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© Bonnie K Hunter.
On To the
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For this step, we are going
to use the Easy Angle and the Companion Angle to make 94 flying geese
units that finish at 3"X6". That's a whole Gaggle! If you are
sewing with any other method,you
will need to do whatever it is with the method you use to come up with
geese that finish to this size. They will measure 3.5" X 6.5"
before sewing them together.
Geese: Cut 94 Triangles
from 3.5" strips, using the 3.5" line on the Companion Angle
Background Triangles: Cut 188 triangles from 3.5" strips using the 3.5"
line on the easy angle ruler.
Stitch background triangles to each side of the geese triangles,
pressing seams towards the triangles just added.
I find it helpful to chain
piece these, doing all the left hand triangles first. I leave the
pieces connected to each other and lay them out on my ironing board.
With them still connected, it is easy to flip that sky triangle out
wards with my fingers and the tip of the iron. I clip them apart AFTER
pressing, and then return to the machine to stitch on the remaining
triangles to the other side of the big goose triangles.
Piece 4 borders from geese:
Top and Bottom borders: 20 geese each.
Side borders: 27 geese each.
You should have 8 4 patches
and 8 pinwheels left over from assembling the quilt center. This is
where you will use them! Make 4 corner Units as shown. Pay
attention to the direction the dark squares in the 4 patches are
pointing....they all chain towards the outside corner of the
quilt. Attach corner units to both ends of the top and bottom
Measuring to Fit!
This is where my instructions
may differ from that of other designers. We all have a "unique" seam
allowance factor that we can call our own! *LOL* so instead of
cursing and swearing at my quilt center trying to figure out why the
math looks right on paper,but wrong on my quilt, I use the inner spacer
border to get things to fit MY MEASUREMENTS.
You will also be able to do the same thing here, using that inner
border to get your quilt center to fit your pieced border.
First step: Measure the Center!
My quilt center is 57.5" X 78.5"
Remember that we subtract 1/2" from each measurement because that is
seam allowance. So really, the center for me measures 57" X 78".
My geese are 3" wide, so I need to do some math to figure out how to
build up the top so that each side is divisible by 3". Luckily,
needed to do was add 3" to the above measurements to get what I need.
57 + 3=60. That works for the top and bottom borders. 60
divided by 3
gave me that 20 geese for the top and bottom border. Same with the
length of the quilt..if I add 3" to that 78" I get 81. 81 is divisible
by 3 and gives me 27 geese for the length of the quilt.
So what do I do with that 3"??
That 3" is the FINISHED measurement we need to add to the quilt center.
So we need to divide that in half. 1.5" + 1.5" =3". So we want a 1.5"
FINISHED spacer border to go around the quilt center. Add 1/2" seam
allowance to that 1.5" and it will tell you we are going to be cutting
a 2" strip to frame the center!
Now this is with MY measurements. You will need to measure your own
quilt center and figure out what you have to do to make that
measurement divisible by 3" to get the border to fit. It could also
entail removing a goose or adding a goose. This is where you have to
get a pencil and a piece of paper a measuring tape and do some figuring
but it is worth it.
Sometimes...just sometimes...this might even mean that your top and
bottom spacer borders might have to be cut a slightly different width
than your side borders. On point quilts especially can leave you with
strange measurements and you might find you are cutting really odd
widths of strips to get a pieced border to fit an on-point quilt.
That's okay! We just do a bit of math and figure out what we have to do
to make that quilt center's measurement be divisble by the repeat in
the border units (In the case of these geese..it is 3")
Adding the borders:
Measure through the center of
quilt from top to bottom. Cut two inner size borders this length.
Stitch to quilt center with right sides together, pinning centers and
end points and easing where necessary to fit. Be careful. You might
find it better to sew with the quilt center against the feed dogs to
easy in any weight or fullness from the edge being cut on the
Press seams towards the borders just added. Measure across the
center from side to side and cut two inner borders this measurement,
one is the top, one is the bottom. Attach to the quilt top and bottom
in the same way you did the sides, pinning to match centers and
ends,and easing where neccessary to fit. Press seams towards the
borders just added.
Stitch the two long 27-Geese borders to the quilt sides. The
chase each other AROUND the quilt, so pin them on so that the left side
of the quilt has the geese pointing up, and the right side, pointing
down. See pics above!
Press seams towards the inner border.
Add remaining top and bottom 20- Geese borders in the same manner.
I added a 5" cut (4 1/2" finished) border to frame everything and to
give the eyes a place to rest after all that busy-ness in the
And this is where I tell you to "Quilt and Bind as Desired!!"
still waiting for quilting, and it might be a while before I get
or Comments? I would love to hear from you!!
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