Hello friends! Happy Wednesday! We’ve had a bit of a cold spell here, but it’s actually been kind of a nice change–we are having the coolest high and low temperatures since December of 2016! Perfect weather for staying in to sew!
Someone asked about flying geese blocks on Instagram the other day…and so I
This month’s block for my Mystery Block of the month uses 12 in fact! When I’m making a small number like this, I generally just make them the traditional way…cutting a rectangle and two squares as directed and using this method to make my blocks. (Using starch is also helpful when making these blocks–starch before sewing to help make sure your fabrics don’t stretch and move as you sew).
But if I’m making a lot of flying geese, or if I really want them absolutely perfect, or if I’m making tiny flying geese, I bring in my favorite flying geese rulers!
I love the Fit to be Geese and Mini Fit to be Geese rulers by Monique Dillard of Open Gate quilts. They both work for several sizes (the smallest size on the larger ruler and the largest size on the mini are the same). Basically, you cut pieces larger than needed and use the rulers to trim down, leaving you a perfect ¼″ seam allowance so that no points are ever cut off. One note about using these rulers is that you cut squares rather than rectangles to begin with, so sometimes you may not have enough fabric if you’re using a kit or are low on yardage.
The other rulers I love for making flying geese are the Bloc Loc Flying Geese rulers. They come in a variety of sizes, and I absolutely love them! Since you have to buy each size separately, I purchased one of my most commonly used sizes, a 2″ x 4″ finished, but then I also purchased the smallest sizes…because they are so accurate! (I posted about these rulers last summer and have a demonstration here). They really work wonderfully. Fat Quarter Shop has both small and larger sizes of these rulers.