The ‘new’ could be a pattern, a technique, a fabric, thread or colour. I thought I would try a new pattern – my Whales Mug Rug pattern.
But it didn’t seem enough of a ‘new’ as I am often making new patterns (over 50 of them in the last nine months!) so I decided to incorporate a new technique.The new technique I decided to try was the 3D Flying Geese block.
I love the flying geese block and I usually make them by sewing corner triangles onto a rectangle. However, the 3D flying geese block requires only one seam and because of this, it is really easy to match up the geese without sewing off the point. There is a very good You Tube tutorial showing how to make them but here is a basic run-through of the process for those who prefer a paper copy (click on the title for a PDF print out):
(makes one goose measuring 2½” x 1½” raw/2” x 1” sewn in)
Cut one goose rectangle measuring 2½” x 1½”.Cut two background squares measuring 1½”.
Fold the goose rectangle in half with wrong sides together. Finger press (do not press with an iron).
You will now layer the goose between the two background squares as follows:
Lay one background square right side facing up. Lay the folded goose rectangle on top with the raw edges lined up with the top of the background square as shown.Note the folded goose block is slightly shorter than the background square so you should have ¼” excess background square showing at the bottom.
Next place the other background square on top of the goose, right side facing down so that it overlaps the bottom background square completely.
In effect, you have a goose sandwich!
You stitch the unit together down one side of the sandwich as shown.Open up the sandwich so that the goose lies evenly on the front of the two background squares and press.
You can batch make a whole gaggle of flying geese using this method and when you come to stitch them together you will be able to see clearly where the tip of the goose is as it is lying between the seams (you will see what I mean when you come to do it).
So there you have it. You can make the geese any size you like – fat, thin, long, short. Play around and have fun. But here are some measurements to get you started:
Goose Cutting Sizes
2” x 1” Cut one 2½” x 1½” goose block and two 1½” background squares
4” x 2” Cut one 4½” x 2½” goose block and two 2½” background squares
5” x 2½” Cut one 5½” x 3” goose block and two 3” background squares
6” x 3” Cut one 6½” x 3½” goose block and two 3½” background squaresWish me luck in the competition.......