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Remember all of those little triangles we trimmed off while making our flying geese in the block below?

Well, I got busy and started sewing those little triangles just about as quickly as I was cutting them to create teeny tiny half square triangles (HST). In this technique for HST, you begin with two equal triangles placed face to face, then you sew them down the long side to create a single square. See the brief illustrated tutorial below.

The Follow the Leader quilt block above has 16 flying geese, therefore 32 HST!. So once, I had all of these teeny tiny HST sewn, I started piecing them together into rows. Then sewing the rows together.

Once I finished piecing the tiny postage stamp sized HST together the finished block was a whopping 5″ x 6″!

By no means is this a perfectly pieced block, but really how could it be when the pieces are so tiny and individually pieced from tiny triangles!

But I do love my tiny little HST Postage Stamp quilt block. Maybe I will attach it to the Modern Blocks quilt backing when we complete the quilt a long!

Goodnight all, xo!

Erin Myone

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Recently, I have become quite familiar with a piecing technique called “flying geese”. Flying geese are a common quilting element; they are often seen as an element of traditional and modern quilt blocks, or a repeating element across the entire quilt.

Above is an example of the traditional flying geese, you will notice that it is a geometric isosceles triangle (two sides and two angles are equal). Below is an example of a non-traditional flying geese, in this example the point is made in the same manner as those above, but the diagonals do not extend to the bottom of the colored block to create the triangle. Rather they meet the edge partway down the side and create a pentagram in the shape of a house.

 

Below I will explain how to make the traditional version of the flying geese block.

First, you will need three pieces for each “goose” you plan to make. For the traditional geese, you will want a rectangle where the length is two times the width (L=2W) .  For example, above I have illustrated a 4″x2″ rectangle . You will also need two squares, you will want each side of the squares to be equal to the rectangles width, so in this example the rectangle width was 2″ so each square will be 2″x2″.

Notice the dotted diagonal lines, these will be your stitching lines, and they will also create the short sides of your isosceles triangle (geese). Before you sew, it is wise to mark these diagonal lines on your squares so that you may follow the diagonal, in order to create a straight line. You may mark this line with a ruler and disappearing ink pen, colored pencil, or chalk.

 

Next, you will lay one square over the rectangle at a time, placing them face to face, and aligning the square on one half of your rectangle. Stitch the diagonal line that you have previously marked, with a short length straight stitch. I like to do a whole string of these at a time, before I move on to the next step!

You will now trim your seam allowance to the standard quilting 1/4″, as shown in the images above and below

Repeat these steps with each of your “geese”.

You will then press the pieces, with the seam allowance flattened towards the patterned or darker fabric. In the next image you will see the back and front of your piece thus far.

Here we go again!

Now, you will align the second square with the other end of the rectangle, be careful to align your marked diagonal so that it meets at a point in the center of your rectangle. Again stitch your marked line, trim your seam allowance, and press it towards the darker or patterned fabric.

Above, you will see an image that depicts the back and front of your flying geese. Notice that the point of your patterned fabric is about 1/4″ below the top of the rectangle, this will become the seam allowance when you sew your pieces together.

So there you have it! Your flying geese are ready to be put together into whichever block or quilt you like!

 

As you saw above in my example of a non-traditional flying geese, there are ways that you can modify these steps to change the shape of your pieced block. When modifying you may change the proportions of your length and width between the rectangle and the squares, just remember the length of the diagonal determines the depth of the point. You can easily choose a diagonal length that will stop midway down the side of your patterned piece to create the house like shape you saw in the Quatrefoil block above. Or choose to create a very shallow point by ending the diagonal only 1/4 of the depth of the patterned piece. There are so many ways you can play with the flying geese technique so be sure to try a few modifications and record your findings! Remember, quilting is all about geometry!

Now, if you are like me, you will have saved all of those little corners that you trimmed. In my next post, you will see what I have done with what would be fabric waste to many people. 😉

 

 

Good morning!

I’ve never known another name for naked ladies, but I imagine I might have some extra traffic for this post due to the name. I, however, am writing about the flower! Are they a weed? Or do people intentionally plant naked ladies? They seem to spring out of the ground in a single evening (at least I never notice them until they are tall blooming stalks!)

My husband says that any plant that grows where it is not wanted is a weed. So if you like your naked ladies where they are, then they are not weeds. If you hate your rose-bush, then it is a weed. At least, that is his rule of thumb.

I imagine enough people are fans of Naked Ladies that they aren’t often considered weeds. This poor Echinacea though, could sure use some love. Echinacea root has wonderful herbal medicinal purposes, you think it would be given some more attention!

But then I have no memory of an Echinacea plant that didn’t look a little distraught. Maybe that’s their thing?

Anyway, off to sling cupcakes! With an afternoon of research and writing ahead. I sure hope to get back to those HST soon.

P.S. – I have found my inspiration for my first original quilt block design! So excited to share it with you!

xo,

Erin Myone

So here it is! The Four Seasons Table Runner.

Now what did I do wrong…? Well, any of you who have been reading since I started this blog a week ago, might remember that the Four Seasons Table Runner is the first piecing project I have worked on recently. As I have spent more time sewing apparel recently, I am more familiar with a 5/8″ or 1/2″ seam allowance. However, quilters commonly use a 1/4″ seam allowance, do the math, that’s 1/4″ less than what I have been using recently. And 1/4″ less than what I began using when I began piecing this table runner.  Below, you can see how much this shortened the rows with the multicolored Half Square Triangles (HST), as compared to the solid brown strips between those rows. (ugh, the lighting in my basement art/craft space is terrible!)

I decided to square things off and sash the table runner per the patterns instructions. But the final length measurement of 50″ is 12″ shorter than the pattern suggested. So I lost a number of inches in the length also.

The question is, do I proceed to finish the table runner at this length? Or do I brainstorm other ways to increase the length before I bat, back, quilt and bind? Decisions, decisions…

Last summer, I purchased an Amy Butler Cameo charm pack (30 – 6″” pieces) from my favorite arts and crafts boutique, Urban Arts + Crafts in Kansas City, Missouri. I spent a good long while thinking about what I wanted to use them for… And then I jumped in and started piecing anyway!

I sandwiched together a 6″ print with a 6″ eggshell white square, face to face.

Then sewed the four edges of the square.

Then by cutting diagonally from left to right then right to left I created four small Half Square Triangles (HST)!

Each HST measured approximately: 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ unfinished,  or 3 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ finished. I might take off 1/8″ in both directions so that I have a nice round number to work with…

I did this with each and every piece of the Cameo charm pack, and now have 120 Half Square Triangles!

I have all of these pieces, and don’t yet have a plan for them… But after doing a little research I’ve found a few nice options to choose from.  The first option was actually blogged about by Cathy at Cabbage Quilts. On her blog she share a few variations by other quilters on the same design theme. Other quilters have developed this idea and created an off-center diamond/target like pattern that expands across the entire quilt.

Jeni, at In Color Order led a Half Square Triangle Sampler Quilt a Long in 2012, and her tutorials for the twelve blocks are still online.

We’ll have to see what I decide to do with these HST blocks, but one thing is certain, I will need another charm pack in order to fill up a good sized quilt. Any thoughts, or suggestions?