I am making a lot of flying geese. A lot. You see 140 of them in the photo above, and I have at least that many more to make.
I absolutely love this setting, which makes the quilt as far as I am concerned. It ties all the different blocks together cohesively in a beautifully unifying way. The blocks started out as a sew along that Primitive Gatherings sponsored a couple of years ago. There were 25 different 6 1/2" blocks, each one a star, with lots of tiny little pieces. It was the first time I had tackled making 2 1/2 inch stars or 1 inch half square triangles in any sort of quantity. I definitely learned a lot about piecing with mini sized block units. And my blocks weren't really very good when I re-examined them two years later. It was a learning process and I am grateful for the practice.
I needed 48 blocks for the setting shown above, so I needed to make more blocks. And I also needed to re-make most of the blocks I had constructed two years ago. So here is what I have learned for making successful and accurately pieced blocks:
1) Starch your fabric before cutting
2) Make your units a bit larger and trim up each one to an accurate size
3) Use trimming tools such as specialty flying geese rulers such as BlocLoc or Fit to be Geese
4) Use triangle papers for making half square triangles- they are a godsend for those tiny 1" ones
5) Trim your final block to the designated size
I have to give a big shout out to Carrie Nelson who designed this brilliant setting. She used it for her Moda Blockheads 1 sew along blocks, but honestly, it works fabulously for any type of sampler blocks that you want to look tied together. For my extra blocks, I wanted to have a basket block in each quadrant, and those patterns came from several different sources. I used a couple of sources for block ideas. Both have instructions for blocks in several different sizes.
I'm so pleased with how this project is coming together--maybe I will get a finish this week!