Before cutting for blocks
Cut BINDING - cross grain
from the black fat quarter. Cut a 7" x 22"
rectangle and sub-cut 4 pcs, 1-3/4" each. See my
"Tips - Techniques for Cutting Strips With More
Accuracy" (click "Tips" above ) for a full
explanation of this technique.
Cut BORDERS from darker of 2
"light" backgrounds. Notice that there are 2
sizes. Cut 4-1/4" x 22" rectangle, sub-cut two
1" and two 1-1/8" strips.
Follow Lori's tips for
cutting and sub-cutting to get small pieces. Try it!
You'll like it!
An accurate "scant"
1/4" is a MUST for these small units and blocks. My
Janome Memory Craft 6500 has an excellent 1/4" foot with a
little extension which the fabric butts up next to, producing an
accurate seam allowance every time.
Take a look at the hand tool THE
ANGLER. Attaches to your sewing machine with tape and
works great! You might try the "Roman Stripes"
block below to check your accuracy. Anything uneven, cutting
or sewing, will really show up in that one and adjustments can be
made! Maybe all you need is a new SHARP blade! :)
My favorite rulers when
working small are any of the Omnigrid
with 1/8" grid markings. Check out the 6-1/2"
square and the 4" x 8".
See all the Omnigrid rulers in
the web store at:
See The Angler:
January Extra 7-1/2" Blocks
Use QUILT BLOCK SAMPLER #0802,
left over fabrics and extra Option 2 fat quarters
Maple Leaf - page 3
[See Quick Geese Method to
make the 4 Flying Geese units needed for this first block.]
Shoo Fly - page 8
[See Tips for making this block at right.]
Milky Way - page 8
Click here for construction details.
Roman Strip - page 13
Leaf Block - page 19
Jack In Pulpit - page 19
Whirly Gig - page 22
[Check back periodically to see
what other "tips" I add to help with these blocks.]
here for the February - Mini Baskets - page.
Click here for a PDF of the
Shoo Fly Block.
here for the March - Vase of Flowers - page.
here for the April - Odd Fellows Chain - page.
here for the May - Anvil - page.
here for the June - 4-Patch Delight.
here for July - Diamond In A Square.
here for August - Broken Dishes.
here for September - Homage to Mrs. Taft.
here for October - Friends Remembered.
here for November - Flock of Geese.
Click here for December -
Quick Geese Method
- Use the 1 large and 4 small squares (do not sub-cut into triangles
as directed in pattern).
Place 2 small on top of large and stitch 1/4" either side of
center as illustrated.
Cut down center and press small triangles away from large
triangle. Lay small squares on "nose of fox" as
Stitch 1/4" either side of center, cut and press.
This method yields 4 Flying Geese without sewing any triangles.
If you like this
method check out Lazy Girl's 4X Flying Geese Ruler. No math
required. You just need to know finished size of Goose and use
the lines on the ruler for your cutting guides!
here to see a pdf of this page which might print better than the
web page itself. You can also save this page in your
"favorites" and check "make available off-line"
for easy reference.
SHOO FLY BLOCK -
WITHOUT SEWING TRIANGLES
Thangles to make Half Square Triangle units. Make: 4 HSTs -
Green1 + Green2; 4HSTs - Green1 + Red; 4HSTs Green2 + Red (Click on
THANGLES image to see complete details on using Thangles.)
Sew RECTANGLES (1.75" x 2.25") to HSTs
and stitch together as shown.
Draw a stitching line through the corner of the center HST unit,
45-degrees from sides of unit as shown.
Cut 3-1/2" squares: 4 Burgundy, 2 Green1, 2
Lay one square on each
corner. From wrong side of pieced unit, stitch on the drawn
line. Press squares towards outside. Trim two
underneath layers only to 1/4" seam allowance.