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    Why do my flying geese look so bad?

    I've been quilting for 20 years and I still haven't mastered the flying geese. I just had to make some for a quilt I'm making and I ran out of fabric because I kept having to re-do them. I sew on the line I make on the back of the square and put the square in the corner of the rectangle and then put the other square on the other side and cut the back off (behind the squares) and it's the wrong size every time. I tried making it bigger and planned on cutting it down, but I would have lost my points. I lose my points anyway and they are always too small every which way. Is there a trick to making them? Is there another way? They are suppose to be 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangles and I add 2 1/2" squares. Any help would be appreciated.
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    My flying geese are not so great either,so I have been using half square triangles,not as pretty but it works.

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    I can't tell you since mine are usually pretty bad. The next quilt I do will have flying geese so I have been preparing by looking at all the methods there are out there - some requiring rulers and some not. Google flying geese Ricky Timms, Eleanor Burns, Deb Tucker. They have videos. There are others also. So far I am leaning toward Ricky's method. Maybe one of these will inspire you.

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    I use the Flying geese 4X4 ruler. I love it. I also use the math method same principle as the ruler.
    http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/books.php
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    Thank you. I'll go check them out right now.
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    Thanks, I'll check it out. I'm doing 5 BOM and they all require flying geese, so any help is grateful.
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    check out the eleanor burns video using her flying geese ruler. i haven't tried the ruler yet but am looking forward to it.
    http://www.quiltinaday.com/televisio...geeseruler.asp
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    I had luck with the Eleanor Burns method. I didn't use her rulers because my sizes were odd. But the method itself really helped my quality. Also, I just bought the Angler 2 tool and found that it helped my sewing from corner to corner - and no need to draw that line on the back of the square.

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    I just watched a Youtube video called "One seam flying geese quilt block" and it looks fantastic. I am going to go try it right now.
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

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    Practically every thread I follow on here has me off on an interesting and informative internet flight. Good job I'm done for the day.
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    I know it's after the fact...sorry...but I've been using a program I bought at the LQS called "Triangulations", by Brenda Henning. It's like paper piecing them. There are different sizes of geese and HST's. It has helped me a lot. I'm working on a BOM project that has 92 geese in it, and there's very little fabric waste. You use triangles cut to the right size and because it's paper piecing, you don't have to worry about the bias edges. You might look into it if you plan on another project with flying geese.
    If I'm too busy to quilt, something else has to go.

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    Just this past weekend I gave in and tried the Deb Tucker Wing Clipper ruler and made some of the best flying geese units I have ever made - seriously - plan to go buy my own ruler this week. Makes four at a time a little oversized then you trim them down to the right size. Worked really well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I just watched a Youtube video called "One seam flying geese quilt block" and it looks fantastic. I am going to go try it right now.
    Yeah, that is the Ricky Timms one! Let us know how that works out. That is the one I think will work for me.

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    When I do the folded corner method I sew on the right side of the line instead of right on the line. Then when I trim I only trim out the center triangle. That way the rectangle I cut is still the perfect size and if the folded corners are just a little off it doesn't matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    Just this past weekend I gave in and tried the Deb Tucker Wing Clipper ruler and made some of the best flying geese units I have ever made - seriously - plan to go buy my own ruler this week. Makes four at a time a little oversized then you trim them down to the right size. Worked really well!
    I bought her Wing Clipper ruler but haven't tried it yet. I bought it because I made her Rapid Fire Hunter's Star quilt and it came out wonderfully using her ruler for it. Look at her video's. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7WQpzknLGg&lr=1
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    I use Eleanor Burns rulers and they come out perfect every time.

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    Glad you saw that "one seam flying geese". I watched it and although I haven't done it yet, sure looks simple. I'm always amazed at the short cuts I find either on You Tube or from this board.
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    Try paper piecing them. Takes the frustration out it. Here is a link of different sizes you can try.

    http://www.quilterscache.com/B/Blank...latesPage.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    Just this past weekend I gave in and tried the Deb Tucker Wing Clipper ruler and made some of the best flying geese units I have ever made - seriously - plan to go buy my own ruler this week. Makes four at a time a little oversized then you trim them down to the right size. Worked really well!
    I've tried pretty much every method, but was never happy with my geese until I tried Deb's Wing Clipper ruler. Using her method and ruler, mine were pretty darned close to perfect!

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    I always use Ricky Timms method.....Love it...perfect FG every time!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I just watched a Youtube video called "One seam flying geese quilt block" and it looks fantastic. I am going to go try it right now.
    Great video will have to try this...Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by crafterrn1 View Post
    I use the Flying geese 4X4 ruler. I love it. I also use the math method same principle as the ruler.
    http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/books.php
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    I 2nd this one, this works great
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    I have both the Eleanor Burns and the Lazy Girl flying geese rulers. They both work very well and make it easy
    but I prefer the Lazy Girl one.
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    Me too and it usually costs me money.lol


    Quote Originally Posted by AnnieH View Post
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    My first post on this board was about how I do flying geese. I LOVE them. Must be the way I do it. I didn't have a camera at that time so someone else came up with them in http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf
    My original post is entitles Flying Geese Discussion. Take a look. No fancy rulers. Very little math. And I get perfect results every time - and that's a Lot of Times!

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