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Thread: HELP! How to convert measurements for speed piecing

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    Senior Member CompulsiveQuilter's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    Knoxville, TN
    The pattern says cut 1 7/8" squares and cut diagonally (to make 1" HSTs I suppose)

    To make the flying geese, it says cut a 3 1/4" square on both diagonals - and a 2 1/2" x 1 1/4" rectangle. I guess this makes a 1 x 2 geese.

    How do I convert these traditional cuts for speed piecing? I refuse to work on the bias with pieces so small. Is it even worth it?

    Here's the 6" block pattern: http://www.quiltpro.com/botd/setup/2...ndship_Win.pdf

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    Mar 2011
    Central NJ
    For the HST's I always cut on the in. and then trim. Someone with better math skills could give you better info but I think you'd end up with 1 1/2 in. HST's. I'd cut 2" of both fabs, draw center diagonal lines and sew on each side of the line yielding 2 HST's per. As to the flying geese...I'm at a loss...sorry. I'd have to draw it on paper. Possibly 2 1/2 in. square. Draw on the diagonal and then place on your rectangle and sew ON the diagonal and trim. Do you have some scraps you could check these measurements with? Good luck. It's a very pretty block.

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    cut at 2" for hst's.

    i never cut the "7/8"

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    Super Member sewcrafty's Avatar
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    For the HST's here's a site that you can do a bunch at one time.


    Here's a site that shows a few different ways to do the flying geese.


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    Alturas, CA
    Here's a method that I got off the net somewhere, but I don't remember where. I've never tried this method, but I think it would work fine.
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