I have been so curious about the Bloc Loc Flying Geese ruler/trim tool since I heard Carrie Nelson recommend it. I have always used and loved Open Gate's Fit To Be Geese ruler for making flying geese, and still do prefer that method for constructing the oversized geese. However, this Bloc Loc tool has one thing to recommend it. It has little grooves on the under side of the ruler that lock in place in the triangular seam allowance. That little ruler isn't going to slip or go anywhere while you are trimming around it.
Here is my oversized flying geese block and my ruler locked into place before trimming. For my trim mat, I am using a lazy Susan style rotating mat. This is important because it enables you to do minimal handling of your block unit while trimming. In the photo above you can see where I am going to trim my oversized flying geese block around the outside edges of the ruler. I trim the right hand side and the top first.
So here is the cool part of the process: flip your mini rotating cutting mat around so the block is now upside down. Do not touch or move the ruler. You are just rotating the mat. Trim the (now) right hand side and top.
The big plus with this tool is three fold. 1) The ruler locks in place in your seam allowance with its special grooves. 2) You do not have to move the ruler around to reposition it for your second trim cuts. 3) This trimming process is super fast.
I believe not having to fiddle around to reposition the ruler saves a ton of time. I was trimming these geese faster than I ever have before.
Here are the cons: 1) This little trim tool is for one size flying geese only. I am making 1 1/2" by 3" flying geese and that is the size of the ruler I purchased. The trim tools come in every size flying geese unit you can imagine, so whatever size you are making you can get it. It isn't a one size fits all deal. If you are making two sizes of flying geese, you would need two trim tools in those sizes. 2) Which brings me to the major drawback: This little tiny piece of acrylic is darned expensive!! Just the one little ruler cost me $22!
You also really need to have the small rotating cutting mat to make this whole process go quickly.
I have two of the rotating style cutting mats. The smaller one by Fiskars is my favorite. It is about eight inches square.
My other one by Olfa is larger. The lines that radiate from the center are really handy for helping to position appliqué pieces.
My take on the Bloc Loc Flying Geese trim tool is this: I like it. It doesn't move, and trimming is a breeze if you have a rotating mat. If I had a project that called for a gazillion flying geese, I would not hesitate to purchase the tool in the size the pattern calls for. The time you save with the quick trim process makes the cost worth it for a big project.
Hope you all had a great Easter weekend! The Easter bunny came to our house and left an Easter basket for Eva. She spent the night with us on Saturday and was up by 6:30 AM to see if the Bunny had come. After she found her basket she started to put her jacket on over her jammies to go outside. "What are you doing Eva?" "I have to go outside and find the eggs now". Ooops. Luckily her daddy planned to take her to an Easter egg hunt at a local winery later in the day, so I dodged that bullet.