Saturday, 17 January 2015

8 Flying Geese Another Big Bee Block Quilt




Have you been part of a bee and just not known what block to choose? Me too…. If your doing a Bee that goes for a year its best to choose a classic block that won’t age.
After a year you don’t want to be saying to yourself what was I thinking??
As well as a Bee participant, I am a quilter with the Do good stitches Cherish Group more info on origins here.
The premise of the group is for 12 stitchers and quilters to all do a block or 2 dependant on size,  send it to a quilter and then once quilted off it goes to a charity of choice.
I’m sure if your reading this you may be as addicted to quilting as I am. You may have made as many quilts as your house can contain and still need to sew. Well this helps us out and we get to try new blocks each month and get rid of our plentiful stash or scraps and help a charity that is near and dear to our heart.
Plus we make more friends, who has enough of them? Some of the quilters I have met through my hobby are some of the closest friends I have.
Today I have a really cool tutorial to show. Its a simple block and you may have made a lot of these before.
Let me introduce to you the
8 Flying Geese Block
Please remember this is to make 1 Block 20.5″ square.
Fabric Requirements
2 x 11 1/4 square of Teal (solid or ToT (tone on tone) or reads as Teal)
8 x 5 7/8 low volume fabric (Grey or Black on White or Cream)
edited to add I have used a 1/4″ foot on my machine.

  • Lay your Teal square (right side up)
  • Pop 2 of your smaller squares on opposite corners this will overlap
  • with your pen/pencil and ruler draw a line corner to corner.
  • take to the sewing machine and chain piece both lots by sewing a 1/4 seam on both sides of the line.
Bring back to the cutting mat and cut on the line

Iron the sewn seam and then open the top print and iron flat.


  • Place the 2 other smaller low volume squares on the teal corner.
  • with your pen/pencil and ruler draw a line corner to corner as shown.


Bring back to the cutting mat and cut on the line


Take to the iron and iron the sewn seam and then open the top print and iron flat.



Tada……..  Hard bit over.
Just put the block together column by column using normal piecing techniques for example nesting seams.

These are just a few options the 12 block options are 60″ x 80″ about a lap size. My plan for this Quilt is to do option 2 hard choice but my fav.
Which one is yours?
Kelx

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