Tuesday, 18 February 2014

U3A Block 5b: quick pieced flying geese

1. The "goose" is basically a quarter square triangle.
The units in this block finish at 3" by 6" so we add
1.25" inches and cut a 7.25" square. For the 3"
HST's we cut four 3 7/8" squares and a diagonal
pencil line across.
This clever method of making four flying geese units at once was devised by UK quiltmaker, Pauline Adams, building on the work of previous problem solvers such as Ernest Haight and  Barbara Johannah in the US.
2. place two squares on opposite corners of the large
square lining up the pencil lines. Sew a quarter inch
seam on both sides of the drawn line.

3. Cut along the drawn line.

4. Press out the triangles to form this heart shape.

5. Place the remaining squares in the corners with the
line going from the corner to the centre of the
"heart". Sew on either side of the drawn line.

6. Cut along the drawn lines.

7. Press triangles out to form 4 flying geese  units.

8. Four 3.5" (3" finished) are needed to complete the block.

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