I have been working off and on over the last 2 weeks making Flying Geese for my Talkin’ Turkey quilt. The pattern is by Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville) and can be found in her book “String Fling”.
If you are a “regular reader”, you know I went to a workshop in September and started this project along with a second one. As per my typical behavior, the project bin sat from September until February, when I dug in at a 3 day retreat and got the “first round” of the blocks completed. Check out the post I wrote in February when the first round was completed here – https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/a-week-of-loading-and-unloading/
Before I could begin the “second” round on the blocks, I had to square them all up, and re-evaluate how I was going to make the Flying Geese (FG) for the 2nd round on the block. I settled on the method from Jodi Barrows – using the Square in a Square ruler, option 3. I have nearly 500 FG to make for this quilt, and I wanted to use the method that gave me the most accuracy. Since I purchased the Square in a Square “system” last spring, I thought this would be the perfect time to use it. If you are unfamiliar, check out this quick video where Jodi is demonstrating the ruler at Quilt Market — Option 3 Square in a Square demo .
Once I got about 100 FG finished, I wanted to see how the blocks were going to look, so I got two blocks up on the design wall late yesterday afternoon.
Hubby thinks “BUSY“, but that is ok….he doesn’t have a vision of the “next round” which is neutral sashing and 9 patches that separate the blocks. Take a look at that link for Bonnie Hunter I posted and you can see what the “end” result will be. In this round with the FG, I am going scrappy with the FG, but the rectangle that separates them, and the cornerstones on the blocks are all “constant”. I think having a few constant elements on a scrappy pattern help to “calm” it down somewhat. I believe my sashing is all cut and it will be “constant” as well.
Each of these blocks takes 8 FG, so I will be back to the “chain piecing” that Jodi Barrows referred to in her short video, I posted above. For a more detailed look at the method – check out this longer, more instructive video – Square in a Square introduction . What I like about this method for the FG is that I can sit at the machine and stitch up 8 or 10 geese, then get up, stretch, press, and go back to sewing. Less of a sweatshop, and if I have just an hour or two to stitch, I can make a lot of progress! I often bring a stack into the house with me, save the trimming and cutting for the kitchen, while dinner is cooking and I can chat with the hubby. I probably won’t “assemble” any more blocks in the “second round” until I get all 280 FG made; but I do have all the neutral bricks and cornerstones cut out and ready to go.
What method do you prefer for Flying Geese? Have you been working on a big project lately?
Time to go…..more Second Time Around sorting, trimming, pressing, measuring and pricing for the guild (day 2 this week).