Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

Hi everyone, it's Becca here. I LOVE color. How are you? (Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?!)

Today's post isn't so much about color, but rather well... you know... Sizzix! Personally, the triangle dies make Sizzix worth the money because of the amount of time saved in trimming. I just don't have to trim my block pieces. It seriously saves me hours!

One of my favorite quilt blocks is the Flying Geese block. I've made several Flying Geese blocks in my day, and let me tell you there are numerous ways to make Flying Geese blocks. And they are all a pain. Mostly.

Today, I'm going to show you how to make Flying Geese blocks easily using Sizzix die cut pieces. There's nothing revolutionary here, just the ease of piecing Flying Geese blocks with the die cut pieces.

For my geese I'm using: Sizzix Bigz L Die - Triangles, 2 1/2" H x 4 1/2" W Unfinished

For the background triangles I'm using: Sizzix Bigz Die - Half-Square Triangles, 2 1/2" Assembled Square

And I'll be using my Fabi.

Choose your fabric. It would be great if you had scraps you wanted to use, but I couldn't resist using my latest fabric pull. I mean look at this lusciousness!

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

With a large scrap of fabric (about 4'' x 6''), make your Sizzix sandwich - cutting pad, die with blades up, fabric, and cutting pad. Then run it through the Sizzix die cutter. I'm using a Fabi for this little project.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

It's so easy. See how the triangles have blunted tips or corners? That means no trimming! Personally that saves me at least 1 hour in trimming, but I'm a slow worker.

Cut at least 18 "geese" and 36 background triangles.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

Making Flying Geese blocks is super easy with the Sizzix cut pieces. Start by sewing the left background triangle to each "goose".

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

It's easy because you can just line up the pieces. No finding the match points or extra cutting or trimming involved.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

Easy, peasy.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

Now finish up each geese by adding the second background triangle to the right side. And press.

You can see that I don't have any dog ears (extra fabric) sticking out. I've laid out my yellow geese so you can see how similar in size they are. There's no trimming necessary. Trimming is one of my least favorite things you are *supposed* to do in quilting.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

Going with the theme... I like simple. So I didn't trim mine.

Now, you are going to sew the Flying Geese blocks together into rows. 3 rows each with 6 geese. Press the rows in alternating directions.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

Next, sew the rows together. Press.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

 

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

Add 2 1/2'' borders if you like. Then quilt as desired.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

I used my favorite, cross hatch quilting.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

I made mine into a pillow by using an envelope enclosure and a pretty binding. I love binding on pillows.

Flying Geese Block: A Colorful Quilting DIY

And that's that.

Thank you for reading!!

-Becca

 

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Other Materials Used:

Assorted scraps

1/4 yard background

2 strips 2 1/2'' x Width of Fabric for border

1/2 yard for backing

20'' square batting

1/4 yard for binding

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