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# Thread: Help make this block with fewer pieces???

1. I need to make this block, and know there must be a way to reduce the amount of triangles needed. Does anyone know a way to do this?

click on the one that say homestead...that may give you a few good ideas.

3. http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf
This is a no waste method for flying geese. If you are able to use it, you won't have to cut any triangles for the 12 flying geese in your block.
There appears to be a total of 8 triangles in the N, W, S, and E positions on your block. You can combine them to make 4 triangles. If you do your math right, you could cut squares and simply cut them in half (I think you'll add 7/8" to the finished size).
The middle four triangles can be cut as a square.
If you do this, you'll only need to cut the 4 triangles in the corners. You could cut them as squares and cut the diagonal like described above.
When it comes to piecing, you will take the N Triangle, piece it to the NE Flying Geese section, and that to the E Triangle.
Then, Take a flying geese unit and piece it to the center square. On the other side of the square, put another flying geese unit.
Next, piece the last flying geese unit between the W and S triangles.
Last, stitch these three units together. It'll be like piecing on point.
Did I confuse you?

4. This is what I came up with :D:D:D

5. You can do it the way shown above and have less triangles but it would appear that you will be doing the Y seams that some dread so much?

6. You can do a 3D goose with no triangles at all and only one seam. It uses a lot more fabric but it sure is easy.
Go to this site and Ricky Tims will teach you how to do it.
Here's one I did with this method

Not one triangle was used in making this quilt but all the colors are flying geese,

7. My vote is no waste flyine geese. Do it all the time..fast. Four blocks out of two fabs!!

8. Actually, that makes sense. I also used the Eleanor Burns flying geese video..will give it a try this week. Thanks!

9. Thanks for the info everyone. Big help

10. Have you tried the snowball method? Or even paper-piecing the flying geese? You wouldn't have to even cut a triangle for that block (except for corners).

Brights and B&W - how could it not be fabulous!

I love your layout. I think that just became my new go-to baby quilt. :thumbup:

Was it a pattern?

11. What aboutnmaking it paper pieced?

You can do a 3D goose with no triangles at all and only one seam. It uses a lot more fabric but it sure is easy.
Go to this site and Ricky Tims will teach you how to do it.
Here's one I did with this method
Awesome!

13. I would go with the no waste flying geese as well

14. Originally Posted by Tippy
You can do it the way shown above and have less triangles but it would appear that you will be doing the Y seams that some dread so much?
no Y seam... you start with the square in the corner, add the two green triangles to each side and then work your way to the center block. Then do the next section starting with the square and working inwards, and sew this section to the center block.

The two side pieces are sewn separately the same way, and then add the large triangles to them. Sew these 3 separate pieces together.

Basically you are piecing it in thirds :wink:

15. You could cheat and use a solid white material, then sew the green triangles onto it.

16. Try this site for One Seam Flying Geese:

17. Here's another. 3 squares make 2 flying geese with cutting chart for different sizes.

http://members.shaw.ca/beverlysquiltingpage/ffg.htm

18. oops...sorry, 5 squares. Now going to the kitchen to get my coffee.

19. Originally Posted by Tippy
You can do it the way shown above and have less triangles but it would appear that you will be doing the Y seams that some dread so much?
"If" paperpiecing this could be done without y-seams. Do in 3 sections and then sew 3 sections together which would be the bigger triangle each as one section and then the middle piece being 2 squares and section with flying geese.

20. My favorite way to make flying geese is to cut rectangles the size of the finished flying geese piece and 2 squares equal to the width of the rectangle. Place a square at each end of the rectangle and sew across the diagonal of the square. Trim to a 1/4 in. seam allowance and press as usual. I'm more accurate this way than cutting a bunch of triangles and don't feel I waste that much fabric. If you piece the block on the diagonal you can use a square in the middle and larger triangles on the sides instead of two.

21. How about 1/2 square triangles for the geese?

22. Very beautiful b/w and multicolor quilt!

Dana

23. I would paper piece and not have any bias edges to be concerned with matching, stretching, etc. Quilter's Cache has wonderful free patterns and I've used several of her patterns.

24. Try making the flying geese the way Billie Lauder shows in her Quick Quilt Tricks book. It is method #2 in the book using squares.

25. My suggestion as well.
Originally Posted by DawnMarie
http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf
This is a no waste method for flying geese. If you are able to use it, you won't have to cut any triangles for the 12 flying geese in your block.
There appears to be a total of 8 triangles in the N, W, S, and E positions on your block. You can combine them to make 4 triangles. If you do your math right, you could cut squares and simply cut them in half (I think you'll add 7/8" to the finished size).
The middle four triangles can be cut as a square.
If you do this, you'll only need to cut the 4 triangles in the corners. You could cut them as squares and cut the diagonal like described above.
When it comes to piecing, you will take the N Triangle, piece it to the NE Flying Geese section, and that to the E Triangle.
Then, Take a flying geese unit and piece it to the center square. On the other side of the square, put another flying geese unit.
Next, piece the last flying geese unit between the W and S triangles.
Last, stitch these three units together. It'll be like piecing on point.
Did I confuse you?

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