This is what is on my small design wall at the moment. Two adorable small quilts that need quilting. Lately I am so in the mood to make smaller, in season projects that I can get done in a day or so and get into my decor. The one on the upper left is Tidbit, a Little Bites pattern by Miss Rosie, made with Boo Crew fabric by Moda. The larger project is called Tumbling Leaves, a pattern by Lori Smith from My Heart to Your Hands. I used fabrics from my stash for that one. Scraps mainly.
Both were made in a day, believe it or not. Not the same day. I just got a whim to make something early in the day when I went up to the sewing room to work on Viola, and these were the results. Honestly, poor Viola, she is going to get a complex if I don't get back to her.
I made Tidbit exactly as the instructions dictated. Carrie Nelson, the designer, always instructs one to cut your units a tiny bit too large and trim them down. Perfect results every time.
Lori Smith's Tumbling Leaves was another story. Remember a week or so ago I vowed never again to make half square triangles using those stupid 3/8" or 7/8" inch measurements? They always come out wonky. I said from now on I am going to make them bigger and trim them down to the perfect size. If the instructions say to cut 2 3/8 squares for your HSTs, make it 2 1/2". If it says 2 7/8", make it 3", etc. It is so much easier to take a minute and trim those units down to 2" or 2 1/2" than to fool around trying to wrestle around to make a crooked half square triangle fit.
I also used Monique Dillard's Fit To Be Geese method to make the flying geese. Instead of cutting 4 1/4" squares and 2 3/8" squares for the units, I cut 4 1/2" squares and 2 3/4" squares. You cut the larger square diagonally twice and cut the smaller square diagonally once to make your geese. You end up with four of them with this method.
Trim them down and every single one is perfect. Honestly, there is nothing sadder than a wonky flying goose.
Position your Fit To Be Geese ruler over your oversized unit and trim.
Heaven. A perfect flying goose.
The Tumbling Leaves pattern is a bit wasteful in that you end up with 36 flying goose units and you only need 9. Oh well.
Tomorrow I will tell you how I did the stems on the Maple Leaf blocks.