Welcome if you are new! Welcome back if you have been here for a while! It is time for the Star Kissed Quiltalong! This is an ongoing quiltalong with no deadlines and no race to the finish. It is a great day to get started.
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Today’s focus is the star points, and then block assembly. It is possible that there will be some concern about fabric waste due to using the stitch-trim-flip method on the corners. I chose this method so that you can get REALLY scrappy and make every point out of a different fabric if you like. Also, those BONUS TRIANGLES are a lot of fun! I have made many projects with them at different time and will share those ideas later.
That said, if you do not want to use this method, don’t. You can make “no waste” flying geese if you like. Basic directions can be found HERE. You can make them any size you like depending on which size base square you decide to use. It should work out either way.
For EACH block you plan to finish, you need FOUR pieces of background fabric, and 8 colored squares:
*If using 1-1/4″ base squares you need FOUR background rectangles 3″ x 5-5/8″ and EIGHT squares of colored fabric 3″ x 3″. The flying geese will measure 3″ x 5-5/8″ as made, or 2-1/2″ x 5-1/8″ finished (you can probably get by with 2-1/2″ x 5″ if using the no-waste method).
*If using 1-1/2″ base squares need FOUR background rectangles 4″ x 7-1/2″ and EIGHT colored squares 4″ x 4″. The flying geese will measure 4″ x 7-1/2″ as made, or 3-1/2″ x 7″ finished.
*If using 2″ base squares you need FOUR background rectangles 5-3/4″ x 11″ and EIGHT colored squares 5-3/4″. The flying geese will measure 5-3/4″ x 11″ as made, or 5-1/4″ x 10-1/2″ finished.
*If using 2-1/2″ base squares you need FOUR background rectangles 7-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ and EIGHT colored squares 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″. The flying geese will measure 7-1/2″ x 14-1/2″ as made, or 7″ x 14″ finished.
The sewing steps for all four sizes are the same. Remember, I am showing the stitch-trim-flip method for flying geese here.
- Prepare the colored squares for the stitch-flip-trim method by marking the diagonal center line. I like to just iron mine, but you can use a ruler and marking device as you prefer.
2. Line up the square on one of your background rectangles. I like to stitch from the side to the corner. It keeps the corner from being eaten in the feed dogs.
3. While you are at it, go ahead and stitch a second seam 1-2″ to the outside (towards the corner) from the first one. This created bonus triangles that are all stitched together and ready for a project.
4. Trim! Cut between the two seams.
5. Set the bonus triangle aside. You might want to get a box or something for the purpose. They are so much fun to play with and turn into a future project.
6. Press open. Repeat three more times.
7. Use the remaining four squares to form the other side of the flying geese.
8. Ta-dah! They are so satisfying!
9. Lay out the block. Notice that the corner four patches are all touching the star points.
10. The only tricky part of assembly is lining up those points. I recommend pinning. Mine still aren’t all perfect, but it helps a lot.
11. And, YAY YOU! A finished block. Admire it for a while, and go make some more.
Thanks for quilting along! In the next week or two I will show you some layout ideas and tops I have made using the various size blocks. Feel free to share yours, too. Let me know how this is going for you and ask questions. It is challenging to write for so many sizes and options, and your questions will help make it better for all of us.