Medallion Quilt-Along – Border 9 – Flying Geese
February 16, 2009 § 19 Comments
Woohoo! It’s here! The infamous Flying Geese border! And it is making me happy. This shot of bright pink/red is just what I needed. And it’s gotten so big that I had to lay it out on the driveway today. It no longer fits on the floor of a room in the house.
How are all of you doing?
- Finished block size – 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ **
- Finished width of border -4 1/2″
- Quilt width after this border – 72 1/2″ square
- Yardage requirements – 1 yard light for geese (Companion Angle) and 1 yard dark for sky (Easy Angle). If you want to use the Border 3 method to construct the geese you will need 1 1/4 yards for the geese and 1 1/3 yards for the sky.
1. For the “sky” or half-square triangles, cut (11) 2 3/4″ strips from the width of fabric. From the strips, and using the Easy Angle, cut 224 half-square triangles. 2 3/4″ is an in-between measurement on these rulers. 2 1/2″ is marked and 3″ is marked. Use the dotted line between these two lines for the 2 3/4″ measurement.
2. For the “geese”, cut (10) 2 3/4″ strips from the width of fabric. From the strips, and using the Companion Angle, cut 112 triangles. Again, this measurement is in-between 4″ and 5″. Use the dotted line between these two lines for the 4 1/2″ measurement.
3. For me, this is the fun part. I like to sit down and chain-piece one side, block after block, then press the seams open and sew the other side.
That purple strip on my sewing machine is a piece of vinyl plastic called a Qtools Sewing Edge by Alicia’s Attic. I use it to ensure that I am sewing a 1/4″ seam. I have a 1/4″ foot, but it seems a little bent. This was a much cheaper solution for me than replacing the foot. The package says that the vinyl won’t leave any sticky residue on your machine, which is important in preserving the finish on these older machines.
Make 28 flying geese blocks for each side of the quilt, for a total of 112 flying geese blocks. I’m still pressing the seams open, for the most part. It seems to help a little in keeping the bulk to a minimum.
4. For the Square-in-a-Square blocks in the corners, cut (4) 5″ squares from a lighter fabric and (16) 2 3/4″ squares from a darker fabric.
I know that this method is a little bit more wasteful of fabric, but it gives easier dimensions to work with. We could save some fabric by cutting the center square exactly and cutting the corners into triangles. But for only 4 blocks, this method seems the easiest and fastest. If I was making a whole quilt of square-in-a-square blocks, I would probably choose a different construction method that would use less fabric.
5. Mark the diagonal on the wrong side of each of the 2 3/4″ squares, first sewing 2 opposing corners and trimming to a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then sew the other two remaining corners. You may refer back to Border 1 for a refresher on how to piece these blocks.
6. Sew the side borders to the quilt first. Then sew the Square-in-a-Square blocks to each end of the top and bottom borders. Sew the top and bottom borders to your quilt. You should now have a quilt that measures 72 1/2″square.
Can you believe it? Only three more borders to go. Also, how do you all feel about the Prairie Points around the outside. Do we want to do those as well?
** Edited to add: Yes, it’s true. The blocks are 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″. If you sew two blocks together, it would be square. These last few borders are posing a challenge to end up with whole blocks on the ends rather than partial blocks. The result is these funny measurements. The beginning borders were nearly all divisible by 2. But now that I’ve made some of the outer borders larger, they aren’t always nicely divisible like the earlier ones were. I hope it’s not confusing anyone!