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The method for piecing flying geese that is the most efficient as well as accurate begins with five squares. One large square and four small squares will give you four flying geese units. The fabric for the large square will be the center triangle of the flying geese units and the fabric for the four smaller squares will be the corners of the units. Using this method there is no time or effort wasted cutting and sewing individual units, and no bias to be concerned about. Follow along as I take you through the precision technique basics of piecing flying geese.
Crunching the Numbers
To determine the size of the squares, you will first need to know the finished size of the flying geese unit you wish to make. The large square is cut 1½” larger than the finished outside edge of the center triangle of the unit. If the finished flying geese unit is to measure 2” x 4”, you would cut the large square 5½” (4 + 1½ = 5½).
Piecing it Together
Step 9: To trim, align the Precision Trimmer 6 ruler over the flying geese unit matching the cross hatches with the peak of the flying geese unit and matching the diagonal lines of the ruler with the diagonal piecing lines of the flying geese unit. Trim two sides.
Step 10: Turn the unit and re-align the ruler with the cross hatches and diagonal line with the peak and diagonal line of the flying geese unit. Check to make sure the outside edges match up to the desired size of the flying geese unit. Trim the other two sides. Repeat this process for all four flying geese units and you have got yourself a complete flock!
See you next time when we will discuss square in a square units in the next installment of this series.
More in this Series:
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 1: Squares
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 2: Half-Square Triangles
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 3: Quarter & Triple Triangle Squares
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 5: Square in a Square
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 6: Triangle in a Square
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 7: Fancy Half-Square Triangle
- Precision Quilt Piecing Part 8: Blocks and Borders
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