Thursday, 13 February 2014

U3A Block 5a Stage 2 Fabric cutting

The next stage is cutting out your fabric. As these are set shapes, quarter square triangles and half square triangles, you can simply estmate the size needed and cut them out remembering that for foundation piecing you need to allow extra. The first piece to go down should be just marginally bigger than usual but the ones you flip need to be generously cut.
So for 6" flying geese I would cut a 7.5" square instead of a 7.25 and cut it twice across diagonally  whereas for the 3"  half square triangles I should cut a 4.25" square and cut it in half diagonally instead of the usual 3 and seven eighths size. Alternatively you could use templates and add generous seam allowances. I made mine from freezer paper as these can be ironed on leaving a good space inbetween for seam allowances.
Note that I still paid attention to grain line.

Freezer paper templates ironed on and ready to cut round with added seam

Cut pieces: you will need four of each colour of flying geese and
sixteen  half square triangles.

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