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Thread: Question on Flying Geese

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    Question on Flying Geese

    I would like to know what I,m doing wrong. I can make the geese with "no problem".
    When I join them into rows though, there isn't enough room for the 1/4" seam and I
    lose my points. Can someone help me find the answer.
    Thanks in advance.
    Elaine
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    Are you sure you are leaving 1/4'' for the seam? 6:34 minutes into the video she shows the 1/4" needed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKfM3pJYSmc Are you sewing more than 1/4" for the seam? Pin the point just at the 1/4" seam line and sew just above that line. Or, maybe when you are pressing the seam is when the point gets "cut off"? A picture might help.

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    Eleanor Burns of Quilt In A Day has some good rulers for flying geese. evidently you are having problems making them and these rulers should help a great deal. she makes them a tiny bit larger than required and you trim them to size. Good luck.

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    Here is a video from Connecting Threads. It uses a specific ruler, however, the first picture shows what your unit should look like. The seam goes exactly thru the 2 bottom corners, and the top of the triangle is 1/4" down from the top. It doesn't touch the top of the patch.
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    I have perfect points when I cut off the points of the patches before sewing. You can also use Wonder Tape and open the block to see how it looks before sewing. I love Wonder Tape, it's a great learning tool to use.

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    Search quick flying geese method. No special ruler, no trimming. Just as accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    Eleanor Burns of Quilt In A Day has some good rulers for flying geese. evidently you are having problems making them and these rulers should help a great deal. she makes them a tiny bit larger than required and you trim them to size. Good luck.
    This is the method I have used and my geese come out perfect every time. It is being able to adjust a seam that may be off a hair before doing the final trimming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    This is the method I have used and my geese come out perfect every time. It is being able to adjust a seam that may be off a hair before doing the final trimming.
    Me,too! I don't mess with any other method.
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    Making sure you have 1/4" seams is VERY important in a flying geese block. Also.......setting the square in the corner of the rectangle EXACTLY is important. I mark my diagonal lines and sew slightly to the side of line.....on the side that I'll be cutting off. Remembering to do these things means I have about 5 out of 6 good geese...LOL
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    I use the Eleanor Burns flying geese rulers and I love them. I seem to get it accurate MOST of the time. Good Luck.

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    You also need to pay attention to make sure that you have enough overlap of the two sides of the "sky", so that the goose is 1/4" below the top of your finished flying geese unit. That's the seam allowance that will let you sew them together without cutting off the point.

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    I understand your frustration. I made a queen size quilt made of over 600 flying geese blocks so I experimented with lots of ways to make them. Check out Eleanor Burns on You Tube. It's the best, easiest, and accurate method AND you get 4 geese blocks when you're finished. Made the quilt go much quicker and took the stress off of having accurate blocks.

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    I find the most accurate way to make flying geese is to paper piece them. Works every time and is exact.

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    I bought a Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper ruler and have found that to be the most accurate way for me to make Flying Geese with the least waste.
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