this way but then your throwing a way the corner triangle, I am using 2 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch so the triangle is small I know I could stitch it and use the square made with it for something else, but I know I won't work with a triangle that will be only about 1 3/4 inch. That leads me to my question.

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    "4 patch" star? As in, the block will have only 4 sections?? The middle of the star will a 4 patch? Can you explain a bit more?

    If the star has points like this below, then snowballed flying geese are the easiest, IMO. Yes, there is a bit of waste, but the cut out centers can be used in other projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric lover
    Thanks for sharing this link!

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    Both flying geese and HST can be made quickly, accuratly and with no waste. Fabric Lover's link is great for the geese.

    Also try this hst
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    Quote Originally Posted by laurilli
    I know it is saving a seam this way but then your throwing a way the corner triangle, I am using 2 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch so the triangle is small I know I could stitch it and use the square made with it for something else, but I know I won't work with a triangle that will be only about 1 3/4 inch. That leads me to my question.
    I do mine as two squares over a rectangle. I sew the center seam of the square for the geese, then before trimming off the 'waste', I draw in the 1/4" seam allowance, then sew another seam 1/4" from that line. Now I have a goose unit and two HST's, prepped & ready to go!

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    Jan, yes the middle is a 4-patch then the star points are as you show with squares in the corners. What is a snowball flying geese?

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

    here is directions for no waste flying geese. You can make any size just remember when you are planning that the additions for width & height are FINISHED sizes. Do not add the seam allowances into your figuring.

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    I prefer the flying geese have used several methods that result in 4 geese at a time. It eliminates a seam - so less to sew match potentially cut off etc and easier to hand quilt.

    If you are not averse to a new ruler there are several on the mRket designed just for this construction. Or the above link is a good illustration.

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    Agree MadQuilter. I've tried all of the "easy" ways and rulers and always go back to the old fashioned way and save the triangles. Getting ready to start one for a grandson myself. It even has FG around the edge. I must be losing it!
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Using the flying geese method assures that you don't have a potentially wonky seam in the center. I generally use that method. Less cutting too.

    The corners are usually large enough to where I sew a tiny HST and trim it off. This goes in my "mini bin" for future projects (or to share with Rhonda). So no waste at all.

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    Hi am a Kaye Wood fan and use her method she has a great video on it under the tips tab.
    http://www.kayewoodtv.com/ktv/index....ink=true&chn=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangledthread
    Hi am a Kaye Wood fan and use her method she has a great video on it under the tips tab.
    http://www.kayewoodtv.com/ktv/index....ink=true&chn=1
    I had never seen this method done before. It seem easier than the others and no waste. I'm gonna' try this way of making flying geese.

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    There's also the dimensional flying qeese method. I think I saw some You Tube videos online.

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    can anyone tell me about Kaye Wood method? I just have dailup ( working only part time right now, high speed is just not in the budget) and the videos lockup my computer.
    Thanks everyone for the great tips

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    I do now waste method all the time....2 small squared on top of larger square. Just love that process. Hate the process of cutting off trianges...= more scrapes that I dont need.

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