Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Current Gaggle

Here's the current gaggle of geese-in-progress. Above is a glimpse of my leader-ender project, more about which in a minute.

Believing that somebody is going to ask how those geese were made, here's what I did:

  • Cut squares of telephone book pages that measured 8". Bonnie Hunter taught me this technique several years ago. Sometimes it takes me a while to actually try something I've learned!
  • Cut a bunch of fabric strips, at least 8-1/2" long and of varying widths from 1" to 2".
  • String-pieced the strips onto the paper, alternating blue and red with red in the approximate center. Pieced the strips STRAIGHT on the paper, not on the diagonal.
  • After a good pressing, trimmed the squares to 7-1/4".
  • Cut a bunch of 3-7/8" squares from white.
  • Made flying geese using this method, which makes four at a time. Note that half will have the stripes running vertically and the other half horizontally. That's it!

Oh, yes, the leader-ender project.

So far I have four blocks made and two more in progress. They are the same design as Ninety Degrees in the Shade. I'll get all twelve blocks made before adding the "teeth" around each one.

Trying to be very gentle with this leader-ender; you know how mine have a tendency to get pushy and demand to be released from L-E status and convert to "real" projects.

Sewing on a Summer Sunday afternoon, Near Philadephia





5 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

L-E almost ALWAYS become primary projects in my studio . . . Sending my sympathies! :-)

Brenda said...

great flying geese? how near Philly are you? I'm flying to Harrisburg in a week and we're sightseeing in Lancaster area....

antique quilter said...

going to have to try this flying geese method scrappy! thanks! love the blocks
Kathie

Barbara Anne said...

What an interesting suggestion for making scrappy geese. Will give this a try ... someday! I am very interested in seeing how you put these geese together. The layout choices are nearly endless.

Cheers for more L-E blocks and whatever they might become as you sew!

I use the Mary Sue Suit method of getting 4 matching, accurate flying geese with slivers of waste as you square up. Thanks for the good tutorial, but methinks I'm set in my ways.

Hugs!

Lynn Dykstra said...

Well, you just gave me two more projects to do.